One of the most incredible aspects of living in NYC is having access to so many unique and varied food choices.
However, with there being so many restaurants and cultural neighborhoods it can be challenging to see and experience everything! Enter, Foods Of NY, an interactive and fun tour experience that started in 1999 by Todd Lefkovic whose goal was to introduce locals and visitors to the ultimate, off-the-beaten-path, food and cultural experiences.
Originating the Food Tourism concept 15 years ago with his Original Greenwich Village Food Tour, FoodsOfNY tours offer an "insider" experience at the best local restaurants and specialty gourmet shops in each neighborhood, with a concentration on historic family owned and operated businesses.
My daughter and I recently experienced this fun and interesting tour where we started out at Murray's Cheese Shop and enjoyed a walking (and tasting) excursion of this historic area. This included an experience with a licensed tour guides who had an in-depth knowledge of history, culture and architecture of NY, a contagious love of food and true New Yorker's point of view.
During the intimate tour, this included visits to so many different and unique places that I have never experienced - even as a native New Yorker - including enjoying olive oil at O & Co Olive Oil Shop, pizza at Joe Pizza, rice balls at FAICCO'S ITALIAN SPECIALTIES, meatballs at PESCE PASTA and much more where we were able to soak in the history and culture of these amazing eateries. We also enjoyed a history of Cornelia Street - stopping in the Cornelia Street Cafe and learning all about this distinct and special street that is filled with small restaurants. Personally, I loved hearing about the history of the area as well as how some of the most renowned restaurants in the area got their start.
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With so many chain stores dominating NYC, it was really nice to see a different side of NYC through the eyes of Mom & Pop owned specialty food shops. This is fantastic for tourists to experience NYC as well as residents as they experience in ultimate food and cultural experience "off the beaten" path.
With a company whose mission to continually seek out and share food and cultural finds, we loved how the Foods of New York Tours took us on an incredible three-hour journey into the Greenwich Village as we explored the neighborhood, food, and venues that made for a truly special NYC experience.
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