*** May 2, 2021 final update: I’m sad to announce that I will not resume touring this year. Thanks for all the love and support over the years. Its been a fun ride. ***
“I would never have entered this place if I passed by myself”, “Hidden gem in plain sight”, “I wish I did not have to leave tomorrow”, “He promised squirrels, and he delivered!”. Just some of the comments I get from time to time during the tours and reviews.
After many years of writing about eating in the food capital of the world, in the summer of 2016, I decided to design my own food tours in New York City. I offer the type of food experience I look for when I travel. All tours conducted by me, a licensed sightseeing guide with the city of NY. The tours are very small (on average 4-6). That intimate nature enables us to experience NY in a very unique way.
The food choices are just some of my favorite places I’ve been enjoying for years or new discoveries. While other tours (which I had to take in order to become licensed) concentrate on the old and iconic NY (Katz’s, Lombardi’s), I tend to concentrate on the more local, current side. What New Yorkers eat today. You can go to Katz’s on your own.
Besides eating great food, we will also explore my favorite neighborhoods, while hearing stories that will bring these areas to life. But at the end of the day, it will feel like you are hanging out with a new local friend.
Note: To book a tour, simply send me your dates, along with the number of people and tour preference if you have one. There’s no set schedule. Tours are scheduled on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. Use the contact form, or send an email to EatingWithZiggy@gmail.com
Brooklyn Tour – Update: Take a look at the new FAQ about the tour
We meet in downtown Manhattan and travel through Brooklyn like no other tour company does to my knowledge. We will explore the most distinct, ethnic, and in some cases picturesque neighborhoods like Dumbo, Red Hook, Sunset Park (Home to our biggest Chinatown), Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn Heights, Historic Prospect Park South (if we have time), and Dyker Heights (December for the Xmas lights). We will see the real Brooklyn, and taste some wonderful stuff places where you’ll be the only tourists there. All in a comfortable SUV. We finish in Brooklyn Heights or Dumbo near the subway station most convenient to you at around 4-5pm, though many prefer to walk Brooklyn Bridge back. Its one quick subway stop away from the pickup location. Start and finish locations are very convenient to most Subways, about 15-30 minutes from most hotels.
Pick up Location: Mattress Firm Tribecca – 140 Church St (Manhattan)
Pick up time: 9:00 am
Drop off location: Brooklyn Heights/Dumbo
Drop off time: Approx 4-5 pm
Itinerary: Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Green-Wood Cemetery, Sunset Park Chinatown, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Red Hook, Dyker Heights (in x-mas lights season)
Max: 4-5. Its a full size SUV with a third liftable bench
Price: $125 per person up to 2 people, $100 for 3 or more (will try to combine groups). All food included.
Hell’s Kitchen Food Tour – This neighborhood has a very complex, violent history and I know it very well. We’ll explore the area for about 4 hours, and eat at some of my favorite spots. Plenty of photo opportunities, and interesting sights on the way with some surprises. This is a very local experience, and you’ll have a nice understanding of Hell’s Kitchen and the legend behind the name.
Start Location: Southeast corner of West 48th st and 8th ave (In front of FDNY Engine 54). http://tinyurl.com/h4yuwpe
Start Time: 2:00 PM (10:30 am on weekends)
End Location: Corner of 9th and 44th st
End Time: Around 5:30 PM
Max: 6 people
Price: $70 per person (food included)
East Village Food Tour – Similar to the Hell’s Kitchen tour except that this is an entirely different neighborhood with its own unique look and feel, history and stories. Its a neighborhood with a personality whose characteristics are evident in every corner. There’s really no other neighborhood like it. Oh and did I mention its the best food neighborhood on the east coast?
Start Location: 26 Astor Pl, in front of Chase Bank. http://tinyurl.com/hv8478g
Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Location: Same as start
End Time: Around 2:30 PM
Max: 8 people
Price: $70 per person (food included)