You're as Cold as Ice: 4 Cool and Delicious NYC Activities

July 11, 2016

Summer heat got you feeling a bit cranky?

People used to see you as loving and kind, a defender of high spirits and unofficial cheerleader of Happy. But lately you've been subject to phrases such as "cold hearted witch" and "ice queen." When did this happen? When did the sweaty summer heat drain your soul and turn you into a mere shell of human angst and emotion?

Hope is on the way. You can fight this battle against the attitude-altering monstrosity we call the sun. Become the good kind of ice queen -- think Frozen, that child-friendly film that warmed hearts across the world. All it takes is a few cool treats.

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    Champagne Sunset Cruise

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    Twice a year, a sunset beautifully illuminates the Manhattan streets with the sun setting perfectly down each streetway. You shouldn't be forced to experience Manhattanhenge's beauty only twice per year. With the Champagne Sunset Cruise, you have a chance to experience this beautiful sunset whenever you want. You'll traverse the island's waterways, visiting bridges, Governor's Island, Ellis Island, and parts of Queens and Brooklyn. All the while, sip on a tasty drink and relax on the boat deck. How much better can life get?
    Champagne Sunset Cruise

    62 Chelsea Piers, New York

    • Sail on a luxurious 1920s yacht, watching the sunset on the Manhattan skyline
    • Enjoy views of Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, and various architecturally and historically significant bridges
    • Sip a complimentary beverage during the trip
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    Brooklyn Winery Tour and Tasting

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    Welcome to NYC's wine country! Also known as Brooklyn. This little tour will let you in on a tasty secret: urban wineries are in. Get a behind the scenes look at the Brooklyn Winery, and discover how this chic facility turns upstate grapes into delicious, eye-opening vintages. After you become acquainted with the production floor and processes behind their products, you'll get to try out the winery's products for yourself during a curated tasting. If you're a wine lover with a desire to find out how wine is made, this is your chance to do so without having to leave the city. It's also a great opportunity to become acquainted with a hot local brand. It'll be barrels full of fun! Or, at least a few glasses worth.
    Brooklyn Winery Tour and Tasting

    213 N 8th St, Brooklyn

    • Explore the production floor of an urban winery located right in Brooklyn
    • Enjoy imbibing several of the tastiest offerings of this hip artisanal facility
    • Expand your knowledge of the winemaking business with an inside perspective
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    The Heart of the Village Food & Culture Tour

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    You have been there plenty of times. You've most likely eaten there a lot as well. But you've never experienced Central Greenwich Village and SoHo like this before. You'll take a stroll through these two historic neighborhoods, while receiving insider tips on where to eat and where to find entertainment. All the while, you will be tasting a delicious variety of food specialities from seven unique ethnic eateries, food shops and restaurants. Embrace the rich culture of two of New York's most famous neighborhoods through the 19th century architecture, live music venues, "mom and pop" shops, and of course... the food!
    The Heart of the Village Food & Culture Tour

    97 Macdougal St, New York

    • Learn about the rich history of Central Greenwich Village and SoHo
    • Sample a variety food specialties from street vendors, "mom and pop"shops and restaurants
    • Discover 19th century architecture and the best venues for live music and stand-up comedy
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    Nolita/NoHo Food & Culture Tour

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    Old-world charm meets youthful, downtown vibes on the cozy corners of Nolita. Walking through the same streets as John Gotti and Martin Scorsese, you will taste your way through this area North of Little Italy. Formerly known for flophouses, Skid Row bums, and CBGB's, the area's transformed into a hotbed for posh hotels and delectable dining. Learn the history and culture, while glimpsing at the cast-iron facades and cobblestone streets, covering restaurants unfound in any guidebook. Sampling goodies from Roman pizza to authentic Mexican food, get ready to uncover New York history!
    Nolita/NoHo Food & Culture Tour

    Mott St & Prince St, New York

    • Explore the history and culture of Nolita, former home to flophouses and now posh nightlife
    • Taste your way through the delectable, ethnic eateries, including Roman pizza and Mexican tacos
    • Discover off-the-beaten-path restaurants that aren't found in any NYC guide
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    Pierogi Walk

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    Ah, the pierogi. Boiled or fried, stuffed with potato, cheese, and cabbage fillings. Old-world comfort. These delectable dumplings give pints of ice cream and puppy dog hugs a run for their money. Sample the enticing flavors of NYC's East Village during this foodie-focused walking tour. Stroll through aromatic neighborhoods alongside a local guide. Treat yourself to an inside look at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, Second Avenue, and St. Mark's Place. Enjoy cultural and historic insights to put it all into context. Of course, the best way to get to know a culture is through its cuisine. So follow your nose to old-world eateries for pierogi samples and other Polish picks, including kielbasa and baked goods. If a pierogi could speak, it would say "eat me"
    Pierogi Walk

    200 Second Ave, New York

    • Explore the East Village during a guided walking tour featuring Polish cuisine
    • Visit various old-world eateries for samples of pierogies, kielbasa, and baked goods
    • Learn about East Village history from a knowledgeable local guide
    • Indulge your curiosity and your stomach during a delicious dive into East Village culture
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    BYOB Painting Workshop (2.5hr - Midtown)

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    Ever find yourself strolling through a museum thinking I could do that, no problem? And you go home to find yourself at a loss as to how to even start? If you're looking to recreate famous works of art -- Monet, Picasso, or even Van Gogh -- in one easy sitting, check out this Painting Workshop. In a fun, stress-free environment, let loose with some wine or beer and learn some basic tips from an experienced instructor on how to mimic the strokes of your favorite artist by recreating one of their masterpieces. By the end of the night, you'll be amazed with what you created.
    BYOB Painting Workshop (2.5hr - Midtown)

    40 W 38th St, New York

    • Learn step-by-step how to recreate a famous painting from Warhol, Van Gogh, Picasso and others
    • Relieve stress through the creative form of art
    • Put your creative twist on museum staples
    • Sip on your own wine or beer in this fun environment
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    Soho / Little Italy / Chinatown Lunch Food Tour

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    The way to anyone's heart is through their stomach. And Walking Tours Manhattan will surely win you over with this lunch food tour of some of NYC's most delicious neighborhoods! During this 2-hour tour, you'll venture to SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown in search of mouthwatering samples. You'll warm up with a mouth-watering slice of thin-crust pizza, made with fresh tomato sauce and cheese. But refrain from stuffing yourself TOO MUCH, because then it's off to Little Italy, where some Ferrara's original cannolis and fresh cheese, soppressata, and Italian salami from Alleva all await you! Then, head across the globe, foodwise, to Chinatown, where you'll enjoy tasty pan-seared pork dumplings. Along the way, you'll see historic cast-iron buildings, an assortment of art galleries in SoHo, the beautiful Police Building Condo in Little Italy and more! You'll also pay a visit to Columbus Park in Chinatown, which was originally part of Little Italy. Come hungry! You're gonna need all the stomach-space you can get.
    Soho / Little Italy / Chinatown Lunch Food Tour

    124 E 79th St, New York

    • Indulge your love for all things edible during a food tour of some of NYC's most delicious neighborhoods, including SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown
    • Savor generous samples from 4 unique stores and restaurants -- enough for a full lunch
    • Prime the pump with a mouth-watering thin-crust pizza and cannoli in SoHo before enjoying pan-seared pork dumplings in Chinatown
    • Find new favorite spots to grab eats!
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    Best of Brooklyn Food and Culture Tour

    The days when local wisdom warned you to stay above 42nd are long gone -- Welcome to Brooklyn, the coolest, most dynamic borough in the Big Apple. Explore the center of all things hip and artisanal with a knowledgeable tour guide. Brooklyn is one of the best places to eat in the country right now, where dining standards like locavore-ism and farm-to-fork trends hit here early on. Your guide will show you the hip 'hoods and the off-the-beaten-path eats that you'd be hard-pressed to find on your own. Experience the myriad of cultures that make up Brooklyn the best way possible -- through their food of course! Return to Manhattan, pleased with your newfound knowledge of New York's coolest borough.
    Best of Brooklyn Food and Culture Tour

    29 Cornelia St, New York

    • Take a guided eating tour of New York's coolest and tastiest borough that's ideal for foodies and the people who love them
    • Hop into the air-conditioned shuttle and venture across the Williamsburg Bridge to indulge in a slice of Neapolitan pizza or a cannoli
    • Stop into a traditional Polish eatery for scrumptious meat-stuffed pierogies and juicy kielbasa sausages
    • Sample some delectable sweets at the Jacques Torres chocolate factory and then walk it all off at the recently re-constructed Brooklyn Bridge Park
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    Hell's Kitchen Food Tour and Central Park Stroll

    Make your way to midtown Manhattan to meet your expert guide and head off to explore one of New York City's most bustling and diverse neighborhoods: Hell's Kitchen. You will stop by restaurants to munch on curry puffs, empanadas, and even homemade doughnuts. Sample enough food on this portion of the tour to make a full lunch. Next, walk off those calories by following your guide to Central Park. The greatest urban park in the world holds many intriguing secrets. Go to parts of the park many people don't know about, including a spot that feels as if you're miles and miles from the urban jungle that is New York City. Expect to walk about 3 miles (5 km) in all, at a comfortable pace. The tour ends at Central Park, leaving you free to continue to explore the city on your own.
    Hell's Kitchen Food Tour and Central Park Stroll

    Hell's Kitchen, New York

    • Explore restaurants of Hell's Kitchen where a world of ethnic food choice is available
    • Learn about the history and culture of this Hell's Kitchen as you savor a tasty selection of food
    • Then head to Central Park to learn the secrets of park and visit parts you would have never found on your own
    • Take in the scenic views of the iconic landscape and snap a few beautiful photos you can share with friends and family
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    Italians of Greenwich Village Walking Tour

    We know you love meatballs. And we also know that you'll absolutely love everything (EVERYTHING!) MacDougal St. has to offer! Located in Greenwich Village, this famous, colorful street is packed with live music bars, 1960's smoke shops, off-Broadway theatre, exotic restaurants, and much, much more. On this tour, you'll be lead by the one and only Gregory Marro, licensed tour guide and an expert on this poppin' and iconic area. Gregory's family arrived in Greenwich Village's Italian borough from San Fele, Italy in 1888. Visit notable attractions including St. Anthony of Padua Church, Washington Square Park, Minetta Lane, and others while you learn some local history accompanied by music and vintage photos to boot! And to answer your main question, yes. You will get to sample a beautiful meatball, cooked to perfection, at the end of your tour. P.S. Look forward to Italian nougat candy and a serenade as well!
    Italians of Greenwich Village Walking Tour

    64 Macdougal St, New York

    • Explore Greenwich Village's Italian neighborhood and MacDougal St. on this fascinating and delicious interactive walking tour
    • Learn local history from local expert Gregory Marro, accompanied by music and vintage photos
    • Visit notable attractions such as Washington Square Park, Minetta Lane, Raffetto's Pasta, and more
    • Conclude your tour with a serenade, pop quiz, Italian nougat candy, and, of course, meatballs!
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