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Best NYC Food Tours

Best NYC Food Tours

New York City is famed for its historic skyscrapers, acerbic and witty city-dwellers with their loving addiction to coffee, and its immense and diverse culinary world among other things. And yet, most tourists end up eating at the nearest Sbarro or getting a frappucino from Starbucks and walking around Times Square dazzled by all the lights and attractions. While for a first trip to New York that might be mildly acceptable, here at Vimbly, we prize and encourage unique experiences that further enhance your love for the city. NYC offers something for everyone, which means that every person that comes to/lives in this city can’t only want over-caffeinated/cloyingly sweet coffee and soggy slices of pizza. So, we went out and searched for the food tours that will please any palate, but will also give people insight into the food they’re nomming on, the store’s history as well as the neighborhood’s story and role in New York’s identity. Here are our top three picks:

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    Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest
    Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest

    Ahoy NY Tours and Tasting

    This walking tour of NYC was another experience that we really cannot stop talking about. What are two places in the city that every New Yorker wishes he/she knew like the back of his/her hand? Easy. Chinatown and Little Italy. This tour does a little bit of walking, and a little bit of neat history and tales of gangs and shootings, and a lot of taste-testing--you will not need to eat anything else that day, make sure to come hungry, too! Alana, our sweet, energetic and knowledgeable tour guide, kept our minds engaged and our tummies full. We started in Little Italy at THE oldest cheese store in NYC, Alleva Dairy, where we tried their homemade prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella. Whose knees wouldn’t buckle at the taste of freshly made mozzarella? At the next cheesy stop, Di Palo’s, we simply couldn’t get enough the Piave cheese. We would be lying if we said we haven’t gone back there to get more of that drool-inducing cheese. For the rest of the Little Italy portion, we had one very delicious slice of pizza as well as Ferrara Bakery’s famed cannoli. So, instead of sitting down at restaurants, which according to Alana is an absolute tourist trap, we got to experience the wonderful grocery-shopping experience Little Italy truly is. Apparently this place was not always smiles and cheese-induced happiness, though. Alana captivated our imagination with historical anecdotes of gangs and killings in this neighborhood. Moving into Chinatown, we learned interesting facts about the area’s mysterious nature after heavy Chinese immigration in the late 1800s. As we listened to all the neat trivia, we also digested some delectable bites such as pork and vegetable dumplings from Tasty Dumpling and the original egg roll from Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Both of these were our favorites in Chinatown without a doubt. If you are ever visiting New York, skip Times Square and just come right down to this surprising and mouthwatering tour, you will learn so much about these two diverse neighborhoods and will have places to come back to to get your fill of local flavor.

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    Greenwich Village Food Tour
    Greenwich Village Food Tour

    Free Tours By Foot

    Get the ultimate foodie experience on a walking tour of Greenwich Village, one of the city's most historic areas, celebrated for its vast selection of cuisines. From Mediterranean delicacies and desserts to good ol' New York style pizza, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Expand your palette with the savory flavors of prociutto arancini and not-your-average bagel and shmear, or satisfy your sweet tooth with cajeta caramel and crepes galore. Drooling yet? We warned ya!

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