What is the Brooklyn Tour?
Its a full day driving tour of Brooklyn where we explore about 6 distinct neighborhoods not very easily reached otherwise. While there will be plenty of interesting food involved, the tour is more of a cultural immersion experience with the goal to show visitors the “real” Brooklyn
What time does it start and finish?
9 to around 5 although an earlier finish time can be requested. I’m usually around the pickup location 15 minutes prior.
How much does it cost?
At the time of this writing its $100 per person for 3 or more people in the tour (regardless if its the same group or not), and $125 for just 2 people.
What’s included in the price
All food and water.
Can I come solo?
Yes! But as long as I can combine you with another group. Many solo travelers have joined this tour over the last year, and its a great way to meet other people. But I need at least two people for the tour
When should I book?
As early as possible, and as soon as you know your dates. Considering the size of the tours, these book fast
How do I book?
Just send me an email with your dates, and how many people. EatingWithZiggy@gmail.com
How many people can the tour include?
4 to 5, or as many as I can fit into an SUV with a folding third raw. 4 comfortably plus 1 smaller person in the back.
Where is the pickup location?
22 Warren st (outside of Gran Morsi restaurant) in downtown Manhattan. Its very convenient to most subway lines and our purpose. The goal is to leave Manhattan asap and have as much time as possible in Brooklyn. I may on occasion pick from convenient locations in Brooklyn (most Brooklyn locations like Williamsburg are not very convenient for this tour)
Where is the drop off location?
Just across the river in or near Brooklyn Heights. Traffic patterns in the afternoon often make it very difficult to drive to/from Manhattan, but I will make it as convenient as I possibly can for you. Many prefer to be dropped in Dumbo and walk Brooklyn Bridge back, concluding a wonderful day in Brooklyn. Some prefer to be dropped at the most convenient subway station.
What neighborhoods are we going to see in Brooklyn?
Red Hook – One of NY’s most trendiest, up and coming neighborhoods.
Green-Wood Cemetery – Perhaps the most beautiful and important cemetery in the US
Brighton Beach – The nations biggest Russian speaking neighborhood
Coney Island – Perhaps the most iconic Brooklyn neighborhood
Sunset Park – Home to the most genuine Chinatown in the US today, and little Mexico
Brooklyn Heights – Brooklyn’s richest and most historic neighborhood.
If we have time: Prospect Park South – An historic district consisting of large homes in a park-like environment
What are we going to eat?
All sorts of good stuff. Nothing is set in stone as some places close sometimes and the tour does change on occasion (to the better). But it may include a visit to a chocolate factory, experience the best key lime pie in NYC, Portuguese egg tarts, Chinese, Uzbek, Uyghur, BBQ. We will also visit some International stores and a Chinese and/or Russian supermarket.
Should I make dinner plans?
No! Unless its very late. You will not be hungry for a while. This may be a good day to have some late pizza and I can certainly help with that.
What about gluten-free, vegetarian, allergies?
Yes, all can be accommodated. The only thing I cant promise is avoiding the possibility of cross contamination. Also, many of the people working in some of these places have extremely limited English but I will do my best
My husband is a very picky. Will he starve?
I had plenty of picky eaters so far that came back very satisfied. If anything some of this may change your views on food. And there’s always Nathan’s!
You are not available for my dates. Can you recommend a similar tour?
I get this asked often. I’m not aware of anything remotely close to this tour unfortunately. The closest I know are the various pizza tours like A slice of Brooklyn and Scott’s Pizza Tour. These are bigger, more organized bus tours that are fun no doubt, but you can get amazing pizza in Manhattan as well. I concentrate on the things you cant.
Can I customize the tour with you?
Only if you are the only party. If you want to see other parts or eat other foods like pizza, we can. But if I’ll feel that you will get a lesser experience as a result, I will let you know
How much walking is involved?
Not much. Between 15 to 30 minutes in each neighborhood with plenty of stops
What if I fall asleep in the car. Will you drive around the drop off location for a while until I wake up, and put some easy listening in the process?
Yes, I’ve done that too.