I’m getting a lot of questions about the tours, so want to put this out there. I started booking tours for this month and well into January, and already have some days full. But quite a few are still open, and with all the bookings I got so far a schedule is born, well sort of (send me your dates).
About the tours and prices: These are not budget tours by any stretch. Compared to what you get at some of the other tours (half a slice of pizza, half a hod dog, half a joke. I know because I took some of these tours), this one is quite gourmet. In case you havent noticed, I’m a food snob (Ask my wife about her attempt at tacos last night – I was being super nice). I take you to some of my favorite places, with little regard to price. Each place comes with a personality, and a story. Keep in mind that a proper mid range meal in NYC is around $75 per person. And some of the tour agencies charge you between $200 (two hours) to $600 (Full day) for a private tour. I have to keep prices as low as I possibly can, for the time being at least.
Brooklyn Tour – I pick you up from the hotel (assuming its conveniently located) at 9:00 AM and we travel through Brooklyn like no other tour company does to my knowledge, in a comfortable car. We hit very diverse, ethnic, and in some cases picturesque neighborhoods like Sunset Park, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Flatbush – Ditmas Park, and historic Prospect Park South. If we’ll have time we’ll get to Red Hook too. This is the real Brooklyn. We’ll walk and explore about 3 or 4 neighborhoods, and eat some wonderful stuff. Other tours just drive around from one pizza place to another fooling tourists into believing they cant get better in Manhattan. They certainly can. I suspect we are back anywhere from 4 to 6 pm depending on how much fun we have and traffic. During Christmas season we’ll end in Dyker Heights for the lights ($100 per. 2 person minimum for now. Will work with families). 4 people max.
Hell’s Kitchen Food Tour – This neighborhood has a very complex and 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 the area. $60 per. We meet at 2 pm on the southeast corner of West 48th st and 8th ave (In front of FDNY Engine 54). 5 people max.
East Village Food Tour – Similar to the Hell’s Kitchen tour except that this is an entirely different neighborhood with its own unique history and stories. It reminds me of Sicily in a sense that the neighborhood went through so much, with a constant flow of invasions of people and cultures. Oh and only the best food neighborhood on the east coast. About 4 hours. $60 per person. Meet at 11 am, Location TBD. 5 people max.
Hells Kitchen tour via Local Expeditions – Essentially the same as the food tour without most of the food stops. Its a 2-3 hour area tour with just a couple of food stops. $40 per. We meet at 10 am on the southeast corner of West 48th st and 8th ave (In front of FDNY Engine 54). 10 people max.
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Soon I will have a separate site for the tours, so not to make this a commercial area. Its still a food blog first.