This is not a drill, nor a sales pitch. Just a friendly heads-up. Last year during the last few months of the year, I answered so many requests starting with the word “Unfortunately” that my smart phone started completing “Unfortunately” every time I started a sentence. This year its happening much earlier. I got plenty of availability between now and then, but the month of December is looking mighty busy already, especially with Brooklyn tours.
At the moment, there are a handful of open dates left. The rest are mostly sold out Brooklyn tours, holidays (Christmas, Festivus…), and some time off. There are a handful of mostly weekend walking tours (East Village, Hell’s Kitchen) with availability. I imagine Dyker Heights Xmas lights is one of the culprits for the December tour spike as I get many queries about it. A late Thanksgiving means a later Dyker Heights season this year. Meaning I dont expect a full light show during the first week but I’ll know better when December starts.
Anywho, just want to give some readers the benefit. Any questions or if you want to book a tour, email me at EatingWithZiggy@gmail.com
Its been a fun ride to 100. I met so many cool people from all over the world. From the Maori family from New Zealand who decided to buy a Durian and eat it in a parking lot in Brooklyn’s Chinatown. To the Italian barber from England who keeps sending me clients. Needless to say first full year has been a story filled blast. Thanks to everyone who took the time to review me on Tripadvisor, and to the extensive Tripadvisor forum community. Your support means a lot and keeps me
from losing weight going. Special thanks to the nation of Australia! Good luck in the next Eurovision thing
The Brooklyn, East Village, and Hell’s Kitchen tours took a life of their own. They are like my children and therefore very difficult for me to choose. There’s not a day that goes by without me thinking on how to improve them. And sometimes, on occasion I even do something about it ;). Like adding Green-Wood Cemetery to the Brooklyn tour, or the city’s best Almond Croissants to the East Village tour. Thanks to all the awesome vendors that make this possible.
Here’s to the next 900!
Well, its been a heck of a start! The tours, particularly the Brooklyn tour have evolved nicely. With so many of you taken or in the process of taking all three tours, I started working on a 4th. It may take a while to design this one, and I cant quite say where it will be exactly (mainly because I’m not sure myself), but it will be Downtown somewhere.
I’m extremely grateful to the Trip Advisor community, and the wonderful reviews. I took a chance to do something different without knowing much what to expect. With so many food tours out there, I wanted to create a “product” that is unique enough and the type of experience I look for when I travel. But I dont know if I could connect with those few seeking this without the help of the TA community. So big thanks to TA and everyone who took my tours.
I will also take this opportunity to include a little upcoming schedule due to impending time off. I know this is all unconventional but nothing about this is. If none of these dates work for you still send me your dates, and anything after June 4th
Unless specified, Hell’s Kitchen starts at 2, East Village at 11, Brooklyn at 9:00
4/27 – Free
4/28 – East Village, 10:15 am start. 4 spots left
4/29 – Brooklyn 2 spots left
4/30 – Hell’s Kitchen, 10 am Start, 2 spots left
5/1 – Free
5/2 – EV 3 spots left
5/3 – Free
5/5 – HK 2 spots left
5/6 – EV 2 spots left
5/8 – Free
5/9 – HK 4 spots left
5/10 – Free
5/11 – EV 5 spots left
5/12 – EV 10:30 2 spots left, EV 3:00 PM 4 spots left
5/15 – Free
5/16 – Free
5/17 – HK 11:00 2 spots left
5/19 – HK 3:00 2 spots left
5/20 – 6/4 No Tours
As usual, any tour inquiries send to EatingWithZiggy@gmail.com
Tour website: https://eatingwithziggytours.com/
I decided to do Chelsea Market tours through the winter. I’ve been toying with the idea for a while, but finally decided to do it after the third person asked me. The last one I toured with yesterday. I also noticed many people on Trip Advisor are having trouble navigating through the market, and come out very disappointed, which is a
money opportunity shame. While many New Yorkers avoid the market for its craziness (and by craziness I mean you tourist), the foodies out there, and those in the know go out of their way to eat and shop there. With all our current food halls, courts and markets all over NYC, Chelsea Market is still the most unique one offering the best eats. And unlike say, Little Italy, its touristy for good reason. But as with any such market pretty much, there’s value in going with a local
You can very well explore on your own, and I’ve written plenty here to help you out with the many options. There’s no secret to what I like, but there are a few places not so easy to find (I call one the market speakeasy). I’ve been to Chelsea Market well over 100 times, to the point that I even know what other tour groups are eating. These are big groups that can only do it at 10 am or 2 pm. With smaller groups I can afford a more proper, relaxed walk, and also customize the eats if needed
Who is the tour for: Foodies, locals, market lovers, models, anyone really. I’ve taken both locals and visitors to the market before. If we have time we can also walk on the High Line and I’ll take you to my favorite dessert in Chelsea nearby (outside the market, in addition to dessert in CM). Worse case scenario you’ll have a chance to meet a fun, energetic, good looking local, and I’ll do my very best to find that individual!
$50 per person for now. If interested, email me. Oh and remind me to tell you the story behind the picture below.
Full story on the still work in progress hottest, most talked about tour site in town. As in “Hey, did you hear about Ziggy’s new web site?” “Yes I did, I heard its still a work in progress”, “Yeah, but it looks so clean and neat”, “Yah?”, “Yah!!”
The Case for Private
Some tours developments for ya…
We have a name, a website, and the least attractive attractions on TripAdvisor (meaning the guide, not the experience)
The three tours are shaping up quite nicely. I’ve made some changes to all three already and quite satisfied with all the routes. I’m fairly booked for the holiday season, but not so much after January 3rd. Yes, I’m doing the walking tours throughout the winter
I think the most painful part of this whole process was coming up with the name. Eating With Ziggy Tours ultimately beat Angry Panda, Touring With Ziggy, and Hungry Penguin. I was all set on the last one, but no one liked it. Touring With Ziggy was the natural progression, but then the expectations of Drinking With Ziggy, and Sleeping with Ziggy would follow. I would have already gotten a review on the last one, and I’m afraid it’s not good
It took about 6 weeks but we are finally on Trip Advisor, and Facebook. On Instagram which I finally joined in the summer, I’m “EatingWithZiggy”, and on Twitter I’m still good ol’ Ziggy601
In order to get on TA, I had to quickly create a dedicated site which I’m still working on https://eatingwithziggytours.com/
Why East Village