Posts Tagged With: Hell’s Kitchen Food Tour

More About the Tours

img_7125I’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.

img_3935Brooklyn 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.

For any inquiries email EatingWithZiggy@gmail.com

Soon I will have a separate site for the tours, so not to make this a commercial area.  Its still a food blog first.

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Food-pourri

Reviver Mahi

Reviver Mahi

Random EWZ food news, announcements, and other nonsense

Ziggy gains weight!  This means two health plays entering the Hell’s Kitchen Survival Guide.  Fairly newish Reviver is a small take-out fast food spot on 8th ave with a varied health, gluten-free conscious menu.  And Mooncake Foods, a chainlet with three locations offering various Asian inspired meals like tuna, salmon over rice, and some excellent soups I’ve been enjoying the last few years.  Perhaps I should finally join… what’s that thing called… Googling… a Gym (stop laughing family, friends).  The closest thing to a gym in my life was when Mrs Z brought me the wrong deodorant one day, just so I could come home from work a little stinky, or manly, as if I’m coming from the gym.

Mark the date.  The Ziggat 50 is coming, December 9th!  The Ziggat 50 (will be changed to the Ziggy 50 once I get sued) will feature Ziggy’s favorite $10-100 meals in NYC.  This means it will feature places that are generally less than $100 per person (no Marea, Ko, etc), and more than $10 person (no pizza slices, cheap tacos, etc).   A list for the rest of us 99%.

Capizzi Pizza

Capizzi Pizza

Staten Island Pizza – I’ve always said that the only reason to cross bridges to Staten Island is for Sri-Lankan.  Well, I’ve been saying that for years while secretly enjoying some amazing pizza in SI as of late.  Joe & Pats, Giove, Nonna’s, Lee’s Tavern, the inventor of the bar pizza, and of course the classic, always busy Denino’s.  Check out this recently produced One Minute Meal on Denino’s.  And in a couple of weeks there will be another big name joining the gamg, Capizzi of Hell’s Kitchen.  Owner Joe is no stranger to Staten Island.  He’s converting his old classic NY-American La Bella on Hylan blvd, promising to dish out pizzas just like in Ziggy fave Capizzi.

Bruno Pizza – one of my favorite new restaurants of the year is getting a lot of attention as of late.  Pete Wells gave it zero stars in his somewhat bizarre, disgruntled yelp style review.  The attack on hype machines along with other things has instigated heated discussions on Chowhound, and hype praising articles.  Try it yourself, order what I recommend, and judge for yourself.

Hell’s Kitchen Food Tour is closed for the season, and maybe for good.  I’ve met so many great people during the last few years, some of whom are now friends.  On a recent tour with a photographer I brought my big boy camera as well for an upcoming blog post detailing the entire tour.  Stay tuned for that one.  I haven’t made up my mind if this is something I want to continue doing next year

Peace and Love

Ziggy

Bruno Pizza fluke

Bruno Pizza fluke

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