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Welcome to Noshwalks 2020 ~ Our 21st Season!

Delicious walking tours of New York City's ethnic neighborhoods!

September 28, 2020

Dear Friends of Noshwalks:

Suspending Noshwalks during the COVID pandemic has been a sad necessity.

But I don't want to give them up altogether, especially since New York City has made good progress in keeping COVID under control. So I'm currently considering several ways to create "Noshwalks 2.0" in order to offer the Noshwalks experience safely as well as enjoyably. It's important to me to keep supporting the neighborhoods that have enriched my own life in New York City for so many years and in so many ways! They are what makes New York City unique and vibrant.

So here are my ideas:

  1. Private tours for family groups or friends who have been steadily in touch with each other;
  2. Walks of no more than six people, appropriately distanced, to cover a Noshwalks route with occasional stops for outdoor tasting and timed market visits;
  3. "Noshwalks-to-Go," an option I've offered informally for a while. For a fee that I negotiate with the client, I prepare a detailed map and annotated notes that enable you to follow the suggested route. The notes describe not just the individual stops but local history, culture and landmarks. Some destinations have great murals, others have historical significance, and so on. If you've taken a Noshwalk, you've seen me incorporate such information into your experience. I prepare these packets on request and walk the route on my own before I write it up to ensure that places I'm recommending are still in business shortly before you plan to go.

Private tours will be arranged on request and priced based on a range of variables, which I will discuss with you. I aim to create a unique experience for all customers. (By the way, tours closer to where I live in northern Manhattan are less expensive than tours that require extensive travel for me.) As with Noshwalks-to-Go, I will scope out each tour before I complete the notes to check out what is open and what is safe.

Mask-wearing will be required on all Noshwalks, and I recommend you wear face masks if you opt for a "Noshwalk-to-Go."

* Please also note that for the time being, I am NOT recommending visits to the heavily kosher neighborhoods in Brooklyn where COVID rates have been rising due to non-mask compliance, either as a tour I lead or a Noshwalk-to-Go. These include Gravesend (Kings Highway/Sephardic Brooklyn), Williamsburg and Borough Park. I also pair a short Crown Heights Noshwalk with a tour of Caribbean Brooklyn and would not recommend that tour at this time. I hope the situation changes, of course, because I love those areas.

I am gradually catching up with visits to Noshwalks neighborhoods and will recommend tours to those where I observe high mask-wearing compliance.

Let me know what you think!

I hope you are safe and I look forward to seeing you!

 

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Myra Alperson
founder, owner Noshwalks & Noshnews

Did you know the London Guardian named Noshwalks one of the world's 20 best food tours? Read about it in The Guardian.

Noshwalks is your best opportunity to explore delicious neighborhoods within the five boroughs of New York City AND fascinating neighborhoods in Newark and Paterson, New Jersey. We specialize in designing unusual tours in neighborhoods tourists (and many New Yorkers) don't generally know. Our unique tours combine local culture with great tastes. YOU can join these expeditions, using mass transit to reach all of them. (Of course, you can drive, too.). .

You'll love our tours if you love food from around the world
and have a taste for adventure.
For less than the price of a Broadway theater ticket you'll have a unique urban adventure with enough tastes to constitute a great meal!


Highlights of the Coming Year
Dining Out With Noshwalks - Full sit-down meals and dessert at delicious destinations in neighborhoods we know well. Pay a registration fee to join, then share the price of our meal (including tips and tax) and enjoy great company! You will end up tasting more and paying less than if you went on your own. These are scheduled for every six to eight weeks.
Public Noshwalks - in all the boroughs, plus Peruvian Paterson, Middle Eastern Paterson and the Portuguese, Brazilian and Ecuadorean delights o Newark's Ironbound. Tours will be added to the schedule shortly. Keep watching!
Private Tours - Do you want to go to a neighborhood where there's a Noshwalk, but with a specific group? Organize friends, family, school chums, business colleagues, and more... and let's arrange a tour tailored to what you want! PRIVATE TOURS ARE AVAILABLE WEEKDAYS AS WELL AS WEEKENDS.
Nosh The Bronx - The new frontier for exciting eating and exploring is our only mainland borough, the Bronx. If you're interested in buying a package of Nosh the Bronx Noshwalks, let me know and we'll put something together! Several of the wonderful neighborhoods we visit are not well-known to tourists - or to New Yorkers who live outside the Bronx. A few Nosh the Bronx Noshwalks will be on the public schedule, but there are about seven in all!
Noshwalks-To-Go - Can't make a scheduled Noshwalk and prefer to explore on your own? For a fee, Noshwalks will provide you a map and annotated notes to take the Noshwalk on your own.

Our tours are fun, informative, original and delicious. Once you’ve tried us, you’ll know why we say… Nosh your way from Odessa to Bombay and never leave New York!View our Tour Schedule to see if anything tempts you or learn about the custom tour program to see how I can organize a private Noshwalk for your group or organization.

Each season of tours can take you through the richest ethnic neighborhoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island and, since 2014, tours in New Jersey of Newark's Portuguese and Brazilian Ironbound and Jersey City's ethnic treasures in Journal Square. .

Like Noshwalks on Facebook, there's lots of information not just on our tours but on other great food-themed events, sightings and developments in New York City!
We are taking requests!
Send e-mail to noshwalks@aol.com with the names of tours you would like to take and a selection of dates. Noshwalks will try to accommodate you!

This Web site will tell you all you need to know about Noshwalks, but here’s a thumbnail:

In February ‘99, I launched Noshnews Blog, a newsletter about the best markets, bakeries and eateries in NYC’s ethnic neighborhoods, and in August 2000 I began leading Noshwalks. I introduced “custom” walks in 2001. But I’ve been sharing my passion for NYC neighborhoods with folks since co-founding Hungry Pedalers Gourmet Bicycle Tours in 1983. (See About Myra Alperson for details.)

Below are some comments from folks who’ve joined Noshwalks, along with some photos. Then click away through the rest of the Web site for more details (and pictures). I hope to meet you on a Noshwalk some time!

β€” Myra Alperson, Noshwalks Founder and Guide

DINING OUT WITH NOSHWALKS

SERVING DESSERT AT EL CHIVITO D'ORO, A URUGUAYAN RESTAURANT IN JACKSON HEIGHTS, QUEENS (DINING OUT WITH NOSHWALKS)

JACKSON HEIGHTS

TASTING DULCE DE LECHE-FILLED MINI PASTRIES AT CONFITERIA BUENOS AIRES, JACKSON HEIGHTS

Press

Featured in the New York Times article, Changing Tastes, From Lingonberry to Baba Ghanouj.

Excerpt: Myra Alperson is a matchmaker of sorts. Multimedia Slide Show A NoshWalk Through Bay Ridge She brings together people curious about exploring the city and introduces them to out-of-the-way neighborhoods they may never have visited. And like Napoleon's army, her crew travels on its stomach.

Featured in Time Out New York's Own This City: Non-touristy walking-tour companies

Noshwalks Bubbly epicure Myra Alperson uses food—and lots of it—to draw crowds to out-of-the-way neighborhoods in all five boroughs. A typical Noshwalk tempts you with treats from bakeries, groceries and restaurants; on past jaunts, Alperson has taken tourgoers to a kosher matzoh factory in Brooklyn and a Sri Lanken market in Staten Island. Oh, and there’s some walking, too.

FLUSHING QUEENS

DELICIOUS NAAN BREAD AND PAKISTANI MEAT BALLS AT AL RAHMANIA, FLUSHING QUEENS

DINING OUT WITH NOSHWALKS

KOREAN BBQ, WEST 32ND STREET, MANHATTAN, DINING OUT WITH NOSHWALKS

Testimonials

What a wonderful day we had with you on the food tour in the Bronx!!! ["Crossing 149th Street" Noshwalk] I knew the food would be great, but didn't know I would learn so much about the area that we saw as we walked and visited the neighborhoods. Thanks for all the insight into the people and places. Your passion for saving the beautiful structures, murals, etc. is refreshing!!

β€”June Waddill

[We] really enjoyed our afternoon in Astoria with you. I can fully understand why so many New Yorkers do repeated trips with you. I'm hoping that on our next visit to the city we'll be able to go exploring with you again.

β€”Kathy P. and Larry M.

[My friend] really enjoyed the Lower East SIde-Chinatown Noshwalk. I think he initially came because I wanted to go and he was being polite. He's now a fan. Thanks!

β€” C. D.

Myra, My wife and I enjoyed Sunset Park last week and want to thank-you for being our guide . Your passion and knowledge are clearly shared with everyone and have made us further interested in future walks.

β€” DAN KEMP

Thanks for introducing us to another interesting food neighborhood and a wonderful restaurant that we never would have tried without your input.

β€” DEB MARKOW

JACKSON HEIGHTS

BUYING SPINACH PIE AND EMPANADAS AT EL CHIVITO D'ORO, JACKSON HEIGHTS

SHMURA MATZOH FACTORY, BOROUGH PARK

SHMURA MATZOH FACTORY, BOROUGH PARK

Noshwalks offer a chance to get under the skin of the REAL New York, and get a great meal as well!

β€” ROWAN BRIDGE
Producer, BBC Radio

Your tour was absolutely marvelous - from the full report from Tom and Mike - and you treated them like kings! I simply cannot thank you enough for their experience! Both Tom and Mike were amazed at the architecture, neighborhoods, foods, and more. Things they just didn't think about would be in NYC or that would catch their eye if they decided, on their own, ‘so what shall we do and see today.’ Incredible. Your help with the subway and a million other little details was well beyond the norm.

β€” JAN JERRELLS, Nebraska
(Bought her husband a trip to NYC and a Noshwalk!)


We had a wonderful time thanks to you! We would never have found as many terrific places! We wandered and noshed and bought treats to take home, and ended our journey back at Tandoori restaurant, where the owner seated us with another couple, who were immigrants from Tashkent. We had a great time with them, and stuffed ourselves with wonderful food - it was the perfect end to a perfect afternoon. Thank you again.

β€” a visitor to NYC who toured Rego Park on a day when I wasn't available for a custom tour, so for a fee, I provided her with materials to take her own walk.


Everyone was very impressed by the breadth of your knowledge β€” regarding shopping opportunities, food, synagogue history, etc. VERY informative! You really had EXCELLENT information and had clearly done your homework! I am still hearing from people when they see me that they really enjoyed the day.

β€” a woman who hired me to lead a tour of Borough Park and Brighton Beach for a synagogue group of 40.

JACKSON HEIGHTS

Kosher specialties at Nesher, Borough Park

SHMURA MATZOH FACTORY, BOROUGH PARK

Tasting fresh ravioli at Terranova Bakery, Belmont, Bronx - Vera Terranova is at the left

 

Noshwalks β€” New York Culinary Walking Tours β€” (212) 222-2243 β€” noshwalks@aol.com
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