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Noshwalks 2020 Walking Tours

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Noshwalks 2020

Lunar New Year Lower East Side/Chinatown Combo Tour

Lower East Side & Chinatown (including welcoming the Year of the Rat!)

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Our debut Noshwalk of 2020 combines tastes of the Lower East Side and Chinatown. We’ll discuss traditions of the Lunar New Year (the Year of the Rat – 4718) and taste treats associated with the holiday. But before we get to Chinatown, we’ll also sample great Lower East Side classics – knishes, smoked fish, pickles, bialys and halva. Then we’ll head for dumplings, sesame pancakes and other Chinese specialties. We’ll stop by a shop selling Lunar New Year decorations. If you’re adventurous, there’s usually a sidewalk vendor slicing durian, the southeast Asian fruit banned on Singapore mass transit because of its odor! Afterward, I’ll walk the group to Museum of Chinese in America, where you can learn more about the Lunar New Year and American-Chinese history and culture. For further exploring, your map also lists nearby destinations in Little Italy.

MEETING TIME: 1:00 PM

MEETING PLACE: First Park, northwest corner of Houston Street and First Avenue. This tour will probably last 3 ½ hours. Map it

DIRECTIONS: Take the F train to 2nd Avenue; exit at First Avenue

FEE: $63, includes all tastes but not personal beverages. $20 for children ages 6 to 12, free if younger

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DINING OUT WITH NOSHWALKS – Azerbaijani food in Brooklyn

Sunday, February 23, 2020

We created “Dining Out with Noshwalks” a few years ago as an opportunity to have a full meal in a neighborhood where Noshwalks take place but didn’t have a chance to try out a full meal. We held them in the evening. In the 2020 “reboot,” we’ll go to neighborhoods included in Noshwalks as well as some that aren’t, and we’ll have a midday meal. We will share expenses and you’ll have the opportunity to try more dishes. We’ve usually bought mostly appetizers and a few entrees, depending on how many we are. We sometimes have dessert in the restaurant or go elsewhere, depending on our location and the menu. All restaurants have vegetarian options. You will get the name and address of the restaurant upon registration.

For this experience, I’m considering one of three Azerbaijani restaurants, and will decide one week before the tour. I encourage you to bring friends – the more the merrier!

MEETING TIME: 2:00 PM

MEETING PLACE: Location and directions will be sent to you one week prior to the tour.

FEE: $10 per person. Bring friends – more people, more tastes!

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Nosh The Bronx: Belmont/Little Italy of the Bronx (Bronx)

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Get ready for a tasteful tour of Bronx's own Little Italy (sometimes also known as “Little Albania”!) as we explore a neighborhood perfect for cool weather touring. Settled by Italian immigrants more than a century ago, this neighborhood is quite compact and there’s lots to see and eat! (And more than Italian!) We’ll have what may be the best homemade mozzarella ever, “pocket coffee” (you’ll find out when we get there), clams, and two of the best breads in NYC (I swear – the BEST olive bread is in this neighborhood!) – and other local delights. But we’ll also add tastes from elsewhere in this journey, including bureks from a pizzeria owned by Albanians.

I can offer an "add-on" BEFORE we head to Belmont, which would include stops at Poe Cottage and a trio of markets offering Cambodian, Caribbean and South Asian foods. It extends the tour by about 30 minutes in a fascinating and worthwhile way. There is a modest extra charge. If interested, contact noshwalks@aol.com

MEETING TIME: 12:30 PM

MEETING PLACE: Meet in front of the old box office of the Loew’s Paradise Theater (now a church) at 2403 Grand Concourse. *If you want the ADD-ON, please write to noshwalks@aol.com for the time and meeting place. Map it

DIRECTIONS: Take the D train to Fordham Road, exit at 188th Street, walk south to the Loew’s. You can also take the 4 train to Fordham Road, walk east on Fordham Road, bear right at the intersection with 188th Street, continue to the Grand Concourse, turn right.

FEE: Nosh the Bronx special for 2020: $55, includes all tastes but not personal beverages, tax or tip if we have a sit-down stop. $20 for children ages 6 to 12, free if younger.

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Bronx Arts and Eats Tour

Pre-Passover Shmurah Matzoh Noshwalk in Borough Park (Brooklyn)

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Get ready for Passover next month as we tour bakeries, appetizing shops, a wonderful candy and nut store, and a Yemeni market in bustling Borough Park. This tour includes one sit-down for traditional noshes, but there are plenty of tastes en route! We'll also stop by some of the area's well-known synagogues. We conclude our tour at a shmura matzoh factory, which prepares hand-made Passover matzoh and where we can watch matzoh being made according to strict guidelines. You may take photos here. If you want to buy matzoh, you'll do best to pre-order and then pick it up on the day of the Noshwalk. Please write to noshwalks@aol.com for details on ordering. Shmura matzoh prices have risen dramatically in recent years so be prepared to pay at least $42 (2019 prices) or more for a one-pound box of white flour matzoh. Whole wheat matzoh is about $2 more per box.

MEETING TIME: 1:00 PM. Please arrive early if you want to browse. (It's worth it! We have found that children enjoy this store, too.)

MEETING PLACE: Eichler's Books, 5004 13th Avenue. Map it

DIRECTIONS: Take the D train to 50th Street at New Utrecht Avenue, walk east on 50th to 13th Avenue. Turn right to Eichler's. Because of occasional subway construction work on weekends, please check www.mta.info for construction alerts. You can send an e-mail to noshwalks@aol.com for travel advice prior to the tour.

FEE: $63, includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20. Free for children under 6.

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NOSH THE BRONX SPECIAL: Crossing 149th Street (Bronx)

Saturday, April 3, 2020

This Bronx Noshwalk incorporates architectural and cultural highlights with great food, as we head towards and beyond the historic Hub – a convergence of streets that could be called the borough’s own Times Square, with 149th Street as its east-west spine. At this time, it’s the focus of much new development, and this area (Mott Haven) may well take on a new look in a few years. In addition to tasting food of Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Peru, plus a stop at a soul food eatery, we’ll see the Bronx Walk of Fame, the Bronx Documentary Center, a series of WPA murals painted by Ben Shahn (which is housed in a post office building currently undergoing renovation, so we’ll hope we can see them), and a community garden where peppers used in the manufacture of Bronx Hot Sauce are cultivated. A truly filling tour!

MEETING TIME: 1:00 PM

MEETING PLACE: Meet by the Lorelei Fountain, Joyce Kilmer Park, at 161st Street between Walton Avenue and the Grand Concourse. Map it

DIRECTIONS: Take the 4 or D train to Yankee Stadium, walk uphill along 161st Street until you reach the park (on your left). Opposite the park is the beautiful Bronx County Building and courthouse.

FEE: $55, includes all tastes but not personal beverages, tax or tip, which are shared. $20 for children ages 6 to 12, free if younger.

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ASTORIA (Queens)

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Some people think of Astoria as Greek, but Noshwalks takes a bigger picture, including Brazilian, Venezuelan, Balkan, and North African tastes … and, yes, Greek, too! We also pass the historic Kaufman Studios and the Museum of the Moving Image. Depending on the group, we sometimes buy delicious Egyptian grilled octopus. We finish with delicious pastries at a Moroccan bakery.

This area is great for shopping, so as in all Noshwalks, you're advised to bring a backpack or tote to bring food home. Some people bring freezer bags and Tupperware.

MEETING TIME: 1:00 PM, This tour usually lasts 3½ hours

MEETING PLACE: In front of Rio Market, 32-15 36th Avenue at 33rd Street. map it

DIRECTIONS: Take the Queens-bound N train to 36th Avenue. Walk east 1½ blocks. (PS: If you're new to NYC, be careful: If you take the N to Brooklyn and you'll reach 36th Street. Make sure you're Queens bound!) Please check mta.info Trip Planner before you go in case of any route changes over the weekend.

FEE: $63, includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $20. Free for children under 6.

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DINING OUT WITH NOSHWALKS – Central American Food in Queens

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Jamaica, Queens, is home to the largest cluster of Central Americans in New York City, and we will dine in one of the nicest (and oldest) restaurants serving the delicious cuisine of this area. This restaurant also makes great smoothies and has its own bakery, so we might linger here for espresso and dessert, or wander elsewhere in this historic area of Jamaica. (To walk off some of the food, we may look at some of the sites en route to the subway.)

MEETING TIME: 2:00 PM

MEETING PLACE: Location and directions will be sent to you one week prior to the tour.

FEE: $10 – the location will be e-mailed to you at least one week prior to the dinner. Bring friends! The more people at the table, the more tastes we can share!

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TRANSPORTATION TIP

If you are using mass transportation, please check www.mta.info for possible changes in subway routes. Go to Service Advisories for NYC Transit and check any subway lines you may take.  As always, leave extra time for weekend travel. You can also e-mail me for estimates of how long it should take to get to our meeting place. If you are driving, use www.mapquest.com to plan your route. Contact me for parking tips.

FEES

If we sit down in a restaurant rather than take food out, we will share in the tip. Such sit-down stops have been added to a number of tours (even when the stops are short) and these will be indicated at the outset of each tour and in the text. Your guide will order the tastes. Personal orders will be covered by the customer.

If you are having difficulty registering on line, please contact noshwalks@aol.com or call 212-222-2243. You'll have a much quicker response through e-mail.

CUSTOM TOURS

Custom noshwalks can be booked on weekdays or weekends by alumni groups, trade associations, overseas visitors, conventioneers, employee outings and student organizations—and any other group looking for a unique and fun New York experience. Groups can range from one person to 25.

 
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