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Noshwalks 2019

Lunar New Year Lower East Side/Chinatown Combo Tour

Lunar New Year Lower East Side/Chinatown Combo (Manhattan)

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Celebrate the Year of the Pig as we visit two great neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan We'll start with a few traditional tastes of the Jewish Lower East Side – knishes, smoked fish, pickles, bialys and halva, before heading to shops where we can get dumplings, sesame pancakes and other Chinese specialties. (Sometimes the bolder among us get a taste of durian; there's usually a sidewalk vendor cutting durian on the spot.)

MEETING TIME: 1:00 PM

MEETING PLACE: First Park, northwest corner of Houston Street and First Avenue. Map it

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

FEE: Soft-launch discount: $48, includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste). Children 6-12: $16. Free for children under 6.

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Northern Washington Heights (Manhattan)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

One day before we celebrate Presidents Day, why not celebrate Washington Heights? This Noshwalk takes you to Russian, Salvadoran, Venezuelan and Dominican places, plus a possible kosher taste, all the while highlighting the rich historic and cultural sights in the area, including Yeshiva University and United Palace. We will conclude the tour with a light sit-down late lunch/early supper at one of the best Dominican eateries in NYC. This tour can be combined with a morning visit to the Cloisters. We meet not far from the entrance to Fort Tryon Park, where the Cloisters Museum is located.

PS: There is a Southern Washington Heights Noshwalk, but it won't be held while the beautiful Hispanic Society Museum – one of the stops on this tour – is undergoing a major renovation. As of the publication of this tour announcement, the Society had not yet opened to the public.

MEETING TIME: 1:00 PM

MEETING PLACE: Meet on the sidewalk in front of the 190th Street exit of the A train at Fort Washington Avenue, near the entrance to Fort Tryon Park. You will need to take the elevator from the train to get there. The entrance to the train is in a gray brick structure next to a set of stone stairs and an extension of Fort Tryon Park – one of the nicest subway entrances in NYC! Map it

DIRECTIONS: Take the A train to Fort Washington Avenue. Make sure to take the elevator to Fort Washington Avenue from the train station! Do NOT take the tunnel, which leads to Bennett Avenue. The tour ends near another station of the A train.

FEE: $60, 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: Crossing 149th Street (Bronx)

Saturday, March 2, 2019

This Bronx Noshwalk incorporates architectural and cultural highlights as well as 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 exciting 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 and Peru, plus a stop at a soul food eatery, we'll see the Bronx Walk of Fame, 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 are cultivate for use in the manufacture of Bronx Hot Sauce.

We will also visit the Bronx Documentary Center. A truly filling tour for all your senses! This Noshwalk begins near Yankee Stadium and includes a stretch of the beautiful Grand Concourse and a detour through a lovely park.

MEETING TIME: 1:00 PM

MEETING PLACE: Meet at the Lorelei Fountain in Joyce Kilmer Park on the north side of 161st Street opposite Bronx Borough Hall. Map it

DIRECTIONS: Take the D or #4 train to 161st Street/ Yankee Stadium, follow 161st Street uphill to Joyce Kilmer Park at Walton Avenue. Take the park steps to the fountain; to avoid the steps, walk one block further (a gentle uphill) to the Grand Concourse and enter there.

FEE: $60, 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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Bronx Arts and Eats Tour

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

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Get ready for Passover in late April 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 $40 or more for a one-pound box.

MEETING TIME: 1:00 PM. Please arrive early if you want to browse. (It's worth it!)

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: $60, 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 New Jersey: Newark's Ironbound (Newark, New Jersey)

Saturday, April 6, 2019

People often ask when I'm going to lead this Noshwalk! I usually wait until the second half of the year, but this year I'm offering it in the spring. (If this date doesn't work and you really want to do it, get a few friends together and we can arrange a private tour.)

On this Noshwalk we focus on the Portuguese, Brazilian and – recently added because of its added importance - Ecuadorean tasting opportunities in Newark's Ironbound district, a short jaunt from Newark's Penn Station. We'll check out bakeries, markets and some restaurants (think barbecue!) and also non-food stores selling crafts and textiles. (In cold weather we've enjoyed going to a Brazilian soup shop and tasting different soups but we can do it this time around, too, if you want; I can always eat soup!) Dessert is the classic custard tart pastel de nata, which you may wish to taste with a traditional galão (coffee with steamed milk).

At the end, those who wish to stay a bit longer can join your tour guide to visit a huge market with excellent Portuguese, Brazilian and many Latin American products. When you've finished gaping at this marvelous shop, and probably doing some buying as well, Penn Station is a short walk away.

MEETING TIME: 12:45 PM

MEETING PLACE: in front of Ironbound Station Plaza, 2 Ferry Street, Newark, where Ferry Street meets Market Street. It's just opposite Newark Penn Station. Map it

DIRECTIONS: Travel options from NYC: New Jersey Transit – Penn Station, Manhattan (enter at 7th Avenue and 31st Street). The train trip is about 20 minutes to Penn Station-Newark. Try for the 12:07 or 12:14 train. (Of course, check for schedule AND fare updates). The regular train fare is $5.25; $2.45 for travelers 62 and older. PATH: World Trade Center station at 70 Vesey Street to Penn Station/Newark. Saturday trains leave every 20 minutes and take about 22 minutes to reach Newark/Penn Station. The fare is $2.75. Try to get the 12:07 PATH train. Again – check for schedule updates.

FEE: $60 – includes tastes but not personal beverages and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down tasting. Children 6-12: $20; free for children under 6.

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ASTORIA (Queens)

Sunday, April 14, 2019

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 and discuss the historic Kaufman Studios and the Museum of the Moving Image. It's a fun and filling experience! Depending on the group, we sometimes buy delicious Egyptian grilled octopus. We finish with delicious pastries at a Moroccan bakery.

PS: 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

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 1 ½ 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!)

FEE: $60, 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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Parkchester & Beyond (Bronx)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

This is the only Noshwalk where we recommend that you bring binoculars –and you'll understand why when you're there! Our visit to this fascinating planned community includes a huge Chinese market and delicious tastes of Bangladesh and Mexico. Following a mini-feast of food from these countries, we take a short walk to another neighborhood –and other continents – to enjoy Yemeni savories and Italian dessert! You can also buy some of the best coffee (ground with cardamom) to take home.

MEETING TIME: 12:30 PM

MEETING PLACE: In front of Apple Bank, 74 Hugh J. Grant Circle. This is a beautiful landmarked bank building – you can't miss it! Map it

DIRECTIONS: Take the 6 train to Parkchester. It is elevated. You will see this big Art Deco bank building from the platform!

FEE: $60, 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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Bay Ridge Walkting Tour

Bay Ridge (Brooklyn)

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Bay Ridge embodies the old and new in Brooklyn, with its old-fashioned ice cream parlors and many new markets and eateries catering to people from around the world who now call it home. Our focus is on the great ethnic tastes to be found here, but we'll steer you to ice cream if you want it afterward! Among our tastes: the best string cheese in New York; Syrian take-out specialties; Greek honey cookies, Danish kringler, Lebanese or Yemeni appetizers, Turkish dessert and rose-flavored lemonade. (In one recent version, sat down for Yemeni savories and Turkish pudding and coffee.)

As the neighborhood changes, we always look for something new! This tour includes several wonderful markets – bring a tote bag or have extra space in your backpack because you will definitely want to bring food home!

MEETING TIME: 1:00 PM

MEETING PLACE: Meet in front of The Family Store, 6905 Third Avenue. Map it

DIRECTIONS: Take the R train to Bay Ridge Avenue, turn east one block to Third Avenue, turn left (north) ½ block

FEE: $60, 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: East Bronx Story (Bronx)

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Come hungry AND curious as we enjoy a walk that spotlights a fascinating combination of food diversity and history in a slice of the Bronx that foodies have yet to devour. There are some great markets en route, so bring a backpack as well as your appetite. Tastes will be drawn from four or five of the following: Trinidadean, Guinean, Venezuelan, Dominican, Salvadoran, Bangladeshi and West African.

MEETING TIME: 12:00 NOON

MEETING PLACE: Meet at the sculpture of an empty chair with a dictionary under it located in Owen F. Dolen Park in Westchester Square, south of the intersection of East Tremont Avenue and Westchester Avenue and next to the exit from the train station Map it

DIRECTIONS: Take the #6 train to Westchester Square. (As always, check www.mta.info to plan and time your trip)

FEE: $60, 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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Paterson

Nosh New Jersey: Peruvian Paterson (Paterson, NJ)

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Join Noshwalks for a Memorial Day weekend trip to the largest Peruvian community outside of Peru… and a side trip to the nearby historic Great Falls Historic district AND a quick visit to the free (and wonderful) Paterson Museum. We'll check out markets and bakeries and have two sit-down noshes, one for appetizers, the second for an entrée and dessert. Taste Peruvian tamales (nothing like Mexican ones!) and causa, a stuffed potato specialty. Have ceviche or rotisserie chicken for an entrée. (We can arrange Peruvian salads for vegetarians.) Try a purple corn/rice pudding dessert! While mostly Peruvian, this area has markets and restaurants representing other countries as well, including an Argentinian cafe. Get to know this bustling area – and experience a great way to get there, using one of a network of vans known as the "Spanish buses." With these vans, you don't have to track a schedule – you just have to be at the stop. They keep coming!

MEETING TIME: 11:30 AM

MEETING PLACE: Meet in the waiting room of the George Washington Bridge bus terminal at Fort Washington Avenue between 178th and 179th Streets. (Close subway is the A train at 175th Street – take the 177th Street exit.) We will take one of the so-called "Spanish buses" (25-seat vans) that leave regularly from the terminal. The trip is about 45 minutes. Contact me at noshwalks@aol.com for a meeting time and place in Paterson. Map it

FEE: $55 includes all tastes, but not personal beverages. Transportation is $6.50 (cash) each way on the van. There are no senior discounts. If you love the museum (most people do), set aside a dollar or two (or more) for a donation.

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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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