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January 7, 2017 Belmont/Bronx (Little Italy of the Bronx)
March 4, 2017 Bronx Arts and Eats (Bronx)
March 10, 2017 Greenpoint Brooklyn (Brooklyn)
March 26, 2017 Pre-Passover Shmura Matzoh Noshwalk in Borough Park (Brooklyn)
March 31, 2017 Friday in Astoria (Queens)
April 2, 2017 Lower East Side/Chinatown Combo Noshwalk (Manhattan)
April 9, 2017 South Asian Jackson Heights (Queens)
April 15, 2017 NEW: Woodhaven Walkabout (Queens)
April 22, 2017 Nosh New Jersey: Journal Square in Jersey City (New Jersey)
April 23, 2017 Northern Washington Heights (Manhattan)
April 28, 2017 Israeli Flushing (Queens)
April 30, 2017 Sunnyside (Queens)
May 6, 2017 Multicultural Elmhurst (Queens)
May 13, 2017 Nosh the Bronx: East Bronx Story (Bronx)
May 20, 2017 Bay Ridge (Brooklyn)
May 27, 2017 Amsterdam Avenue Meander (Manhattan)
June 3, 2017 Bensonhurst (Brooklyn)
June 9, 2017 NEW: Nosh New Jersey: Exploring Paterson
June 11, 2017 Rego Park (Queens)
June 17, 2017 Nosh the Bronx: Crossing 149th Street (Bronx)
June 24, 2017 Latin American Jackson Heights (Queens)
July 1, 2017 All Around the World in the Bronx
July 7, 2017 Greenpoint (Brooklyn)
July 15, 2017 Parkchester and Beyond (Bronx)
July 22, 2017 Nosh the Bronx: Northern Exposure: Williamsburg,
Wakefield & Woodlawn (Bronx)
July 29, 2017 Corona (Queens)
August 5, 2017 Bronx Arts & Eats (Bronx)
August 11, 2017 Kingsbridge + Belmont/Little Italy of the Bronx
August 13, 2017 East Harlem Dance of the Giglio Noshwalk (Manhattan)
September 2, 2017 Sunset Park (Brooklyn)
September 9, 2017 Ridgewood (Queens)
September 15, 2017 Crossing 116th Street (Manhattan)(NEW!)
September 17, 2017 Kosher Williamsburg (Brooklyn)
September 23, 2017 Jamaica (Queens)
October 1, 2017 Flushing (Queens)
October 7, 2017 Nosh New Jersey: Newark's Ironbound (New Jersey)
October 14, 2017 Sheepshead Bay & Brighton Beach (Brooklyn)
October 21, 2017 Staten Island Ramble
October 28, 2017 Upper West Side (Manhattan)
November 5, 2017 Sephardic Kings Highway (Brooklyn)
November 11, 2017 Slices of Midtown (Manhattan)
November 19, 2017 Caribbean-Kosher Brooklyn
December 2, 2017 The Wonders of Woodside (Queens)
December 9, 2017 Little Italy of the Bronx (Belmont/Bronx)
December 16, 2017 Dyker Heights Holiday Lights (Brooklyn)
December 29, 2017 Lower East Side/East Village Combo (NEW!)
   
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Noshwalks 2017
Belmont Bread

Belmont/Bronx (Little Italy of the Bronx)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Get ready for a tasteful tour of the Bronx's own Little Italy (sometimes also known "Little Albania"!) as we explore a neighborhood perfect for short winter days. Settled by Italian immigrants more than a century ago, this neighborhood is quite compact and there's lots to see and eat! (And lots more than Italian!) We'll still have what may be the best homemade mozzarella ever, "pocket coffee," 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 the world to this journey, including our very first taste: bureks from a pizzeria owned by Albanians. I can offer an "add-on" BEFORE we head to Belmont, which would include stops at a cluster of markets offering Cambodian, Caribbean and South Asian foods. This choice is up to you when we meet. It extends the tour by about 30 minutes in a fascinating way and is definitely worth it!

Time: NOON

Meeting Place: In front of the Loew's Paradise Theater box office, Grand Concourse near 188th Street map it. IF YOU ARE DRIVING, we can meet you in Belmont at 12:30 PM. Contact me at noshwalks@aol.com for parking information and the meeting place.

Directions: Take the D train to Fordham Road; exit at 188th Street. The theater is on the west side of the Grand Concourse. Another option is to take the 4 train to Fordham Road at Jerome Avenue. Walk east on Fordham Road, then follow the fork at 188th Street to the Grand Concourse.

Fee: $60 - includes tastes but not personal beverages. Children 6-12: $20; Free for children under 6.

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Bronx Arts and Eats Tour

Bronx Arts & Eats (Bronx)

Saturday, March 4th 2017

This date signals a “soft” start of Season #18 of Noshwalks! This Bronx tour celebrates both the growing and diverse arts and food scenes in the center of the borough. We’ll meet at the vibrant Bronx Museum of Art; taste West African food at a nearby eatery, nosh on Jamaican patties and taste juices usually found on the sidewalks of Mexico but now on the sidewalks of the Bronx, and then make a bus connection to Tremont, where we’ll go to one of the borough’s most popular lechoneras. We’ll conclude with dessert in Little Italy of the Bronx! This is a great way to see how neighborhoods connect!

NOTE: This tour tends to be 3 1/2 hours!

Time: 12:30 PM

Meeting Place: Lobby of Bronx Museum of Art, 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street. Map it

Directions: Take the D train to 167th Street, walk south. Museum is on the east side of the Grand Concourse. Also see www.mta.info for bus connections.

Fee: SPECIAL “soft” start price of $50 -  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.
Bring a Metrocard with at least one extra ride or $2.75 in exact change for a bus connection

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Greenpoint, Brooklyn (Brooklyn)

Friday, March 10

With its Polish roots, landmarked architecture and fascinating history, Greenpoint is an appealing neighborhood to visit all year round. I always lead the Noshwalk on a Friday, usually in summer, because it’s the only day that the famous Acme Smoked Fish company is open to retail customers. After visiting (and shopping at) Acme, we will have a sit-down lunch in a Polish eatery but also taste baked goods, home-made applesauce and/or fruit soup or borscht, East European chocolates and kielbasa. The Greenpoint tour includes a stroll through a lovely historic district.

Time: 11:30 AM

Meeting Place: In front of St. Anthony/St. Alphonsus Church, 862 Manhattan Avenue at Milton Street. Map it

Directions: Take the G train to Greenpoint Ave. exit at Greenpoint Avenue.You will see the steeple and clock near the exit.

Fee: SOFT START SPECIAL FEE: $50, 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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Shmura Matzoh

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

Sunday, March 26

Get ready for Passover as we tour bakeries, appetizing shops, a wonderful candy and nut store, and a Yemeni market in bustling Borough Park. We’ll also stop at some of the area’s well known synagogues. We conclude our tour at a shmura matzoh factory, which prepares hand-made Passover matzoh and 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. White flour shmura matzoh is usually around $25 per pound; whole wheat is usually about $2 more.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: Meet in front of Eichler’s Book Store, 5004 13th Avenue. Please arrive early if you want to browse. 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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Friday in Astoria (Queens)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Some people think of Astoria as Greek, but Noshwalks takes a bigger pictures, including Brazilian, Venezuelan, Balkan, North African and Chilean specialties… 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! 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 brings freezer bags, too.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: Meet in front of Rio Market, 32-15 36th Avenue. (Try to arrive early so you can do some shopping). Map it

Directions: Take the N train to 36th Avenue (towards Ditmars Boulevard in Queens). Walk east 1½ blocks. (PS: One year customers took the N to Brooklyn and got off at 36th Street. Make sure you’re Queens bound!)

Fee: $57, 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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Lower East Side Delights

Lower East Side/Chinatown Combo Noshwalk (Manhattan)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Although we usually schedule this Noshwalk to coincide with the Lunar New Year, this year we’re celebrating these two great neighborhoods without the holiday. We’ll start with a few other 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.) We may round out our tour by checking out some of the remaining shops in Little Italy! (If you want to go to Ferrara’s, that’s after the tour is over – we like the cheese!)

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: First Park, on the northwest intersection of Houston and Allen Streets, inside the park. Map it

Directions: F train to 2nd Avenue – take First Avenue exit.

Fee: $57, 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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South Asian Jackson Heights (Queens)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

In recent years this neighborhood has increasingly incorporated food of the Himalayas, as we visit markets offering appetizers, produce, spices and tastes of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan as well as India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Plus we buy great appetizers at an Afghan restaurant. This neighborhood features several Vendy-award winning food trucks and we will patronize at least one of them. We will stop at a huge Indian supermarket, where you’ll have time to browse and we’ll buy Indian ice cream (usually fig – a favorite flavor!) for extra tasting.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: Dera Restaurant, 72-09 Broadway. Map it

Directions: The the #7, E, F, G, N or R train to Broadway/74th Street/Roosevelt Avenue. Look for the 73rd Street exit.

Fee: $57, 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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NEW: Woodhaven Walkabout (Queens)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Along this delicious stretch of Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven we’ll explore a multi-continental smorgasbord of tastes, including Central American and Peruvian, Guyanese, Polish, German, Mexican and more. This is a new neighborhood for Noshwalks, lots of fun – not yet discovered by “foodies.” Beautiful architecture adds to the charm.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: TBA (It will be at one of the elevated train stations along the J Line). The meeting place will be posted the week of the tour.

Directions: Getting there requires taking the J train. Please check mta.info for travel details and check back with this website for updates. The tour should be finalized by mid-March.

Fee: $57, 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: Journal Square in Jersey City (New Jersey)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

It’s quicker to get to this tasty New Jersey neighborhood by PATH than to many NYC neighborhoods on the subway! So join us as we savor Egyptian, South Asian and Filipino tastes and stop at an old Italian bakery within a relatively small and very walkable area. Noshwalks is probably the only food tour company that goes here! This section of Jersey City also has some notable landmarks. One of them is the Jackie Robinson Statue, where we will meet! (See details below!).

Time: 12: 45 PM

Meeting Place: TBA (It will be at one of the elevated train stations along the J Line). The meeting place will be posted the week of the tour.

Directions: Take the PATH from NY Penn Station OR World Trade Center to Journal Square. Meet at the Jackie Robinson Statue at the Journal Square Transportation Hub facing JFK Boulevard.

Fee: $57, 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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Northern Washington Heights (Manhattan)

Sunday April 23, 2017

It’s quicker to get to this tasty New Jersey neighborhood by PATH than to many NYC neighborhoods on the subway! So join us as we savor Egyptian, South Asian and Filipino tastes and stop at an old Italian bakery within a relatively small and very walkable area. Noshwalks is probably the only food tour company that goes here! This section of Jersey City also has some notable landmarks. One of them is the Jackie Robinson Statue, where we will meet! (See details below!).

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. The entrance to the train is in a gray brick structure next to a set of stone stairs – one of the nicest subways 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: $57, 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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Israeli Flushing (Queens)

Friday, April 28, 2017

This stretch of Main Street offers a remarkable contrast to what we usually see in a Flushing Noshwalk: Kosher food, including many Israeli and North African offerings (couscous, anyone?) and a popular ice cream parlor whose palate-challenging flavors include beer, horseradish, lox, babka and herring. (Be aware that they change flavors often and I cannot guarantee what will be available on our visit.) This Noshwalk is rarely offered because of the time required to get there, including a train AND a bus if you use mass transit (and don’t live in Queens). It’s a great opportunity to see another side of Flushing and the buses run more often on weekdays, so I’m offering it as a Friday experience.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: TBA – It will be a location on Main Street between near Jewel Avenue. I’m still finalizing the destinations for this tour. Keep checking the Web site as this information will be updated. For now we will meet at the southeast corner of Jewel and Main Street. If you register in advance, I will send you an e-mail with any updates. If you want to “just show up,” please call 212-222-2243 or e-mail noshwalks@aol.com for the final meeting place.

Directions: Option 1: Take the #7 train to Main Street and the #20A or #20B Jamaica-bound bus SOUTH on Main Street to Jewel Avenue. These buses run frequently. Option 2: Take the E or F train to 71st Street/Continental Avenue. On Queens Boulevard, take the Q64 bus, which almost immediately turns west on Jewel Avenue. Get off at Main Street and Jewel.

Fee: $57, 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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Sunnyside (Queens)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunnyside is where Noshwalks began, and it’s a wonderfully dynamic neighborhood with great history and food! Tastes include Turkish, Colombian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Middle Eastern, East European and Irish! There are several great food markets in the neighborhood, too, so be prepared for wonderful shopping. (In a change from previous Sunnyside Noshwalks, this tour will meet at one of them. This Noshwalk has an optional stop at a Nepalese/Tibetan gift shop and is on the same block as the only Bhutanese market Noshwalks is aware of.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: In front of Parrot Coffee Market, 45-15 Queens Boulevard, near 46th Street. map it

Directions: #7 train to 46th Street, exit on north side of Queens Boulevard to the market.

Fee: $57, 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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Multicultural Elmhurst (Queens)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Although this Noshwalk focuses on the delicious Southeast Asian – mainly Thai – food to be found here, we will have other tastes as well, including sushi, Colombian baby corn arepas, specialty Mexican juices and smoothies and possibly Indonesian tastes, too. This tour includes a stop at a Thai Buddhist temple, and if the weather is good, we’ll create a buffet in a local park. This neighborhood is packed with good markets, so be prepared to shop!

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: Meet at New York Mart/Pacific Supermarket, 7501 Broadway, Elmhurst. map it

Directions: Take the #7, E, F, N or R train to Broadway/74th Street/Roosevelt Ave. Take the 75th Street exit.

Fee: $57, 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 13, 2017

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 a selection of Trinidadean, Guinean, Dominican, Salvadoran, Bangladeshi and West African.

Time: 12:30 PM

Meeting Place: Monument 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: $57, 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 (Brooklyn)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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; Turkish tastes, Greek honey cookies, Danish kringler, Lebanese or Yemeni appetizers and rose-flavored lemonade. 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!

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: $57, 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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Amsterdam Avenue Meander (Manhattan)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Staying in New York over Memorial Day weekend? So am I! Introduced in 2016, this new Noshwalk showcases eclectic architecture and a range of tastes available within a relatively short area: we’ll sample Colombian, Indian, Jamaican, Moroccan and Mexican foodstuffs – and conclude with carrot cake – and we’ll also see the landmarked City College campus, the Hamilton Grange (from a vista above it), Trinity Cemetery, and two independent bookstores.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: In front of Las Americas Bakery, 3362 Broadway at 136th Street. map it

Directions: #1 train to 137th Street. The M4 and M5 buses also pass by there.

Fee: $57, 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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Bensonhurst (Brooklyn)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

People who think Bensonhurst means Italian will be surprised at the variety of tastes we’ll experience in this historic area. We will begin with visits to some of the more traditional Italian places, including a cannoli bakery, a deli that makes amazing broccoli bread, and a cheese place with homemade mozzarella. But we’ll also have Guatemalan, Russian, Albanian and Turkish tastes. In fact, our final stop will be a café for Turkish coffee and appetizers, located amidst one of the best clusters of produce markets in NYC. This is one tour where a backpack is essential to carry fresh goods home. Oh yes – we will see one of the most idiosyncratic houses in Brooklyn – maybe in all of NYC. Teaser: Elvis. You will want your camera!

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: Cannoli Plus Bakery, 6903 New Utrecht Avenue. map it

Directions: Take the D train to 71st Street, exit at 69th Street.

Fee: $57, 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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NEW: Nosh New Jersey: Exploring Paterson (not a final tour yet!)

Friday, June 9, 2017

As part of Noshwalks’ goal of finding the best ethnic foods in the New York area accessible by mass transit, we’re venturing to Paterson, New Jersey, known for its clusters of wonderful markets, eateries and bakeries. This tour will be exploratory – initial planning will have already taken place – but this is your chance to help choose final stops. You will pay a registration fee and for your food. You can join Myra to travel there or arrange your own transport. A Paterson Noshwalk will be announced for the autumn.

Register on line. Also send an e-mail to Noshwalks@aol.com so we can jointly discuss possible travel plans as a group.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: To be announced.

Directions: Give yourself an hour from arrival at whatever terminal you go to and the trip, which is about 40 to 45 minutes long. NJ Transit has buses from the Port Authority terminal near Times Square and from the Port Authority terminal at the George Washington Bridge. New Jersey transit trains run from Penn Station, with connections in Secaucus. Travel time is generally 40 minutes. One-way fares are about $7. The jitney at the George Washington Bridge terminal leaves with some frequency and costs $6. Senior discounts (62+) are available.

Fee: Registration for the Exploratory Noshwalk is $20.

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Rego Park (Queens)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Some people refer to the neighborhood we’ll be exploring as New York City’s version of the famous Asian Silk Road. Certainly, you will find a wide variety of /spices and aromas of Central Asia, Georgia, Persia, Uzbekistan, Russia - and, at the end, Israel. One of our new additions makes at least five different types of khachapouri bread. Another makes pumpkin and lamb dumplings. A HUGE yum! This neighborhood has several amazing markets!

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: Rokhat Kosher Bakery, 65-43 Austin Street. map it

Directions: Take the R train to 63rd Road (and possibly the E or F if they're running local that day - check www.mta.info when you plan your trip). Turn RIGHT from Queens Boulevard onto 64th Road and walk four short blocks to Austin Street, then turn left to the bakery.

Fee: $57, 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, June 17, 2017

This Bronx Noshwalk incorporates architectural and cultural high lights 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 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 used I the manufacture of Bronx Hot Sauce are cultivated. 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.

Time: 12:30 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: $57, 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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Latin American Jackson Heights (Queens)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Taste the foods of Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Ecuador (and more?) as we ramble south of the border – via the #7 train. We will nosh on Colombian cholados and arepas en choclo, Uruguayan arrollados, Argentinian mini-pastries filled with dulce de leche¸and rotisserie chicken (and vegetarian alternatives) at an Ecuadorean restaurant. This Noshwalk includes a stop at a wonderful large market offering produce and packaged goods from Central and South America.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: In front of Capital One Bank,37-02 82nd Street at 37th Avenue. map it

Directions: Take the #7 train to 82nd Street, walk one block north. Check www.mta.info for weekend subway alerts. In case the #7 train skips 82nd Street, you can take the E,F,N or R trains to Roosevelt Ave./Broadway/74th Street, exit at 75th Street and walk seven blocks to 82nd Street.

Fee: $57, 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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All Around the World in the Bronx

Saturday, July 1, 2017

I always offer this Noshwalk on one of the longer weekends of the year because it tends to be long – and deserves the time. So if you’re around on the Fourth of July weekend, this is a great way to start it! We will explore the amazing diversity of the Bronx with this four-hour, three-neighborhood odyssey. We’ll begin at the historic Kingsbridge Armory in one of the most diverse areas of the borough. (Where else will you find Dominican, Cambodia, Vietnamese, Ghanaian and Mexican food on one short block?) Our visit also takes us to a landmarked (former) bank building that houses five murals depicting the early years of the Bronx, painted during the Works Progress Administration. Passing through a park near where Edgar Allan Poe spent his last years with his ill young wife, Virginia, we’ll come to a trio of markets featuring food from around the world. We’ll make a quick visit to the beautiful Central Bronx Library, the borough’s first LEED building. Then, with your MetroCard handy (or $2.75 in change), we’ll take a bus to the Pelham Parkway neighborhood. Our stop here includes Pakistani and Albanian food.

Walking to yet another neighborhood, we’ll come to a burgeoning Arabic area, where we’ll taste Yemeni specialties. When here, we often go to a market where you can get coffee freshly ground with cardamom to take home, along with other North African and Middle Eastern specialties. We conclude at an old and wonderful Italian bakery in Morris Park closing in on its first century of serving delicious cookies and pastries.

Time: NOON

Meeting Place: Northwest corner of Kingsbridge Road and Jerome Avenue (in front of the Armory); usually a street food vendor is stationed nearby. map it

Directions: #4 train to Kingsbridge Road. It’s right at the intersection where we’re meeting.

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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Greenpoint (Brooklyn)

Friday, July 7, 2017 (summer version)

This year I offered a Greenpoint Noshwalk in March, but I always lead the one in the summer, too, and always on Friday, because it’s the only day that the famous Acme Smoked Fish company is open to retail customers. Despite some gentrification (and more is coming with planned construction of high-rises on the waterfront), Greenpoint retains its Polish flavor, which is the focus of our tour. We’ll have several tastes before heading to Acme, and conclude with a sit-down lunch in a Polish eatery. We’ll also taste baked goods, home-made applesauce and/or fruit soup or borscht, East European chocolates and kielbasa. The Greenpoint tour includes a stroll through a lovely historic district.

Time: 11:30 AM

Meeting Place: In front of St. Anthony/St. Alphonsus Church, 862 Manhattan Avenue at Milton Street. map it

Directions: Take the G train to Greenpoint Ave. exit at Greenpoint Avenue. You will see the steeple and clock near the exit.

Fee: SOFT START SPECIAL FEE: $57, 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 and Beyond (Bronx)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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 food from Bangladesh and Mexico. Following a mini-feast of food from these countries, we take a short walk to another neighborhood – and other continents – to taste Yemeni savories and Italian dessert. You can also buy delicious freshly ground coffee with cardamom to take home, for a very reasonable price. There are several architectural stops, too, including the beautiful Art Deco bank building where we will meet.

Time: 12:30 PM

Meeting Place: In front of Apple Bank, 74 Hugh J. Grant Circle, Parkchester 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: $57, 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: Northern Exposure: Williamsburg, Wakefield & Woodlawn (Bronx)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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 food from Bangladesh and Mexico. Following a mini-feast of food from these countries, we take a short walk to another neighborhood – and other continents – to taste Yemeni savories and Italian dessert. You can also buy delicious freshly ground coffee with cardamom to take home, for a very reasonable price. There are several architectural stops, too, including the beautiful Art Deco bank building where we will meet.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: TBA (It will be at a place on White Plains Road, near one of the elevated train stations.)

Fee: $57, 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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Corona (Queens)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Join me as we focus on the foodways, architecture and history of Corona. We will, OF COURSE, visit the Lemon Ice King of Corona, but we'll also have delicious food of Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia and possibly Peru, and also check out the baked goods at an old Italian bakery. We'll pass by the Louis Armstrong House and Museum, where we might happen upon a backyard concert. (You should arrange a visit on your own). This tour includes a park with one of the few active bocce courts in NYC! One of my favorite parts of this tour is a stop at a Mexican deli that serves specialties of Oaxaca.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: La Despensa Ecuatoriana, 102-08 Roosevelt Avenue map it

Directions: Take the 7 train to 103rd Street (please be sure to check www.mta.info for any travel adjustments you may need

Fee: $57, 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 & Eats (Bronx)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

This Bronx Noshwalk celebrates both the growing and diverse arts and food scenes in the center of the borough. We’ll meet at the vibrant (and soon-to-expand) Bronx Museum of Art, taste West African food at a nearby eatery, nosh on Jamaican pastries and taste juices usually sold on the sidewalks of Mexico but now on the sidewalks of the Bronx. We’ll also visit one of the best African markets in all of New York City. We’ll make a bus connection to Tremont, where we’ll go to one of the borough’s popular lechoneras, but we’ll stop first for a taste of Venezuela and then buy alcapurrias at a street cart (keeping fingers crossed that they’ll be out that day!). We’ll conclude with dessert in Little Italy of the Bronx, about a 12 minute walk away. By then, even after all you’ve ate, you’ll hopefully have space for pignoli cookies!

Time: 12:30 PM

Meeting Place: Lobby of Bronx Museum of Art, 140 Grand Concourse at 165th Street map it

Directions: D train to 167th Street, walk south, exit at McClellan Avenue. Museum is one more block south on the east side of the Grand Concourse. Also see www.mta.info for bus connections, but be aware that buses on the Grand Concourse, though frequent, tend to be slow.

Fee: $57 – includes tastes but not personal beverages (and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste – and this tour has two). Children 6 to 12: $20. Free for children under 6. Bringt a Metrocard with at least one extra ride or $2.75 I exact change for the bus.

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Kingsbridge + Belmont/Little Italy of the Bronx

Friday, August 11, 2017

It’s always fun to visit Belmont, and here’s a way to make your Friday a bit brighter. We’ll combine a bit of another Bronx Noshwalk with my traditional Belmont Noshwalk for a culturally and culinarily satisfying experience. (I will also lead a Belmont tour in December – it’s a great place to go all year round!) Belmont itself quite compact and there’s a lot to see and eat! (And lots more than Italian!) We’ll have what may be the best homemade mozzarella ever, “pocket coffee,” 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 the world to this journey, including Vietnamese and Cambodian appetizers and South Asian sweets and pass through Poe Park and the Poe Cottage, where horror story writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe spent some of his last summers.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: NW corner of Jerome Avenue and Kingsbridge Road (in front of the Kingsbridge Armory). map it

Directions: #4 train to Jerome Avenue and Kingsbridge Road.

Fee: $57, 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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East Harlem Dance of the Giglio Noshwalk (Manhattan)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

An annual Noshwalk special for many years now, this tour coincides with the traditional “Giglio Dance,” with roots in an Italian-American ritual dating to the early 1900s – and dating back centuries more in two Italian villages. We will begin with tastes of West Africa, check out the new food stands at La Marqueta, move on to Caribbean and Mexican tastes, and stop at Patsy’s – founded in 1933 – for pizza slices. We’ll then head to watch the “dance,” which consists of over 120 people carrying a multi-ton platform with a brass band and a five-story-high structure, the giglio itself. We’ll wind up our visit with French pastries.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: In front of the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market, 62 West 116th Street. map it

Directions: Take the #2 or #3 train to 116th Street, walk east for ½ block; market is on the south side of the street. From the East Side, take the #6 train to 116th Street and walk west for 3 ½ mostly short blocks.

Fee: $57, 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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Sunset Park (Brooklyn)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

If you, like me, love New York City on Labor Day weekend, this tour is a great way to spend part of it! We will see the best of Sunset Park in this Noshwalk by visiting at least three Asian destinations along 8th Avenue (Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian) and two or three Latin American eateries on 5th Avenue (Salvadoran, Mexican and maybe Peruvian), crossing through one of NYC’s most beautiful parks in the process. (When the weather is good, we take our Asian tastes to the park). One of our stops is in a market that has a “secret” restaurant. We may make some spontaneous tastes, but the current format is very filling! Stomachs permitting, we’ll have Turkish coffee and baklava at the end of the tour. We will make a detour to a Turkish mosque on 8th Avenue.

Time: 12:30 PM (the tour may run a bit long)

Meeting Place: Ten Ren Tea and Ginseng Company, 5817 8th Avenue, Brooklyn map it

Directions: N train to 8th Avenue Brooklyn. Turn left at exit to get to tea shop. NOTE: Due to frequent weekend route changes, PLEASE check www.mta.info to plan travel.

Fee: $57, 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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Ridgewood (Queens)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Each year our Ridgewood Noshwalk gets better, with more food and an improved route. We learn about a vibrant and diverse neighborhood, including an 80-plus-year-old German/Italian bakery and all sorts of delicious surprises. Our tastes begin in the Caribbean, but also include Italian gelati, Bulgarian specialties, Bosnian kebabs, Polish pierogi or blintzes or whatever we find that day in a great Polish deli, plus other culinary pleasures. (In 2016, we were delighted to find a new Peruvian ice cream shop.) We have now found a beautiful outdoor area for an end-of-tour banquet!

Time: 11:30 AM

Meeting Place: Small park next to Caribe Star, 54-55 Myrtle Avenue, Ridgewood. If you’re early, treat yourself to delicious café con leche. map it

Directions: Be sure to check www.mta.info to plan your trip, due to expected subway construction. The normal route is the L or M train to Myrtle/Wyckoff, but be alert that the L train may not be operating. Walk east on Myrtle (the elevated M tracks will be on your left-hand side) to our meeting place about two blocks away. On weekends (unless there are changes), the only weekend M train Manhattan stop is Delancey/Essex.

Fee: $57, 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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Crossing 116th Street (Manhattan)(NEW!)

Friday, September 15, 2017

This new tour combines aspects of other Noshwalks to give you a flavor of how one Manhattan street can combine so many cultures and tastes! We will start near Morningside Park and make our way east, almost, but not quite, to the east river. Tastes en route will include West African, Dominican, maybe Moroccan, delicious bread baked at one of NYC’s most innovative bakeries, Caribbean cuchifritos, tropical fruit and possibly tropical fruit smoothies, tacos and pizza! If we have time and space to eat more, there’s a wonderful French bakery a few blocks of the route. We’ll take time to browse through the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: Southwest corner, 116th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (near the south-bound entrance to the B and C trains). map it

Fee: $57 – 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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Kosher Williamsburg (Brooklyn)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

This is NOT your hipster “Billyburg,” but the long-established Chasidic enclave that offers interesting food and a glimpse of traditions few people see. Our tour includes delicious appetizers, baked goods, chocolates, blintzes and kugel… not necessarily in that order. We’ve seen many interesting upgrades here in recent years – you’ll be happily surprised. (One of my favorites is mashed sweet potatoes from a market that has been significantly updated and now also has an outpost in Borough Park – delicious!)

Time: NOON

Meeting Place: In front of L’Chaim Kosher Wines and Spirits, 348 Roebling Street. map it

Directions: Take the M train to Marcy Avenue, walk west on Broadway (you will see the Williamsburg Bridge and Manhattan skyline in the distance), then turn left on Roebling for 1 ½ blocks.

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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Jamaica (Queens)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Offered alternate years with a Richmond Hill Noshwalk, our Noshwalk in Jamaica, Queens, combines history and great food! We’ve also found some quirky buildings as we’ve revised this walk over the years. We’ll visit the best Salvadoran restaurant in NYC, stop for tastes of Guatemala, Guyana and Bangladesh – the community here has gotten very big! We finish with Filipino ice cream (and if we can’t find a flavor we like, we’ll go to a Bangladeshi bakery for sweet dessert). En route we’ll pause for some of the best ginger beer in NYC. Please note that, like ginger ale, ginger beer is a non-alcoholic refresher. In these neighborhoods, the ginger beer is often homemade and can be sinus-clearingly strong. Also, we’ve noticed in recent years that the labels have been modified to say either “ginger juice” or just “ginger.” This tour also stops at a historic graveyard and church dating from the Revolutionary War era and the Rufus King Manor Museum. The nicely-restored Manor (you can visit on your own) was once the summer home of a signer of the United States Constitution who was also an opponent of slavery and the father of Charles King, the ninth president of Columbia College, now Columbia University.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: In front of Capital One Bank, 146-21 Jamaica Avenue @ Sutphin Boulevard. map it

Directions: Take the E or F train to Sutphin Boulevard. The E stops SOUTH of Jamaica Avenue at Archer Avenue (two blocks south) and the F stops NORTH of Jamaica Avenue at Hillside Avenue (three blocks north). You can also take the LIRR from New York Penn Station to Jamaica for a more comfortable and much faster ride, but it’s more expensive and doesn’t run as often. See www.mta.info for both MTA and LIRR planning.

Fee: $57, 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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Flushing (Queens)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Downtown Flushing is in constant flux, with new shops rising all over the place! We tweak this Noshwalk every year to accommodate changes in the area. Food will include South Asian, Chinese, Korean and Latin American (which we added in 2015). This tour also incorporates some of Flushing’s historic landmarks. If we luck out on beautiful weather, there’s a lovely park for tasting. One of our more fun stops is a place that makes more than a dozen different types of barbecue.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: Al-Rahmania Restaurant, 43-39 Main Street, across the street from the Queens Botanical Garden. map it

Directions: Take the 7 train to Main Street, turn south (as address numbers ascend). Once you get to the garden, you will see the restaurant across the street. You can also take the LIRR to Flushing from NY-Penn Station, which brings you a little closer to our meeting place, but check the schedule carefully because trains to Flushing run only twice an hour on Saturday.

Fee: $57, 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 (New Jersey)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

In 2014 this was the first Noshwalk to be held outside of NYC’s five boroughs. On this Noshwalk we focus on the Portuguese and Brazilian tasting opportunities in Newark’s Ironbound District, a short jaunt from Newark’s Penn Station. We’ll check out bakeries, markets and some restaurants and also non-food stores selling Portuguese and Brazilian crafts and textiles. (In cold weather we’ve enjoyed going to a Brazilian soup shop and tasting different soups.) Dessert is the classic custard tart “pastel de nata,” which you may wish to taste with a traditional “galao” (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.

Time: 12:45 PM

Meeting Place: Meet 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 ito Penn StationNewark. Try for the 12:07 or 12:14 train. (Of course, check for schedule updates). The regular train fare is 45.25; $2.75 for travelers 62 and older. PATH: World Trade Center station at 70Vesey 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.

Fee: $57, 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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Sheepshead Bay & Brighton Beach (Brooklyn)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Memorialized by Neil Simon in his autobiographical play, Brighton Beach Memoirs, this neighborhood plus Sheepshead Bay offer the best of New York by combining delicious food and a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. Coney Island is within walking distance, so you can head there after the tour. (The famous Cyclone and Parachute Jump are visible from the Boardwalk.) We will, however, begin in nearby Sheepshead Bay, which we added to a revised route in 2014. Here we’ll have some delicious Turkish and Georgian tastes to get us going, and then take a picturesque walk (and work up an appetite) towards Brighton Beach. Additional tastes include Uzbek, Russian and Ukrainian flavors. Bring an extra tote bag or have space in your backpack: It’s a shopper’s paradise.

Time: 11:30 AM

Meeting Place: In front of Portokali Market, 1507 Sheepshead Bay Road. map it

Directions: Q train to Sheepshead Bay Road. You’ll see Portokali on the north side of the road just east of the exit.

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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Staten Island Ramble

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sri Lankan, Albanian, Guatemalan, West African and Mexican flavors, plus a soul food finale, mark this fascinating walk through one of Staten Island’s older neighborhood – within walking distance from the ferry. We’ll eat and shop, some bring a tote for ingredients! FYI, the quesadillas we will have are some of the best! To start, we’ll take a quick bus ride up a hill to take in a scrumptious view of the harbor skyline, so make sure you have the fare ($2.75 in change or enough rides on your Metrocard). Then we’ll eat and walk and make merry en route back to the ferry.

Time: 11:15 AM for the 11:30 ferry

Meeting Place: Second floor, Whitehall Ferry Terminal at South Ferry, Manhattan. (Send e-mail to noshwalks@aol.com if you want to meet in Staten Island). Wait in front of the newsstand to the right of the escalators. NOTE: Aunt Butchie’s cheesecake bakery is right next to it. map it

Fee: $57 – includes tastes but not personal beverages, and not tax or tip if we have a sit-down taste. Children 612: $20; free for children under 6.

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Upper West Side (Manhattan)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

This eclectic walk combines historic sites, including the Columbia University campus and Cathedral of St. John the Divine, with delicious food: Hungarian, from a landmark decades old pastry shop, Indian street food, Thai, Cuban, Ethiopian and Dominican! If we’re lucky that day, one of our favorite Ecuadorian food trucks will be selling its delicious wares. Yes, this Noshwalk is filling! We conclude with café con leche and flan.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: The Sundial on the Columbia University Campus, in the center of College Walk (a brick extension of 116thStreet between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue). map it

Directions: #1 train to 116th Street. The M104 and M4 buses stop at 116th Street and Broadway; the M11 stop at Amsterdam Avenue and 116th Street.

Fee: $57, 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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Sephardic Kings Highway (Brooklyn)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

We’ll taste specialties of the Sephardic community, including a delicious Yemeni soup, and, weather permitting, create an outdoor buffet of local specialties, including olives, dried fruit, dips, delicious zaatar bread, and one of the neighborhood’s true originals, the “mefuneket” sandwich. (We’ll have those tastes whatever the weather!) Of course, no visit to this area is complete without tasting baklava at Mansoura. We’ll walk further along Kings Highway to a non-Sephardic kosher café for dessert. This Noshwalk includes a walk through local streets, with their beautiful homes, and a stop at one or two synagogues.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: In front of HSBC Bank, 481 Kings Highway at McDonald Avenue. map it

Directions: Take the F train to Kings Highway. Note: make sure to check mta.info to plan weekend travel.

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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Slices of Midtown (Manhattan)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Korean, Persian and South Asian food are the edible attractions in this cluttered and busy “slice” of Manhattan, which combines Manhattan’s Koreatown with a neighborhood known as “Curry Hill.” We will link our visits to these two areas with a stop at a Persian restaurant for delicious appetizers. This tour also includes architectural treasures, including a church that was a stop on the Underground Railroad and a Russian gift shop. There are several great markets here, two of which have been expanded in recent years. It’s a cook’s paradise!

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: In front of Kalustyan Market, 123 Lexington Avenue at 28th Street. map it

Directions: The #6 train to 28th Street and the N and R trains to 28th Street and Broadway. Many buses run along Third, Lexington, Madison and Fifth Avenues to 28th Street. Crosstown buses are on 23rd and 34th Streets.

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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Caribbean-Kosher Brooklyn

Sunday, November 19, 2017

We didn’t schedule this tour in 2016 so we hope you’ll join us this year! The first part of this multi-ethnic adventure includes food from Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and maybe Haiti. We build in some history, too, since there are several historic sites on our route in Flatbush, including one of the borough’s oldest continually active churches, a mini-development of homes that include the first driveways for privately-owned cars, and the famous campus of Erasmus Hall High School. Then we make a short subway connection to Crown Heights to sample kosher treats in this community. Our walk here includes two of Brooklyn’s most beautiful (and unexpected) blocks. Expect delicious kosher grill and, for vegetarians, dips and good bread, as well as some great sweets! This is the heart of the Lubavich community. This is a good cold weather tour since most of our tastes are indoors!

Time: 1:00 PM (Note: This tour tends to run 3½ hours, not 3.)

Meeting Place: In front of the Parkside Avenue station of the Q line, at Ocean Avenue. map it

Directions: Q train to Parkside Avenue

Fee: $57, 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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HAPPY THANKSGIVING! There will be no scheduled Noshwalks over the holiday, but we will accommodate custom tour requests.

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The Wonders of Woodside (Queens)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Noshwalk of global tastes – Mexico, Colombia, Korea, Ireland, El Salvador, Bolivia, Bhutan, and Philippines! This is a good cold weather tour: We start at a Mexican bakery-restaurant with heart- and body-warming “Grandmother’s” hot chocolate and proceed on with a range of Korean and Colombian snacks, Salvadoran pupusas, Bolivian peanut soup and Bhutanese buckwheat noodles and more… until you can barely eat! This Noshwalk has several sit-downs, so please have a few extra dollars to thank our servers.

Time: 1:00 PM

Meeting Place: The triangular park (Vincent Daniels Square) at 52nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, adjacent to the train exit. (if it’s very cold, we’ll meet in the Rite-Aid across the street) map it

Directions: Take the #7 train to 52nd Street

Fee: $57, 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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Little Italy of the Bronx (Belmont/Bronx)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Get ready for a tasteful tour of the Bronx’s own Little Italy (sometimes also known as “Little Albania”) as we explore a neighborhood perfect for short winter days. Settled by Italian immigrants more than a century ago, this neighborhood is quite compact and there’s a lot to see and eat! (And lots more than Italian!) We’ll have what may be the best homemade mozzarella ever, “pocket coffee,” 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 the world to this journey, including our first taste: bureks from a pizzeria owned by Albanians. I can offer an “add-on” BEFORE we head to Belmont, which would include stops at a cluster of markets offering Cambodian, Caribbean and South Asian foods. This choice is up to you when we meet. It extends the tour by about 30 minutes in a fascinating way and is definitely worth it.

Time: NOON

Meeting Place: Box office of the historic Loew’s Paradise Theater (currently functioning at a church) on the West Side of the Grand Concourse south of 188th Street. If you are driving, we can meet you in Belmont at about 12:30 PM, or later if the group opts to visit the extra markets. Text 212-222-2243 with questions or send e-mail to Noshwalks@aol.com. There is a municipal parking lot in the neighborhood. map it

Directions: Take the D train to Fordham Road – exit at 188th Street. You can also take the #4 train to Fordham Road, walk east and take the fork at 188th Street to the Grand Concourse.

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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Dyker Heights Holiday Lights (Brooklyn)

Saturday, December 16 (Possible second tour on Sunday, December 17)

This tour highlights a tradition of extraordinary holiday decorations as well as great food to keep you full and warm both before and after we see the lights. We’ll start with cannoli at an old time bakery, have some Guatemalan specialties, then stop at a block of old Italian markets, where we’ll taste home-made mozzarella, prosciutto bread and olives, and then head towards the famed blocs of Dyker Heights where there seem to be a great competition to find out which neighbors has the most elaborate lights and decorations. After our roundabout, we’ll stop at another great bakery to warm ourselves up and finish at a wonderful pizzeria for Italian specialties. (The owners usually also put out holiday cookies, amaretto and whiskey, and request a modest donation if you choose to partake). There’s one more treat before we conclude the tour, but I’m not revealing it here. This tour also stops at a supermarket with several sections of well-priced Italian specialties. As with all Noshwalks, bringing a backpack with space will help you!

PLEASE NOTE: In previous years this tour has sold out and I’ve added a Sunday tour. I will do the same this year if necessary. If you prefer a Sunday tour, please e-mail me at noshwalks@aol.com. This tour starts somewhat earlier because the bakery where we meet closes earlier, but we get to the lights by sundown.

Time: 3:00 PM (time so we get to the lights at sundown!)

Meeting Place: Cannoli Plus, 6903 New Utrecht Avenue. map it

Directions: Take the D train to 71st Street, take 69th Street exits.

Fee: $57, 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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Lower East Side/East Village Combo (NEW!)

Friday, December 29, 2017

I created this tour for some custom clients and would like to see how Noshwalkers enjoy it! We will start with some popular Lower East Side noshes and gradually walk north to conclude our tour with a sit-down for Ukrainian pierogi and appetizers. Expect bialys, pickles, Chinese dumplings (up to you!), old-fashioned candies, smoked fish, knishes, Indian snacks (yes, it’s on our route!) and pierogies.

Time: NOON

Meeting Place: Kossar’s Bialys, 367 Grand Street. map it

Directions: B or D train to Grand Street – walk east six blocks on Grand; F train to Delancey Street, walk south on Essex Street two blocks to Grand.

Fee: $57, 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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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

The fees for most Noshwalks are $45 for Noshnews subscribers and $60 for non-Noshnews subscribers. Longer tours cost more because of the added time (and more food!). Beverages are not included unless these are beverages I want to introduce you to. I provide cups, paper goods, etc., for all tastes, but I encourage you to bring reusable cutlery in a plastic bag to reduce waste. (Some Noshwalkers bring their own plastic plates - a good idea!) We'll have water to rinse off everything.

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.

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