“WE HAVE TO GO TO THIS!”
So read Greg’s text to me, along with a link to Foods of New York Tours. Apparently a friend of his had gone on a tour, loved it, and recommended it to Greg. I’m not one to decline an invitation involving food, so we quickly booked a tour.
You can choose from several food tours covering historic NYC neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Chinatown and Brooklyn. We selected the Nolita & Little Italy’s Secrets tour, and headed down to Nolita on a beautiful Saturday morning, hungry and ready to go!
We met up with our group and were introduced to our guide, Bert James. He was fun and funny, and had great one liners that Greg and I still quote. He also made sure everyone had what they needed throughout the three-hour tour, like water bottles and any allergy accommodations.
We started at Emporio Ristorante.
Here we stood around the massive brick oven (crafted from volcanic lava!) as the chef prepared delicious prosciutto and arugula pizza.
We dug right in!
And… um… drank right in too!
Champagne before noon is completely appropriate as long as you add a little orange juice!
Then it was time to move on to the next tasting.
Between each location, Bert gave us a glimpse into Nolita’s history, pointing out important locations in the lives of famous residents, like John Gotti and Martin Scorsese. He even showed us where famous scenes from The Godfather were filmed, which made Greg and me want to watch the movie again!
We got to see some really unique street art, which is one of my favorite parts about exploring NYC.
We even stumbled upon a cute Nolita garden that I didn’t even know existed!
Where there was, you guessed it, more street art.
Our next food tasting was at Seamore’s, the famous seafood spot.
Here we dined on fish and chips, and I have to say it was the best fish and chips I’ve ever had! The fish wasn’t too greasy, and the sweet potato fries were perfectly done.
Then it was on to the next!
We stopped by Oficina Latina, a trendy restaurant with unique decor.
And even more unique shots. The restaurant served Greg and me rum shots with two orange slices and three lines.
No, not those kinds of lines! Instead they were lines of sugar and cinnamon. We coated the orange slices in the sugar and cinnamon, took the shot, and then sucked on the sweet orange slice. It tasted just like Christmas!
We also sampled the braised short rib tacos.
And the restaurant’s beans and rice.
Then it was time for a little dessert break!
Our group headed to the Little Cupcake Bakeshop for, no surprise here, cupcakes!
And then we continued on to Tacombi.
This restaurant is unique in that food is served from a food truck… in the middle of the restaurant!
We sampled Mexican roasted corn, which was great, especially the sauce.
And then it was time for our final tasting of the tour. We stopped by Stick with Me for vanilla-infused, salted-caramel chocolates.
And then Bert gave us a final bit of mafia history and we were sent on our way.
If I could say anything to the food we tasted, it would be this: