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Foods of New York Tours

“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!

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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.

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We started at Emporio Ristorante.

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Here we stood around the massive brick oven (crafted from volcanic lava!) as the chef prepared delicious prosciutto and arugula pizza.

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We dug right in!

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And… um… drank right in too!

Champagne before noon is completely appropriate as long as you add a little orange juice!

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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!

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We got to see some really unique street art, which is one of my favorite parts about exploring NYC.

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We even stumbled upon a cute Nolita garden that I didn’t even know existed!

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Where there was, you guessed it, more street art.

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Our next food tasting was at Seamore’s, the famous seafood spot.

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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.

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then it was on to the next!

We stopped by Oficina Latina, a trendy restaurant with unique decor.

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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!

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We also sampled the braised short rib tacos.

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And the restaurant’s beans and rice.

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then it was time for a little dessert break!

Our group headed to the Little Cupcake Bakeshop for, no surprise here, cupcakes!

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And then we continued on to Tacombi.

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

This restaurant is unique in that food is served from a food truck… in the middle of the restaurant!

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We sampled Mexican roasted corn, which was great, especially the sauce.

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And then it was time for our final tasting of the tour. We stopped by Stick with Me for vanilla-infused, salted-caramel chocolates.

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And then Bert gave us a final bit of mafia history and we were sent on our way.

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

If I could say anything to the food we tasted, it would be this:

Foods of New York Tours - Nolita and Little Italy's Secrets - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Sorry, Greg!

To find out more information on Foods of New York Tours, and to book a tour, click here. To book our particular tour, click here.

~A

P.S. My coat is by Trina Turk (I’ve gotten so many compliments on it)! You can buy it here. My purse is by Kate Spade and you can find it here.

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