I was looking for a way to kill a day in NYC without being too much of a tourist. Not that I would have minded a trip to the Empire State Building, but nah. Fortunately, after browsing Yelp, I found something called "Foods of New York Tours." The reviews all said it was amazing and not too touristy, so I checked it out a little more. There's a few different tours to pick from, and I went with the Original Greenwich Village tour. The cool thing about these tours is that if you're like me, you can't decide on just one thing to eat. The tour lets you eat a little of everything.
So, how does it work? Each tour takes you to different food landmarks in the city. You also get a guided walking tour of NYC architecture and other famous spots. There are 16 people per tour, with one guide leading you to these spots. We met up at Murray's Cheese Shop and started on our way.
Our first stop was Joe's Pizza, easily one of the most popular pizza places in the city. Our tour guide, Cindy, told us that Joe's does pizza the way every place should - there are only 4-5 pies on the counter at a time, and slices are sold and eaten before they can sit around and get gross. Joe's puts out 40-50 pies per hour.
At this point, we had eaten A LOT of food. Cindy took us around to see some of the beautiful historical homes in Greenwich Village. Anyone have a few million dollars I can borrow? You almost forget that you're in New York when you see some of these places.
So, was it worth it? I paid about $50 for the tour, and I think it was worth every penny. I would have spent about $25 for a full meal anywhere I went anyway, but with the tour I got to try a little of everything. Cindy made everything even more fun, and I want to try out one of the other tours the next time I head to NYC!