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Bagel Wars NYC

Bagel Wars NYC because New York City is the bagel capital of the world. In the early 1900’s the Lower East Side had over 100 bagel stores, today they have one. The bagel makers at the turn of the century were so large and organized, they had their own union. We still have many goods ones, but here are the truly great ones.

If you live, work, or visit the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Greenwich Village or Chelsea, you’re lucky to have one of the best bagel shops within your grasp. I’ve narrowed down all the contenders to only 3, but the remaining three were so good, there was no distinct winner, so I called it a dead-heat. Here are the winners of the coveted Best Bagel award.

Murray’s Bagels
Traditional techniques with the highest quality ingredients available, tastes like you’re biting into heaven. Large supply of customers all day, usually guarantees a warm or hot one. Bonus, also makes a great chocolate pudding too! 500 6th Ave, bet. 12-13 Streets. 242 8th Ave, bet. 22-23 Streets.

Absolute Bagels
This is my hands down winner on the Upper West Side. A real hole in the wall, but the bagel has a crunchy exterior yielding to a pillowy interior. 2788 Broadway, bet. 107-108 Streets.

H & H Bagels East
Not to be confused with H & H Bagels West, which had to close both locations due to the Tax Man. They’re fluffy with the perfect glossy crust that’s not to hard. 1551 2nd Ave, bet. 80-81 Streets.

Hudson Bagels
Great shop in Greenwich Village, bagels are correctly boiled first then baked. Located on a beautiful street, you might get lucky and nail the bench outside. 502 Hudson Street, corner Christopher St.

Two honorable mentions in Brooklyn and Queens
Bagel Oasis, Flushing
Bagel Hole, Park Slope

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Food Truck Eats Manhattan

Food TruckFood Truck Eats Manhattan

Food truck eats Manhattan are a trend that has grown tremendously since they first rolled onto the NY food scene in 2007. They have TV shows on the food networks and they’re annual awards for the best foods called the Vendy. Now there are over 50 in New York City alone, vying for coveted spaces to park without being ticketed and harassed by NYPD. Check the websites for latest locations.

Wafels & Dinges

One of the earliest pioneers of the food truck industry started in 2007. Wafels you know, dinges are Belgium for toppings. These freshly made wafels come with whipped icream, ice cream, nutella and other choices that can be mixed.

Calexico

Excellent California presentation of Mexican foods. Started with one cart in SoHo, now has a restaurant in Brooklyn.

Van Leeuwen

High-quality artisan ice cream sold all-year round. Trucks hang in West Village and SoHo, now has a restaurant in East Village and Brooklyn.

Schnitzel & Things

Early truck vendor started in 2007 serving Austrian schnitzels, hand-pounded cutlets of chicken or veal. Opened mid-town restaurant.

Dessert Truck

Another early purveyor of sweets started in 2007 by a former pastry chef. Known to hang on Astor Place. Has opened restaurant on the Lower East Side.

Food Truck Eats Manhattan are mostly located in mid-town Manhattan because office workers are the major market during the week. Also check their Twitter page latest locations, because of parking rules in NYC they may have to move locations because of traffic enforcement agents.

New York City food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, SoHo, or Little Italy and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours include a full meal and visit famous historic points of interest.

Written up in the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York.
Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

Article written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2007.

If you’re interested in walking food tours;
Please visit our website: http://walkingtoursmanhattan.com

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Where to Eat in Times Square

Where to eat Times SquareWhere to eat in Times Square answers the question when going to see a Broadway show. Times Square represent a wide variety of cuisines, this list covers the best New York iconic restaurants and the better ethnic choices.

If you’re going to a show at 8 p.m., make a 6 p.m. reservation to give yourselves time to enjoy your meal and still get to the theater before the show starts. Or go after 8pm for a more relaxed dinner. Bon appetit.

Le Rivage
Favorite French institution for over 30 years, located on street called Restaurant Row.
340 W 46th St, bet. 8 & 9 Ave.

Carnegie Deli
Famous Broadway restaurant known for its overstuffed pastrami and corned beef sandwiches.
854 7th Ave, at 55th St.

The Kati Roll<
Modest restaurant offering authentic tastes of India at a budget price.
49 West 39th St, bet, 5 & 6 Ave.

Don Antonio Pizza
Excellent choice for thin-crust pizza, freshest cheese and sauce, cooked in a wood burning oven.
309 West 50th St, bet. 8 & 9 Ave.

Shake Shack
Has taken New York by storm for its high quality hamburger at a modest price. Has opened several locations but the line can be long at peak times.
691 8th Ave, near 44th St.

Sardi’s
A famous Broadway theatre venue most known for the hundreds of caricatures that hang on the walls, best after 8pm.
234 W 44th St, bet. 7 & 8 Ave.

Esca
For many, this Southern Italian trattoria is the best restaurant in the theater district, with Mario Batali behind the scenes.
402 West 43 St, bet. 9 & 10 Ave.

Becco
People flock to here because of co-owner Lidia Bastianich and to enjoy the all you can eat pasta specials.
355 West 46th St (8th Ave)

Churrascaria Platforma
Expensive delicious and fun Brazilian prix-fixe includes endless grilled meats and an extensive salad bar.
316 West 49th Street bet. 8th/9th Ave

Kodama
Affordable Japanese and sushi served in a simply decorated venue in a great location.
301 West 45th St. (8th Ave)

Virgil’s
Good choice for barbecue, including Memphis ribs and Carolina pulled pork.
152 West 44th Street (Bdwy/6th Ave)

Toloache
Mexican food is fresh and flavorful.
251 West 50th Street (Broadway/8th)

Written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2008.

Food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, SoHo Little Italy, or the Brooklyn Bridge, and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours visit famous landmarks and historic points of interest.

Written up by the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York. Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

If you’re interested in Manhattan walking tours;
Please visit our website: http://walkingtoursmanhattan.com

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NYC Food Tours Steakhouses

NYC Food Tours SteakhousesMore people are eating healthier these days, certainly including more chicken and fish in their meal options. Although beef consumption has fallen in the past 15 years, premium Prime steaks still remains a best seller.

NYC food tours steakhouses explores Manhattan’s best houses of beef, because it’s all about trying different restaurants and just not blindly returning to your same old haunt time after time. You will be pleasantly surprised visiting as many as you can for a more informed overall choice.

The steak house became a popular men’s bastion in the 1950’s, with its dark-wood paneling, dim lighting and thick carpeting. Still is the center of many expense account business meetings.

So whether you’re on vacation and feel like splurging, maybe you haven’t had a great steak in a while. Or perhaps you are a steak lover and in search of the proper sear, crusty on the top and juicy inside, NYC food tours will help you find that perfect steak.

New York has always been known as one of the best places in the country to find quality steak houses, and here are the top 5 in the city;

Peter Luger
Consistently voted one of the top steak houses in the city, with great side dishes to match. Its décor leaves much to be desired, but you’re not coming here for the atmosphere. Two things you should know, they only accept cash, and they are located in Brooklyn, right over the Manhattan bridge.
178 Broadway bet. Driggs & Bedford Ave.

Sparks
One of the most popular steakhouses located near the UN building. Went from busy to always packed when Mafia Don Paul Castellano was murdered just steps from the entrance. Mr. Castellano knew his beef, he owned a legitimate meat packing business, so people assumed if Big Paulie ate here, the food must be great.
210 E 46th St, bet. 2nd & 3rd Avenue

Quality Meats
Newer and more modern than most of the other places, plus excellent service combined for
an elegant experience. Blocks from the Plaza Hotel, and a nightcap at the Champagne Bar.
57 West 58 St, bet 5th & 6th Ave.

Ben & Jacks
Former long-time waiters at Peter Luger’s left with meat wholesalers contacts for a new start-up in the Flatiron District. Great spot for nightcap is 230 5th Avenue rooftop bar on the 20th floor.
230 5th Avenue, near 28th St.

Wolfgangs
Another former alum, a headwaiter from Peter Luger is an excellent choice and growing mightily. Has 2 locations in midtown, but try the Tribeca location for a real night out. Have a nightcap at Robert Deniro’s Tribeca Grill.
400 Greenwich St, near Vessey St.

Written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2008.

Food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, SoHo, or Little Italy and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours include a full meal and visit famous historic points of interest.

Written up in the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York. Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

If you’re interested in a walking food tour in Manhattan;
Please visit our website: http://walkingtoursmanhattan.com

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New York City Brunch

New York City BrunchSunday brunch is what many of us look forward to on the weekends. I have picked the best restaurants all over town specializing in brunch from Midtown to the Lower East Side. The plus in the headline is for a second stop for desert after brunch. Great way to visit 2 spots in 1 fun outing.

New York City brunch restaurants chosen here all have excellent food, so you’ll find all your favorite brunch foods, and if you’re in the mood for adventure, definitely some new items to tempt you. Since food is our main reason for the visit, I will mention places close by also well-known for their sweets.

Blue Note – Greenwich Village
One of the city’s premier jazz clubs since 1981, outstanding talent, comfortable chairs and good food. 131 West 3rd St, bet. 6th Ave, & MacDougal St.
After brunch: Visit Rocco’s an old time Italian bakery noted for their cannoli.
243 Bleecker St, bet. Carmine & Cornelia St.

Prune – East Village
Owned by chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton, serving her signature style of eggs, and Dutch pancakes to the throngs that line up early in the morning. 54 East 1st St, bet. 1 & 2 Ave.
After brunch: Go to Butter Lane, one of the better cupcake bakeries. Fun place where you can choose your cake and desired topping.
123 East 7th St, bet. 1 & A.

Clinton Street Baking – Lower East Side
A very popular and super busy spot serving high-quality panicakes and egg dishes, don’t forget to try their bacon. 4 Clinton Street, bet. East Houston & Stanton St.
After Brunch: Head over to Il Labortorio del Gelato, for excellent gelato and sorbet.
188 Ludlow St, corner of East Houston

Beaumarchais – Greenwich Village
Very popular destination in the Meat-Packing District for models and celebrity sightings. Add good food and alcohol to the mix, and it’s quite a party atmosphere. 409 West 13th St, bet. 9th Ave. & Washington St.
After Brunch: You won’t need any help find a gourmet desert in the Chelsea Market.
75 9th Ave, bet. West 15 & 16 St.

Clement – Midtown
In the Peninsula Hotel, an elegant location, superb service, stunning décor, and excellent food. Worthy for a special occasion. 700 Fifth Ave, West 55th St.
After Brunch: Go to the Time Warner Center for Bouchon Bakery, you’ll thank me later.
10 Columbus Circle, entrance on 8th Ave, bet. West 58-59 St.

Balthazar– SoHo
Beautiful French bistro will remind you of Paris even if you’ve never been. Great food and service.
After Brunch: Pop into their retail bakery next door for bread and pastries.
80 Spring St, bet. Broadway & Crosby St.

Written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker,
and licensed tour guide, in business since 2008.

Food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, SoHo Little Italy, or the Brooklyn Bridge, and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours visit famous landmarks and historic points of interest.

Written up by the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York.
Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

If you’re interested in a Manhattan walking tours;
Please visit our website: http://walkingtoursmanhattan.com

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Rooftop Bars NYC

Rooftop Bars NYC
The pages of the calendar are blowing over steadily in search of my favorite season, Summer. And while the official start day for vacations may be Memorial Day, that’s not so in the world of rooftop bars NYC.

What better image can you conjure up during a hot day in summer, with the work day ending, then a visit to a fun and lively watering hole. And if that friendly barkeep is ensconced in an outdoor setting of cocktails, wines and beers, oh what a lovely sight.

Yes my friends’ establishments where you can drink alfresco are cleaning out the winter leaves and opening their doors starting this weekend. There is no greater joy than being outdoors with no windows, doors or partitions, savoring your drink of choice, while taking in the absolutely breathtaking scenery of a Manhattan skyline.

As beautiful as the locations can be, you know that 2 schools of thought will be battling over which rooftop bar has the best view, the minimalists who prefer a lower height so they can almost touch the buildings in their sight, or the elevationists who prefer the highest possible floor for a more panoramic setting. Let the debate begin.

This year our list of worthy recipients includes not just Manhattan locations, but I have added 1 from Queens and 1 from Brooklyn. The borough bars give the New York City skyline a magnificent larger than life picture any painter would love to paint.

230 5th Avenue
A very popular spot with a wait sometimes to match. Incredible views of the Empire State Building, and the highest location on the list, the 21st floor.

Pod 39 Rooftop Lounge
Excellent views of Manhattan’s skyline including the Empire State Building, on the 17th floor. A terrific place for a bite is Salvation Taco, located in the lobby. 145 East 39th Street near Lexington Avenue.

Hotel Americano La Piscine
A great spot in Chelsea with views of the Hudson River.
Enjoy a leisure stroll on the nearby High Line Park. 518 West 27 St, near 10th Ave.

Z Hotel Rooftop Bar, Queens
This is the place to take in all of Manhattan’s skyline from the 12th floor. It’s an easy taxi ride 10 minutes over the 59th bridge. 11-01 43rd Avenue. Long Island City. For the fitness buffs take a 20 minute walk over the bridge.

Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar
Gives you a view of Central Park and a lovely setting to enjoy it all. Located on the 12th fl.
44 West 63rd Street, near Broadway

Conrad New York
Wins the best name for rooftop bar Loopy Doopy on the 15th floor.
Located in Battery Park City, Hudson River views. 102 N. End Ave, near Vesey St.

Wythe Hotel Ides Bar, Brooklyn
A beautiful picture of the City’s skyline from the southern point. Cool reason to visit the Williamsburg section, there’s also a footpath over the bridge for the walkers in your group. 80 Wythe Avenue, corner of North 11th Street.

Ink 48 Hotel Press Lounge
A real winner with a very cool atmosphere, located on the 16th floor. Set your sights on the Hudson River. 653 11th Avenue, at West 47th Street.

Hotel Chantelle Rooftop Bar
Best place for rooftop bar goers who are afraid of heights, located on the 2nd floor,
on the Lower East Side. Visit the Essex Street Market indoor gourmet food vendors.
92 Ludlow Street, at Delancy Street.

James Hotel The Jimmy
When you finished shopping in SoHo and need to rest your weary legs. Cool boutique hotel bar located on the 18th floor.
15 Thompson Street, near Grand Street.

New York City food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, SoHo, or Little Italy and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours include a full meal and visit famous historic points of interest.

Written up in the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York.
Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board
Article written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2007.

If you’re interested in walking food tours;
Please visit our website: http://walkingtoursmanhattan.com

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New York City Summer Events – July

nyc walking food toursNew York City Summer Events – July is a great place to visit, whether you come from London or New London, Connecticut. The restaurants are world famous with chefs from all over the globe opening new places here.

There are so many things to do, even on a week’s holiday its hard to take in all the must see attractions like Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, a Broadway show, the World Trade Center, or the Metropolitan Musuem.

If all of that is not enough to keep you busy, I added some seasonal New York City summer events you should try and catch;

  • July 1 – 31, Union Square Green Market, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
  • July 7, Bryant Park Evening Film Festival – Blazing Saddles
  • July 11 & 14, New York Philharmonic, brings free classical music concerts to the Great Lawn in Central Park. Picnic style seating.
  • July 14, Bryant Park Evening Film Festival – Suddently Last Summer
  • july 21-31, NYC Restaurant Week, 3 courses lunch $25, dinner $38
  • July 21, Bryant Park Evening Film Festival – National Lampoon’s Vacation
  • July 22-31, Free Shakespeare in the Park, King Lear at Central Park’s famous Delacorte Theater, outdoors under the stars at 8pm
  • July 28, Bryant Park Evening Film Festival – Key Largo
  • Written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2008.

    Food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, SoHo Little Italy, or the Brooklyn Bridge, and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours visit famous landmarks and historic points of interest.

    Written up in New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York. Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

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New York City Food Tours Best Restaurants

CaviarBefore you even set foot in New York City you know you are entering one of the country’s top food markets, and restaurants here are available for all tastes and budgets.

This article on New York City food tours will focus on the top restaurants in the city, fine dining establishments which are on the top of their game and listed in either the World’s 50 Best, Michelin Guide, or the New York Times.

We know they will be expensive, but one of life’s greatest joys is to splurge on a fine dinner whether we call it a vacation treat, a birthday celebration, or to recognize a new promotion.

I would recommend visiting menupages.com to easily peruse all the menus, check the prices, and make an online reservation all in one location.

Eleven Madison Park
French multi-course tasting menu from chef Daniel Humm served in a high-ceilinged art deco space. Number 4 on the world’s best 50 list.
11 Madison Avenue at East 24th Street.

Le Bernardin
Elite French restaurant offers chef Eric Ripert’s refined seafood, expert service & luxurious decor.
Received 4 stars the highest rating from the New York Times.
155 West 51st Street, bet. 6 & 7 Avenues.

Per Se
Chef Thomas Keller’s New American restaurant offers luxe fixed-price menus with Central Park views. Number 30 on the world’s best 50 list.
10 Columbus Circle, Time Warner Building at West 59th St.

Daniel
Daniel Boulud’s elegant French flagship where jackets and expense accounts are needed. Number 40 on the worlds best 50 list.
60 E 65th St, near Park Avenue.

Jean Georges
Jean-Georges presents exquisitely crafted dishes blending French, American, and Asian influences. 3 stars Michelin Guide
1 Central Park West, Trump International at West 60th Street

Masa
Manhattan’s most expensive, temple to the gods of sushi. 3 stars Michelin Guide.
Time Warner Building, 10 Columbus Circle, at West 59th Street

Jungsik
Finest quality Korean cuisine, located in Tribeca. 2 stars Michelin Guide.
2 Harrison Street, near Hudson Street

Marea
Chef Micheal White presents his interpretation of Italian seafood. 2 stars Michelin Guide.
240 Central Park West, near Broadway.

New York City food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, SoHo, or Little Italy and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours include a full meal and visit famous historic points of interest.

Written up in the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York.
Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

Article written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2007.

If you’re interested in walking food tours;
Please visit our website: http://walkingtoursmanhattan.com

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