New York Walking Tours combines 3 of my favorite hobbies are walking, eating and people watching. First I pick a location, let’s say Chelsea and then I pick 2 places to eat in the neighborhood, with a third stop at a public park for a leisurely rest or sometimes a heavenly sweet from a local bakery. The venues below are in different neighborhoods, you’ll get extra points if you can hit all the places in 1 day, multiple food stops the very best in New York Walking Tours.
Today we go in search of the best gourmet markets. The 5 choices are all in different neighborhoods, extra points if you hit 2 neighborhoods in 1 walking tour. Heads up, they’re all great people watching venues. Bon appetit!
This is a must see, it’s a gourmet food court, with some of the city’s best shops. Ronnybrook Farm is a real working farm in upstate New York, their retail store has farm-fresh ice cream. Amy’s Bread, you’ve got to taste it to believe it. Lobster Place is the place for fresh New England lobster. 9th Avenue & West 15th Street.
2nd Location: It’s time for a sinful sweet, check out the éclair at La Bergamote, a French bakery at 177 9th Ave, corner of West 20th St.
The newest player on the gourmet foods scene, Eataly is a concept led by chefs Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich and Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti. it is over 50,000 square feet of fresh produce, cheeses, meat, fish, multiple restaurants and thousands of imported products. 200 5th Avenue, corner of 23rd St.
2nd Location: I don’t know about you, but when I’m in the mood for hand-made chocolates, I head to LA Burdick, 5 East 20th St.
If you fancy yourself a foodie or simply a cheese-lover, you must visit Murray’s, New York City’s oldest (and best) cheese shop. Go simply to browse and indulge in samples of cheese from around the world. 254 Bleecker Street, West of 6th Avenue.
2nd Location: You won’t have far to walk, for the best cannoli in the city, across the street at Rocco’s, 243 Bleecker.
Russ and Daughters
Lower East Side
Since 1914, Russ & Daughters has been supplying New Yorkers with their breakfast and brunch favorites specifically incredible bagels, smoked fish, caviar and now a wide selection of specialty foods. 179 East Houston Street near 1st Avenue.
2nd Location: This one is a tie, 2 places you must visit. Katz’s Deli, for a pastrami or corned beef sandwich, 205 East Houston, corner of Ludlow St, and get an ice cream or gelato across the street at Il Labortorio del Gelato, 188 Ludlow, corner of East Houston.
Dean and Deluca
Dean and Deluca has expanded from its Soho flagship to an internationally recognized gourmet food purveyor. The store is worth a visit, donuts from the Doughnut Plant, and great prepared foods to go. 560 Broadway corner of Prince St.
2nd Location: Balthazar Restaurant is great and beautiful, be sure to pop in for a look, and just to right of the entrance is the bakery, where copious amounts of butter and chocolate create Le Chocolate Chip Cookie.
Written by Bruce Scher, owner and licensed Tour Guide of WalkingToursManhattan.com Combine your sightseeing experience with a walking food tour. Visit major landmarks and taste delicious, foods in the city’s best local shops and Zagat-rated restaurants.
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