The new culinary center of the Big Apple, where food and dining trends are dispersed to the rest of the country, is Brooklyn. And with this half-day tour, you can take a big bite out of it. From old ethnic enclaves to the latest hipster ‘hoods, Brooklyn’s dining scene is both diverse and cutting edge. Munch pierogies in Polish-dominated Greenpoint, tacos in Sunset Park, and hip farm-to-table fare in Williamsburg. This guided eating tour of New York’s coolest and tastiest borough is ideal for foodies and the people who love them.
Welcome to Brooklyn, the coolest, most dynamic borough in the Big Apple. Not just the center of all things hip and artisanal, Brooklyn also happens to be one of the best places to eat in the country right now, where dining standards like locavore-ism and farm-to-fork trends hit here early on.
This guided half-day culture-and-food-centric tour winds throughout Brooklyn, revealing the hip ‘hoods and the off-the-beaten-path eats that you’d be hard-pressed to find on your own.
Your journey begins in the historic West Village, the past and present home to some of the city’s most influential residents. Then, along with your knowledgable food-crazed New Yorker guide, hop into the air-conditioned shuttle and venture across the Williamsburg Bridge.
Journey around the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish section of Williamsburg, where families stroll the bustling streets that look like they haven’t changed in a generation or two, before hitting the hipster section of the neighborhood. Williamsburg is one of the best restaurant neighborhoods in the city where third-wave coffee roasters sit next to cutting-edge farm-to-fork restaurants. Indulge in a slice of Neapolitan pizza or a cannoli before moving next door to Greenpoint.
Wander around Greenpoint, a neighborhood where you may hear “dzień dobry” as much as “hello.” That’s because the area has long been home to the city’s Polish residents. Stop into a traditional Polish eatery for scrumptious meat-stuffed pierogies and juicy kielbasas.
The tour suddenly gets sweet in DUMBO, an atmospheric part of town that stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Sample some delectable sweets at the Jacques Torres chocolate factory and then walk it all off at the recently re-constructed Brooklyn Bridge Park (make sure you bring your camera for the incredible views of the Manhattan skyline).
Finally, hop back on the shuttle and head to Sunset Park, an off-the-beaten-path part of Brooklyn where the city’s largest Latino community resides. From taco carts to pupusa shops, the neighborhood is overflowing with deliciousness. Pick up of a pork-licious Cuban sandwich and eat it picnic-style (or stay indoors during the cold weather months).
Then return to Manhattan, pleased with your newfound knowledge of New York’s coolest borough.
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