|A somewhat blurry view from the Top of the Rock in December 2011|
Don't get me wrong, it was a great trip. Statue of Liberty, SoHo, Central Park, Broadway. All of it was pretty amazing. But, I'm very glad that I got the chance to go back in the summer. Without all the crowds, the city almost felt like a place I could live. The people are incredibly friendly, the Natural History Museum was incredible and of course, the food was fantastic.
Thanks to a suggestion from my friend Adele, I signed myself up for a food tour with the company Foods of NY. Although they offer several themed tours of various neighborhoods around the city, I decided to take the "Original Greenwich Village" tour and I was not disappointed. Centered around Bleeker Street, this particular tour specialized in Italian dishes. I attempted to take as many photos of the restaurants and food however because of the fairly severe rain during the tour I had to eventually put away the camera and drape myself in a plastic rain poncho (yes, I was one of those tourists).
|Divine Meatballs at Scali Caffe|
I'm sure you're already assuming the food, being from NY and of an Italian theme, was wonderful - and you're right. Every place had something to teach me and offered me something new (well, except maybe the pizza place). Some particularly unique dishes that I tried were:
Lavender honey and truffle oil at O&CO
The Zucchini Fritter (2nd from left) was maybe my favourite bite of the day!
Tastes of Sheep, Goat and Cow's cheese was definitely enjoyable - and this place had fantastic t-shirts! My favourite was the one that said "For a Gouda time call...." haha.
The tour itself was $50 for 8 well-sized tastings (usually far more than just a bite). Every tourist gets a free bottle of water at the start and an opportunity to purchase a second beverage at a restaurant about half way through the tour. There were several opportunities for bathroom breaks and the tour guide was absolutely full of knowledge - who lived in certain homes around the area, real estate, and of course, food.
|Arancini from Faicco's - a place I would want to do all my meat and cheese shopping!|
I went back to O&Co specifically because I loved their Basil infused Olive Oil and knew it would be a great treat back in Singapore.
If you are ever in NYC please take a food tour! It was such a great way to spend a few hours getting to see a somewhat un-touristy part of the city!