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Sep 22, 2011 12:00 PM

RGR's LES food tour (updates? other suggestions?) -

I love the idea of doing a food tour when I visit NY in October. Has RGR made any updates to the tour? Or, can some one suggest a similar tour. Are there any good drinks that could be added along the way?

My friends and I our planning a similar tour in Miami (where I live) I promise to post it in exchange for help in NY :-)


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  1. Hi newfood,

    I've been working on a revised version of my tour, but it's not yet ready for publication. The new version will include photos and links to websites. Until then, you might want to make note of the following:

    Guss's Pickles closed. Substitute The Pickle Guys, on Essex St.
    Economy Candy: The correct address is 108 Rivington (not 145)
    Il Laboratorio moved its main location to 188 Ludlow St., at Houston. The Orchard St. location was closed but reopened as a satellite.
    Sugar Sweet Sunshine: Cupcakes. 126 Rivington, b/t Norfolk & Essex
    Essex Street Market: Saxelby's Cheese, Pain d'Avignon, and Roni-Sue's Chocolates,
    Also, Brooklyn Taco just opened in the market. I haven't tried it.

    If by "any good drinks" you meal alcoholic beverages, I can't help you there. There is the egg cream stop at Ray's, and you should definitely have a Dr. Brown's at Katz's (my preference is cream soda).


    1. For food walking tours, Manhattan is a great place for those:

      Here are some neighborhood exploration ideas for the Outer Boroughs:

      My Flushing walking tour is towards the bottom here:

      You can take the LIRR from Penn Station to Flushing in about 20 minutes. More expensive than the subway but worth it.

      If you want to stay in Manhattan, try scoopG's self guided Chinatown tour:

      What about an East Village crawl?
      Porchetta, Butter Lane, Luke's Lobster, Caracas Arepa Bar, the new Big Gay Ice Cream shop, the new Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream shop...then when you're done you can hit up PDT, Death & Co, or Mayahuel right when they open.

      If you mean cocktails, one of the problems with doing so is that many of our famous cocktail lounges do not open until 6pm (or later). The exceptions are Pegu Club (5pm), El Cobre (but only for weekend brunch and there are only 2-3 cocktail choices), Rye House, Vandaag (IIRC the bartender doesn't get there until 1pm on weekends though), Lani Kai (4pm opening Mon-Thurs, 1pm Friday, and open brunch until late on weekends).

      Here's a similar food tour I put together for the West Village:

      The possible stops are:
      Washington Square Park
      Mille-Feuille Bakery for croissants
      Third Rail Coffee
      South Brooklyn Pizza on Bleecker
      Blue Ribbon Bakery Market for their housemade matzoh
      Victory Garden for goat milk soft serve
      Famous Joe's for a slice
      Grom for gelato
      Rocco's for freshly filled cannoli
      Amy's Bread
      Murray's Cheese
      Faicco's Pork Store
      Bosie Tea Parlor for cookies/macarons
      Blind Tiger for beer
      Joe the Art of Coffee
      Jeffrey's Grocery for oysters and beer
      Taim for falafel
      Magnolia Bakery for ice box cake
      dell'anima for a Negroni Sbagliato cocktail
      Chelsea Market - note there's also a cocktail bar now called the Tippler, brand new, not sure on hours
      The High Line

      Of course you don't have to do all of the stops, but you can easily get a snack at one of these and move onto somewhere else...

      Murray's Cheese
      254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      260 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      222 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10014

      Caracas Arepa Bar
      93 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      Amy's Bread
      250 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      Blind Tiger
      281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      Pegu Club
      77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

      233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      Death & Co.
      433 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

      110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      Butter Lane
      123 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

      Third Rail Coffee
      240 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

      Rye House
      11 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

      Bosie Tea Parlor
      10 Morton St, New York, NY 10014

      103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

      Lani Kai
      525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

      El Cobre
      95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

      Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
      125 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      Victory Garden
      31 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

      Blue Ribbon Bakery Market
      14 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

      Percy's Pizza
      190 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

      1. You asked for another tour newfood and here it is! A Chinatown one starting from the wonderful Tenement Museum.