RGR's LES food tour (updates? other suggestions?) - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/493333
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 :-)
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
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...
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
250 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
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
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
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
525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012
95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
125 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
31 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014
Blue Ribbon Bakery Market
14 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014
190 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
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).