Greenwich Village Walking Food TourApr 21, 2016 01:01PM ● By Troy Metzger
The group has done several trips to NYC without a structured itinerary so that people can go out and about and do their own thing. However, members wanted something planned to do; after all, this is a travel group. On our most recent day trip to New York City we did a walking food tour of Greenwich Village with six stops.
Erik was our host from Free Tours By Foot. This company offers their tours for free and you pay what you feel it is worth at the end. But if you schedule a private tour (like we always do), it does cost money for the exclusivity. Erik was nice and friendly. He’s also a stand up comedian and was really funny. We’d like to see his routine sometime I’m sure it’ll be a good show.
Our first stop was Mamoun's on Macdougal St. where we had Middle Eastern falafels, pita bread with baba ghanoush and garlic hummus which were fantastic if you like falafels. Their falafels are grounded chickpea mixed with onions, parsley, garlic, and spices. The pita bread came with sides of hummus and tahini for dipping as well as other spicy dipping sauces.
I am excited to be able to introduce to you the biggest win of the walking tour. It was out stop at Artichoke Basille's on Macdougal St. where we had the best artichoke pizza. I’ve eaten pizza many many places, I could be considered a bit of a pizza connoisseur and I would easily say the artichoke pizza is the best pizza I’ve ever had. I was not expecting it to even be that good actually but it was exceptional. I would highly recommend anyone visiting Greenwich Village is grab a slice, you will not be disappointed.
Next stop, Faicco's Italitan shop offering house made meats and cheeses galore. Our sampling here was rice balls. We learned that rice balls was formed into balls so that it would be easier to eat on the go. Ours consisted of rice, cheese, and some spices then breaded and fried. Although they were a big hit among much of our group and while pretty tasty they were not one of my favorites.
Next up, Bantam Bagels. I never heard of bagel balls before, then again, I never heard of rice balls before. It's amusing how New Yorkers seem to come up with transportable food. This cute stop was featured on Shark Tank and backed by Lori Greiner. Bagel balls are mini bagels stuffed with various fillings. I was in the mood for something sweet, so I opted for the Birthday Cake bagel ball. It was heavenly delicious. They had so many to choose from such as: French Toast, Hot Pretzel, Strawberry Delight and so much more.
The second to last stop was at the famous Bleecker Street Pizza where they make pizza right behind the store window so you can watch them prepare your food. We sampled the Nonna Maria pizza which is described as their signature pizza from an old family restaurant with thin crust, fresh mozzarella, homemade marinara sauce, Parmesan, and fresh basil. According The Food Network and many locals, Bleecker Street Pizza is voted the best pizza and it was really good, but Artichoke's pizza clearly gets my vote for the best.
And finally, for the last stop of the walking tour, we hit Molly’s Cupcakes. They were winners on the show Cupcake Wars. I had a Kahlua chocolate cupcake that was absolutely divine. It was light and fluffy and the hint of Kahula made it totally delicious. It was a perfect way to end the tour which we rated 5 stars on Trip Advisor.
Our group really enjoyed the tour very much and I would say it is a must-do especially if you're a foodie. I must say, that I would have never experienced these establishments if it weren't for the tour. It is a great way to sample a variety of food and get to know Greenwich Village a little. Little Italy was a 25 minute walk from Greenwich Village, so we enjoyed dinner there. This part of NYC is so much more laid back than Times Square and Midtown. The vibe Greenwich is quite different. You'd have to go there to experience what I'm talking about. So, if you're looking for a relaxing, cultural day in New York City --Greenwich Village is your answer.I hope you found this article intriguing and will consider making one or both of these tours part of your plans next time your in the Big Apple.
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