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8 NYC Food Tours This Summer - CourseHorse

By Infiniti Bowie | Published 7/24/2012

Nothing screams summer in the city like the scent of hot shish kabobs wafting in the air.

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Food, glorious food! If there’s anything New York City is known for, it’s the cultural “stew” of food which hails from all over the glove. From meat skewers from the Greek Souvlaki cart to a slice of thin crust pizza from the Italian pizzeria on 5th Ave, you can get a little taste of anywhere in the world right in the heart of NYC. So the next time you decide to visit the Big Apple, here are 8 NYC food tours you absolutely must do this summer.


NYC Vino & Tapas Crawl With A Sommelier

Gastro Tours / NYC Wine & Food Trails
SoHo, Manhattan

Think of this as a classier version of a bar crawl with a historically delicious twist. During this 2 hour tour, you’ll explore and taste the history of Spain by learning about the origins behind the country’s most popular dish, tapas. Within the tour, you’ll visit three locations in SoHo, Nolita, and Little Italy, with each stop dedicated to learning about the history behind tapas as well as the best wine regions of Spain and why you and your loved ones should make the region your next vacation spot. Reviewers find it an enriching experience, not only for the tastings but the fun history lessons as well.

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Colorful Silk

Brooklyn Pizza Walk

Scott's Pizza Tours
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Every true New Yorker knows that not all pizza tastes the same. With Scott’s Pizza Tours, you’ll experience the true art behind New York’s most famous tourist attraction, taking a behind-the-scenes look into the history, science, and culture of this classic dish. During this NYC food tour, you’ll get to visit three different pizzerias in Brooklyn, each with a distinguished style of pizza from the last. If you’re not a pizza connoisseur, you will definitely become one after you learn the difference between wood, coal, and gas-fired oven pizzas. You’ll never look at pizza the same way again, maybe even offering your local pizzeria a few tips.

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Lebanese Cooking w/ Jeanette: Taste of Workshop

The League of Kitchens
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Instead of going around the world in 80 days, why not go in two hours? The League of Kitchens offers a diverse culinary adventure by having immigrants from all over the world teach a part of their culture from their very own homes. On this tour, you’ll journey with Jeanette as she shows you the world of Lebanon by taking you to her favorite meat, produce, and specialty markets. To top it all off, you’ll get to enjoy some true Lebanese cuisine as well as some authentic line dancing. You’ll definitely immerse yourself in a whole new world and never want to look back.

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Stained Glass

Farmers Market Tour + Cooking Class

Home Cooking New York
Union Square, Manhattan

Here’s a secret: Some of the best produce in NYC can’t be found in any supermarket. In this tour and class combo, Union Square will become your outdoor supermarket as you fill your cart with fruits, produce, and knowledge. You’ll learn what makes certain foods “local”, why you shouldn’t focus too much on that “organic” label, as well as what foods are currently in season, and tips for choosing the freshest produce. After shopping, you’ll head down to SoHo to cook a fulfilling meal with all your new fruits and veggies. You can also BYOB so feel free to enjoy a cold one while you’re eating. Just drink responsibly! At the end of the class, you’ll also receive a full recipe packet. Our reviewers adored the tour, especially the options for vegetarian meals. So draft up your grocery lists and let’s go shopping!

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Raaka Factory Tour & Tasting

Raaka Chocolate
Red Hook, Brooklyn

Fortunately, unlike Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, there are no Oompa-Loompas to sing of your “sweet” demise during this food tour. Raaka Chocolate was founded by Ryan Cheney after a visit to Thailand inspired him to explore low-temperature chocolate while building and maintaining meaningful relationships with our planet and each other. You’ll get to tour around the spacious Raaka Chocolate factory while learning an in-depth process of how to make delectable chocolate bars, all the while trying to keep the words “I’ve got the golden ticket” out of your head.

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Wheel Pottery

The International Food Tour of Astoria, Queens

SusanSez NYC Walkabouts
Astoria, Queens

Fasten your seatbelts because it’s time for another World Tour! Join Susan Birnbaum as she takes you to explore shops, cafes, and restaurants that offer the very best international cuisine. Taste the sweetness of a plethora of destinations from honey-laden baklava to Colombian sweet bread. Just make sure you leave room for some other international delights that hail from Italy, South America, Germany, and Southeast Asia! Past attendees of this international world tour raved about how informative the journey was as well as how delicious the cultural dishes were.

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Flavors of Long Island City Food Tour

Queens Food Tours
Hunter's Point, Queens

Taste the past, present, and future of Queens by chowing down on all that Queens has to offer in this unique tour. New Yorkers, tourists, and foodies alike will enjoy this dynamic tour where you’ll get to try a burger recipe that’s centuries old, indulge in sweet French patisseries, visit an Italian eatery, and so much more! Each restaurant stop offers its own unique history that contributes to the diversity of Queens. Queens Food Tours was founded by a couple of food-loving folks who wanted to share their passion with the world. They encourage you to not just make a quick pit-stop in Queens, but to savor every moment by divulging into some delicious Queens cuisine. Our reviewers loved this tour, with many enthusing about an almond croissant that was simply “out of this world!”

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Distillery Tours (Weekends)

Kings County Distillery
Navy Yard, Brooklyn

Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall are nothing compared to barrels upon barrels of craft whiskey you’ll see at Kings County Distillery. On this booze-filled adventure, you and your crew will learn the true art of distilling as well as how to make the award-winning craft whiskey Kings County has to offer. At the end of the tour, you’ll get to try four whiskeys that would make even the drunkest Scottsman jealous. Kings County Distillery is world-renowned for being NYC’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, stretching back as far as prohibition. Their whiskeys have won many awards from the likes of the American Distilling Institute to being named number 2 craft bourbon by the New York Times. Just remember to drink responsibly and enjoy the boozeum!

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