A key highlight of my New York trip was to experience Foods of New York Tours. So many have raved about their tours, I decided that as a serious food tour operator, I just had to experience their tours for myself. So one of the tours I joined while in New York was their Chelsea Market / Meatpacking District Food and Culture Walking Tour.
When I arrived at Chelsea Market, I was greeted by my friendly guide, Diana. Shortly after, we were whisked off to our first tasting location…
Eleni’s New York
Eleni’s is a nut free bakery specializing in beautiful cupcakes and hand-iced sugar cookies. We tasted their Red Velvet mini cupcake, which was soft and fluffy, and not overly sweet. It was just the perfect balance. Loved this and would come back for this anytime.
Lucy’s Whey Amercian Artisanal Cheese
At Lucy’s Whey American Artisanal Cheese we tasted the Prairie Breeze Cheddar from Milton, IA by itself, it had a lovely nutty, sweet and smooth taste. Then we tasted the same cheddar in a panini with fig spread. I enjoyed this less as I felt that there was perhaps too much bread here for my liking.
Next, we visited Buon Italia, an Italian specialty grocer, and tasted a handful of things including Speck, an Italian ham that’s a lot like prosciutto, as well as some barely brined green olives, baby onions, smoked mozzarella, fresh artichoke spread, and Amy’s french bread. The fresh artichoke spread was my favorite here, there wasn’t a lot of oil or spices as do most artichoke spread, which allowed the fresh artichoke taste to really shine through.
Next up was Sarabeth’s where we tasted her Blueberry Cherry Preserve as well as the Raspberry Orange Marmalade on a fluffy crumpet. The crumpets though not warm were extremely soft and fresh. I would say the crumpets stole the show in this instance!
We were then whisked through an authorized personnel doorway into Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurant for a behind the scenes tour of his restaurant.
We tasted a yummy ox tail ragu at Marcelleria, located in the Meatpacking District.
Not only was this a delicious food tasting tour, it was also packed with lots of interesting information about the history and the culture of the Chelsea Market and Meatpacking District. Highly recommended!