Greenwich Village Food Tour

Venue: Greenwich village, New York

Organizers: Foods of New York Tours (http://www.foodsofny.com)

Lens: Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4

Music: The Rembrandts – I’ll be there for you (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-9kPks0IfE)

It was a Sunny (purposefully capitalized) Saturday during my visit in New York and we had subscribed for a food tour in Greenwich village as a way of celebrating the birthday of one of us. For me it was also a good chance to see the neighborhood and try some “local Italian” cuisine. Our tour guide was Joanna, who was very lively and helpful. She walked us around the place giving us food and telling us the stories of the restaurants and shops we visited. In the same time she also managed to squeeze in some extra information about the local culture and art events, making the experience complete.
We started off at the heart of Greenwich village – Bleecker street. And what’s more local Italian than a true New York pizza?
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The pizza pie from Joe’s was over about a minute after the photo was taken. The pizza was the perfect combination of Napoli and New York, and we won the monthly photo competition of Foods of New York Tours with this shot!

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Our next stop was a small olive oil and balsamic vinegar shop, where we got to taste the difference between the true and the fake balsamic vinegar.
Afterwards we wandered off around the small streets in Greenwich village, trying many small bites here and there and hearing the stories of the families running all these small restaurants in the area.
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Arancini, a little different than the original Sicilian style.
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Cauliflower stew with nuts, probably the least Italian dish for the day but still delicious.
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The menu of a fish restaurant that we passed by.
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We tried some of these instead!
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The prosciutto in action.
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More food shops on Bleecker street.
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A peek inside one of the cafes on the way, partially reflecting myself.
We made a longer stop at Rafele’s – yet another Italian restaurant – where we could celebrate the occasion we had with some more food and prosecco, before moving to the desserts.
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Melanzane alla parmigiana, one of the best Italian dishes for me.
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“Forno a legna” – the wood pizza oven at Rafele brought all the way from Italy.
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After all the healthy Italian food it was time for something less healthy and true American – freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
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Which were amazing.
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One of the last stops, some cheese and dried fruit before the grande finale..
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Sicilian cannoli at pasticceria Rocco and a hot espresso afterwards, the perfect end of the food tour. Fortunately for us since we could not fit in anything else in our stomachs.
 Check out this tour for yourself at http://www.foodsofny.com
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