Thursday, January 3, 2013

Eating and Walking

At the end of the summer, when autumn seemed everlasting as it lay ahead of us, I bought two tickets for a Lower East Side Food Tour for me and Anthony. After my visit to the Tenement Museum in July, I kind of fell in love with the area, plus I really like nom noms so I figured this would be the perfect weekend activity.

Fast forward to mid-December: our food tour deal expires in two weeks. The only free day we have is Sunday, December 30th, right smack in the middle of holiday festivity overload. And yes, there is a tour scheduled for that day. Amazing.

It snowed in Connecticut on Saturday night but Manhattan had limited accumulation.  (Sidenote: I love New York on Sunday mornings.  There are so few people, the streets are so quiet.  It's like everyone is sleeping just so that they can wake up late and and head out for a boozy brunch at 2pm. Perfect.) We were early so we headed to St. Patrick's to light candles then took the subway down.  I didn't count on the confused tourists at the ticket machines so we missed our train then had to wait forever for another. Translation: we arrived at Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery late and missed the first tasting.  Sad.

But it was easy to catch up and there were plenty more stops to enjoy, including a special treat of bialys and cream cheese at Kossar's Bialys, a place that the tour doesn't normally visit.  Our favorites included Katz's Deli (the pastrami is so good), The Pickle Guys (Anthony loves pickles and bought some pickled mango) and North Dumpling (we actually went back after the tour for a fast lunch of steamed pork dumplings). 

Thanks to our great tour guide who kept the group moving despite the freezing wind (most of the tastings are outside), Anthony and I had a great time. There are a few places we'd like to check out again, and it was really fun to learn more about the history of this great city. I could already go for another doughnut from Doughnut Plant.

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