Since our family moved to Connecticut, we have been traveling around the Northeast on weekends whenever possible. Luckily, we are only an hour away from New York City, so we try to visit at least once every 2 months. On this particular weekend, I wanted to explore a new section of the city, so I did some research and found out about NYC Like a Local Tours.
Our family ended up choosing the Flatiron Food, History, and Architecture Tour. Honestly, I was expecting some food tastings and a little walking tour of the area; however, in addition to the delicious food we tasted, we learned a great deal of the history and architecture of the Flatiron District. I’d like to thank Like a Local Tours for our tickets and for a fantastic experience. Here’s one way to see NYC like a local – take this Flatiron District Food Tour. All opinions are my own.
NYC Like a Local – Flatiron Food, History, and Architecture Tour
- Distance walked: 1 mile
- Stops: 4
- Price: $56 adults and $46 kids
- Dates: Wednesday through Sunday
- Times: 10:30 AM – 1: 30 PM
- Tour Size: Maximum of 14 people
- Weather: Not canceled due to snow or rain
This was our meeting point. The email confirmation was precise and told us to meet our tour guide right in front of the black awning in front of the Eataly gelato area, next to the Tiffany gold clock. They also provided the address of the meeting point and directions in the email. It was very easy, and sure enough, our tour guide Rory met us there right on time to check us in.
Our tour was about 12 people, which was great because Rory never had to yell at anyone who was farther away, and it was easy to keep the pace with such a small number of people. She began by discussing a little about how the Flatiron District is a historic district in New York City, and the only one to be named after a building. We learned that many toy companies came to this area in NYC and that the Eataly store we were about to enter was once a toy manufacturing center.
I had been to a couple of other Eataly stores before, but this one in the Flatiron District is stunning. The designers kept much of the original architecture of the building, so you can see a lot of it is still exposed. The Eataly itself is as amazing as the others; filled with rows of fresh produce, pasta, cheese, bread, and more. The restaurants inside Eataly source everything from the market and are as fresh as it gets.
After walking around the various parts of Eataly, we stopped at the bread section and had our first bite of the tour – an apple cinnamon focaccia. We were then given 10 minutes of “free time” to peruse the store and buy anything we wanted before the walking portion of our tour began.
Our second stop was a seated tasting at a sandwich shop opened in 1929, Eisenberg’s. We had a delicious pressed reuben sandwich with pastrami and corned beef. I would have loved to order some other things on the menu, but there just wasn’t time. This is definitely a place I need to head back to for lunch.
Just outside of the deli we learned about some of the
We then walked past a Lego store that told the history of the area through its Lego creations. Our tour guide showed us a huge Lego wall that depicted many famed areas of New York City. My Lego-loving kids really enjoyed this. This wall really displayed NYC like a local.
Our next stop was a stroll through Madison Square Park, named for the first site of the original Madison Square Garden. This spot held more history than I knew existed. First off, the original Shake Shack is located here. This park is also the spot where the Statue of Liberty’s arm and torch were on display while the rest of her was being assembled. I love little tidbits of history!
I love cheese! When I saw we were going to try cheese on this tour, I became giddy. Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is the only cheese factory in New York City. They started in Pike Place Market in Seattle and opened this store in 2011. Lucky for me, they had samples to taste – fresh cheese curds and their flagship cheese, which is a blend of cheddar and gruyere.
After perusing through their cheese selection and buying some on our 10 minute break, our group headed upstairs to eat some grilled cheese sandwiches. Wow, this was a great grilled cheese! The bread was buttered on both sides, pressed, and had a combination of their flagship cheese and jack cheese. After learning a bit about the cheese making process from Rory, we headed to our next stop.
Just outside of Beecher’s, Rory explained a bit abou the architecture of the surrounding buildings and some fun facts about the neighborhood. We walked towards Union Square Market, which had some great local vendors selling food, crafts, and more.
Our last stop on the tour was for dessert. I learned that Bread’s Bakery has won a whole bunch of pastry awards – best chocolate chip cookie, best chocolate babka, and best chocolate rugelach. We tasted the mini chocolate rugelach, which was this light, flaky croissant shaped pastry filled with Nutella. It melted in my mouth! Our whole family loved it so much, we bought 4 more for later.
Overall, our experience touring through NYC like a local was wonderful. Not only was everything we tried delicious, but we really did learn so many facts about the history of the Flatiron District and New York City in general. Rory, our tour guide, was very thoughtful with our kids, entertaining, and knowledgeable. The NYC Like a Local Flatiron Food, History, and Architecture tour was a great way to spend three hours. We left with an appreciation of the neighborhood, some historical facts, a satisfied stomach.
I would only recommend a food tour for families if their kids love to eat. Otherwise, the cost wouldn’t be worth it for young kids or picky eaters. If you’re visiting for a weekend, check out this
Food can be pricey in New York City, so if you are a budget traveler like me, check out: Best Value Restaurants in NYC. NYC Like a Local Tours offers even more food tour options such as Chelsea Market and Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Check out these tours and other options by booking directly on their site – NYC Like a Local Tours.
There’s so much to do when visiting New York City, that it’s hard to choose if you’re a first time visitor. We have been to New York City many times, and while it is valuable to visit Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty, there is much more to this city than those landmarks. By booking this walking food tour, our family was able to explore an area of NYC that we had only driven by.
One of our favorite things to do in any city is to visit some museums. New York City has a plethora of museums for families
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