By Seth Fera-Schanes. This article first appeared on The Refined Chef cooking website.
A mini food tour is a great way to spend a few hours on a weekend afternoon, especially in food obsessed New York. I recently went on a little excursion and had a lot of fun.
If you decide to put together one of these events with your friends, try choosing locations where there are a lot of food options within a small radius (or at least all along the same subway line.)
I started with the famous Zabar’s on New York’s Upper West Side. For $6.95 I got the breakfast special which consisted of a bagel with lox, fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee.
The great thing about Zabar’s is they provide free samples. I got to try white fish on toast, a prosciutto appetizer and this little treat: smoked mussels with horseradish cream sauce.
Once I completed the Upper West Side, I moved downtown to Chelsea Market. If you are ever in the city, this place is a must see. The building is the old Nabisco Factory that now is home to a range of boutique eateries.
One of my favorites is The Lobster Place where I got these fresh oysters. The great thing about your local fishmonger is they have a broad range of oysters on hand for a great value. The staff is knowledgeable about different varieties and tastes and can make recommendations for you. The oysters seen below were approximately $1.85 a piece with opening. Not a bad stop along the way!
Moving on, I had a bit of a sweet tooth and purchased a few Jacques Torres chocolates. One was called Menage a Trois and the other was Fresh Squeezed Lemon; both were delicious.
To finish the day I stopped by Dickson’s Farmstand Meats that has a house made beef hot dog covered with kimchi. Is there any better way to end the day?
Here is to happy wandering; and eating.