Chinatown and Little Italy with Ahoy! New York Food Tours

October 19, 2012 in Places,Provisions,United States

It’s no secret that I love to eat–and noodles, whether Chinese or Italian, are probably one of my favorite meals.

Fresh pasta and tomato sauce in Little Italy with Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting

So I was stoked to take a NYC food tour of Little Italy and Chinatown with Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting. The owner Alana Hoye is a fellow Francophile and an absolute legend when it comes to the New York City food scene: she knows Little Italy and Chinatown inside and out. She knows the history of every street (what mob boss got shot where!), the best restaurants and the worst, what’s authentic and what’s a front.

The tour is fabulous: Alana is super knowledgeable, hilarious and sweet. It’s a great way to see more of these iconic neighborhoods and taste the local heritage–and you certainly won’t leave feeling hungry! Plus, she gives you an awesome list of the best restaurants in the area–and her monthly newsletter is a great way to find some of the best restaurants in the rest of New York City.

Prosciutto and mozzarella in Little Italy with Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting

We started off with prosciutto and mozzarella at Alleva Dairy, the oldest Italian cheese store in America. The saltiness of the prosciutto was the perfect balance with the creaminess of the mozzarella.

Cheese in Little Italy with Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting

Next up was (more!) cheese at Di Palo’s Fine Foods. Around since 1910, this shop is a dream for anyone who loves fresh Italian food. There’s ready-made fresh pasta, tomato sauce, lasagna sheets, pesto sauce, roasted red peppers.

Cannoli in Little Italy with Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting

My favorite Italian food: cannoli! A traditional Sicilian dessert, they’re a crispy tube filled with ricotta and chocolate chips. The ones at Ferrara Bakery and Cafe were absolutely delicious–and the entire dessert case was filled with things I’d love to try next time with a cappuccino.

Thai peanut sauce in Chinatown with Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting

Next we switched gears and headed to Pongrsi Thai Restaurant for a killer peanut sauce and pra raam chicken. The oldest family-run and operated restaurant in New York City, it’s been around for more than 40 years. I won’t lie–it wasn’t as good as the meals I learned how to make on the street in Chiang Mai, but it came pretty darn close.

Potstickers in Chinatown with Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting

This finally felt like I was in Asia: street food! We ate delicious dumplings from Tasty Dumpling on the street outside a park filled with people doing tai chi and traditional drumming. It doesn’t feel anything like the rest of Manhattan!

Egg Roll in Chinatown with Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting

Did you know that the original egg rolls actually had egg in them? We tried one at Nom Wah Tea Parlor, the oldest Dim Sum restaurant in Chinatown.

Ice cream in Chinatown with Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting

We ended our hot August day with a refreshing mango ice cream at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. I can’t wait to go back and try the other Asian-inspired flavors at this Chinatown institution: the line was out the door!

Note: Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting kindly offered me and a friend a complimentary tour, but all opinions are my own. 

  • Nevin

    Just wow. You know I am a non-discriminatory noodle lover, too and this tour looks amazing, if (dare I say it) a little much! So cool that NYC has great versions of all different kinds of cuisine, but then I guess so does London, even if it’s not all so compact!

  • I still have not done a food tour in NYC but it is a MUST on my next trip, this looks fantastic.

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  • OMG I did this tour as well for my NYC blog and it was AMAZING! Loved the egg rolls So homemade and light ….Great write up for them Always willing to promote as such a great tour !!

  • camorose

    NYC and London are both so awesome because there’s so much variety and authenticity in the cuisines. It’s just about finding the right neighborhoods–and the restaurants that aren’t just the tourist traps :)

  • camorose

    You must! You would love it! Come back and visit NYC soon :)

  • camorose

    So true! Really loved it and would totally recommend to anyone visiting NYC who loves to eat–it’s a great different side of the city!

  • MMM I love food tours – and I guess that NYC is one of the best places to take one and sample some of the best restaurants in the world!

  • Jane

    That looks great and fell hungry now
    Jane – Sunway Hotel Hanoi

  • When you start your day with prosciutto and mozzarella.. you know it’s going to be a great day! Can’t wait to check this out ourselves. Looks delicious. My favorite combo – New York and food!

  • camorose

    There are so many different types of cuisine in NYC, it’s a great place to eat!

  • camorose

    So true–you won’t be disappointed!

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