The best of Brooklyn half-day food and culture tour is a fun escapade from hectic Manhattan with a full immersion in the much slower-paced lifestyle of many areas of Brooklyn.
It might be a surprise to discover the still authentic and well preserved influence of immigrant groups on various Brooklyn neighborhoods and on their food traditions, architecture, and vibe.
The tour starts in Manhattan’s Greenwich village. A private bus takes you across the beautiful Williamsburg Bridge, following the trail of New York’s immigrants from Manhattan’s Lower East Side to Brooklyn.
A drive through the Hasidic Jewish section of Williamsburg, the most conservative part of New York, shows a big contrast with the other face of this neighborhood: the very trendy and upcoming North Williamsburg, that used to be an area inhabited by Italian and German populations, and has now become the home of the hipsters.
The first food stop is at the Meatball Shop for a taste of their classic beef meatball with tomato sauce and parmesan. A few steps away, right next to the Bedford subway station, Oasis offers a perfectly made falafel with tahini sauce (second food stop).
A quick bus trip takes you to Greenpoint, the Polish neighborhood also called Little Poland, that has been invaded lately by the northern part of North Williamsburg and is therefore also called by the hipsters “North of North Williamsburg”. Indulge in a “king’s feast” at Krowleskie Jadlo with a real Polish meal: Kielbasa sausage, potato and cheese pierogies, carrot salad, beet salad, apple crepe.
To work on your sugar rush, try some cannoli in the Italian neighborhood of Carroll Gardens at Monteleone bakery.
A picturesque drive takes you to Park Slope, where you can admire the perfectly conceived Prospect Park, before splurging in a few slices of Neapolitan-style pizza Margherita at Table 87 or Dellarocco’s.
Admire the beauty of the Manhattan Bridge and of the Brooklyn Bridge from DUMBO (down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), before indulging in chocolate bonbons at Jacques Torres Chocolate.
After having learned a lot of Brooklyn’s history and curiosities, and after having made 6 food stops, you can decide to do some exercise and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to go back to Manhattan, admiring the magnificent view, or just hop on the bus and get back to the Greenwich Village.