About the Flatiron History & Food Tour
When you visit New York City, you could rely on guidebooks and Google results. Or you could trust someone who knows the territory inside and out.
That’s where Like A Local Tours come in: These unique excursions are led by seasoned residents of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. These are people who know the lay of the land and who are super-passionate about food, sites and the latest trends -- and who can’t wait to share their experience and knowledge with you. So you’re getting a true insider’s POV.
Like A Local’s Flatiron History & Food Tour takes you through two of downtown Manhattan’s most vibrant neighborhoods, with six tempting tastings along the way. You’ll start at Eataly, chef Mario Batali’s high-end, Italian megastore, which incorporates amazing shopping and mouth-watering dining in a massive space that’s brimming with energy. After tastings, it’s off to Madison Square Park and Shake Shack, where Danny Meyer has taken the classic burger up about 20 notches. You’ll dig into the good stuff here (and better still, you’ll skip the lines, which can wind well into the park). Then, it’s off to Beecher’s Cheese, an artisanal shop where staff hand-makes many of the cheeses right on the premises. After the cheese course, you’ll head to Union Square and its world-famous Greenmarket, which has been bringing the best of local farms to the city since 1976. The tour also includes a private tour at Bread's Bakery, where you get to sample some of New York's best babka. When you are done getting your fill, don't forget to stop for a photo op at the architecturally significant Flatiron Building (which is shaped, interestingly enough, like a wedge of cheese).
The tour lasts around 2.5 hours. You won’t walk that far (less than a mile), but be sure to bring comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the season.
Did you know?
Eataly’s first location was opened in a former vermouth factory in Turin, Italy, in 2007. In 2010, its now hugely popular Manhattan store opened, in a partnership that includes celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich, along with restaurateur Joe Bastianich.
Union Square Park is home to a much photographed statue of George Washington on his steed, unveiled in 1856.
Opened as a seasonal concession in Madison Square Park in 2004, Shake Shack now has more than 34 sites (and counting), including one at the new Shea Stadium.
The Flatiron History & Food Tour is great for anyone who’s a foodie (or foodie-in-training). You might want to go light on breakfast, since you’ll be grazing your way through downtown.
Good for kids?
Oh, yes. Since there’s not that much walking involved (but quite a lot of noshing), the younger set will eat this one up.
Outside of Caffe Lavazza Location Information:
200 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10011
N, R to 23rd St., 6 to Lexington Ave., F to 23rd St., or 1 to 23rd St.