Neighborhood Eats Tour: Brownstone Brooklyn
You will definitely want to arrive hungry for Urban Oyster's mouthwatering walking tour of one of New York's most exciting food districts: the South Brooklyn collection of neighborhoods comprising part of what is known as Brownstone Brooklyn. This area is home to a vibrant and diverse food scene, with a continually evolving mix of locally owned, artisanal food shops, cafes, and restaurants (both the very old and the very new) unlike any other.
Urban Oyster's well-balanced Friday and Saturday afternoon walking tour will take you for a "strolling lunch" that mixes the traditional flavors of delicacies from long-established Middle Eastern and Italian stores with the inventive and re-inventive tastes of offerings from a slew of New American establishments. You'll visit mom and pop shops like D'Amico's Coffee (owned and operated by the same family since 1948) right along with entrepreneurial success-stories like One Girl Cookies, a boutique cookie bakery which has managed to make an old idea completely new. Along the way, your knowledgeable tour guide will discuss the history and changing face of this area of Brooklyn, and you'll have a chance to speak with local business owners and residents, too, about what makes this little slice of Brooklyn so special.
The Neighborhood Eats Tour will take place rain or shine, and involves between one and two miles of walking, so wear comfortable footwear and bring appropriate gear for the weather. Cameras are welcome and encouraged, as is shopping at local businesses along the tour route. No dogs are allowed. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and you need to bring a print-out of your ticket confirmation.
Urban Oyster was founded in 2008 and provides local, sustainable tours of some of New York City's most singular neighborhoods and food movements. With the goal of supporting local businesses and preserving neighborhood histories, Urban Oyster offers group walking tours and themed harbor sails, as well as private events and tours.
According to co-founder David Naczycz, Urban Oyster's name is "an analogy for our mission," which is to connect people to the local businesses that are unique to New York and help to make the city the special place that it is. Like the once plentiful oysters in New York Harbor, which were decimated by over-harvesting and pollution, small businesses in New York close every day, unable to compete with the influx of chain stores and national franchises. The folks at Urban Oyster see New York's small businesses as today's "oysters"; happily, the company's tours support local business while offering tourgoers an utterly incomparable journey through some of New York's most authentic locales.
Did you know?
Atlantic Avenue has been home to a collection of Middle Eastern shops for more than 100 years, ever since large numbers of immigrants from Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan began arriving in the United States.
Cobble Hill, a neighborhood in Brownstone Brooklyn bordered by Atlantic Avenue to the north and DeGraw Street to the south, falls almost entirely within the boundaries of a national historic district declared in 1976.
This tour is perfect for food-lovers from all over: tourists who want an off-the-beaten path experience of New York, newcomers to New York City (or just to Brooklyn), or even locals who want to learn more about a piece of their borough's history and experience their city in a new way.
Good for kids?
Children are absolutely welcome on the Neighborhood Eats Tour: Brownstone Brooklyn. Given the location, amount of walking, and nature of the tour, it is most appropriate for children ages 8 and over.
Stinky Bklyn Location Information:
215 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Begins: Stinky Bklyn
215 Smith St. (between Baltic St. and Butler St.)
Nearest Subway: F/G to Bergen Street
Ends: Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
513 Henry St. (between Sackett St. & DeGraw St.)
Nearest Subway: F/G to Carroll Street