About the Patriots, Pirates, Tarts & Taverns Tour
New York has a long, fascinating history with food, and many of the city's cuisine staples can be traced back to the surge of immigrants that brought traditions from around the world. Even the Dutch settlers, the very first New York immigrants, made a mark on the New York City food palette. Of course, the city has come a long way since the 1600s, with five-star restaurants and some of the best chefs on the planet now populating the island. It's precisely this historic timeline that the Patriots, Pirates, Tarts & Taverns Tour tackles, taking its visitors on a culinary tour that looks at how New York City ate its way to the world-class culinary destination that it is today.
The tour, hosted by Wall Street Walks, focuses on the Financial District, one of the oldest neighborhoods of New York City, and traces its culinary history through to the present day dining scene. If the Financial District doesn't strike you as a foodie destination that probably means you don't know that the restaurant, the quick lunch, the food cart and the "a la carte" menu were all invented on these streets. The tour takes visitors to the historic taverns of the neighborhood, including the tavern from which George Washington ordered take-out. Your tour guide will shed light on the origins of NYC favorites like the sandwich, the cookie, the hamburger and Baked Alaska. You'll also learn about the development of food menus and the take-out concept.
One of the stops is Delmonico's, a restaurant that bills itself as the first fine dining restaurant in the county and remains one of the best restaurants in New York City. The tour also takes visitors to an urban farm and looks at the origins of farming back when the Dutch were settling the land.
For those who are overwhelmed by the massive amount of culinary options in New York City (who isn't?), it's refreshing to focus on the rich culinary history of a single neighborhood, especially when it's one that has served as the birthplace to so many of New York City's favorite foods and restaurants.
Did You Know?
Delmonico's, the country's first fine dining establishment and the birthplace of Baked Alaska, began as a simple sweets shop. The business first opened in the Financial District in 1837 and sold pastries, coffee, chocolate, liquors and cigars.
Fraunces Tavern, one of the tour stops, was a local haunt of George Washington's. His favorite item on the menu was pot pie, which you can still order there today.
Lovers of food and history, whether they are New York locals or visitors, will love this immersive tour of the Financial District. The tour is full of culinary secrets that would surprise even the most seasoned New York foodie.
Good for Kids?
As a 90-minute walking tour, this tour is better for older children.
Wall Street Walks Location Information:
1 Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004
Tour meets at the steps of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
Right outside the Bowling Green subway station
4, 5 to Bowling Green; 1 to South Ferry; R to South Ferry / Whitehall Street