About Craft Beer, Cheese & Chocolate Tour of the Upper West Side – City Food Tours
Is there a better way to spend a day than sampling chocolate and drinking beer in New York City? (If you can think of one, let us know.) City Food Tours’ Craft Beer, Cheese & Chocolate Tour of the Upper West Side wanders throughout the lovely, tree-lined streets of the Upper West Side, a neighborhood that is loaded with sweet and boozy options.
Though the tour is much more chocolate and sweets than beer or cheese (beer nerds take note that the drinking occurs only at the tour’s final stop), this super-sweet perambulation takes you across the Upper West Side with a shot of history and architecture along the way. Close to Central Park and boasting gorgeous apartment buildings that once housed the city's gentry, the neighborhood was at one point considered bohemian but is now populated primarily by families and city folks of all stripes enjoying the utter livability of the area. Tons of shops and restaurants line the main commercial strips, and this tour takes you around the neighborhood from 72nd Street up to the mid-80s, looping around Broadway, Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.
Tour stops might include a bakery that serves a cake that tastes like the best chocolate chip cookie ever, though that is soon followed by what is actually is the city's best chocolate chip cookie – one so big and so amazingly gooey that you’ll be tempted to ditch Grandma’s homemade recipe. The flight of craft ales – accompanied by several cheeses from around the world – served at the last stop on the tour acts as a balm for sweet-tooth overload. Guides report that participants just don’t want this tour to end and, more often than not, stick around at the pub afterwards, to nurse one more pint and to keep the conversation going.
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Much attention is paid to cleanliness and sanitation (guides carry bags filled with napkins, clean forks and a serving tray), and stops are scheduled only at places that the tour company owner has deemed worth a visit – every restaurant and storefront has been vetted and is more than welcoming to the groups.
Approximately two hours and 30 minutes
A tour with this itinerary seems perfect for everyone – who doesn’t like chocolate?! – and is ideal for travelers with a passion for discovering local businesses dedicated to the crafts of baking, candy making and beer-brewing.
Good for kids?
Given that alcohol is central to its theme, however, this tour is available only for those 21 and over.
City Food Tours Location Information:
INSIDE Verdi Park, nr. W. 73rd St., bet. Bwy & Amsterdam Ave. across from the Apple Bank Building
New York, NY 10023
1, 2, 3, B, C to 72nd St.
Preview the Craft Beer, Cheese & Chocolate Tour of the Upper West Side from City Food Tours
Get a taste of the delicious attractions that await you on a food-themed neighborhood tour led by City Food Tours.