MT : You guys were on such a short trip to NYC, but you opted to do the Greenwich Village Food and Culture Tour as opposed to the more popular touristy activities. What did you think of it?
B : The walk itself was pleasant,at the most. The restaurants were great, but I liked the buildings more. I liked the personal touch there. The passion,that they really cared about preserving some of the old buildings and culture. I think the biggest challenge that cities like NYC face is that they really need to upgrade, but without losing their character or culture.
J : It’s a decent outing. The walk was good. Walking through streets is one of the best ways to get to know a city.
MT : We agree with that. Walking around is the best way to experience any place. We have also found it is the best way to find your bearings in an unfamiliar place.
B : I want to add that I would have liked to cover a bit more area than what was covered. We only walked around two or three blocks.
MT : It’s a three hour long tour. How did you find the pace – the number of tastings and the way they were spaced?
B : Spacing was fine for me. Some tasting portions were a bit too big or a bit too sweet.
MT : What did you think of Barri, our guide?
B : The guide, even though not highly charming, was knowledgeable. It was probably not one of her best days. She looked preoccupied. I’d say she was sweet.
J : She was good. She seemed to know the area and its cuisines well.
J : There could have been more variety in the cuisines. I understand however that probably that location has only Italian restaurants.
B : There was way more Italian than any other food. Dutch, English, German and African were completely neglected. African being the elephant there. I can understand that they didn’t own many restaurants back in time, but I’m assuming they would have opened up a few by now.
MT : Which tasting was your favorite?
J : Joe’s Pizza
B : The pizza and the meatballs. I found the small hall where Barri said they had book launches and poetry readings pretty cool and unexpected. The place was in a basement.
(MT: Cornelia Street Cafe.)
B : What surprised me was that nothing was exceptionally out of this world or over the top luxurious there, but it was functionally well defined. Just what you’d expect from a busy city like New York.
MT : Do you think it was worth the time and money? How likely are you to recommend it to someone?
B : Hmmm it wasn’t so expensive. Just to take a walk with some strangers, it wasn’t bad. I wouldn’t recommend it to first time tourists (to the Big Apple). Actually it depends on who is travelling.
J : It’s worth the time if you in NYC for a few days and are interested in food. Value for money: 3/5. Likely to recommend: 3/5
MT – My Travelogue
B – Bijish Perumpully
J – Jisha Ramachandran