Today is the last post covering my recent trip to New York and I saved my favorite part for last! On Friday, Sean and I did what has become our favorite thing to do while traveling, we took a food tour!! We took our second food tour of the Chelsea Market with Foods of NY Tours and we had the best guide ever, Kurt, he was absolutely hilarious, really knew his facts, and did his research on every attendee’s cities. I may or may not want to be his best friend. Anyways he also does the Greenwich Village food tour, which next time I’m in NYC, you can bet I will be doing that. Anyways back to the story.
When Sean and I got off the metro to walk to the Chelsea Market, I was in love. Surrounded by aged brick buildings, I knew instantly that Chelsea/Meat Packing District was destined to be my favorite neighborhood in Manhattan. We got to the Chelsea Market at 10am to start our tour, ironically we started at a wine shop and picked up sparkling wine in a can. Yes trust me I already know your thoughts, I had the same ones when we were told to pick one. Wine in a can? Jeez is that like a half a step up from wine in a box? No offense to people who like wine in a box but I was a little skeptical, but to my surprise sparkling wine in a can is actually really really great! I picked out a brand that was created in Portland and because Portland is pretty much foodie central I figured it had to be great, and man I was right. Seriously I would get it again, if only I took a photo of it because I sadly don’t remember the name.
I loved the vibe of the Chelsea Market. If I was a local I would definitely do some damage here. The key is to go in the morning before the crowd hits otherwise good luck, on the other hand it will be a great way to check your blood pressure. On the food tour we tried beef tartar, we stopped in the fish market area to look at the lobsters, had delicious gelato, and even went outside to walk on the Highline. I think the coolest part of the tour was the fact we got to meet and hear Sara from Sarabeth’s talk while trying some of her famous biscuits and jam. Sarabeth is huge and has hundreds of locations, it was really humbling to learn that even though she is mega successful with lots of storefronts that she will still roll up her sleeves and work in the stores. She is usually at the Chelsea Market location every morning.
We finished the tour on the top of a hotel just about two blocks down from the Chelsea Market that gave the most amazing view of the Meat Packing district. At this point I was sold, I knew that if I moved to NYC I had to live here, which means Sean and I would both have to be rolling in it big time. I mean shouldn’t everyone at least try to achieve that? It’s a great aspiration to have… Sean and I decided to enjoy it and have a couple of drinks at the rooftop bar to soak in our trip and the view in general. We were in love with this neighborhood, talking strategies of how we would even get here. Hands down again the food tour was my favorite part of our trip, I really want to take a few SF food tours soon since I have enjoyed the two I’ve done. They are just a great way to get to know the food scene of an area. I highly recommend checking out the Chelsea Market and surrounding area if you visit, do yourself a favor and go in the morning especially if you have a little to none crowd tolerance like myself. I hope you enjoyed this post and my coverage of New York! I’ll be back on Friday with a creativity themed blog post!