Greenwich Village Food Tour

October 29, 2011

My friend Peta is not only one of the most thoughtful, beautiful people in the world, she’s also incredibly organised. She’s just generally fabulous, really. I didn’t even think of her skill when I asked Peta to be one of my bridesmaids, but boy has she been helpful these past few months. I am so lucky! What does this have to do with a food tour of Greenwich Village, you ask? I’ll get to that…

My brother Jackson is my Best Man at my upcoming Wedding (a male Maid of Honour, if you will) but he’s not so great with the girly stuff – what did I expect, really? He’s wonderful in other areas though – he found the boys suits & he’ll be all over the music. All my bridesmaids are amazing, Jackson included, but I’m mentioning Peta now because of her incredible organising skills, which have brought me much joy and happiness these past six, seven years we’ve known each other…

Case in point, our recent New York City Trip.

Thanks to Peta us girls did many fun things in NYC, one of which was a Greenwhich Village Food Tour. We decided to do a food tour based on her friend’s recommendation, and I’m so glad we did! You can choose a number of different areas to tour, yet in the end we decided to go with the Greenwich Village one. We were keen to not only sample the food but to immerse ourselves in this funky area – by using the word “funky”, I fear I just outed myself as a foreigner in “The Village”…blast.

And so, one Thursday mid-morning our group of hungry travellers met in Greenwich Village, ready to start touring!

1. Joe’s Pizza was our first stop, for a slice of true New York City Pizza.

Sephra, our tour guide, with the pizza pie! Sephra was just outrageously funny. So dry and witty – one of those naturally hilarious people. Never a dull moment, I tell ya. I could not recommend her enough.

Joe’s is a real institution in NYC, with a longstanding history. I’ve had a lot of good pizza in my time, so I was not blown away by Joe’s, yet his Margherita Pizza slice is truly very yummy.

2. After that we went to Oliviers and Co., where we sampled Basil-Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil (ummmm, yes please) and Truffle Honey (are you serious?? Amazing).

3. Next was a pit stop for Arancini and Sopressa – both quality bites.

4. To wash these first eats down we were introduced to The Manhattan Special Espresso Coffee Soda. It was….amazing. Espresso, sugar, bubbles. I loved it.

I felt a bit buzzed after drinking this beverage (clearly), but that was fine – it gave us energy to last the whole tour ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here we can see (Manhattan Special-induced) blurry Bhey, bright-eyed but still burry vicki, graceful Peta (how did she do that?) and crazy eyed me.

Completely craving that soda now.

Moving on…

All these first bites were located fairly close together, so now it was time for a little walking…

5. Around the corner we stopped off at Centro Vinoteca for some bar food.

Bellinis and our beautiful Bhey.

Prosciutto-wrapped Dates (always such an amazing combination), a little Artichoke and a stuffed Mushroom. Hello delicious bar food. I like you.

6. Dessert time! We headed to an adorable little shop, Milk and Cookies Bakery.

The owner, Tina Casaceli, has released a cookbook and I was so tempted to buy one. Alas, limited bag space loomed over my head. The Angel on my shoulder said to think of my bursting backpack. The Devil said to buy the book. Sometimes I wish I danced with the Devil more.

Our Chocolate Chip Cookie.

These were incredibly sugary, soft, true American-style cookies. 100%. They were even a little too sweet for our Australian taste. But boy, they were delicious. Oh, and they deliver – Bhey was thrilled to learn that in the freezing Winter, warm cookies could be delivered to her doorstep. I do not lie.

A little more walking lead to the skinniest house in NYC…

…and the Friends building!

Below the Friends building is a gorgeous (red!) cafe where they filmed No Reservations. We had brunch here another day – another day, another post.

There are so many beautiful houses in this area! A girl can dream…

7. Murray’s Cheese Shop is filled with delights, beyond a huge range of cheeses to preserves, chocolate and cute little bottled yoghurts.

We were told these were the best tinned tomatoes, used by all the pizza joints for the perfect passata!

We wandered the store for a short while before tasting…CHEESE! They’re mad for Gouda in The States, and I can kind of see why – it’s not too sharp, but creamy and full of flavour. And it has a cool name…Gouda.

8. To end we had a small slice of Cheesecake – at this point I don’t really recall where it was from…too many tastings happening up in here. It was a nice cake, though.


And that, my friends, concludes our Greenwich Village Food Tour. We had a really fun time and certainly enjoyed some delicious eats. It was not the most memorable food of our NYC visit, as we were really spoilt with amazing food everywhere we went (see this post if you need convincing). Yet it was still absolutely worthwhile, as not only did we delight in yummy local food, we also got to see so much of gorgeous Greenwich Village and learn the history of the area. You all know I’m a big food history geek so I was very happy. Very happy indeed.

Heidi xo

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  • Yasmeen October 29, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Such a fantastic roundup and virtual trip. I'm from DC, and my mom and I would often take the short train ride up to NYC for the weekend to catch a few shows and eat, and visit her (very eccentric) publisher who lived in the Village. I absolutely adore it up there.

    Glad you went to Joe's pizza, and all the various cheeses look amazing. I never knew there was such thing as an American-style cookie, either. You taught me something new ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Leah October 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Seriously wanting to buy a ticket….

  • Hannah October 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Oh Heidi, what a wonderful day! And to experience with friends so dear to your heart, with laughter, sunny skies, and beaut everywhere… and to know that these friends will be there for you on your upcoming wedding day of spectacularness? I'm so happy for you ๐Ÿ™‚ So happy I've almost forgotten to be envious ๐Ÿ˜› Thank you for sharing! xo

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds October 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Sigh. I could live in Greenwich Village in a heartbeat. I remember doing a walking tour and seeing the skinniest building and the Friends building. No wonder it's such a popular neighbourhood!

  • Heidi October 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Yasmeen – oooh lucky you, sounds fab! Yes we in Aus kind of associate American style cookies as v soft, big, sugary chocolate chip cookies ๐Ÿ™‚

    Leah – you seriously should ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hannah – hehe, awe, thanks lovely!

    Julia – oh fun! it's so gorgeous, isn't it?!

    Heidi xo

  • msihua October 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Another wonderful trip through your eyes! What a wonderful gesture with your brother as the Maid of Honour ๐Ÿ˜›

    I need to talk wedding with you for a sec… Will tweet you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I can't wait to go back to NY as it has changed so much. I wish I had a trip there on the horizon!

  • Heidi October 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Msihua – yay for wedding talk!

    Lorraine – hopefully one pops up! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • Iron Chef Shellie October 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    nawww male Maid of Honourโ€ฆ love it!!

    โ€ฆ. can I go to NYC now?

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 31, 2011 at 8:19 am

    what a wondeful way to explore a city!

  • Lisa October 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Wow, what an awesome tour. We think we are so similar to Americans, but there are differences and it is great to be able to walk and taste the best. Plus the walking allows for more eating – my kind of tour!

  • Heidi October 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Michele – oooh I hope so!!

    Lisa – indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lisa – haha, exactly, me too! & yes you're right – similar but definite differences.

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef October 31, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Oooooh, cookie deliveries! There's nothing as good as being well organised, I'm glad your brother has someone to help with all the girly stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ms Jelena November 1, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Based on the food in your post, Greenwich Village is my dream place :))) yum yum yum!!!

    Ms Jelena xx

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