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Ahoy NY Tours & Tasting

I love to eat, especially Italian food. I have been wanting to venture down to Little Italy in Manhattan, but I just hadn’t made it. When I learned of Ahoy NY Tours & Tasting and saw that they not only took you through Little Italy, but also Chinatown I couldn’t wait to go. History, fun, and food sounded right up my alley. So with some comfortable shoes and a couple of bottles of water I was ready for the tour!

Ahoy NY Tours & Tasting www.hollydayz.com ©2016 HollyDayz

I was very excited to go on this tour and I wasn’t disappointed. We met in Little Italy. It was easy to find the meeting location, Ferrara Bakery & Cafe. Ferrara’s was established in 1892 and is America’s first pasteria and espresso bar. The marquee outside was huge and hard to miss! It was around 10am, but that didn’t stop the very long line that was inside.

Ferrara Bakery & Cafe ©2016 HollyDayz
Ferrara Bakery & Cafe ©2016 HollyDayz

Ahoy NY Tours & Tasting had set up a couple of tables with water and booklets giving out some great info about where we were going, recommendations, and coupons! As people began to arrive we all were having fun conversations. It was a lot of fun talking to people from Sweden, Belgium, and other places. Everyone seemed equally excited and ready to eat.

Chocolate Chip Cannoli ©2016 HollyDayz
Chocolate Chip Cannoli ©2016 HollyDayz

We had 2 tour guides for the day, Mike and Alana. Both were extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and kept us all laughing and smiling. After giving us some history and showing us some historical pictures they passed out one cannoli to each person. I wasn’t too excited because I have never met a cannoli I liked, which is shocking because I love Italian food and pastries. To my surprise it was delicious. I will happily return to Ferrara’s with my coupon in tow.

Little Italy ©2016 HollyDayz
Little Italy ©2016 HollyDayz

Once we were done there we learned some more about the area before heading across the street to the oldest Italian cheese store in America. While there we took prosciutto and wrapped it around mozzarella. It was really good. We then headed next door to a place that has been serving fresh pasta since 1920. It was so delicious and I wish I had a little more of it. More reasons to go back!

Prosciutto and Homemade Mozzarella ©2016 HollyDayz
Prosciutto and Homemade Mozzarella ©2016 HollyDayz
Gnocchi and Marinara Sauce ©2016 HollyDayz
Gnocchi and Marinara Sauce ©2016 HollyDayz

We continued down the street where we had some imported cheeses, Piave and Moliterno with Castelvetrano olives from Sicily. I had a few extra pieces of the Piave cheese. The Moliterno had a spice to it. Both were good. I am not a fan of olives, but I enjoyed trying them. It was pretty awesome to learn the history of the different regions in Italy, New York City Little Italy history mixed with food. Perfect combination.

Piave and Moliterno with Castelvetrano Olives ©2016 HollyDayz
Piave and Moliterno with Castelvetrano Olives ©2016 HollyDayz
Map of the Area ©2016 HollyDayz
Map of the Area ©2016 HollyDayz

After hearing a bit of a mob story we crossed over the Little Italy border to Chinatown. We began to learn a lot about the history of the area, the crimes, and of course the food. We went to Nom Wah Tea Parlor which is apparently on what used to be known as one of the most dangerous streets in the United States at one time.

Chinatown ©2016 HollyDayz
Chinatown ©2016 HollyDayz
Nam Wah Tea Parlor ©2016 HollyDayz
Nam Wah Tea Parlor ©2016 HollyDayz

The food was amazing. No real words to describe it. The food was already there waiting for us. All we had to do was sit down and enjoy. There was Dim Sum, an original egg roll, pork bun, and shrimp and snow pea leaf dumpling. The food was great sized positions which even when spitting there was still leftover to indulge in. The food was also served with jasmine tea. The tea was so good I went out the next day buying jasmine tea. I would 100% return there. By the way the original egg roll is nothing like you would get from your local Chinese food place, it was way better!!

Dim Sum, original egg roll, pork bun and shrimp and snow pea leaf dumpling ©2016 HollyDayz
Dim Sum, original egg roll, pork bun and shrimp and snow pea leaf dumpling ©2016 HollyDayz
Delicious Jasmine Tea ©2016 HollyDayz
Delicious Jasmine Tea ©2016 HollyDayz

We continued to walk around some more learning about the history and lives of those in Chinatown. We then stopped in front of a park where they were playing music and so much more going on to eat a pan-seared pork and chive dumpling. It was so good and I ate it so fast I didn’t even take a picture. Afterwards we were given a Chinese Sesame Seed Ball pastry. It smelled like a beignet to me, but had a different taste. It was good. Alana let me know they were inexpensive as well. So I will have to go back and grab some of these too!

Sesame Seed Ball Pastry ©2016 HollyDayz
Sesame Seed Ball Pastry ©2016 HollyDayz

This tour was a lot of fun. I was born and raised in New York and have never been to any of these places. Alana and Mike gave me a new-found love for my city through food and history. This tour is for locals, transplants, and tourist alike as you will learn a lot and be fed well! You really have to take the tour for yourself to really experience it and see all of where we went and hear all the very cool stories! Not to mention the delicious food!! I would highly suggest taking a food tour with Ahoy NY Tours and Tasting.

Have you ever been on the Ahoy NY Tours and Tasting? Have you eaten any of the above?

Disclaimer: Thank You to Ahoy NY Tours and Tasting for having us. Whilst receiving an invitation all opinions and views are my own and have not been influenced. 

66 Comments

  • Kirsty Young

    How lovely to explore a little bit of your home town, and indulge in some foodie culture too. It all sounds amazing, especially the cannoli.

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    • Holly Dayz

      I always enjoy exploring NYC. There is so much here. The cannoli was really good. I should have bought some before I left the area.

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  • Julie

    Delish. I lived in NYC, and didn’t get around to eating in Little Italy too much (there is so much good food in NYC that it isn’t hard to miss entire neighborhoods!). I will be back in a couple months to visit and will definitely prioritize it this time around!

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    • Holly Dayz

      There are so many places to eat that it is understandable. When you come back I suggest the tour, you will eat well and learn a few things.

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  • Megan MacNee (@Traveling9to5er)

    Awesome! I love a good food tour and from the cannoli to gnocchi that looks amazing. Will have to make a note of it for whenever I make it back to NYC.

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    • Holly Dayz

      The food just kept getting more and more delicious. Highly recommend the tour.

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  • hcura

    I’m with you, I love Italian food! All the pasta..and can’t resist the ice cream!

    Not so much a of a fan of Chinese food but I do eat it occasionally. It’s always great to taste different kinds of food.

    Cheers!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Italian food is at the top of my list….LOVE it. The Chinese food was really good, I was surprised at how good.

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  • MariaAbroad

    I love going on Food Tours. I haven’t been on one in NYC, but thanks to your article, I will put it on my list for my next visit 😉 This city has so much variety and there is probably not a single country you cannot find a restaurant from.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Oh well when you do come this is a great tour to get in for sure. It is hard to know where to go in NYC because there are so many places to eat. Plus the history behind it all makes it even more intriguing.

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  • Caroline

    I love the sound of this tour. Were there many people on the tour with you. I love how they include old stories about the area

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was a great tour. They combined 2 tours so there was only about 15 of us. It didn’t seem like a lot of people. I had a blast talking to them. The stories and history of the area was great to learn. Made me wish I had a window to the past so I could really see it.

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  • Elaine J Masters

    Food tours in NYC are incredible. I did one about 3 years ago with a different company and visited Alleve deli but not the others. Love that storefront in the first picture!

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    • Holly Dayz

      They are. I loved this one. The area is so nice with a lot of history. You must do this one they take you to a lot of places.

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  • Amanda @ Move Love Eat

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing, I love these kind of tours because you end up at places you wouldn’t usually!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was amazing, I really enjoyed myself. I have never even heard of many of these places so you are right.

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  • By Land and Sea

    All this food looks so good, my mouth is watering! I
    Will have to do a food tour the next time I go to New York!

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    • Holly Dayz

      The food was delicious. Yes you would enjoy this tour.

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  • Kim-Ling Richardson (Travel-Ling)

    I love food tours! Chinese and Italian are my favourite cuisines too, so this would be right up my alley! How delicious are sesame balls?! So good!

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    • Holly Dayz

      You would love this tour then. The sesame balls were good. That was my first time having one.

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  • galanda23

    There is such a great food diversity in New York that it would take a long time to explore it all. It’s a good thing that you you set your mind to do it. I live in Los Angeles which is equally diverse, but never do that (shame on me!) I eat in Little Italy in New York though…

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    • Holly Dayz

      Being the most diverse place there is so many places to eat in New York it would take years to eat there. I have been bi coastal living in Los Angeles as well and I have had fun venturing around eating in different areas there as well.

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  • blissmersion

    I have never been to NYC. Clearly, I am missing out! I wouldn’t think to do a food tour locally. It makes a lot of sense in a city as large as NYC, even as a local!

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    • Holly Dayz

      I hope you get the opportunity to visit soon. There are so many amazing places to eat that this tour was one of the best things I have done in NYC.

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  • fivebeansfood

    A food tour sounds like such a fun thing to do! My favourite would be those sesame balls at the end – I love them.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was so much fun! It was my first time having one and it was really good.

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  • Krysten

    I have always wanted to do a culinary tour around here, I mean I know a lot of the places to eat, but I think it would be cool!
    Next time I’m in NYC, I’m definitely going to have to do this! I love places with rich diversity of foods.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is a lot of fun and a great idea. Learn some things and try some great food. You would enjoy this tour when you visit.

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  • Globe Guide (@Globe_Guide)

    Great way to see New York! The food scene is so good there- don’t think I’ve ever had a bad meal there!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It really is. NYC has the most amazing food of all kinds.

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  • GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway)

    I’ve never been to New York, but a food tour is definitely the way I like to see any new city. What a fabulous range of dishes.
    Thank you for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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    • Holly Dayz

      You would love it! So much to see and do in New York and of course so much great food to eat.

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  • Anna @ shenANNAgans

    Exploring New York via a food tour is like my idea of heaven. It is one of the top 10 things I plan to do. Such a fun post, I am sitting here in my 17 layers of winter warmth feeling totally envious. Prosciutto and Homemade Mozzarella for me please.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was so much fun I really enjoyed myself. Yes, come visit, get rid of the layers lol

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  • WanderingCarol

    I haven’t spent a great deal of time in New York but I’ve always made it a point to visit Little Italy and Chinatown. Next time I go I want to visit Nom Wah Tea Parlor – I’m a dim sum fanatic. This sounds like a fun tour.

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    • Holly Dayz

      The food is amazing!!!! Loved it. I would recommend you take the tour.

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  • Jennifer @ Made all the Difference

    This looks like a great tour that hits many of the New York food highlights. Plus you get to wander around the city and see some sights while enjoying food.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was a lot of fun. Learning new things and trying new food is definitely a good time.

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  • Mar Pages

    It looks like you would love visiting Hong Kong! The chinese food you tried looks like a selection of Dim Sum, and there is no better place to have some than Hong Kong. Give Tim Ho Wan a try, one of the cheapest Michelin Starred restaurants in the world- they have the best baked bbq pork buns. 🙂

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    • Holly Dayz

      I thought about making my way to Hong Kong sooner or later. Thank you for the recommendation I will certainly keep this in mind!

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  • marshasassycritic

    Sounds like a great tour! It’s always nice to have authentic food!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It was so much fun.

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  • kemkem

    The food looks great! (except for the sesame seed ball)..not sure l would like that, but l would definitely like this tour 🙂

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    • Holly Dayz

      The sesame seed ball was actually pretty good. I wasn’t sure what to expect with that, but it was good.

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  • Tia

    This seems like thee perfect foodie tour! I’ve visited NY quite a bit but never taken any tours.

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    • Holly Dayz

      You should try this one out next time you visit.

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  • Winederlust

    What a great way to really delve into the city of New York! I’m glad your tasting seems to span a pretty wide range, and exploring China Town is always incredible!

    Greig

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    • Holly Dayz

      I was excited to try all the food. I wasn’t disappointed either. It was a fun day.

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  • Donna Shana (@byDonnaShana)

    I love food. I want to go in October for my bday!

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    • Holly Dayz

      You should go you would love the tour and the food!

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  • staciesayzso

    A NY tasting tour? Now that would be awesome. We have them here but there but I haven’t tried one yet.

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    • Holly Dayz

      You should try one out. If you come to New York then this one is a great one if you like Italian and Chinese food.

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  • Nikka Shae

    Sign me up!! I love NYC and I’ve never done a tasting tour with a group. I just might have to since you had a blast!!

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    • Holly Dayz

      You would have a great time with this one. I really did enjoy it and the food was great. I need to go back and pay a visit to these places.

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  • Ty

    I have never been on a food tour or NYC, but now I really want to do both. Everything looked amazing. I’ll have to add this to my bucket list.

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    • Holly Dayz

      You should visit and take one. Great food in NYC. Great adds to your list!

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  • Moms 'N Charge (@MomsNCharge)

    I’ve never done a food tour/tasting. But this looks like a good time. I will definitely have to look for something like this in the DC area. You had me at cannoli 😉

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    • Holly Dayz

      I was a good time. I highly recommend doing one.

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  • Mimi Green

    Why have I not heard of this before. A food tour is perfect for me, I swear it is. This sounds so cool, thanks for sharing.

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    • Holly Dayz

      You should check it out. I think you would enjoy it.

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  • Tiffany Haywood

    Oh My!! This looks like such fun. I am born and raised NY but I would take this tour in a heartbeat! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • Holly Dayz

      I am too and I took the tour. Learned a lot and had some great food I have never had before.

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  • Valerie Robinson

    Canolis are so delish! I want one right now!

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    • Holly Dayz

      That was the best one I have had. I usually don’t care for them.

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  • Bon-Bon

    Super!!! Love that you help out local tours:) I am gonna check this out next month while in NYC:) Thank you

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks! You will enjoy it. It was a lot of fun.

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