Brooklyn Beats & Eats: Ethnic Eating Tour of Bklyn

Tour by Foot & Subway

Foodies rejoice! A tasting tour and sightseeing experience through Brooklyn.

Food Tour in Brooklyn

On this food tour of Brooklyn, we taste our way through a series of neighborhoods in order to experience the diverse, exciting ethnic communities that make Brooklyn the place to be in the 21st century. There’s awesome pizza from a 60-year-old slice shop, there’s artisanal ice cream at a factory parked on top of an industrial canal, and there are layered and luscious Mexican tortas inside a hidden deli. From old-school Syrian markets offering meze platters stacked with stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and baba ganoush to new-school, old-style Jewish appetizing shops with the most mind-blowing smoked salmon sandwiches you’ve ever had, it’s easy to see why food tours and Brooklyn go together, like peanut butter and jelly or chocolate and peanut butter – it’s the perfect coupling and a must-do when visiting New York City.

Our first stop is Atlantic Avenue’s Middle Eastern market Sahadi’s, for our Lebanese specialties.

This is right across from the most beautiful Trader Joe’s you’ve ever seen – built inside the shell of the former Brooklyn Savings Bank. This is also where we learn about George Washington’s Battle of Brooklyn. Then, we hop inside Shelsky’s Appetizing Shop. This new-style, old-world Jewish Appetizing shop is a fine purveyor of smoked fishes, spreads, bagels, bialys, and noshing. Get a bite of their famous Brooklyn Transplant sandwich – hot smoked salmon, apple horseradish, pickled herring salad, and cream cheese on pumpernickel. Trust us. Your tongue won’t believe its eyes.  

After Shelsky’s, we ride along Court street through Cobble Hill & Carroll Gardens to Esposito’s Salumeria – a 40-year-old butcher where we nibble on spicy pork soppressata (dry-cured sausage) and mini-mozz balls.

Then, we continue to Sunset Park, Brooklyn’s one-half Mexican, one-half Chinese neighborhood. At Don Pepe’s Torteria, we get the delicacy unknown in most parts of America – the Mexican chicken sandwich. Built on freshly baked bread, layered with avocado, refried beans, lettuce, tomato and jalapeno, it’ll change the way you think about tacos.

Lastly, we head to Coney Island, visit the Boardwalk, see the Cyclone, Wonder Wheel, Carousel, and Parachute Drop. Optional hot dog at Nathan’s, the world famous hot dog stand. Coney Island, is a seasonal amusement park which is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Nathan’s is open year-round and the rides will be closed but still visible from the Boardwalk.