Though impressively metropolitan in their own rights, with their powers combined, Ben Wagenberg and Marty Grabstein would be the ultimate New Yorker. They're both NYC natives, of course—Ben spent his college years memorizing Manhattan's streets as a cab driver, and Marty grew up working in his family's Brooklyn deli before becoming a stage actor who also picked up roles on shows such as Law and Order.
Today, they share their intimate knowledge of NYC with both locals and tourists with Ben and Marty's Bagel Tours of New York. Each tour starts out with New York's "most iconic food"—a hot, fresh bagel—before Ben or Marty escorts groups through various food- and culture-based explorations of Manhattan. The SOHO tour looks beyond the designer-label signage that dresses many of the 'hood's storefronts, and instead studies the cast-iron architecture behind it before stopping for coffee and dessert at an Italian café. The Grand Central Tour celebrates the 100th anniversary of one of America's most treasured landmarks, and in Gansevoort groups walk the High Line, an elevated-railway-turned-grassy-park, before visiting area meat markets. Clients can also choose to create a custom tour, requesting jaunts through Little Italy, Chinatown, or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' vacation sewer.
Peter Pan used to lead people on legendary tours of a place called Neverland via flight. Peter Pan Tours Of Central Park's tour guides stick to Central Park and pedicabs, but they conduct a tour no less magical. They help visitors explore the sights, history, and surrounds Central Park at a leisurely pace, conveying all the important details to visitors in six different languages.
They run their tours year-round, rain or shine, equipping their rickshaws to deal with the weather. In the summer, they sport shady canopies, which can have a transparent cover attached to fend off precipitation. In wintertime, they grant each guest a warm blanket, the canopy as a windshelter, and respite from having to trudge through snow or sludge.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular offering: 1 Hour Central Park Pedicab Guided Tour
Pro Tip: Let us take you to the hidden spots no guidebook knows.
Good for Kids: Yes
New York has long been known for culinary innovation, but not all of it happens at easily-found landmarks. Many pastry chefs and dessert artists toil in small neighborhood kitchens to make the sweetest treats found in the Big Apple. The guides at Sugartooth Tours help visitors discover these hidden gems and delicious treats, while serving up a side of of the city's cultural and culinary history.
Sugartooth's sweets-seekers put together seasonal, neighborhood, and dessert-themed tours that explore desserts across the city. In the summer, they hunt for the best frozen flavors to be found, from artisinal gelato to chunky ice cream sandwiches. They delve into the history of Hell's Kitchen through the bakeries which now fill the busy neighborhood, stopping in to each to try cookies, tarts, and other baked goodies. They also lead a spring-summer cupcake seasonal tour, a trip which spans Manhattan in search of the best perennially popular mini-desserts and the cup into which they might actually fit.
Snackin' Tours steers hungry groups to original and oft-overlooked destinations throughout New York to give them a unique taste of the city. In small groups of eight, tours avoid obvious tourist traps in favor of local favorites with routes arranged around a certain theme. Guides recount tales of neighborhood history and toss in factoids along the way while trawling the East Village's bounty of vegetarian eats, the Lower East Side's cluster of boutique food, or the West Village's dessert-paved sidewalks. Tour operators can accommodate guests with dietary restrictions at certain tastings in advance. Snackin' Tours also runs a much larger pub crawl on Thursdays, in which staggered groups of up to 40 people explore six dive bars, taverns, and other pub-like places all over lower Manhattan.
Black Bear Winery bus transports passengers from the bustle of Manhattan to the quiet idylls of upstate vineyards. Melissa leads each expedition, usually to and from Black Bear Winery—a winemaking facility nestled among the trees and hills of Chenango Forks just north of Binghamton. In a fully furnished private room, the winery's staff guides visitors through tastings of all-natural fruit wines, which are made from fruits such as black currants, red raspberries, and gooseberries instead of fake plastic grapes. Melissa's visits also include pairings with local cheeses and, occasionally, a group lunch around the communal table.
The organizers behind SunFull Adventures delight in taking Manhattanites out of the city for outdoor adventure. In the summer, groups set off for mountain hikes, lake kayaking, and historic cave expeditions. In autumn and winter, luxury buses depart for full days of wine tasting and food nibbling in landscapes of rolling hills, deep forests, and farmland. Guides also arrange expeditions further afield to such exotic locales as Costa Rica, Hawaii, Europe, and Pennsylvania.
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