Contrary to popular belief, luxurious living needn’t be limited to A-list celebrities or pampered poodles claiming to be the reincarnation of Marie Antoinette. Experience life’s finer things with today's Groupon to Bespoke Tours New York. Choose from three options:
• For $79, you get a Green Apple tour of healthy, environmentally conscious food around town (a $450 value).
• For $89, you get a Sweets In The City tour of pastry shops and desserts (a $500 value).
• For $149, you get a Market To Market tour of farmers' markets and fresh cooking (up to a $650 value).
Owner Letitia Burrell arranges customizable, luxury-vehicle-chauffeured city excursions through Manhattan, playing the part of tour guide, travel concierge, and itinerary planner. The Green Apple tour circles organic, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free fare from such establishments as Teany and Blossom like a principled vulture over the city. Guests view delectable pastries, desserts, and pizzas made from fresh ingredients as they rub elbows with chefs and green-diet experts. A $15 fee is required for participants who wish to take part in tastings during the Green Apple tour. The Sweets In The City tour introduces guests to Manhattan and Brooklyn sugar enclaves, such as Fika and Kyotofu, producing the pastries, chocolates, and treats popularly believed to come with Candy Land games, along with the confectioners and pastry chefs who dream up the delectable creations.
Participants in the Market To Market tour can slap on their haggling pants and tour farmers' markets in Manhattan and Brooklyn, learning how to spot fresh produce, a bargain buy, and particularly hot potatoes. The tour concludes with a cooking lesson with a certified nutritional chef alongside the accompaniment of music and wine. Tours depart from the W Hotel on Park Avenue South at around 11 a.m. and meander through the city until about 2 p.m. Bespoke Tours offers citywide flights of fancy every other Saturday; call for scheduling specifics. These trips can accommodate 13 friends, strangers, and restless ventriloquist puppets.