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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. In Locals Know, I explore a new city through the tours of Urban Adventures.
Of all the tours I lead, the one I have been giving more often than the others is the Tenements Tales and Tastes tour for Urban Adventures. It makes sense that this would be the one that people would want to take on their first visit to New York. Everyone can relate.
The tour, just like this city, is the story of the immigrants that came through to make this country what it is today. That includes customs, languages, but also food. And it’s the food that takes the focus on the newest episode of Locals Know. My guide Joe walks us through the Lower East Side from old Dutch New Amsterdam through Chinatown and Little Italy and then we end in Kleindeutschland with a German pretzel and beer.
Alleva Dairy is one of the city’s gems. Among the touristy red sauce joints in Little Italy, the authentic Italian shop has been making fresh mozzarella daily since 1892. The large cheeseballs are as clean, fresh, and buttery as anything you can expect to sink your teeth into. Wrapped around a salty piece of prosciutto, or on a piece of toast with sundired tomatoes, this cheese is absolute perfection. Price: $7.99/pound
|188 Grand Street (at Mulberry Street),
Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City
As a general rule, New Yorkers don’t go to Little Italy. And if we do, we’re certainly not doing it for Italian food. As Chinatown spread north, most of the Italians who lived in this area migrated to other parts of the city. According to the NY Times, only 5% of the residents in this area today are actually Italian. In fact, most of the Italians that attempt to lure tourists into their large pasta palaces on Mulberry Street, commute to work from elsewhere in the metro-area.
I don’t know if the current owners of Alleva actually live in the neighborhood, but when the dairy store (which is famous for its homemade ricotta and mozzarella) opened over 100 years ago, the language of the shop (and the neighborhood) would have most definitely been from the Old Country.