By Kevin Adu
New York City is one of the most populous cities in the nation and boasts not only in entertainment, fashion, and commerce, but also in cuisine. The Big Apple has a food culture that is influenced by the city’s long immigrant history. However, when you think of New York, you probably only think of pizza, bagels, and hot dogs. What about chocolate?
On November 14th, New Yorkers and tourists alike got to experience New York chocolate firsthand at the world-famous Chocolate Tour of New York in Manhattan. Starting in Chelsea Market Avenue, the tour group of twenty visited some of the best chocolate shops with the help of the chocolate-savvy tour guide.
Twenty people followed the guide from the Meatpacking District through the West Village, Greenwich Village and East Village, where they learned of the various dessert boutiques and their histories. The tour was two hours long and took place regardless of the weather conditions. The delectable tastings were worth it even if it was raining. Some of the chocolate goodies included toffee from Lilac Chocolates and the Chocolate Bar, chocolate cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, and cannoli from Pasticerria Bruno.
Chocolate is not the only perk of this tour. Participants also learn a great deal about the development of New York City and pass by some very well known sites such as the building used in the filming of the sitcom Friends and the narrowest building in the city at 75 ½ Bedford Street.
At the end of the tour, everyone left the final boutique, Vosges, with a new outlook on the Empire City and with lots of spare chocolate to take back home. Tourists remarked that the tour was “wonderful and worth the travel.”
The Chocolate Tour of New York is one of many walking tours run by Great New York Tours. They also run the Cupcake Tour of New York, just in case you’re not that much of a chocoholic.