1. Ahoy’s founder Alana Hoye Barnaba created Ahoy NY Tours & Tasting in 2008 and brings her extensive knowledge, love of New York City, the city’s history and passion for food to every tour she leads. She is full of insider tips and stories. Alana ‘became fascinated with these neighborhoods’ and realized that she ‘needed to share this great experience with others.’
2. Groups are taken to authentic restaurants and shops that don’t target tourists but cater to insiders who know where to eat. Such restaurants include Ferrara’s Bakery & Café, Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Tasty Dumpling.
3. The convenient location of the tour makes it a breeze to squeeze into a morning. Most tours begin at 10.30am and conclude approximately three hours later.
4. Ahoy tours are equally as enjoyable for locals and tourists. Tours visit shops in Little Italy, including Alleva Dairy, Piemonte Ravioli Co. and Di Palo’s Fine Foods, where famous New York City restaurants purchase their ingredients. This allows tourists to bring some of NYC’s best fare back home with them.
5. You can learn the history of both your favorite foods and these iconic NYC neighborhoods. For example, find out why opera singers used to come to Ferrarra’s Bakery & Café before and after their performances and learn the significance of these local restaurants and cuisines.
6. Adult tickets are $51 and children’s tickets are $38, which offers a wonderful value as you’re sure to fill up on delicious food at the end of the tour along with knowledge about new city sites in two distinct neighborhoods.
7. Sharing food together is an instant ice breaker and a fun way to meet new people, so you’re likely to make new friends.
8. Little Italy and Chinatown are two neighborhoods that are not easy to navigate, but Ahoy tour guides avoid tourist traps and bring you to delicious and authentic restaurants and stores.
9. Since Ahoy’s beginnings six years ago, Alana has continued to ‘improve the tours and showcase these neighborhoods in the best manner possible.’ She has since brought on other guides who share the same passion.
10. In addition to the fabulous tour, Ahoy tour guides leave their groups with coupons, restaurant and food store recommendations and even suggestions for interesting documentaries, such as The Search for General Tso, on the history of Chinese restaurants in the United States.