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“You Have To Do It”

Famous Fat Dave's Food Tours
Ranked #13 of 117 Food & Drink in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Eating tours by classic Checker cab, minivan, or on foot with Famous Fat Dave himself!
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed April 4, 2018

This tour was the best thing we did during our stay in New York. Dave was able to take us in his old Checker Cab which was so cool. He took us to places we would never have found and even if we had seen them we wouldn't have gone in. We met amazing locals and ate incredible food. Hot Dogs at Cony Island, Pizza at Luigis Pizza, so many more fabulous places... Do not miss this tour. Dave was such a cool guy and full of information...

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed March 31, 2018

Family of 6 and dietary polar opposites - 3 carnivores and 3 vegans - had the best food adventures with Dave! A 4 hour whizz around Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Coney Island started with hot chocolate in Jacques Torres for the non-vegans and waiting in the car was a pile of falafel, pitta and HOT sauce - everybody happy! We met some great foodies - JJ the pizza king (who also makes vegan pizza to order), the customers and staff at a tiny Pakistani venue (awesome lentil soup and spicy chicken ’Big Mac'), fantastic pickles (the fresh horseradish, oh my), Trinidadian doubles - vegan heaven, incredible breaded chicken from a Palestinian bodega, authentic hot dawgs from Coney Island, Italian broccoli rabe with exquisite cannoli to finish. Added to all this was Dave’s bottomless knowledge of New York - historic and current, delivered with lightening wit. Just a fantastic afternoon/evening - thanks Dave!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Ginny S
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

We met Dave in Jacques Torres' chocolate shop on Hudson Street. We had 3.5 hours of chat and food. What a lovely bloke Dave is! He is so friendly, chatty and is clearly very enthusiastic about what he does. We ate hot dogs in Local ( really friendly owner who was very nice to chat to) and drank delicious Malbec wine. We had a pakistani big mac, a trinidadian double, canoli and arancini, hot pastrami......
It was exciting to be taken around the local areas by someone who knows exactly where to find the best foods and is very knowledgeable about the food as well as NYC.
I would highly recommend doing a tour with Dave if you like food and want to know the best places to eat.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank t755
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Reviewed March 27, 2018

We just did Dave’s tour for the second time, this round in Harlem and the Bronx. Just like our first experience, this tour was great. The food was interesting and delicious, but just part of the overall experience. Dave’s encyclopaedic knowledge of New York, and his entertaining commentary on the people, places, and food we experienced were the highlight. We truly felt that we had a unique, “real” look at some of the lesser-known boroughs, accompanied by eating at places frequented by few, if any, tourists. Best tour in NYC. Next time the barhop!

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 25, 2018

The best thing about a Famous Fat Dave Food Tour is how much you can customize the experience. Dave will accommodate your preferences, and make the experience unique! Do you need a great meal at 3 AM in downtown Manhattan? Dave will bring you to eat the best oysters, fresh clams, and fried chicken of your life! Do you want to sample New York City's pizza offerings but not go on a whole pizza tour? Just within a few blocks from each other, we went to Prince Street Pizza (which was way too crowded so we skipped it), Joe's (an awesome slice), and a place on Bleeker St. We grabbed a slice in Queens at New Park Pizza - the guys working the oven chatted with Dave like he was an old friend. In the same area, we had a great dish of baked clams in an Italian restaurant, and some excellent fried shrimp that we dipped in hot marinara, a great combo! Another shop with the best marinated fresh mozzarella, we never tasted anything like it!
Bring your phone/camera to get those InstaG worthy food pics, and to document your memories, you get to so many places you might forget something. At each place, you eat just enough to get a taste of it but do not stuff yourself, and then there is always room for more. Especially for something sweet: the best baklava! Not too sweet, delightfully, nutty, crips, and the perfect two-bite size.
Getting a taste of authentic dishes in New York City was the highlight of our visit!

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Judit U
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