Check me out! I’m on the Cooking Channel’s Hidden Eats, USA (with Nancy’s Ecuadoran cart and Tortas Neza)!
I believe food is the greatest medium to communicate and connect. I create accessible, authentic experiences of cultures, designed to open up minds and palates. My areas of expertise are New York pizza and Roosevelt Avenue, Queens.
Here’s the difference with me: I live here. I am not a tour guide, and I am not a company. I am an insider to this community, showing you my favorites and my secrets. I will take you through passageways to the cultures that live here, and cherry pick the most eye-opening, heart-warming experiences. You won’t be lectured, you’ll be a participant in the most diverse area on the planet.
These tours are for you if you want to avoid touristy Manhattan and experience the Real New York. It’s for you if you want to participate in a neighborhood and become entrenched in the current cultures of the city. It’s for you if you love food and want to explore what the world has to offer.
1) Roosevelt Avenue Midnight Street Crawl
– Experience the greatest street food scene in NYC. When the sun goes down, street food from Mexican, Ecuadorian, Colombian, Salvadoran, and Dominican street vendors come out. We’ll explore.
2) Tastes of the World
- Experience the cultural enclaves of Jackson Heights, Woodside, and Elmhurst in one afternoon. Get an insider’s view to around 8 cultures such as Tibetan, Nepalese, Filipino, Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Mexican, Ecuadorian, Colombian, Thai and more in one afternoon. This neighborhood is awesome - you’ll become a Queens convert before it’s done.
3) Queens Fiesta Crawl - My newest tour. This explores from Jackson Heights to Corona, hitting heavily the Mexican and Ecuadorian scenes of Queens. This area is limitless with what we can discover.
(As seen in The Wall Street Journal, Gothamist, ABC television’s The Chew, Midnight Crawl on Serious Eats, Momo Crawl on Serious Eats, the Cooking Channel’s Hidden Eats, USA, Delish, Techcrunch, UltraClay, Eat to Blog, Queens Chronic-le, Refinery 29, AMNY, Travels With Lulu, Scott’s Pizza Tour Blog, Champagne Living, AlleyWire, NewYork.com (and 2 and 3), NY Table, Huffington Post, Village Voice’s Fork in the Road, Adventurous Kate, and HEARD on BBC’s You and Yours (starts at 16:48) and Heritage Radio’s NATIVE and Arts & Seizures)
“More than great food, more than culture it was a glimpse into life, a life in queens – after dark! Jeff is open, knowledgable, a guy you feel you have known for years. It was a true travel experience. We loved it!” -- See my other reviews on Vayable.com
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Portions of the Tastes of the World tour supported by the 82nd Street Partnership
The Himalayan Heights section of the Tastes of the World tour is supported by the Rubin Museum of Art
…Roosevelt Avenue helpers…
Roosevelt Avenue Find – Cocada de Coco
Roosevelt Ave Crawl Highlight – Warren Street, Street Cart Corridor
Refrescos on Roosevelt Ave Guide – Respados, Jugos & much more
Roosevelt Ave’s Taco Cart Vegetarian Options
What is a Cemita?
74th Street Station Taco Cart Menu Translations
75th Ave NE Taco Cart Menu Translation
Tacos el Consentido Translations
99th Street Quesadillas Guide
El Guayaquileno Mini Picanteria Truck Guide
Pique Y Pase El Pepin Ecuadorian Truck
Beat the Heat – Nieves, Raspados, Kulfi, Paletas on Roosevelt Avenue
Ecuadorian Food Cart… Defined!
I have also led large scale food crawls down Roosevelt Avenue. Information on those can be found here.