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If you have an afternoon
You can’t call yourself a foodie in this town without having crammed at least the staples under your belt. A food tour will help you navigate: Cut the line at Grimaldi’s and sample L&B Spumoni Gardens’ Sicilian pie on the four-and-a-half-hour A Slice of Brooklyn
bus tour (Fri--Mon 11am, $75; asliceofbrooklyn.com)
. Or eat like a turn-of-the-20th-century immigrant in the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Little Italy on Big Onion’s Original Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour (next tour Fri 14 at 1pm, $20; bigonion.com),
where you’ll nosh on kosher sour pickles at the Pickle Guys and mozzarella from Di Palo’s. On a Chinatown walking tour with Foods of New York (Mon noon, $65; foodsofny.com),
you’ll sample Hong Kong--style dumplings at Dim Sum Go Go and Chinese jerky from the New Beef King. If you savor reality-TV food porn, reserve a spot on City Food Tours’ Tour of Top Chef (Sat 11am, $44.95; cityfoodtours.com)
to sharpen your knife skills at Broadway Panhandler and nibble at host Tom Colicchio’s ’wichcraft and former cheftestant Nikki Cascone’s 24 Prince.