Exploring the Secret Eats & Ethnic Diversity of Staten Island

Date(s) - 03/10/2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

St. George Ferry Terminal (Information Booth)


While one might assume that Staten Island’s foodie scene is nuttin but Italian, a five-minute bus ride from the ferry terminal will debunk that old school thinking. Staten Island’s Latin American, Albanian, Sri Lankan, and Indian communities have surged over the past decade, and at one single intersection unbeknownst to most, their cultures and culinary palates collide.

Join New York Adventure Club as we venture to the Staten Island neighborhood of Tompkinsville to learn about, and taste our way through, four growing ethnic communities on the island.

Led by local neighborhood expert and Staten Island local Meredith Tobak, our unique culinary experience will include:

  • A custom-made NY Adventure Club route to showcase some of the best ethnic eateries in Staten Island
  • The origin story of how these different communities ended up settling on Staten Island, and how they’ve reinvigorated the local economy
  • An eclectic mix of neighborhood bites including Sri Lankan string hoppers, giant South Indian dosas, Albanian Borek, and home-cooked tacos from a family restaurant hidden behind a bodega
  • A stop inside a local grocery store to see the staple ingredients that make up these international cuisines

Come hungry!

Click here to see pictures from one of our last secret eats trips!

*Your ticket includes tastings at every eatery on the tour

**A MetroCard swipe will be needed to board the MTA bus

***Restrooms are available along the tour route


By Public Transit: Take the free Staten Island ferry from Manhattan’s Whitehall Terminal at 12:30pm. After landing in Staten Island, we’ll meet at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal information booth. From there, we’ll take the S48 or S61 bus at Gate A to the ‘Victory Bl/Cebra Av’ stop, less than a 10-minute ride.

By Car: Parking is available at the ferry terminal — if you’d rather meet the group near the restaurants, you may park at the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center of Staten Island at 307 Victory Blvd and wait for the rest of the group to arrive by bus.


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Categories: Tours, Hidden Spots, Food, Social

Date and Time

Sun, March 10, 2019

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

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St. George Ferry Terminal (Information Booth)

1 Bay Street

Staten Island, NY 10301

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