Explore Midtown's Street Food Carts With This 'Lunch Rush' Walking Tour

By Natalie Musumeci on August 5, 2014 10:54am | Updated on August 8, 2014 5:59pm

 The "Lunch Rush" food cart tour will run over the course of 12 weekdays from Aug. 18 to Sept. 10.
The "Lunch Rush" food cart tour will run over the course of 12 weekdays from Aug. 18 to Sept. 10.
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CHELSEA — A new walking tour that explores Midtown's vibrant street grub scene is set to kick off later this month.

Turnstile Tours and food blog Midtown Lunch have teamed up to launch the “Lunch Rush” tour, which will run over the course of 12 weekdays from Aug. 18 to Sept. 10.

The one-hour tasting tour is perfect for area office workers on a tight schedule looking to expand their street food horizons during their lunch break, organizers say.

“Food carts and trucks play a critical role in the lunchtime economy of Manhattan, providing us delicious, affordable food,” said Turnstile Tours founder Cindy VandenBosch.

“These tours give us an opportunity to educate people about the industry and introduce them to these great small businesses — and the people behind them — that may be right on their block,” she said.

The tours will be led by veteran food blogger and Turnstile guide Brian Hoffman, who will be on hand to answer any questions attendees may have about street grub.

“It’s a unique way of spending your lunch hour and a fun alternative to the monotonous and often difficult decision of choosing where to eat nearby,” said Hoffman.

The tour will include three “mini-meals” from food carts along Sixth Avenue, Park Avenue, and the Financial District.

Each week will feature three separate tours, each taking place on a different day, with a focus on a specific theme. For example, there will be three tours on Aug. 18, 19 and 20 on the theme “Eat Street Meat.” On those tours, which will each target a different 20-block radius throughout Midtown, diners will nosh on meaty fare from places like Afghanistan, Greece, Bangladesh, and the Caribbean. There will also be three "Sandwich Days" tours on Aug. 25, 26 and 28.

The tour was launched as a lead-up to the Vendy Awards, which honors the best food trucks and carts in the city, said organizers.

Tickets for each “Lunch Rush” tour are $29 and can be purchased at Turnstile Tours' website. Each tour runs from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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