The Calvin Trillin Food Tour

Legendary food writer Calvin Trillin knows his stuff when it comes to street cuisine. He spoke in Philly a few months ago, but Trillin’s a New Yorker through and through. He just offered an eating tour of Chinatown and Little Italy that we wish we had attended in that certain city 100 miles up I-95:


I also use the word “lucky” because wandering from Greenwich Village to East Chinatown with running commentary from one of the most articulate and humorous food writers of our time is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A New York resident for more than 45 years, Trillin’s oral history of each neighborhood came peppered with tips on where to buy gelato, stories of a storefront chicken on Worth Street that used to beat customers in tic-tac-toe, and an exciting near-brawl with a woman who complained loudly in a British accent that tours like ours were ruining her New York. “You’re not from here, you’re from ENGLAND!” Trillin growled back.
And then, of course, there’s the food. Trillin, who believes the loosening of immigration laws in the 1960s had a greater affect on eating in this country than “that food movement in California,” led us to his favorite Italian food store, Vietnamese bahn mi sandwich, fried pork dumpling spot, and more. The event was called “Come Hungry” for a reason: after seven stops for snacks, we had a full dim sum lunch. The lunch didn’t hold a candle to the street food, but of course, for dim sum, we were sitting down.

Legendary food writer Calvin Trillin knows his stuff when it comes to street cuisine. He spoke in Philly a few months ago, but Trillin’s a New Yorker through and through. He just offered an eating tour of Chinatown and Little Italy that we wish we had attended in that certain city 100 miles up I-95:

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The Calvin Trillin Food Tour