In Case You Needed Another Reason to Skip Work on Monday – The LES “Grub Crawl”

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If you’re one of the lucky few to have next Monday the 20th off here in Manhattan, consider not the crowds at Rock Center or the windows at 34th and Broadway but a culinary tour through the East Village/Lower East Side, a storehouse of  snacks from the city’s finest lox to sensually spiced Malay laksa noodles. It’s from 12 to 3 and led by “Hungry Tiger “chef Deven DeMarco, who likes to call his guided tours Grub Crawls.

We actually first met Deven at M. Wells, where he also works as a server when he’s not catering — which we consider a good sign — and then again at the incredible American v. Euro cheese tastings co-hosted Formaggio Essex and Saxelby Cheese, both LES stalwarts over in the Essex Market. (Which we consider an even better sign.)

The Hungry Tiger’s Monday tour is $75, or $35 if you’re under 11 (it’s BYOD: Buy your own drinks) and you can score tickets right here. Speaking of walking tours of the area, we actually offered our own Googlemap guide to Jewish eats there a few weeks back, drawn from recent stories.

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.