Mr. Bing – Beijing Street food recommendation

(from tour guide Maria’s personal blog comes this recommendation of great street food!)

Yesterday I was walking from Penn Station to Herald Square to catch the subway back to Queens. Incidentally I walked through UrbanSpace: Broadway Bites and a nice gentleman, outside of the Mr. Bing food stand offered me a sample of food.
The scent had already reached my nostrils and I was intrigued.
Due to good conversation with the staff regarding my background as a tour guide, and a Dane I stayed a little longer than one would usually do after being offered a sample of food.

While I ordered a ‘bing’, a Chinese street crepe/filled pancake; the Classic Vegetarian, I uploaded a cute little ‘staged’ video clip of being offered the sample, to Instagram Stories.

Thus – I asked who managed their social media accounts. Coincidentally, at the same moment Mr. Brian Goldberg, the founder of Mr. Bing came riding on a Citibike and I was able to introduce myself to him. We had a wonderful chat about his stay in Asia, 14 years, being fluent in Chinese as well as his travels to Scandinavia and my work as a freelance tour guide and entrepreneur, founder of NYC & Tours (Turist i New York, in Denmark)

The chat was wonderful, and I was so pleased to meet Brian. I pitched him the idea of my ‘Winter’ walking tours which will incorporate a visit to Bryant Park and thus offer my clients to get the ‘heat’ from traditional Chinese street food rather than maybe a warm apple cider, or hot chocolate. We exchanged cards and you can keep posted on NYC & Tours FB page for the launch of the tour.

But, back to the food! I would never have bothered to spend time chatting with the staff if the food wasn’t ‘original’, ‘delicious’ and ‘affordable’.

Fresh, and with vegetarian option – it’s a recommended go-to option for anyone looking to try something new, different or reminisce over their stay in China.

Read more about Mr. Bing, the story behind the ‘brand’ aka. Brian Goldberg etc., and the history of ‘jianbing’, the traditional Northern Chinese Street crepes:

And make sure to visit one of their locations, in either the pop-up location at Broadway Cites, Herald Square, or Vanderbilt Food Hall, East Village, Flatiron or Chelsea (coming soon!)!

Thank you, Mr. Bing for the treat!

Joju Báhn Mì

Joju Báhn Mì – Vietnamese in Queens

Joju Bánh Mì - Vietnamese in Queens

written by Maria-Leena Kerr, owner and tour guide

While I'm enjoying my maternity leave I've had more time to exlore the new neighborhood I moved to. Elmhurst is so different from Forest Hills, where I lived before. And of course my tour guide brain is working full-power! A lot of you have enjoyed our "Taste of Queens" tour which is a longer tour. I was wondering whether to create a shorter 2-hr tour focused on one neighborhood and dare I say it; food? 🙂

While I'm contemplating that... I can tell you this much: I've already found my typical spot for american-chinese take-out, a typical american pizzaria with delicious potato pizzas, another chinese family style restaurant with a lot of interesting dishes where the "potato in spicy sauce" is a new obsession of mine. It's basically just raw potato strips in a pepper sauce. And it's so yummy!
But finally ... I ran into Joju Bánh Mì - A modern Vietnamese sandwich place on Broadway in Elmhurst.

It was one of those accidental things that happens. I just happened to be stopping by. They have a large selection of sandwiches, varieties of drinks and fries with different toppings. I chose a classic "báhn mì" sandwich with ham, cheese, daikon, cucumber, carrots and more. You decide how spicy you want it - and obviously I chose "More Spicy" with shiracha. Hey, shiracha is like ketchup when you're pregnant (at least it is for me)

It was just under $6 and oh, so delicious!😀

Until I may or may not create a new tour in Queens, I can recommend Noshwalks led by Myra Alperson, another NYC Licensed tour guide. Some of her delicious food tours go through Elmhurst, but she also has tours other places in NY and NJ. If you're interested, please check out her website: - you could tell her Maria from NYC & Tours sent you.

I see I can order online now from Joju, so I think I know where my lunch will be coming from.

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Jacobs Pickles

Jacob’s Pickles – A restaurant recommendation

Jacob's Pickles - Upper West Side

509 Amsterdam NYC

Written by: Maria-Leena Kerr

If you like rustic cozyness, good beer and fantastic southern food - then Jacob's Pickles is the right place for you! They're very popular, so it's a good idea to make a reservation if you're planning on having dinner there.

It's really easy to get there. Just take the red 1-train to 86th St station, walk one avenue east and 1.5 block south. There it is on Amsterdam avenue and 84th street.

Our waiter, Faith, was bubbly, happy and offered great service! The place have very high ratings on, and that's always a good sign.

We ordered Mexican Coca-Cola's for $4 each, Fried Pickles with spicy mayo as starters for $9. Southern BLT with fries for $16, and o-m-g delicious Buttermilk Fried Chicken Caesar Salad also priced at $16. The portions were huge, so we had to take the leftovers home in doggie-bags.

Read more about the place at: Jacob's Pickles NYC

Disclaimer:Recommendations are based on personal experiences from our NY-experts, and is not an official endorsement of the company from New York Concierge & Tours Inc. If any questions, please contact us!