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Famous Fat Dave

June 17, 2007

If a cabbie asks where you eat in your neighborhood before dropping you off, don’t hesitate, just answer. It might be “Famous Fat Dave.”

Dave Freedenburg gives culinary tours of all five boroughs in a private car or, for a bit more money, his yellow cab! The tours start at $100 an hour (four-hour minimum) regardless of the number of eaters and includes food, waters, gas, and parking tickets. There are various themed tours, such as the “Fat Elvis” (which is more than eight hours long and stops in thirteen neighborhoods) and the “Midnight Munchies” (which could start as late as 2 A.M.), or you can create a customized tour with Dave.

In a recent NPR story, the journalist was “drunk” on the fried chicken they picked up at Charles’s Southern Style Kitchen in West Harlem, and was licking the shells of jerk shrimp from the Bronx’s Feeding Tree. As I listened, I wondered if I could actually eat that much food for over four hours. No worries, though. You don’t eat full meals at every stop, instead you get “generous tastes”, so by the end, you are definitely full, but not stuffed.

Sounds like the perfect birthday present for any foodie!

Listen to the NPR story on Dave’s tours.

Read his blog.

And check out a list of some of his favorites spots in NYC:


Ferdinando’s: 151 Union St. Old school Sicilian foccaciaria that serves arrancini just like they do in the old country.

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie: 204 Van Dyke St. Pier 41, Red Hook. Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront with amazing views and delicious key lime pies.


No 28 Carmine: 28 Carmine St. Within a couple blocks of Joe’s Pizza, John’s Pizza, Bleecker St. Pizza, DeMarco Pizza and Abitino Pizza is No. 28, which blows them all out of the water for authentic Napoli pizza margherita.

Russ and Daughters: 179 E. Houston St. The greatest place on earth for lox, chopped liver, tuna salad, cream cheese, and a nice whitefish.


5 Star Punjabi: 13-15 43rd Ave. Long Island City Long Island City is the main hub for yellow cab garages, and this restaurant keeps their bellies full of samoza late into the night.

Ali’s Kebab Cafe: 25-12 Steinway St. at 25th Ave., Astoria Egyptian food like you’ve never tasted, cooked right in front of you by Ali.

The Bronx:

Sam’s: 596 Grand Concourse Get perfect BBQ chicken before the Yankees game, or go afterward for fried shrimp, chicken wings and karaoke.

El Valle: 555 Grand Concourse No. 149 Rice and beans, maduros, roasted chicken. The Boogie Down Bronx. Nothing could be finer.

Staten Island:

Denino’s Pizzeria Tavern: 524 Port Richmond Ave. Order anything involving mozzarella. The pizza is the classic Staten Island pie, and the mozzarella sticks are the stuff of legend.