Our Foodie Team

Garry Zafrani, Founder

Founder, Garry Zafrani

Garry is a New Yorker – born and raised. His father owned a small film and photo store in Times Square in the ‘60s, and he began helping tourists make the most of their visit at age 9. During his teenage years growing up in Brooklyn, his first jobs were on the Lower East Side where he learned about New York’s wide array of ethnic food. That love of diverse cooking styles and tastes continues today. As an adult, he worked in a number of New York City hotels helping guests plan their sightseeing. Now he accompanies them as both a guide and a new friend, sharing the joy of discovering the best NYC restaurants and hidden gems that the city has to offer

Alex Drywa, Vice President

Vice President, Alex Drywa

Being a third generation New Yorker, you would think Alex knew enough about NYC. WRONG! After traveling and living abroad in Europe and Australia for 4 years, he came back to New York City on a mission to learn everything about the history and culture he always took for granted. He had so much fun showing visiting friends from across the globe around the city that he decided to become a licensed guide and share his knowledge with a broader audience on the best walking tour of New York. ​Within minutes of meeting Alex, you will feel like you have known him forever – that’s how comfortable he makes people who take walking food tours with him. He also loves finding the best craft beer bars and whiskey flights in New York, then passing that knowledge along to his guests. So whether you need a great NYC bar or fabulous Manhattan restaurant, this is the guy to ask.

Nancy Paris

Tour guide, Nancy Paris

Nancy had been happily acting as a city ambassador to friends and family visiting New York – particularly Broadway – for years before following her sister ́s advice to actually “go pro” and become a licensed NYC tour guide. She enjoys the personal interaction of a walking tour with a small group, and especially loves sharing the stories behind New York’s famous landmarks and attractions. Nancy is also a professional dancer and choreographer, and will pirouette down the sidewalk for you if you ask nicely. If your focus is dance and/or theatre, be sure to request Nancy by name as your tour guide.

Annabel Alafriz, Tour Guide

Tour guide, Annabel Alafriz

Don’t let her demure stature fool you. Annabel is a giant ball of energy with an even bigger wealth of knowledge. She often thinks of what Alice might observe, had Lewis Carroll brought her adventures into NYC’s Engineered Wonderland. Engaging fellow travelers in a joyful exploration of the city’s surprises, her conversations touch on myriad discoveries, overlooked milestones, unsung pioneers, all the while pointing out NYC’s best, often hidden, culinary delights. She is still pursuing her lifelong interest in mapping information and visualizing data, and remains involved in creative projects on educational game design.

Location

All tours depart from the neighborhood in which you are visiting. You will receive detailed directions, including public transportation information and a map upon booking.

About

First and foremost, at Manhattan Food Tours, we are New Yorkers and we love New York City. Our guided food tours of NYC are like having a friend in New York showing you around their neighborhood and making sure to give you and your guests the most delicious food experience available in the Big Apple.