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I believe food is the greatest medium to communicate and connect. I create accessible, authentic experiences of cultures, designed to open up our minds and palates. I have 2 areas of expertise: Pizza and Roosevelt Avenue, Queens.

Here’s the difference with me: I live here. I am not a tour guide, and I am not a company. I am an insider to this community, showing you my bests and my secrets, telling you everything I’ve learned. I will take you through passageways to the cultures that live here, and cherry pick the most eye-opening, heart-warming experiences. You won’t be lectured, you’ll be a participant in the most diverse area on the planet.

Learn more about me, Jeff Orlick, on iwantmorefood.com

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Reviews by Jeff Tastes
Jeff Tastes

The other week I had the opportunity to join Michael on his tour of the Counter-Culture of New York. The history he shows you, the behind the scenes and the back-stories, is unending. Michael is a true local, with a deep connection to Occupy Wall Street. It's great to walk around with him and get his point of view of the current state of the union, with a firm grasp of our nation's roots, told and untold. This is a great tour for anyone interested in politics and history, especially the underbelly of it all, in NYC.

Jeff Tastes

Emily does a great tour of the street food around Playa del Carmen. She's knowledgeable, friendly, and a professional chef. She brought us to some great spots, explained the dishes, went to some market, and talked the Yucatan food ways. Definitely needed for touring QROO.

Jeff Tastes
Jeff Tastes for Upper East Side Historic Architecture

Michael took us on a tour through the Upper East Side. Even though I live in Queens and work in Manhattan, I neeeever go to the UES. It was cool to see all the historic buildings and houses, see where the richest of the rich bought houses for their children's wedding present (which they never even lived in). Michael lives in the neighborhood, so having a local is great for guideship.

Jeff Tastes

Scott is the King of pizza tours, and tours in general. Definitely a must-go for locals and visitors to NYC.

Jeff Tastes
Jeff Tastes for Busking the NYC Underground

This tour was a dream come true for me. Underground cultures always intrigue me, and this is literally as far underground as NYC gets. Heidi is a member of this culture and has been doing it for around a decade. She is super nice and a great guide. I even made some busker friends. Dream come true.

Jeff Tastes
Jeff Tastes for Off the Beaten Path in DC

This was a great tour, just what I needed. DC is great for all the museums and monuments, but at night time, the activities aren't as apparent. Peter took me to some of the places where the locals go and showed me the sections where to get great, real food. I wish there was a tour like this in every city I went to. Thanks !

Jeff Tastes

Linda is awesome. She has worked in the area in the courts for a while and took an interest, so now she is showing it off. My favorite part was going into the courtroom and watching the cases - Linda dissected to me what was going on. I have always wanted to go there, so glad it was on the tour. Thanks!


Reviews for Jeff Tastes
Debasish L.
Debasish L. for Midnight Street Food Crawl

I was from England and was the first time in New York so went on this tour because did not know anywhere in Queens to go. Jeff Orlick was very well prepared with cartons, disposable plates and cutlery. He took us to a good variety of the different South American food in Jackson Heights and really knew where to go and which stalls were had good food. I rate his tour very highly and cannot fault anything really. I would never have been able to find out about where he took us if I had not gone on this tour. He also emailed the information about all the places that we visited on the tour afterwards and also emailed a lot of information before the tour when I signed up for it about other places that might be of interest.

Sandra S.
Sandra S. for Queens Tastes of the World

We had a great time touring a part of NYC that we had never been to (Queens) and we only live in NJ. Jeff was wonderful to be with and enlightened us as to cultures and food we had never tasted. He really knew the neighborhoods and different cuisines. It was a tour worth taking! Sandra

Lisa C.
Lisa C. for Midnight Street Food Crawl

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Yang H.
Yang H. for Queens Tastes of the World

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Jennifer M.
Jennifer M. for Queens Tastes of the World

We had a great time. Tons of food we never would have tried if not for Jeff. We come to NYC regularly but had never been to Queens. Jeff was a great person to take us around. It was clear he knew the neighborhood and the neighborhood knew him.

Meshaukakes
Meshaukakes for Queens Tastes of the World

Best trip i ever had. Now i love the food more than ever

Michelle
Michelle for Queens Tastes of the World

Jeff is a wonderful guide. He is laid-back but schedule oriented and keeps you moving. He is friendly with the proprietors you visit and, in turn, they are friendly to you. Jeff is community oriented and really cares about the people and multiple cultures in his Jackson Heights neighborhood. We were right on schedule and I couldnt have asked for a more jam packed food tour. I am a picky person when it comes to food i.e., I hate paying for bad/bland/poorly prepared food or food that is just thoughtless. I have traveled extensively (lots of SE Asia, Mexico, the Carribean, Tahiti, Latin America, Lots of Canada and US and I lived in San Francisco for 22 years and now I am back to my roots near LA) and I will try anything once so I was very happy to taste some food I had not tasted before that were spot on-whoo hoo! SO GO! Go even if you are jaded, it will cheer your soul. GO even if you live in Manhattan or Brooklyn or Queens or Long Island. Jeff knows his stuff and the people. You will thoroughly enjoy yourself if you like fabulous flavors, a warm neighborhood and being in places you may not expect.

Amanda D.
Amanda D. for Queens Tastes of the World

I went on the tour with my husband (we both moved to Jackson Heights in January) and my mother-in-law who was visiting from Western NY and we had a great time. Even though we moved here from other big cities, Jackson Heights is so dense and so diverse it's hard to know what you're even looking at! We had walked by a few of the places before and not even noticed they were there. This was a great way to learn more about how the restaurant and shop owners set up their business and how the neighborhood has evolved. And of course the food was wonderful! Almost everything we tried was new and I think all of us liked all of it. There a few things that we never heard about that we are definitely going back for! Jeff asked us about dietary restrictions ahead of time and made sure we had vegetarian food, so it is worth the trip even if you have restrictions. I feel like I understand where I am living a lot more than before. I would recommend it whether you live in Jackson Heights, another part of New York, or are here for vacation.

Sandie J.
Sandie J. for Queens Tastes of the World

Great tour! Jeff is really nice and knows a lot about food and many of the people in Jackson Heights . We got to see a lot of hidden gems. Highly recommended

Thomas
Thomas for Queens Tastes of the World

My wife and I enjoyed a great day in Jackson Heights with our Tour guide Jeff. It was our 3rd stay in NYC but the 1st time de spent a whole day in Queens. The Tour was fun and we visited interesting places and people what was a welcoming contrast to Manhattan. When you are looking for a different and new New York expierence, Queens and Jeff's Tour is a perfect start.

Thomas
Thomas for Queens Tastes of the World

My wife and I enjoyed a great day in Jackson Heights with our Tour guide Jeff. It was our 3rd stay in NYC but the 1st time de spent a whole day in Queens. The Tour was fun and we visited interesting places and people what was a welcoming contrast to Manhattan. When you are looking for a different and new New York expierence, Queens and Jeff's Tour is a perfect start.

John S.

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Brad H.
Brad H. for Midnight Street Food Crawl

We recently had the pleasure of joining Jeff for the midnight food crawl through the queens area. It was one of the most unique tours I've been on. We tried food from around 10 or so different street food vendors, majority I'd never seen or heard of before. It was awesome to try diverse foods from countries like Peru and Dominican Republic to name a few! Jeff was a great guide and definately knew the best places to try. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to try something unique! Highly recommend!

Brad H.
Brad H. for Midnight Street Food Crawl

We recently had the pleasure of joining Jeff for the midnight food crawl through the queens area. It was one of the most unique tours I've been on. We tried food from around 10 or so different street food vendors, majority I'd never seen or heard of before. It was awesome to try diverse foods from countries like Peru and Dominican Republic to name a few! Jeff was a great guide and defiantely knew the best places to try. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to try something unique! Highly recommend!

Luis C.
Luis C. for Midnight Street Food Crawl

AMAZING experience! Great food and great people. Totally stuffed at the end. I'm joining a day tour next. Highly recommend.

Rachel
Rachel for Queens Tastes of the World

I really enjoyed this tour. All the food we tried was really great and there was such a big variety. I ate so many things I have never had before or would even think to order. Jeff was clearly very knowledgeable/well researched about the area and food - he also seemed to know everyone in the neighborhood! Make sure you bring a big appetite because you will sample a lot of food!

Samuel T.
Samuel T. for Queens Tastes of the World

Brilliant tour. The area of Queens where our tour took place is fascinating; MANY different cultures very tightly packed together. Jeff took us to places which we would never have found and would have found quite inaccessible. I really liked his style of asking the vendors about the foods and ordering off the cuff depending what we wanted to try. This wasn't a 'sit over there, your food will arrive' tour. This was more like 'right, here we are, this is an Ecuadorian bakery, it does great fried rice, shall we try some?'. We were always up at the counter with Jeff which was great. The places we visited weren't fixed; in fact there were loads we just dipped into unplanned; like a halal food truck with some amazing marinated meat and an elderly lady selling fresh tamales out of a steam bucket! It made the tour really exciting and it was nice to not know exactly where we were going. We tried LOTS of food; far more stops than any other food tour I've ever done. Particular highlights were watching momos get made in a tiny Tibetan kitchen, eating Nepalese thali in the tiniest food court in the world, an amazing shrimp cocktail made from a little stand in the back of a Mexican convenience store and an incredible Ecuadorian desert. Jeff obviously loves the area and has a huge depth of knowledge about the food and the people. His stories made the whole tour very interesting and he gave us a great recommendation for a craft beer bar afterwards; that was great Jeff the Maine Mo pale ale was awesome. All in all, superb, would HIGHLY recommend...best food tour we've ever done and we've done a few both in the US and in the Far East.

Alexandra F.
Alexandra F. for Midnight Street Food Crawl

We just finished our tour last night and I may not have room to eat for a week but it was worth it. Jeff not only knows his food, he knows, and more importantly cares about the people who make it. You will learn about a neighbourhood and what sustains it. And the food is amazing.