Take a hike…the food is wonderful!

The culinary tour company Noshwalks will lead a leisurely stroll through Ridgewood and some of its best restaurants on Saturday, May 5, starting at noon.

After meeting in front of El Dorado Restaurant at 54-55 Myrtle Ave., Myra Alperson, an experienced guide who founded Noshwalks, will take participants to some Caribbean delights and an 80-plus-year-old German-Italian bakery with gelato and other sweet treats. Then, the crowd will have the opportunity to feast on Bulgarian specialties, Bosnian kebabs, Albanian bureks, Slovene sausage, and Polish pierogi (or blintzes), while also finding time for a new Peruvian café with a specialty ice cream.

Alperson likes to add some architectural ogling to her routes, and she plans to stop by the Ridgewood Savings Bank building at 65-01 Myrtle Ave. Built in 1921 and inspired by Art Deco design, the structure features massive arched windows, murals, a backlit clock, and carved imagery depicting astrological signs, beehives, mythological creatures, owls, and squirrels – all of which are Masonic symbols for industry and commerce. The landmark’s most unique facet is the metal doors with panels depicting the life of Jesus Christ. They were probably inspired by Lorenzo Ghiberti, an Early Renaissance artist who created the bronze doors of the Florence Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni) in the 15th century.

As per her long-standing policy, Alperson won’t publicize the names of the targeted restaurants before the tour. (You’re welcome to guess, of course.) And as per another policy, she will provide tailored maps with information on the eateries so that Saturday’s strollers can return to the places they like after the tour.

On another note, Alperson, who runs about 30 Noshwalks tours throughout NYC and New Jersey a year, has been organizing walking tours of Ridgewood for a few decades. She told QNS that the neighborhood’s food options have improved steadily the whole time. She thinks this will be her best Ridgewood tour ever.

There’s a straight $59 fee that includes all the bites, but individuals pay for sips and tips. Children (ages 6 to 12) get to go for $20, and younger youths can attend for free.

Parking in Ridgewood is difficult. To get to El Dorado Restaurant via public transportation, take the L train to Myrtle Avenue-Wyckoff. It’s about one block from there.

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