MARY CARILLO

At a luncheon she hosted at Keens Steakhouse for the launch of New York Sports Tours, Peabody Award-winning sports broadcaster Mary Carillo recorded a message that can be heard only by tour guests. The message recognizes a late New York sports personality featured on the tour.

Carillo also narrates many original mini-documentaries shown exclusively to New York Sports Tours guests.

Acclaimed sports broadcaster and New York City native Mary Carillo . . . narrates more than 30 of the brief documentaries . . . ‘This is a ride through time,’ Carillo said. ‘Sports is its thread, but the experience covers so much terrain that you don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy it. Even so, sports die-hards will learn a lot.’
— Global Travel Media

KEENS HOSTS

Each post-tour New York Sports Tours meal is hosted or co-hosted by a New York sports personality at the storied Manhattan restaurant Keens Steakhouse. The meal is included in the ticket price.

Keens has been a part of sports history for well over a century. There, the hosts add to the tour story of how sports in New York has helped shape culture and society. 

Each lunch and dinner host is identified at some point in advance of the meal date. Guests can then see the name of the host by clicking on the date in the ticket system.

  Celebrated  New York Post  sportswriter Fred Kerber (fourth from right)

Celebrated New York Post sportswriter Fred Kerber (fourth from right)

. . . at Keens Steakhouse . . . a new venture called New York Sports
— New York Post
  T he Pride of the Yankees  author Richard Sandomir (third from left)When  The New York Times ' Richard Sandomir (fourth from left, seated) hosted dinner at Keens, each guest received a complimentary copy of his acclaimed book  The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic .

The Pride of the Yankees author Richard Sandomir (third from left)When The New York Times' Richard Sandomir (fourth from left, seated) hosted dinner at Keens, each guest received a complimentary copy of his acclaimed book The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic.

. . . at the iconic Keens Steakhouse . . . our charming dinner host was New York Times’ Richard Sandomir, the author of The Pride of the Yankees.
— Woman Around Town
  New York Yankees legend Mickey Rivers (in hat), the Yankees' next World Series champion starting centerfielder after Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle

New York Yankees legend Mickey Rivers (in hat), the Yankees' next World Series champion starting centerfielder after Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle

. . . the tour ended with dinner at historic Keens Steakhouse, where guests dined with former Yankees centerfielder Mickey Rivers.
— Newsday
  New York Yankees historian and  New York Times  bestselling author Marty Appel (third from left) 

New York Yankees historian and New York Times bestselling author Marty Appel (third from left) 

Travel back in time with . . . New York’s sports history and top it off with a delicious meal at Keens Steakhouse . . . with a New York sports personality . . . you’ll be able to ask questions and get more insight and details of how sports in the city have shaped the culture of New York.
— New York Family Magazine
  Soccer legend and New York City native Shep Messing (left), star goalkeeper for the New York Cosmos during the team's North American Soccer League championship run and currently analyst for MSG Networks game telecasts of the New York Red Bulls

Soccer legend and New York City native Shep Messing (left), star goalkeeper for the New York Cosmos during the team's North American Soccer League championship run and currently analyst for MSG Networks game telecasts of the New York Red Bulls

All tours end at Keens Steakhouse, an iconic restaurant that has hosted sports figures for more than 130 years. On select days, the experience continues with an intimate lunch or dinner with a New York sports personality.
— Insider Travel Report
  Before they hosted a New York Sports Tours lunch at Keens, legendary New York sports broadcaster Sal Marchiano (left in front) and New York sports personality Sam Marchiano (middle in front) enjoy the pre-meal sports history ride with some of the ride's other guests. 

Before they hosted a New York Sports Tours lunch at Keens, legendary New York sports broadcaster Sal Marchiano (left in front) and New York sports personality Sam Marchiano (middle in front) enjoy the pre-meal sports history ride with some of the ride's other guests. 

If you’d like, your tour will cap off with a meal at Keens Steakhouse, a Midtown legend founded in 1885. Keens . . . serves a delicious New York strip steak. As a bonus, you’ll dine with a . . . guest who played a part in American sports history . . .
— City Guide NY
  On occasion, special guests from New York sports history join the Keens hosts and other guests on the tour and at the post-tour meal. Emmy Award-winning blind sports broadcaster Ed Lucas (second from right) poses with a fellow guest and two New York Sports Tours officials in Keens during a sold-out tour experience. Lucas is   the subject of the Jeter Publishing book  Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story  and each tour guest received a complimentary copy of the book.

On occasion, special guests from New York sports history join the Keens hosts and other guests on the tour and at the post-tour meal. Emmy Award-winning blind sports broadcaster Ed Lucas (second from right) poses with a fellow guest and two New York Sports Tours officials in Keens during a sold-out tour experience. Lucas is the subject of the Jeter Publishing book Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story and each tour guest received a complimentary copy of the book.

The ride starts near Grand Central Terminal and . . . ends at Keens . . . the restaurant almost as famous as the many sports figures who have walked through its doors . . . enjoy an intimate lunch or dinner with a New York sports personality.
— Succesful Meetings magazine
  Marty Appel (third from right) pauses with tour guests in Keens' famed Lincoln Room following a post-tour dinner he hosted.

Marty Appel (third from right) pauses with tour guests in Keens' famed Lincoln Room following a post-tour dinner he hosted.

New York City’s classic midtown steakhouse — still perfect after all these years.
— Bon Appétit on Keens
  Former  New York Times  sports editor Neil Amdur (in jacket)

Former New York Times sports editor Neil Amdur (in jacket)

No chophouse in the city (and therefore the country) has a stronger pedigree, and none exudes a more pleasingly funky sense of old-fashioned charm.
— New York magazine on Keens
  T he Pride of the Yankees  author Richard Sandomir (third from left)

The Pride of the Yankees author Richard Sandomir (third from left)

Keens is easy to recommend . . . serves a steak that is in the same league as the best in the city, if not at its top. And you won’t find a more civilized steakhouse.
— Serious Eats
If the walls of the restaurant could talk, they would be able to tell many stories of scandalous, historical and fascinating content.
— AM New York on Keens
. . . an amazing place to eat — there really is something for everyone . . . It is vibrant and fun, but not loud . . .
— Johnny Prime
  Before he hosted a New York Sports Tours dinner at Keens, former World Boxing Council international champion Boyd Melson of New York City experiences the pre-meal sports history ride. Melson (third from left) pauses with some tour guests at the 69th Regiment Armory, the former home of the New York Knicks and the site of many events from sports history.

Before he hosted a New York Sports Tours dinner at Keens, former World Boxing Council international champion Boyd Melson of New York City experiences the pre-meal sports history ride. Melson (third from left) pauses with some tour guests at the 69th Regiment Armory, the former home of the New York Knicks and the site of many events from sports history.

  Messing with guests in Keens' Lincoln Room

Messing with guests in Keens' Lincoln Room

Keens . . . is a century-old restaurant that has long catered to sports figures.
— Latino Sports
  Award-winning New York sportswriter and  New York Times  bestselling author Wayne Coffey (left)

Award-winning New York sportswriter and New York Times bestselling author Wayne Coffey (left)

. . . Madison Square Garden . . . is seen towards the end of the tour, blocks away from Keens Steakhouse, the final stop.
— NY Sports Day
  Legendary New York sportswriter Filip Bondy (top, second from left)

Legendary New York sportswriter Filip Bondy (top, second from left)

. . . food lovers will savor the lunches and dinners offered after the tours. The fact that the meals are hosted by various New York sports personalities make them all the more special.
— Mom in the City
  Prominent New York Yankees beat writer Pete Caldera of    The Record   (second from right) and former  New York Times  sports editor Neil Amdur (third from left)

Prominent New York Yankees beat writer Pete Caldera of The Record  (second from right) and former New York Times sports editor Neil Amdur (third from left)

No restaurant in New York City pays the kind of lavish, often kooky, sometimes even touching tribute to the past than Keens does.
— Frank Bruni, The New York Times
  On the evening the New Jersey Devils' first-round 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs opponent was determined, Devils radio play-by-play voice Matt Loughlin (third from right) served as the Keens post-tour dinner host.

On the evening the New Jersey Devils' first-round 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs opponent was determined, Devils radio play-by-play voice Matt Loughlin (third from right) served as the Keens post-tour dinner host.

New York’s oldest and still the standout among the city’s dozens of high-end palaces of beef . . . Virtually every famous figure in American history the past century has patronized Keens, from . . . Babe Ruth to Albert Einstein . . . Floor to ceiling memorabilia makes Keens as much a museum as a great eatery, and if you can try just one classic NYC restaurant or steakhouse, this should be it.
— Forbes
  Most of New York Sports Tours' mid-tour lunches and dinners are hosted in Keens Steakhouse's historic Bull Moose Room, where many legendary sports figures have dined.

Most of New York Sports Tours' mid-tour lunches and dinners are hosted in Keens Steakhouse's historic Bull Moose Room, where many legendary sports figures have dined.

. . . astonishing that a 120-something-year-old restaurant has managed to stay both relevant and wildly popular in the middle of Manhattan.
— James Beard Foundation editors on Keens
  During  the two New York Sports Tours outings in 2017 that included dinner with host Marty Appel (left), each tour guest received a complimentary copy of Appel's 2017 book  Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character.

During  the two New York Sports Tours outings in 2017 that included dinner with host Marty Appel (left), each tour guest received a complimentary copy of Appel's 2017 book Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character.

The list of dignitaries who’ve dined here is long enough that it might be simpler to name the ones who haven’t.
— Thrillist on Keens

  Gary Sussman

Gary Sussman

TOUR HOSTS

In addition to Mary Carillo, New York Sports Tours founder Jordan Sprechman narrates brief documentaries played during the tour ride. 

Analogous to sports broadcasting, each tour ride includes a play-by-play host and a color analyst. The color analyst also shows historical items as part of the tour narrative.

When the tour launched, Gary Sussman served as the tour's chief play-by-play host and New York Sports Tours president Kevin O'Keefe served as the chief color analyst. Sussman was the public address announcer for the NBA's Nets for more than 20 years and is moderator for player press conferences at tennis' US Open. O'Keefe created the tour narrative with Sprechman.

From the very first minute it started, we found the tour to be illuminating. Our renowned, ‘Play by Play Announcer’ was Gary Sussman . . .
— Woman Around Town