Lower East Side Food And Culture Tour - New York City

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Overview

Tacos, dumplings, bagels America would be a food wasteland without the dishes brought here by immigrants. Join this 3-hour New York City walking tour to sample the best ethnic foods in the Lower East Side. But this experience includes much more than sampling delicious foods, as youll learn about the history of the dishes, establishments, sites and people along the way from your guide. The group remains small to ensure a quality experience.

Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Free snacks included

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Grab some friends and gear up those taste buds for 3 hours of sampling the best of the Lower East Sides ethnic dishes from a variety of countries and cultures. The epicurean journey starts with a delicious stroopwafel literally a syrup waffle, its two thin waffle wafers with a caramel filling. And its just one of many foods youll taste that came to the US with people immigrating to New York.

Sink your teeth into tasty golden knishes and hear inspiring stories as you visit historic Jewish bakeries. Listen as your guide explains the cultures surrounding the local churches, markets and historic sites as you stroll the streets of Little Italy, where youll taste fresh mozzarella and prosciutto. Check out the Essex Street Market and then take in destinations like the African Burial Ground, where free and enslaved Africans were buried throughout the 18th century, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, a registered National Historic Site that explores Americas immigration history. All of this leads up to the teeming streets of Chinatown, a must-visit for anyone interested in the citys food culture.

The tour concludes in the Lower East Side, so you can continue exploring the area and the city on your own.

Since weather can vary depending on the season, be sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing for being outside for 3 hours, as well as good walking shoes. Its advisable to book your tour at least 48 hours in advance.

Inclusions for Lower East Side Food And Culture Tour

  • Food tastings
  • Bottle of Water
  • Local Professional guide

Exclusions for Lower East Side Food And Culture Tour

  • Additional food or drink
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children aged 5 years and younger are welcome at no charge

Tour runs rain or shine

Comfortable walking shoes recommended

Maximum group size is 12

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Jillian was our tour guide and she is a pro. She told the history of the area with plenty of interesting side stories. Do not eat breakfast before you go. We had a cookie and hot chocolate so cold outside!, handmade dumplings, mozzarella and prosciutto, a quarter of 2 different kinds of knish, and ended with bratwurst and hot pretzel. The tour moved quickly and we were surprised at the end to see how much area we had traveled. A lot of fun and worth the price.

  • This is a really fun, delicious and educational tour. We are New Yorkers, a family of four with children 17 and 12, and despite living here we learned a lot on the tour. Our guide Brian was terrific and the tour is great because it is never a large group. We had 10 people in total and it was easy to stay together as a group and get to chat informally with the guide as you walk from place to place. You stop at different locations to get little tastes of different ethnic food in this fascinating, diverse and historic neighborhood. The small dumpling shop that is the first stop is a real find, and the other stops are equally fascinating and delicious. Highly recommend this neighborhood walking tour and our guide Brian.

  • So interesting to get the history of the downtown/Chinatown/Little Italy/Lower East Side area as well as go into some food places I wouldn't normally go. Our guide Josh was easy to listen and knowledgeable and friendly.

  • I highly recommend this tour, it is a great way to see New York that you would not find on your own. We have family that have lived in New York for over 30 years and when we told them the areas and food stops they were highly impressed and said those places are legit.
    Bryan was our guide, he was well informed, personable, relatable and relaxed. Bryan gave enough information about each area but not information overload. There were 8 in our group and everyone was engaged throughout the 3 hours. Our favorite spot was China town and the dumplings! Next time were in NYC, we will be taking another tour with Bryan and Urban Adventures.

  • I had a fabulous time on this tour. Our guide Danielle was very knowledgeable. She went to a lot of trouble to ensure we all had an opportunity to taste the food on offer. The highlight for me was the extent of her knowledge of the lower east side. I learned such a lot that I did not know.

  • We loved this tour! Having never been to New York before and not knowing the local culture, it would have been difficult to get a handle on the nature of these neighbourhoods without this tour. One always hears of Chinatown and Little Italy but we never realized that it's so much more than that and also, how integrated these communities are. Olivia was our tour guide and her obvious love for her job contributed to the excitement that we felt during the tour. Everyone fell in love with her. She was full of information and had answers to all our questions. The other thing that impressed me was the appreciation and respect that she had for these neighbourhoods and for the people who worked there. As for the food, we sampled items from the different cultural ethnicities... dumplings in Chinatown, Knish in the Jewish quarter, cheese and deli meat in Little Italy, and pretzels in the German neighbourhood along with the beer we ordered.

  • Very interesting tour. Our tour director Danielle was wonderful - knowledgeable, helpful and informative. Highly recommend this tour - ask for Danielle!

  • Our guide was awesome. The culture part of the tour is perfect but the food aspect could use some improvement as there wasn't very much.

  • We did the Pizza Tour last year. This years Food and Culture Tour as even better. Great way to see areas or New York, one wouldnt nomaly see.

  • Although the weather was a bit damp - and thankyou Chinatown for an INY umbrella- Olivia was a magic guide. Lots of info on the history and area, plus lovely snackeroonies! Nice small group too, thoroughly recommended.

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