Lower East Side Food And Culture Tour - New York City

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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.


  • 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. 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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  • This was a fantastic tour with a great combination of history and foods to try. Our tour guide, Jillian, was wonderful! She had great insight into the history of the Lower East Side, and fun stories to share. We returned to several of the places we stopped at during the tour, which we would not have found without Jillian's help. I highly recommend this tour!

  • Our host, Brian, gave us a fast-paced, energetic, and most informative tour of a number of neighborhoods in and around the 5-points area. We enjoyed samplings of Chinese, Italian, Jewish, and German foods and a few other surprises along the way. In the past few years, we 70 year-olds have come to enjoy the walking food tours and this one did not disappoint. The history presented to us has encouraged us to plan yet another trip to NYC for even more adventures...thanks!

  • We had Brian as our guide. Nice guy, knows a lot about the neighbourhoods and has a good way of explaining to us. Was open for questions and felt perfectly what we wanted to know and see. Very good tour! Showed us many nice spots and places where you never had come if you were on your own.
    Highly recommended!

  • Amazing tour. Our guide, Astrid, took us to hidden gems in the lower East side of Manhattan. We combined authentic and very tasty flavours with the fascinating history of the neighbourhoods we visited. This was a top quality history tour, with excellent stops for food.

  • Great tour with Olivia as our tour guide. Our relatives who went with us, were from New York and still learned
    a lot of history about Chinatown and Little Italy. She also told them about different restuarants to try out in the city.

  • So Olivia was our tour guide. The temperature was only 7 degrees, but the tour was still on! We met our guide, along with another group of 6 to make our total group 12 bodies, including Olivia. Even with frigid temps, this was an outstanding tour. We all learned alot...Olivia was full of fun facts and kept us interested wile navigating the streets. The food stops were incredible...Chinatown, Little Italy, the Jewish garment district, ending in a German microbrewery!!! I'd just say the risk in booking too far in advance would always be the weather. Sounds like even the rain doesn't cancel this tour. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting NYC. Fascinating and exceptionally well done. Tour guides are well versed with much knowledge and professionalism.

  • This tour combined two things I love--local history and interesting food. Our guide was knowledgeable and a gifted story teller. The food was from long standing neighborhood shops and skillfully woven into the history of the nieghborhoods. This is a must do tour if you are at all interested in the American immigration story.

  • 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.

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