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New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

1. New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

With a choice of two different 1-day tickets with two route options, explore New York from onboard the open-top, double-decker sightseeing bus. Hop-off at the attractions you want to explore further, and see the city at your own pace before hopping back on the bus when you're ready to continue your tour. Travel on the Downtown Loop and the Uptown Loop, jumping off at any of the 14 stops along the way. Enjoy the best of Manhattan, from the flashing lights of Times Square and the iconic Empire State Building–New York's most prestigious skyscraper–to the fashion stores of 5th Avenue, or the impressive home of the United Nations. Onboard, you will have access to a high-quality live audio commentary, giving you a general overview of the sights. Downtown Loop Stop 1 - M&M World Stop 2 - Times Square East Stop 3 - Empire State Building / Korea Town Stop 4 - Flatiron District Stop 5 - Soho Stop 6 - Chinatown / Little Italy Stop 7 - Brooklyn Bridge Stop 8 - Wall Street / Charging Bull Stop 9 - Statue of Liberty / Battery Park Stop 10 - Circle Line Sightseeing Uptown Loop Stop 2: Times Square East Stop 11: Times Square North Stop 12: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Stop 13: Central Park Zoo Stop 14: Columbus Circle

New York: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

2. New York: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

Stroll the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan to discover the history of different immigrant communities. See how they made this part of New York their home and treat your taste buds to food samples from all over the world.  Stop outside significant local landmarks including the African Burial Ground Monument and the New York Supreme Court. Learn about the facinating origins of the African American community in New York.  Head to the Chinatown district and learn more about the Chinese community which once lived in the area. Try some fried dumplings at a spot that is popular with locals. Then, discover the adjacent district of Little Italy which was home to thousands of immigrants from southern Italy. Enjoy some classic Italian flavors which have formed the basis of some of the most popular modern American snacks.  Next, enter the Nolita neighborhood and stop outside St Patrick's Old Cathedral, a key focal point of the Irish Catholic community. Take a short stroll through the Sara D Roosevelt Park.  Learn about the history of the Jewish community as you stroll through the Lower East Side. Try knishes, a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish snack made with potato-based dough and a variety of fillings. End your tour outside the Tenement Museum.

NYC: Chinatown and Little Italy Food Tour

3. NYC: Chinatown and Little Italy Food Tour

Spend your lunchtime or dinnertime learning the history and lore of two of New York's most historic districts: Little Italy and Chinatown. Sample their foods and flavors, wander their streets, and learn all about their history and heritage. The food included is more than enough for lunch. Start in Chinatown with Hong Kong style sponge cakes to go, where your local historian tour guide will lead your intimate-sized group through Chinatown’s winding streets and Columbus Park. Enjoy history and fun facts, and visit a hidden dumpling spot, with views of the One World Trade building. Then, be led down the famous Mulberry St. to Little Italy’s romantic corners. Hear stories of NYC mafia crime and pizza lore as you eat your slice of pizza and enjoy cannolis and music at a 130-year-old bakery. Appreciate a tour that visits favorite family-owned shops and that supports NYC locations that are off-the-beaten-path. Taste the history of food establishments that have been in business for over 100 years. Leave NYC with a newfound appreciation of these two neighborhoods, newly discovered secrets of New York City, and more tips and suggestions for things to do in The Big Apple.

3 Neighborhoods Tour: Soho, Chinatown & Little Italy

4. 3 Neighborhoods Tour: Soho, Chinatown & Little Italy

The 3 Neighborhoods Tour will give you unique insight into three very different places in Manhattan.  Start in Soho, one of NYC's trendiest neighborhoods. Learn about the area's real estate and how this area became one of the most expensive places to live on the island. Stroll into the heart of Soho and see some of the poshest bakeries, shops, and restaurants that Soho has to offer.  Walk down Greene Street and talk about why Soho has such unique and beautiful architecture. See the Haughwout Building and the Old Police Station before heading to the next neighborhood. Make a quick stop in Nolita and sample some cheesecake before working your way into Historic Little Italy. Sample some of the delicious local cuisines such as cannolis, gelato, pizza, and more. Mingle with locals and get the inside scoop about famous spots on Mulberry Street. Chinatown is the last neighborhood. Visit the Mahayana Buddhist Temple and get a peek of the 16-foot Golden Buddha. Pass the Manhattan Bridge and walk into the heart of Chinatown. Enjoy treats from The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory while you see where Chinatown got its start.  Walk down Doyer Street and learn how the neighborhood has changed over the years. End the tour by enjoying a traditional dumpling and talking about the infamous Five Points.

SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown 2-Hour Guided Walk

5. SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown 2-Hour Guided Walk

A Big Apple experience doesn’t get more authentic than a visit to SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown, where you’ll experience very different worlds in a relatively small area. Spot movie stars, celebrities, and fashionistas in the historic SoHo district with its charming cast-iron buildings – its greatest treasure. On this 2-hour guided walk you’ll hear stories of immigrant struggles and gang violence in Little Italy and Chinatown as you sample ethnic food. The itinerary includes visits to many of the following sites: • Spring Street • Greene and Spring streets (site of the Manhattan Well Murder, which was the first recorded murder case in New York City) • Cast Iron district • E.V. Haughwout Building (home to the first safety elevator) • 421 Broome Street (where Heath Ledger died, in Mary Kate Olsen's apartment) • Old Police Station (1909 Beaux-Arts building, which is now a residence) • Ravenite Club (the story of John Gotti) • Old Saint Patrick's • Mulberry Street (heart of Little Italy) • Alleva Dairy (where cheese has been made for a hundred years) • Italian American Museum (site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire) • Umbertos (site of the mob hit on Joe Gallo) • National Shrine Church of San Gennaro (story of the liquefaction of the saint's blood) • Opium den • Bloody Angle (Doyers Street) • Columbus Park (of Gangs of New York fame)

New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

6. New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

Take a two-hour guided walking tour through some of NYC's most famous neighborhoods and discover their stories of gangsters and ghosts from the city’s past. The Five Points, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greenwich Village were known as the vice districts during the 1920s and 30s. See the places where gangsters such as John Gotti and Lucky Luciano used to party, make deals, and carry out threats. Visit haunted locations and old crime scenes on a tour led by historians. Spooky tales of the ghosts and gangsters of NYC's streets will be shared along the way. Stop at The Five Points, known for hosting New York's most infamous gangs, Chinatown's "Blood Alley," haunted houses of the West Village, and the many restaurants where mafia murders occurred in Little Italy. Go inside the Godfather-featured Basilica of St Patrick. The tour is family friendly with frequent stops.

New York: Guided Wall Street, Little Italy & China Town Tour

7. New York: Guided Wall Street, Little Italy & China Town Tour

After meeting with your guide, you will be led on an exploration of New York’s major landmarks. This tour will provide you with a good idea of the history, culture, and legends of one of the world's best-loved cities You will begin on Wall Street, the oldest part of Manhattan. Here you will see iconic buildings, Ground Zero, and The New York stock exchange (Bull statue). You will also be able to take pictures with the Wall Street Bull and the Fearless Girl statues. Next, move to Greenwich Village through the 5 Points, China Town, and Little Italy districts. These areas have plenty of history, including gangsters, amazing food, and iconic buildings.  Chinese, Irish, and Italian immigrants arrived here throughout the last 150 years and created the best areas of New York.

New York City: Statue of Liberty and Top Sights Walking Tour

8. New York City: Statue of Liberty and Top Sights Walking Tour

Start your 5-hour walking bright and early, heading down to Wall Street, the oldest part of Manhattan. Admire the iconic buildings, from modern skyscrapers to Arc Deco towers. Pass Ground Zero, and see the famous Charging Bull statue outside the New York Stock Exchange. Continue to Greenwich Village through Five Points, Chinatown, and Little Italy, all the while picking up history and local insight from your expert guide. Head to the Rockefeller Center, past The Flatiron Building, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, 5th Avenue, Times Square, New York Public Library, and the Chrysler Building. The urban oasis of Central Park is your next destination. Sights along the way include the NBC Studios, Radio City Music Hall, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Grand Central Station, Carnegie Hall, and more. Stroll through the most famous park in America, then finish your tour at the Guggenheim.  Then, visit the Statue of Liberty on your schedule — with your voucher, feel free to go before or after the tour.

New York: Private Manhattan Tour by Vintage Convertible

9. New York: Private Manhattan Tour by Vintage Convertible

Climb aboard a vintage Buick Skylark GS for a unique 2-hour driving tour of Lower Manhattan, and see the sights from a different perspective. Set off with your private guide and chaffeur and start turning heads as you cruise to the historic downtown area. Visit Lower Manhattan's most exciting neighborhoods, including the West Village, the original stomping ground of New York's bohemians. Explore the artistic community of SoHo, home to dozens of cutting-edge art galleries and shops. Discover how the TriBeCa area is on the rise, playing host to an annual film festival that has screened over 1,400 films since it began in 2002. Go to South Street Seaport to see the cobblestone dock and some of the world's most impressive boats. Traffic permitting, you can cruise through the Financial District, home of the New York Stock Exchange, and get privileged views of Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, used by over 350,000 commuters daily. Finally, if the traffic is still on your side, drive to Chinatown to experience the hustle and bustle of America’s largest Chinese community. Then, ride the streets of Little Italy, where more than 20 historical landmarks await you.

New York: 5-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour with Food Tastings

10. New York: 5-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour with Food Tastings

Your 5-hour walking tour begins on the world-famous Wall Street, the oldest part of Manhattan. Admire some of the city’s most iconic buildings that line the street, pass by the sombering Ground Zero, and see the famous Charging Bull statue outside the New York Stock Exchange. Head to Greenwich Village next and walk through Five Points, Chinatown, and Little Italy. Feel immersed in the unique and truly vibrant atmosphere of these vastly different New York neighborhoods. From your informative guide, learn about the fascinating history of these areas and the people that live here. Continue the tour onto the iconic Flatiron Building then head across to the High Line and Hudson Bay Yard. Afterwards, take the subway to Times Square and then explore 5th Avenue. From here, marvel at a selection of sights including the NBC Studios, Museum of Modern Art, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and more. Throughout the tour, stop at 4 local eateries and taste the very best food that New York City has to offer. Immerse yourself in the traditional flavors of the city including a hot dog with all the trimmings, an authentic New York pizza slice, delicious dumplings from Chinatown, and a tasty Italian cannoli.

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What people are saying about Chinatown, New York City

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based on 3,225 reviews

This tour was one of my favorite parts of visiting New York! I learned so much about New York during this tour. It felt like stepping back in time. It was really special and the food was delicious and different and there was plenty of it! Thank you so much!!

A brilliant tour - covers loads of history & interesting facts. Fantastic tour & well worth the money. Would highly recommend. A great way to see parts of the city. Fantastic.

Great tour, would definitely recommend! Wasn’t sure how much food there would be but there was plenty and I couldn’t even finish it all! Stefan was great!

Cullen was a great tour guide and we learned so much even though we have been to NYC many times. The food samples were great also!

Bobby is very knowledgeable, and friendly. Great experience!