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New York City's Hell's Kitchen: Walking Food Tour

1. New York City's Hell's Kitchen: Walking Food Tour

Step back in time as you learn about the history of New York's infamous Hell's Kitchen neighborhood on this guided walking tour. Explore its rich culinary diversity along the way with stops and samples at 5 distinct eateries.  Meet your guide and dive into the story of this vibrant area that started with poor, working-class Irish Americans. Uncover the story of how Hell's Kitchen got its nickname and explore its long history of ethnic tensions.  Listen to stories about its complex past, from which the famed musical "West Side Story" was born. Learn how, despite having a history of crime and gang violence, Hell’s Kitchen has become a metropolitan area with some of the most expensive properties in the city. Visit some of the tastiest restaurants in midtown and tease your taste buds with restaurants offering Caribbean, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Mexican, Thai, Italian, Ethiopian, Turkish, and Indian dishes.  Savor foods like empanadas, custom-made donuts, and exotic curry puffs on your visit to five different locations in the colorful neighborhood. 

3 Neighborhoods Tour: Soho, Chinatown & Little Italy

2. 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 on of the most expensive places to live on the island. Stroll into the heart of Soho and see some of the most posh 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 cuisine 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 about the infamous Five Points.

NYC: Chinatown and Little Italy Lunchtime Food Tour

3. NYC: Chinatown and Little Italy Lunchtime Food Tour

Spend your lunchtime 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.

New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

4. New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

Immerse yourself in the food culture of Little Italy on a 2-hour tasting tour, and visit 4 different venues in the famous New York neighborhood. Every venue you will visit is more than a century old, and the tastings will make up the equivalent of a 4-course lunch. Start at Parisi Bakery, loved by Frank Sinatra for its prosciutto-infused bread. Then, visit the family-owned Alleva Dairy, where more than 4,000 pounds of fresh mozzarella and ricotta are whipped up each week at America’s oldest cheese shop. Go to the oldest pizzeria in America, Lombardi's Pizza, and take a peek at their 106-year-old coal oven. Skip the lines (among New York’s longest since 1892) at Ferrara Bakery. Your guide will point out movie locations from blockbuster films, such as “The Godfather,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Mean Streets,” and “Sex and the City” along the way. See the bootlegging depot from the days of Prohibition, discover a square named after New York’s first Italian detective, and peek inside St. Patrick's Cathedral to see where high-profile weddings and memorials take place. Hear stories behind the historic landmarks as you stroll, and learn more about the immigrant experience at the turn of the 20th-century in New York.

New York: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

5. 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.

Food Tour of Greenwich Village

6. Food Tour of Greenwich Village

Experience the sights, smells and tastes of Greenwich Village, one of Manhattan’s food hotspots! Throughout the years, Greenwich Village has become a foodie’s dream, with a mixture of cuisine inspired by the Dutch and English colonial periods and the area’s more recent Beat Poet and avant-garde roots. On this tour, you’ll wander with your experienced guide into great jazz clubs, enjoy the delicacies of the finest chocolatiers, visit independent bookshops with that unmistakable bohemian style, and browse through fantastic shops. You’ll taste food from eateries old and new. Whether you take the New York City subway or come in a limousine, there is something for you. If it’s not the food, then the shopping. If it’s not the shopping, then the history. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your interests are, Greenwich Village has a great experience in store for you. And it’s not just about the food and shops. In the 2 hours you spend walking around Greenwich Village, you’ll take in all the sights of this historic NYC village, with its cobblestone streets and quaint parks.

Chelsea Market, Meatpacking, High Line Food & History Tour

7. Chelsea Market, Meatpacking, High Line Food & History Tour

Chelsea Market and the High Line are two of NYC's best attractions. This food and history tour features incredible insights and stories as well as some delicious food and fantastic NYC views. Plus the tour guides are truly entertaining and it's enough food for lunch. Did you know that although the area was originally residential, markets have existed in the district since the 1840s. People moved into tenements in the Meatpacking district in the 1820s to escape epidemics in what was then the main part of New York. In 1900, 250 slaughterhouses and packing plants filled the district; by the 1930s, those houses produced the nation’s third-largest volume of dressed meats. Five meatpacking companies still operate in the district. Boutiques and bars are more common than rump roasts these days, and the neighborhood continues to evolve almost daily. The food included at the Market features a Japanese-style taco, a slice of pizza from Filaga, a doughnut from Doughnuttery, and an halva and tahini tasting from Seed & Mill. Then, have a quick little shopping adventure at Artists & Fleas. After Chelsea Market, walk the beautiful and historic High Line Park and end the tour with an artisanal Belgian chocolate tasting at Neuhaus' Hudson Yards location.

Brooklyn: 3-Hour Williamsburg Bites Food Tour

8. Brooklyn: 3-Hour Williamsburg Bites Food Tour

Come hungry and ready to feast on delicious, gourmet foods at some of the top eateries in Williamsburg. Taste your way through this popular neighborhood and learn about its history on a 3-hour afternoon stroll. Williamsburg’s ultra-trendy charm is irresistible. You’ll discover the street art, cute boutiques, and lively bar scene, and experience some stellar bites. Knowing the local hangouts is crucial, and your guide will show you the favorites. Rest assured: there is more than enough food for lunch. You will feast on delicious foods from local favorites in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Learn the history of the neighborhood, enjoy some incredible large-scale street art, and snap some choice photos out on a waterfront pier of the best view of the NYC skyline. What a perfect way to spend an afternoon. The local experts have prepared a fun afternoon filled with incredible food, and you can be sure you'll feel like you experienced Williamsburg Like A Local when it's all said and done. Begin at the Bedford Avenue L subway stop (5 minutes from Manhattan) and don't waste any time before you start filling your belly.  You will walk a total of 2 miles. Some stops are sit down and some are eat on-the-go. These stops are 3 savory and 3 sweet. Comfortable walking shoes and ability to walk at a reasonable pace are a must. Don't hesitate to contact the supplier if you have questions or need help.

New York City: Underground Donut Tour

9. New York City: Underground Donut Tour

Take a donut tour of the Big Apple, and discover NYC's famous donut scene. Taste a curated sample of the best donuts in all of New York. A donut expert will guide you through the secret of New York’s best donut venues. Some of the stops on this downtown tour include true donut institutions, such as Doughnut Plant, Donut Pub, and Doughnut Project. Gather your friends, family, and co-workers for a special food tour through Manhattan. Savor classic donut styles like glazed, cream-filled, and more. Join us and meet other like-minded donut enthusiasts while enjoying a walk through historic parts of the city. This tour is suitable for smaller as well as larger groups and the perfect way to celebrate bachelor parties, bridal showers, birthdays, weekend getaways, or even corporate events.

New York City Food Tour

10. New York City Food Tour

The local New York guides will lead you on a three-hour gastronomical tour of NY city's quintessential foods, with the backdrop of one of New York's most iconic and picturesque neighborhoods, the Village. You will explore the evolution of the foods New Yorkers hold most dear. Each of the bites is New York through and through, but with a twist. As you taste your way through this dynamic district, you will discover how the ever-changing cultural population has influenced not only New York City, but also its fare. Whet your appetites with a classic New York hot dog: mustard, onions, ketchup, plain or any combination of the same. The "spaghetti" and meatballs make this classic favorite new again. New York deli sandwiches all over town bow down to this tour's Reuben delight. On the tour, the Reuben is enjoyed at a local alehouse, along with a draft beer. And it wouldn't be a New York food tour without the pizza! Thin crust, tangy sauce, fresh cheese... This pizza takes the regular slice to a whole new level! Don't forget to save room for the Secret Bite, revealed only on the day of the tour. And just when you think, "I couldn't possibly eat another bite!" they'll be a tasty little cupcake waiting for you at the end of the tour, and it will be completely worth it to find the room. While this tour feeds your stomach, your guide will feed your mind with fascinating tidbits about the secret history of the Village. By the end of the tour, you'll eat, walk, and maybe even tawk like a native of the island.

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4.7 / 5

based on 684 reviews

Friendly guide that showed us tons of places that we never would have found on our own. Great thing about her was that she was very flexible and able to adjust the tour according to what different people wanted to see. There was a ton of walking and with seeing so many sites in a group there were places that we liked that we had to rush through for the sake of time. Sandy, our guide, did her best to give us breaks which we appreciated. Also I would add that though the guide told us things about every place we didn't really go into great depth at any one location, but with but the amount of places we visited that would have been hard. Overall we had a good time and appreciated that Sandy really does go out of her way to show everybody what they want to see. If you are up for some walking we recommend this tour.

AMAZiNG! Exceeded our expectations. My self and and 16yo son did this walking tour to learn more about the Village and because we are both foodies. We wanted to try as much good food as we could but didn’t want to waste a deal on a mediocre meal. Our guide took us to all the BEST place which I hope to show the rest of my family sometime. Our one concern, eating to uncomfortableness, was not an issue. In between “bites” we got history “stories” about the Village from the beginning to now a days. All SUPER interesting and helped us with our barings in the city. Thank you!!!!

loved our guide, the market and highline. giving 5 stars because I don’t want it to reflect badly on our guide. But, we wanted time to shop! Time needs to be built into the tour so we can browse the market! The tour ends a good distance from the market and none of us wanted to walk back to purchase.

Lee was a great guide. He knew his information and was very personable. Loved that we got shoed off a corner in front of the restaurant, true NY experience. The pizza at the end was so delicious!

Greg was an amazing tour guide. The food was excellent as well.