Guided tour

New York: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

New York: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

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Taste delicacies from all over the world on a guided tour of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Visit markets and eateries to discover the history and culture of the immigrants who settled in the area.

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Duration 3 hours
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3 hours
  • African Burial Ground National Monument

  • New York County Supreme Court (visit)

  • Columbus Park, New York City (visit)

  • Chinatown, New York City (visit)

  • Little Italy, New York (visit)

  • Nolita (visit)

  • The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral (visit)

  • Sara Delano Roosevelt Park (visit)

  • Lower East Side (visit)

  • Tenement Museum

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End point
  • Discover the best eats in the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy
  • Learn about the significance of immigration to New York City and its people
  • Get a taste of the local flavor with 4 classic dishes on 4 stops in Manhattan
  • See 100-year old bakeries, churches, historic New York sites, and much more
  • Join a carbon neutral tour, organized and led by an eco-certified tour operator
Full description

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.

  • Live tour guide
  • Snacks
  • Food tasting
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants 5 and older must present proof that they have received two vaccine doses of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
    • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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    • This tour is organized and led by the world's largest travel B-Corp certified company. B Corp Certification measures a company’s social and environmental impacts and responsible tourism practices
    • The activity provider reserves the right to change both the route and locations visited within the tour. Food inclusions are subject to change, dependent on availability on the day
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    based on 145 reviews

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    This was the highlight of our trip to New York! Our guide Erik was wonderful - knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. The sights and information kept our family (one teenager, one adult, and two seniors) fascinated the whole time, and the food was absolutely delicious. The tour paired perfectly with watching Paradise Square the same evening. This was such a great way to spend our limited time in the city and we would absolutely book a tour with this group and guide in the future.

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    July 17, 2022

    Erik was fantastic, a wealth of history and detail that brought the tour to life across the ages. Each food stop was carefully considered to bring you through all the areas you discover. Portable food was the theme, and was fun to see that shape in the different cultures. Top tip - be prepped for the carb crash after!

    June 15, 2022

    What a fun and informative tour. Our guide, Hannah was absolutely awesome! She was so engaging and the history of this area of NYC was very interesting to learn about. We did this on our last day and I wish would have gone on this tour earlier in our visit just because Hannah had such good recommendations for other places to try out in addition to the food stops on the tour. Highly recommend both this tour and the tour company.

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    June 10, 2022

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