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New York Lower East Side Food Tour

Product ID: 192588
Discover the best food in New York with a 3-hour walking tour of the historic Lower East Side neighborhood. Explore the history and culture of the area with an expert local guide while tasting regional specialties at some of the best restaurants around.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 11:00 AM
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Savor mouthwatering food from century old authentic Jewish delis and bakeries
  • Visit an old-fashioned candy store serving the neighborhood since 1937
  • Discover the funky mix of trendy boutiques, mom-and-pop shops, and cozy cafes
  • Explore the Lower East Side's historic tenement buildings and synagogues
Full description
The sidewalks of New York offers irresistible New York food options in the cultural hotspot of the Lower East Side. Explore what was once an immigrant and working-class neighborhood rich in ethnic diversity and culture. Learn about the history of the tenement buildings occupied by the poor. The neighborhood is best known for having once been a center of Jewish culture. View historic synagogues as well as "nosh" on delicacies from the best "kosher style" delis and bakeries in the city.

On this 3-hour tour of the Lower East Side, you will eat your way through the streets, sampling delicacies from New York's premier appetizing shop, ethnic eateries, and "mom and pop" restaurants.

Flavorful food specialties are served from: (subject to change)

• Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery - (Est. 1910)

• Russ & Daughter’s - NYC’s premier appetizing shop (Est. 1914)

• Katz’s Delicatessen - The best delicatessen in New York (Est. 1888)

• Kossar's Bialys - The oldest bialy bakery in the United States (Est. 1936)

• The Pickle Guys - Pickles made the old-fashioned way. Try a new, half sour or full sour pickle. Pucker up! (Est. 2002)

• Doughnut Plant - Unique flavors and a mouthwatering family recipe (Est. 1994)

• North Dumpling - Authentic handmade northern Chinese dumplings

• Economy Candy - Stocking all types of candy, nuts & dried fruit from floor-to-ceiling.
"Noshers' paradise of the Lower East Side." (Est. 1937)

Behind every great food establishment in this city, there is an equally great story of history, tradition and even innovation. You will discover these amazing histories while tasting what has made these eateries so prized among locals.
  • All food tastings
  • One bottle of water
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

The tour will meet in front of the Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery located at 137 East Houston St, New York (10002). he closest subway stop is the 2nd Ave stop on the F train. You can also take the B,D,F,M to Broadway-Lafayette St and walk East along E Houston. If you are lost or running late, please call us at 877-568-6877.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Please let us know a couple of days prior to your tour if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets, we can usually substitute a food tasting
• Please dress casually and wear comfortable shoes or sneakers
Customer reviews

Overall rating

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Matt was a fabulous guide. Enjoyed the history and the food

January 13, 2020

Thank you, Matt

Our guide was just great! A great tour, great insider information and great no delicacies! Matt did a very, very good job! New York from an exciting side! Absolute recommendation!

February 12, 2019

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Sidewalk Food Tours

Product ID: 192588