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New York: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

1. 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 those immigrants who wanted to reside in the land of opportunity. See how they made this part of New York their home and let your tastebuds tingle whilst enjoying delicious 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 origins of the African American community in New York through those that were brought as slaves, and those that were freed.   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 other parts of the Lower East Side. Try some knishes, a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish snack made with potato-based dough and a variety of fillings, before finishing up the tour outside the Tenement Museum.

New York: Lower East Side 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

2. New York: Lower East Side 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Get to know New York City's Lower East Side on a 2.5-hour walking tour with food tastings included. Since the early 1800s, this area has been the home of immigrants to the United States wanting to start a new life in America.  This is reflected in the food, clothing, languages, and buildings. In addition a new wave of New York hipsters have now moved in and have dramatically changed the "scene” of the Lower East Side. Learn about this interesting past and changing present as you walk the streets of the Lower East Side, taking in the sights and hearing the history, and enjoy food tastings along the way.

From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Park Bike Tour

3. From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Park Bike Tour

Enjoy an engaging ride down New York City’s famed West Side Greenway to Brooklyn, and travel across the nearly 6,000-foot span of the majestic Brooklyn Bridge. Explore Brooklyn’s vibrant culture and exceptional architectural legacy and history. Brooklyn has always held an extraordinary status throughout the world, not only historically but cinematically as well. Here is your opportunity to familiarize yourself with this legendary borough on two wheels. All the team members are trained New York City Tour Guides. Stops include Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Walt Whitman Park, Fort Greene Park, Admiral’s Row/Brooklyn Navy Yard, Battery Park.

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Overall rating

3.0 / 5

based on 101 reviews

This tour was one of the highlights of our trip to New York! Our tour Hannah stuck it out with us in a torrential down pour and still did not miss a beat in entertaining us with all sorts of fun facts and history. The food was DELICIOUS but it was really the fun conversations and stories that made the tour. Hannah was very knowledgeable and had interesting personal stories to share. We went back a later day to get the dumplings again, and stop by an ice cream shop Hannah had recommended (did not disappoint). She also gets an extra bonus for giving us bagel recommendations that we enjoyed throughout our trip. This was a very fun way to see the city, and learn about the culture and community here!

I highly recommend this food/culture tour if you want to check out the lower east side & learn about some history while sampling some delicious bites. Hannah, a life long New Yorker, was an excellent tour guide - super knowledgeable and so pleasant to chat with! We went through parts of NYC I would have otherwise never seen & learned about lots of immigrant groups including the Irish, Chinese, Italians, Jews, & Germans while we sampled dumplings, pizza, knishes, & pretzels. It was a great way to experience a piece of NYC!

Special dishes and especially historical facts were great that day, thanks Astrid Cook

We both loved it. Our guide Erik was fantastic, would highly recommend.

Our guide, Astrid, was extremely knowledgeable and easy to be with.