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NYC: Speakeasy Drinks and Prohibition History Tour

1. NYC: Speakeasy Drinks and Prohibition History Tour

Take a tipsy journey through the spirit trails of New York's underground watering holes. Your journey will feel like a discovery of hidden escapes from the hustle and bustle of midtown's tourism hub. Walk with your guide as you retrace the immigrant progress toward the American Dream during Prohibition. You will be guided to the location of one of New York's original speakeasies and told the tale of the period’s most notorious gangsters and infamous bootleggers. At your second location, you'll explore the catalysts behind Prohibition and focus on the women of the Gilded Age, and the movement that gave rise to an oil king. To round off our journey together, visit one of New York's most iconic bars where you'll hear the tale of the sudden demise of Prohibition.

NYC: Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

2. NYC: Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

Embark on a sightseeing cruise from Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers. Enjoy stunning views of the NYC skyline with a 180-degree sightseeing experience from a boat that is all-glass and includes curved ceilings and walls. Hop aboard the boat at Chelsea Piers and being your sightseeing adventure. Sail along the Hudson and East rivers, admiring the Manhattan skyline. Spot Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building. Get up-close views of the iconic Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Capture pictures of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Gaze out from one of the open-air decks for unobstructed views. Relax in the elegant atmosphere and take advantage of the attentive service as you dine on a brunch, lunch, or dinner prepared by the chef. Listen to a variety of tunes throughout the cruise played by a skilled pianist. Hear fascinating facts about New York’s famous attractions. Dance to piano melodies that include jazz, blues, and Broadway hits. On the dinner cruise, enjoy the added entertainment featuring an acoustic trio of a baby grand piano, upright bass, and jazz guitar. For brunch, enjoy bottomless mimosas while taking in the spectacular views. Sample Bottomless Brunch Menu - Early Risers: Seasonal Fruit, Breakfast Pastries, Scottish Smoked Salmon, Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Meats, Breakfast Potatoes, or Cinnamon French Toast Casserole - Late Risers: Organic Mixed Field Greens, Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar, Roasted Broccoli Florets, Baked Ziti Pasta, Roasted Salmon Provençale, Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken, or Hand Carved Strip Loin, USDA Choice - Desserts: Bateaux Signature Dessert Station Sample Plated Lunch Menu - First Course: Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar - Entrée: Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken Breast - Dessert: New York Style Cheesecake Sample Plated Dinner Menu - First Course: Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar, Lobster Bisque, Togarashi Tuna Tartare, or Duck Pate De Foie Gras (available for additional price) - Main Course: Forest Mushroom Ravioli, Herb Roasted Shrimp, Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken Breast, Braised Beef Short Rib, Pan-Seared Atlantic Cod, American Wagyu Striploin (available for additional price), or Broiled Maine Lobster Tails (available for additional price) - Dessert: New York Style Cheesecake, Humbolt Fog & Belletoile Triple Cream Brie Cheeses, Bateaux Signature Warm Butter Cake, Valrhona Chocolate Mousse, Freshly Cut Fruit & Fresh Strawberries, or French Macarons (available for additional price)

New York City: JFK Airport Virgin Clubhouse Lounge Entry

3. New York City: JFK Airport Virgin Clubhouse Lounge Entry

True to its Virgin Atlantic style, the lounge features graceful elegance with soothing lighting and luxurious furnishing. Feel like home before your departure or transition flights. Enjoy the comfort of the available luggage storage and use the showers to help freshen you up. Also, indulge in something delicious from the a la carte menu. Choose among the tasty options the lounge offers such as the five-star dining, smaller tapas-style dishes, and of course, its famous Clubhouse burger. If you are looking for a quick tipple before your flight, make your way to the bar and order one of the signature cocktails. Otherwise, if you're in a playful mood, head to the entertainment zone for a quick game of pool.

NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

4. NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

Take in New York City's iconic skyline on an evening boat cruise. Marvel at key landmarks, such as Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and dance on the upper deck to tunes played by the live DJ. Board the boat at Pier 36 and settle in before setting sail under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Enjoy views of City Hall, the Woolworth Building, South Street Seaport, the Lower Manhattan Skyline, and Wall Street on your right, and the districts of Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights on your left. Once at the southern tip of Manhattan, pass Governors Island and enjoy panoramic views of the whole of Lower Manhattan, dominated by the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Step outside onto the boat's outdoor upper deck to take in these iconic views. Then, head up the Hudson River with the State of New Jersey on one side and Midtown Manhattan on the other. Spot the Empire State Building and Hudson Yards. Next, pass Ellis Island and pause just off Liberty Island at the perfect place to take breathtaking photos of the Statue of Liberty. During the cruise, enjoy a delicious 3-course buffet meal and some light tour narration to ensure you don't miss out on the key attractions. Listen to music played by the live DJ throughout the evening. Take a spin on the dancefloor on the outdoor section of the upper deck after your meal. Sample menu: Garden mixed greens salad Either marinated top round steak or roasted pork loin Chicken Francese Baked tilapia Pasta with tomato and basil Broccoli, carrots, baked potato, and zucchini in a coconut cream sauce (seasonal vegan dish) Mashed potatoes Seasonal vegetables Chocolate mousse or New York cheesecake Non-alcoholic beverages, including juice, soda, or bottled water Tea or coffee

NYC: Chinatown and Little Italy Food Tour

5. 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.

NYC: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

6. NYC: 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.

New York City: Mafia Tour and Food Tastings with Local Guide

7. New York City: Mafia Tour and Food Tastings with Local Guide

Get the insider's perspective on the infamous Mafia crime families of New York City on this walking tour with two sit-down tastings included, through the vibrant and fascinating gangland area of New York’s East Village and Little Italy. The stories of the violent and elusive underworld of the Mafia have captivated each of us – with a whole genre of movies and novels dedicated to New York’s gangsters. On this tour, you immerse yourself in that world, become familiar with the characters, their history, the places, and the unbelievable real-life events thanks to the insider information shared with our small team of expert guides, by a retired Detective and former associate of the Mafia. On this tour, you will learn about the Mafia’s origins in the early twentieth century, from their inception of factional wars with one another. That bloody power struggle ended in 1931 when ‘Lucky’ Luciano and fellow Mafia bosses formed the ‘Commission’ of the five New York crime families. ‘Cosa Nostra’ was born, in a discreet back room – where you will eat your first course and begin your journey through New York’s gangland. Learn about the most notorious gangsters and their crimes at the very places where they lived, worked, parties were murdered, or arrested. Hitmen like Umberto Valenti ‘the Ghost’ Crazy Joe Gallo, Vinny the Chin, and John Gotti, known as the ‘Teflon Don’ for his long evasion of the police. Hear about the highest-ranking Mafia turncoat: Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, Gotti’s under-boss, whose confession finally landed Gotti in jail. If you’re into criminal history, the Mafia, or gangsters, then this larger-than-life tour will more than deliver. You’ll hear about the spying, the escapes, the hitmen, drug running, double-crossing, criminality and all the drama of this most sinister yet riveting world of gangsters, while also indulging in delicious Italian food at some of Little Italy’s best joints.

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

8. 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

9. 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.

New York City: Cupcake Tour of Greenwich Village

10. New York City: Cupcake Tour of Greenwich Village

Discover why trendy cupcake shops have opened up all over New York City on a 2-hour tasting tour of some of the best bake shops. Sample a diversity of heavenly cupcakes, and build your own customized cupcake! Perfectly formed, lovely to look at, and delicious to eat, the cupcake is an elaborate, sweet, and decadent dessert that speaks to your inner child. In the last few years, the humble cupcake has taken on new popularity, and trendy cupcake shops have opened up all over New York City. Traveling in small groups for a more intimate experience, you will enjoy 7 tastings at favorite venues, such as Baked by Melissa. Go to Magnolia to see where more than 50 varieties of cupcakes are baked daily. Visit the cutest bakery in the West Village at Roccos, and create your own cupcake at Molly's Cupcakes. While strictly a cupcake tour, it would be criminal to overlook the amazing gelato on offer at Amorino in Greenwich Village. Here, you can sample 22 different flavors of gelato in one bite!

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Thomas, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and personable. He spoke with such enthusiasm and provided historical anecdotes that made the area come to life. He was very personable and encouraged everyone to ask questions. My husband has been to NYC numerous times and enjoyed the tour just as much as my daughters and I did. I would love to tour a different area next time as long as Thomas was giving the tour. He made it a super fun day for us all!

Apart from the frosty and officious attitude of the young ladies on reception it was really excellent. The refreshments were first-class and Jenny was a fantastic ambassador for Virgin. Expensive but converted to Virgin and a big thank you to Jenny!!

Sam was absolutely amazing!! It’s 5 hours so it’s long and lots of walking but he made it so enjoyable and time just flew by! I would definitely recommend this tour and if you can request a certain guide….I’d highly suggest requesting Sam!!!

Pierre was a great tour guide. The food stops were great, we've never eaten such a good pizza! Great!

Fantastic tour, delicious food and a great guide. Thank you Pierre