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 rich 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
  • Stroll in the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy on a food walking tour
  • 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 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.

  • Access to Tenement Museum
  • Access to City Hall Park
  • Access to New York City Hall
  • Live tour guide
    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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    4.8 /5

    based on 131 reviews

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    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!

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    May 10, 2022

    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!

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    April 15, 2022

    Lots of information shared during the tour, ACE made the walk interesting and easy going. Our excursion only included my party of 2 as well as the guide- Ace. I think it would have been more enjoyable with others, but understand that NYC is still just on the outskirts of bouncing back in full tourist swing. The food was very tasty- from dumplings to original knish, loved the variety. Walk was easy and slow paced, no problems. Bring a bottle of water and also understand there are not many restrooms along the way, we found 2 chances to take a restroom break which worked well for us. Enjoyed getting to know Ace and am thankful that she was our tour guide! EXTREMELY knowledgeable for those that love history and learning!

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    July 2, 2021

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