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NYC: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

1. 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: Lower East Side Food and Culture Walking Tour

2. New York City: Lower East Side Food and Culture Walking Tour

Explore the Lower East Side's history and culture with a local guide on a walking tour designed for foodies. Visit the Essex Market and taste an array of food that reflects this neighborhood's ever-evolving immigrant community.  To ensure that you get the most out of this experience, this tour is designed on a pay-as-you-go basis. That means, at the start of the tour, you'll pay $30 in cash directly to your guide to cover the cost of all the tastings.  They'll take care of the rest, paying for the whole group at each stop to make sure everyone gets the best value for their money. As you walk, pass by a number of historic sites, including the Tenement Museum and Katz's Delicatessen, as well as the recently renovated Essex Market, one of the oldest markets in New York City. Sample some of the foods this neighborhood is famous for, including knishes, dumplings, sweets, and more. Learn about the struggles and triumphs of generations of immigrants and how they shaped this New York neighborhood and made it what it is today. Your New York foodie tour comes to an end at the Essex Market, the ideal spot to continue exploring New York's diverse culinary culture.

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4.8 / 5

based on 179 reviews

It was a wonderful tour, a must-do if you are visiting NYC and have done all of the touristy things. This is informative about the culture of the lower east side and our guide, Mickey, did a great job. Though she clarified that it is not a "food tour" but a "tasting tour," the food is plentiful and delicious and gives you a real feel for the neighborhoods, their history, and its inhabitants. You won't be disappointed!!!

Hannah was truly an amazing guide. So much information expressed in an entertaining way. Highly recommend her to everyone. I would definitely ask for again when I come to New York again.

Loved it all! Such a great use of our time. The food was all amazing! Thanks Alex for the great tour!

Mikayla was an amazing tour guide. She was so knowledgeable about New York. Had the best time!!!

Eric was super knowledgeable and it was a fun and very interesting tour! Can highly recommend!