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NYC: Chinatown and Little Italy Food Tour

1. 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

2. 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: Underground Donut Tour

3. New York City: Underground Donut Tour

Take a donut tour of the Big Apple, and discover NYC's famous donut scene. Taste a curated sample of the best donuts in all of New York. A donut expert will guide you through the secret of New York’s best donut venues. Some of the stops on this downtown tour include true donut institutions, such as Doughnut Plant, Donut Pub, and Doughnut Project. Gather your friends, family, and co-workers for a special food tour through Manhattan. Savor classic donut styles like glazed, cream-filled, and more. Join us and meet other like-minded donut enthusiasts while enjoying a walk through historic parts of the city. This tour is suitable for smaller as well as larger groups and the perfect way to celebrate bachelor parties, bridal showers, birthdays, weekend getaways, or even corporate events.

Food Tour of Greenwich Village

4. Food Tour of Greenwich Village

Experience the sights, smells and tastes of Greenwich Village, one of Manhattan’s food hotspots! Throughout the years, Greenwich Village has become a foodie’s dream, with a mixture of cuisine inspired by the Dutch and English colonial periods and the area’s more recent Beat Poet and avant-garde roots. On this tour, you’ll wander with your experienced guide into great jazz clubs, enjoy the delicacies of the finest chocolatiers, visit independent bookshops with that unmistakable bohemian style, and browse through fantastic shops. You’ll taste food from eateries old and new. Whether you take the New York City subway or come in a limousine, there is something for you. If it’s not the food, then the shopping. If it’s not the shopping, then the history. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your interests are, Greenwich Village has a great experience in store for you. And it’s not just about the food and shops. In the 2 hours you spend walking around Greenwich Village, you’ll take in all the sights of this historic NYC village, with its cobblestone streets and quaint parks.

3 Neighborhoods Tour: Soho, Chinatown & Little Italy

5. 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: Mafia Tour and Food Tastings with Local Guide

6. 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 Food Tour

7. New York City Food Tour

The local New York guides will lead you on a three-hour gastronomical tour of NY city's quintessential foods, with the backdrop of one of New York's most iconic and picturesque neighborhoods, the Village. You will explore the evolution of the foods New Yorkers hold most dear. Each of the bites is New York through and through, but with a twist. As you taste your way through this dynamic district, you will discover how the ever-changing cultural population has influenced not only New York City, but also its fare. Whet your appetites with a classic New York hot dog: mustard, onions, ketchup, plain or any combination of the same. The "spaghetti" and meatballs make this classic favorite new again. New York deli sandwiches all over town bow down to this tour's Reuben delight. On the tour, the Reuben is enjoyed at a local alehouse, along with a draft beer. And it wouldn't be a New York food tour without the pizza! Thin crust, tangy sauce, fresh cheese... This pizza takes the regular slice to a whole new level! Don't forget to save room for the Secret Bite, revealed only on the day of the tour. And just when you think, "I couldn't possibly eat another bite!" they'll be a tasty little cupcake waiting for you at the end of the tour, and it will be completely worth it to find the room. While this tour feeds your stomach, your guide will feed your mind with fascinating tidbits about the secret history of the Village. By the end of the tour, you'll eat, walk, and maybe even tawk like a native of the island.

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. 

New York City: Lower East Side Food Tour

9. New York City: Lower East Side Food Tour

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.

Brooklyn: 3-Hour Williamsburg Bites Food Tour

10. Brooklyn: 3-Hour Williamsburg Bites Food Tour

Come hungry and ready to feast on delicious, gourmet foods at some of the top eateries in Williamsburg. Taste your way through this popular neighborhood and learn about its history on a 3-hour afternoon stroll. Williamsburg’s ultra-trendy charm is irresistible. You’ll discover the street art, cute boutiques, and lively bar scene, and experience some stellar bites. Knowing the local hangouts is crucial, and your guide will show you the favorites. Rest assured: there is more than enough food for lunch. You will feast on delicious foods from local favorites in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Learn the history of the neighborhood, enjoy some incredible large-scale street art, and snap some choice photos out on a waterfront pier of the best view of the NYC skyline. What a perfect way to spend an afternoon. The local experts have prepared a fun afternoon filled with incredible food, and you can be sure you'll feel like you experienced Williamsburg Like A Local when it's all said and done. Begin at the Bedford Avenue L subway stop (5 minutes from Manhattan) and don't waste any time before you start filling your belly.  You will walk a total of 2 miles. Some stops are sit down and some are eat on-the-go. These stops are 3 savory and 3 sweet. Comfortable walking shoes and ability to walk at a reasonable pace are a must. Don't hesitate to contact the supplier if you have questions or need help.

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based on 684 reviews

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!

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

Our tour guide, Alex from Knoxville, TN was incredible!!