The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, NYC

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New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

1. New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

Immerse yourself in the food culture of Little Italy on a 2-hour tasting tour, and visit 4 different venues in the famous New York neighborhood. Every venue you will visit is more than a century old, and the tastings will make up the equivalent of a 4-course lunch. Start at La Bella Ferrara, the delighting denizens of Little Italy since the late 1800s, and get some of its Italian Rainbow cookies. Then, visit the family-owned Alleva Dairy, where more than 4,000 pounds of fresh mozzarella prosciutto and rice balls you'll ever taste. Then, go to the oldest pizzeria in America and see a 106-year-old coal oven at Lombardi's Pizza. Along the way to Ferrara Bakery, your guide will point out movie locations from blockbuster films, such as “The Godfather,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Mean Streets,” and “Sex and the City”. Next, see the bootlegging depot from the days of Prohibition, and discover a square named after New York’s first Italian detective. Finally, peek inside St. Patrick's Cathedral to see where high-profile weddings and memorials take place before concluding your tour.

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: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

Take a two-hour guided walking tour through some of NYC's most famous neighborhoods and discover their stories of gangsters and ghosts from the city’s past. The Five Points, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greenwich Village were known as the vice districts during the 1920s and 30s. See the places where gangsters such as John Gotti and Lucky Luciano used to party, make deals, and carry out threats. Visit haunted locations and old crime scenes on a tour led by historians. Spooky tales of the ghosts and gangsters of NYC's streets will be shared along the way. Stop at The Five Points, known for hosting New York's most infamous gangs, Chinatown's "Blood Alley," haunted houses of the West Village, and the many restaurants where mafia murders occurred in Little Italy. Go inside the Godfather-featured Basilica of St Patrick. The tour is family friendly with frequent stops.

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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.

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!

Our guide Dan was awesome!!! Very knowledgeable and great personality!!