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Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour

  • Lower East Side food traces history of this neighborhood through cuisine
  • Stop by hidden gems you may not find on your own
  • Listen as your guide sheds light on the rich ethnic history of the neighborhood
Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour
From US$69,00
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Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour
From US$69,00

Take a deep dive into the culinary culture of Manhattan's Lower East Side during this guided food tour with a small group. Follow your guide to hidden gems that you probably wouldn't find on you own for tastes of everything from knishes to Dutch stroopwafels. Along the way, your guide will shed light on the neighborhood's rich, varied food culture, which helps you understand NYC as a whole.

What to Expect

Meet your guide and small group at City Hall Park. From there, you'll embark on a walking tour covering the Lower East Side's culinary culture and food scene, with your guide expounding on the neighborhood’s rich immigrant roots.

Begin with a stroopwafel (Dutch syrup waffle), while learning about the island of Manhattan's Dutch heritage. Move on to knishes from a Jewish bakery and fresh mozzarella in Little Italy. At Essex Market, explore the food hall with everything from pancakes to tacos, set near a historic African burial ground.

Stop by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, which educates visitors on what daily life was like more than 100 years ago.

The day's last stop is Chinatown, where you'll taste soup dumplings before parting with your group at Grand and Chrystie Streets.

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A Must Do Activity

We went on the Tenements and Tastes Tour with Elena. It is a tour of the east side. It was wonderful. Elena is very knowledgeable about the history of the area and we ate at some hidden gems. This is a must do activity in...More

Thank KarenBSF
Reviewed 5 days ago
Best NYC Morning Ever!

The back of our tour guides’ t-shirt read “Best Day Ever,” immediately I thought of that scene in the movie Elf, where Buddy the Elf in NYC sees a coffee shop with a sign that says, “Best Coffee in the World.” He enters the shop...More

2  Thank Patty B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tenements tales and tastes

My wife and I did the tour on Friday of last week and are very pleased that we did. It was our third visit to New York and the first time we had tried anything like this. Travelling down from Mid town to lower Manhattan...More

1  Thank benK7429AG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fascinating and authentic

We did a number of walking tours during our visit to New York and this was one of the best. Our guide, Alex, led us on an engaging tour that wove together the history, local knowledge, culture and cuisine of New York - a bit...More

1  Thank gmcelroy58
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Guide, food and details--great

I've lived in Manhattan for almost 40 years and learned many new things on this tour. Our guide (Jillian) was tremendously knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor with which to present details of the tour. Highly recommend this tour and this guide.

1  Thank Jeffrey S
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Julia S
4 May 2018|
Response from p23brown | Reviewed this property |
The food tour I took ran from 10a to 1p. If ou wanted to leave the food tour early, you probably could and you’d be close to the tenement museum. You would, though, miss out on pretzels and really good beer (the last stop on... More
2 May 2018|
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Solo inglés
Ida P
28 April 2018|
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Response from sushi4soup | Reviewed this property |
The ask in advance if there are any dietary concerns. You wouldn't be able to eat the dumplings and you could have the mozzarella without the prosciutto. Other than that, you are good to go.
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