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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.

Reviews (267)
1 - 5 of 167 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago
If you love food, this is the tour for you!

Having been to New York before, this time I thought I would look at the city differently with a few trips. If you love food, I would definitely recommend this tour! These tours advise you to arrive shortly before your departure time to ensure everybody...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CateSums
Reviewed 4 days ago
Great way to wrap up our NY trip!!

Had a great time on this tour!! Brian was an amazing guide. Very knowledgeable and informative but mostly very personable!!! I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone traveling to NY and wanting a great real NY City feel trip!!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lltripp83
Reviewed 5 days ago
Fun and informative tour

Josh J was so personable and engaging. He packed a lot of fascinating info into our 3 hours. The food was good, but the history of NYC really made the tour so enjoyable.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nmsexton
Reviewed 1 week ago
Learn the locals go

I only have 4 days in NYC. I want to learn more about the early immigrant history and about China Town and Little Italy area. I booked this tour with Josh. He was absolutely fantastic. Very knowledgeable and friendly. I enjoyed all the stops and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank cunn5lz
Reviewed 1 week ago
Josh J was amazing!

Adorable and informative Josh J! Really enjoyed the tour and found Josh J to be genuinely enthusiastic about his role

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank timless23
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November 8, 2018|
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Response from 398ethanl | Reviewed this property |
The tour was very vegetarian friendly. In Chinatown I had the vegetarian dumplings. the best I have ever had
October 2, 2018|
Response from 398ethanl | Reviewed this property |
Definitely some cleaner than others lol
September 29, 2018|
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Response from Dmhd1979 | Reviewed this property |
Our tour started at 10 a.m. and lasted 3 hrs.