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New York City's Hell's Kitchen: Walking Food Tour

1. 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. 

3 Neighborhoods Tour: Soho, Chinatown & Little Italy

2. 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: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

3. 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 Parisi Bakery, loved by Frank Sinatra for its prosciutto-infused bread. Then, visit the family-owned Alleva Dairy, where more than 4,000 pounds of fresh mozzarella and ricotta are whipped up each week at America’s oldest cheese shop. Go to the oldest pizzeria in America, Lombardi's Pizza, and take a peek at their 106-year-old coal oven. Skip the lines (among New York’s longest since 1892) at 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” along the way. See the bootlegging depot from the days of Prohibition, discover a square named after New York’s first Italian detective, and peek inside St. Patrick's Cathedral to see where high-profile weddings and memorials take place. Hear stories behind the historic landmarks as you stroll, and learn more about the immigrant experience at the turn of the 20th-century in New York.

New York: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

4. New York: 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.

Food Tour of Greenwich Village

5. 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.

NYC: Chinatown and Little Italy Food Tour

6. 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.

From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

7. From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

So many people visit New York City and never get to see Brooklyn. It's been said that a trip to Brooklyn is like a trip around the world. Find out for yourself on a unique 4.5-hour tour. Explore the ethnic diversity of New York City on a guided tour that’s both a history and a gastronomy lesson. Take a trip back in time in this New York borough that you probably haven’t heard all that much about. New Williamsburg is a neighborhood that’s home to many ethnic groups and a thriving art community. Enjoy a slice of delectable authentic Neapolitan brick-oven thin-crust pizza and a freshly prepared cannoli for dessert. Drive through the ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish area where time seems to stand still. Greenpoint features one of largest Polish populations in the United States. Visit a favorite neighborhood eatery that offers up the best kielbasa sausage and pierogies. In the DUMBO area you’ll stop for a sample of delicious chocolate at the Jacques Torres chocolate factory. Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park for a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.

New York City: Underground Donut Tour

8. 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.

Neighbourhood Eats: Brownstone Brooklyn Food Tour

9. Neighbourhood Eats: Brownstone Brooklyn Food Tour

Stroll around the brownstone buildings of Brooklyn on a neighborhood food tour, and discover the delicious mom-and-pop shops and restaurants of New York. Discover first-hand how food is the engine of the local ecosystem. Focused on Smith and Court Streets and the surrounding neighborhoods, the tour uncovers a vibrant mix of locally-owned, artisanal food stores that are unlike almost any other neighborhood in America. You will visit old school haunts and new culinary entrepreneurs to experience traditional flavors and daring dishes. Pop into Italian and Middle Eastern shops that have long been the staple of the neighborhood, and explore the growing scene of cafés and restaurants specializing in New American cuisine. Learn about the neighborhood's rich history and changing character from local business owners and residents. Try artisan cheeses, bread, and Italian pastries. Meet coffee roasters, discover a modern soda fountain, and go to the oldest Middle Eastern bakery in New York City. Finally, visit one of the cutest businesses in the neighborhood, a place with the latest ice cream flavors and where senior citizens can be seen having a good old-fashioned ice cream float. See the restored soda fountain and a mix of old and new worlds coming together. Remember to ask your guide for some local recommendations on other food places to visit locally. You can use the map that is provided as part of this tour to discover more popular foodie hotspots.

Chelsea Market, Meatpacking, High Line Food & History Tour

10. Chelsea Market, Meatpacking, High Line Food & History Tour

Chelsea Market and the High Line are two of NYC's best attractions. This food and history tour features incredible insights and stories as well as some delicious food and fantastic NYC views. Plus the tour guides are truly entertaining and it's enough food for lunch. Did you know that although the area was originally residential, markets have existed in the district since the 1840s. People moved into tenements in the Meatpacking district in the 1820s to escape epidemics in what was then the main part of New York. In 1900, 250 slaughterhouses and packing plants filled the district; by the 1930s, those houses produced the nation’s third-largest volume of dressed meats. Five meatpacking companies still operate in the district. Boutiques and bars are more common than rump roasts these days, and the neighborhood continues to evolve almost daily. The food included at the Market features a Japanese-style taco, a slice of pizza from Filaga, a doughnut from Doughnuttery, and an halva and tahini tasting from Seed & Mill. Then, have a quick little shopping adventure at Artists & Fleas. After Chelsea Market, walk the beautiful and historic High Line Park and end the tour with an artisanal Belgian chocolate tasting at Neuhaus' Hudson Yards location.

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We greatly appreciated our Greenwich Village walking tour. Jake was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, generous, warm and engaging. The tour informed us about fascinating historical and contemporary facts, while tasting delicious food.

Getting to know Hell's Kitchen through this tour was great. Not only did Alex take us to very nice spots, but he also guided us on a journey through the history of the zone. Food was as good as conversation with Alex.

The food was great, but Erik was awesome. His knowledge of the history of the area was phenomenal. We throughly enjoyed the tour and learned so much. Definite Must Do

The food was fabulous. Our guide Janet was so personable as well as knowledgeable. I had no idea that so many different foods could be in one small area

The tour was amazing! The food was spectacular and I loved the accompanying historical photos to give context.