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

The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, NYC: Our most recommended tours and activities

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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What people are saying about The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, NYC

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 411 reviews

Amazing experience. We arrived early and met the tour guide, Seth, who was also early. Right away we knew we were in for a great night. Seth was very people oriented, engaged and excited to be there, just like us. His enthusiasm and people skills were exactly what myself and 3 children (16,14,9) were hoping for. Not only did he provide an excellent tour, but he even went above and beyond and helped us with the subway at the end of the tour. I highly recommend this tour and hopefully you get Seth! Tip... do this tour at the beginning of tour trip so you can get a sneak peak of several great neighborhoods that you will definitely want to get back to. Enjoy!

Our tour guide, Alex, did an excellent job touring us around Chinatown and Little Italy. He not only explained historical significances but also interesting present-day tidbits that really added more context to the areas. He chose great places to eat snacks with a wide variety. It was also wonderful to hear about his experiences living in the city and his recommendations of restaurants and other areas to explore on our next visit.

Professionally handled from registration, check-in to the tour guide Mike. Mike provided great stories and history with a little humor thrown in. Our group loved the tour.

Our guide Tom was so informative and interesting Loved the Tour !! Hope to do more in the Future

Wonderful tour and the history of the Basicilla was very interesting.