Guided tour

NYC: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

Guided tour

NYC: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

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Taste delicacies from all over the world on a guided tour of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Visit markets and eateries to discover the history and culture of the immigrants who settled in the area.

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Duration 3 hours
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    Starting location:

    African Burial Ground National Monument

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    New York County Supreme Court

    Visit (5 minutes)

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    Columbus Park, New York City

    Visit (5 minutes)

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    Chinatown, New York

    Visit (20 minutes)

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    Little Italy, New York

    Visit (20 minutes)

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    Visit (15 minutes)

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

    Visit (5 minutes)

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    Sara Delano Roosevelt Park

    Visit (10 minutes)

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    Lower East Side

    Visit (30 minutes)

  • Finish at:

    Tenement Museum

Main stop

For reference only. Itineraries are subject to change.

  • Discover the best eats in the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy
  • Learn about the significance of immigration to New York City and its people
  • Get a taste of the local flavor with 4 classic dishes on 4 stops in Manhattan
  • See 100-year old bakeries, churches, historic New York sites, and much more
  • Join a carbon neutral tour, organized and led by an eco-certified tour operator
Full description

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.

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • 4 Food Stops with 4 ethnic dishes samples
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Tips

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Important information

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  • This tour is organized and led by the world's largest travel B-Corp certified company. B Corp Certification measures a company’s social and environmental impacts and responsible tourism practices
  • The activity provider reserves the right to change both the route and locations visited within the tour. Food inclusions are subject to change, dependent on availability on the day.
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We had a great time in the tour. Alex is very knowledgeable and engaging, and we learnt a lot about the history of New York and its people, while also enjoying some great local food. We also got some great recommendations for other places to check out during our stay here. The tour is a bit pricey but would still definitely recommend

May 11, 2023

I had a great tour with Cullen. We explored different neighborhoods (Chinatown, Little Italy, Jewish quarter) and tasted the food. Cullen was very knowledgeable and explained all about the history of different ethnical groups in New York city. A nice way to spend an afternoon. Even if it’s a little bit rainny :)

May 6, 2023

Amazing tour with Bruce. He was knowledgeable and obviously knew the Lower East Side like the back of his hand. Bruce was happy to answer all our questions, no matter how trivial and we learned a lot. The food tasting at each stop was fantastic. We didn't expect so much and we were full by the end of the tour.

March 7, 2023

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