Culinary Treats of New York's Immigrants: Walking Tour

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2.5 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Learn about the traditional food available in Little Italy and Chinatown
  • Taste a variety of wonderful delicacies, sometimes homemade, sometiems imported directly from Italy
  • Get a better understanding of how the immigrants and their culture have shaped New York
  • Enjoy the luxury of being on a tour with a small group (max. 6)
Follow a knowledgeable culinary historian through Little Italy and Chinatown in New York. Take in the atmosphere of the Big Apple and enjoy tasting a variety of Italian and Asian delicacies.
What to Expect
New York has always been a city of immigrants. With their different traditions, beliefs, holidays, food, and ways of living, they have turned the city into the lively, ever-fascinating place it is now. This tour gives you the opportunity to explore Little Italy and Chinatown with a knowledgeable culinary historian. On your walk, you will learn more about the different groups of immigrants and how their arrival has changed American life and cuisine.

Your tour begins on the northern fringe of Little Italy, at Prince and Mulberry Streets, in front of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Your guide will then lead you into Little Italy, passing New York’s first pizzeria, Lombardi's. Here you can still get perfectly crisp and gooey pizza served hot out of their original ovens! Seize the opportunity and enjoy an authentic Italian espresso and fine pastry. Next up are two of Little Italy’s best food stores, one selling homemade pasta, the other offering imported Italian meats and cheeses. The atmosphere is great, and fortunately, the owners are generous with tastings. You will continue to walk through Little Italy and pass by wonderful little stores and shops, where you can buy everything from T-Shirts to authentic New York memorabilia.

Founded in the 1870s, Chinatown is one of New York’s most vibrant districts. The atmosphere is truly unique and so is the food. More and more Vietnamese, Burmese, Thai, Cambodian and Japanese immigrants have found a home in this part of the city and enrichen it with their own cultural heritage, but you can still be sure to grab an authentic chinese duck, pork or plenty of other delectable goodies, while haggling with owners who speak only enough English to get by. It's a loud, raucous feast for the senses, and you'll never forget the experience.

Go where your appetite leads you as you wander down Mott and Mulberry Streets. The tour ends in front of the oldest extisting dim sum parlor, near Columbus Park. Here you can stop in with nearly 1000 other patrons, and order food direct from the cart as it passes by. It's a true New York experience, and you'll leave full!
What's Included
  • Culinary historian as your guide
  • Light tastings and samplings along the way
What's Not Included
  • Gratuity
Meeting Point

You will meet your guide just outside of Cafe Gitane at 242 Mott Street, which is between Prince and Houston (and right across the street from Old St. Patrick's Cathedral). The cafe is often crowded, so you will meet them just outside to the left of the entrance (when facing the cafe). If it's raining, you will meet them inside. If it's hot and too sunny, you can meet across the street in the shade by the outside wall of the Cathedral. The closest subway lines are the 6 Train (Green) Spring St station, the R, W (yellow) Prince St station and the B,D, F, V (orange) Broadway-Lafayette St. station.

What to Remember
The tour is conducted in small groups of max. 6 participants to give you the best experience you can get!

The minimum age for this tour is 12 years.

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.

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