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Manhattan: 3-Hour Food and History Tour With a Local Guide

Manhattan: 3-Hour Food and History Tour With a Local Guide

From US$ 79 per person

Travel around the world as you visit a fascinating neighborhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. You’ll hear stories of the millions of immigrants who settled here and taste delicious Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Jewish, and other immigrant dishes.

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  • Explore bustling markets and taste some amazing food
  • Visit unique cultural and historic sites throughout the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy
  • Get a glimpse into the heritage of New York’s immigrants, and how they are still shaping the city
Full description
This 3-hour walking tour starts off at City Hall, where many immigrants become American citizens. Make your way around the neighborhood, visiting 100-year-old bakeries, churches, markets, and historic sites. Stroll the streets of little Italy, as Lucky Luciano might have a century ago. See synagogues and Jewish clothing stores. Along the way you’ll sink your teeth into amazing stories and amazing food. Knishes, tacos, dumplings, and more are all in store. Taste the culinary legacy left by those that have passed by Lady Liberty on their way to realize the American Dream. This trip is offered on a join-in basis, with a maximum group size of 12. If you are happy with the services provided by your local guide, a tip (though not compulsory) is appropriate and much appreciated!
  • New York City Hall, Lower East Side, City Hall Park, Manhattan, Tenement Museum, Chinatown, New York City, Lower Manhattan guided tour
  • Access to Manhattan
  • Access to Lower Manhattan
  • Access to Lower East Side
  • Access to Tenement Museum
  • Access to City Hall Park
  • Access to New York City Hall
  • Access to Chinatown, New York City
  • Live tour guide
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof that they have received two vaccine doses of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Participants aged 5 to 11 must present proof that they have received at least one dose of a FDA or WHO-approved vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
    • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the African Burial Ground National Monument, across from 7 Elk Street (between Duane and Reade Street), New York, NY 10007.

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    Customer reviews

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    4.8 /5

    based on 120 reviews

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    Lots of information shared during the tour, ACE made the walk interesting and easy going. Our excursion only included my party of 2 as well as the guide- Ace. I think it would have been more enjoyable with others, but understand that NYC is still just on the outskirts of bouncing back in full tourist swing. The food was very tasty- from dumplings to original knish, loved the variety. Walk was easy and slow paced, no problems. Bring a bottle of water and also understand there are not many restrooms along the way, we found 2 chances to take a restroom break which worked well for us. Enjoyed getting to know Ace and am thankful that she was our tour guide! EXTREMELY knowledgeable for those that love history and learning!

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    July 2, 2021

    Our guide, Bruce, was a travel writer and Manhattan native, so he knew a lot of interesting Manhattan history and present day hot spots. We really enjoyed his tour and his energy. As for food, some of us showed up quite hungry, but we didn’t stop to eat anything until about an hour into the tour. According to the tour description in GYG, we we supposed to start out with some kind of pastry for breakfast. Nevertheless, the food we did have was tasty, and the venues were interesting!

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    January 4, 2020

    Perfect start for sight seeing downtown Manhattan!

    Josh is a ‘sparkling’ nice guide and told us a lot about the history of downtown Manhattan. He knows very much about New York and he is able to walk, guide, tell stories and to keep our attention during the whole tour. We liked the combination of walking (with 7 persons), listening to Josh and tasting food in the different parts of downtown Manhattan. We enjoyed the tour very much!

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    June 11, 2019

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