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New York: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

1. 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.

New York City: Lower East Side Food and Culture Walking Tour

2. New York City: Lower East Side Food and Culture Walking Tour

Explore the Lower East Side's history and culture with a local guide on a walking tour designed for foodies. Visit the Essex Market and taste an array of food that reflects this neighborhood's ever-evolving immigrant community.  To ensure that you get the most out of this experience, this tour is designed on a pay-as-you-go basis. That means, at the start of the tour, you'll pay $30 in cash directly to your guide to cover the cost of all the tastings.  They'll take care of the rest, paying for the whole group at each stop to make sure everyone gets the best value for their money. As you walk, pass by a number of historic sites, including the Tenement Museum and Katz's Delicatessen, as well as the recently renovated Essex Market, one of the oldest markets in New York City. Sample some of the foods this neighborhood is famous for, including knishes, dumplings, sweets, and more. Learn about the struggles and triumphs of generations of immigrants and how they shaped this New York neighborhood and made it what it is today. Your New York foodie tour comes to an end at the Essex Market, the ideal spot to continue exploring New York's diverse culinary culture.

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4.8 / 5

based on 148 reviews

This was the highlight of our trip to New York! Our guide Erik was wonderful - knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. The sights and information kept our family (one teenager, one adult, and two seniors) fascinated the whole time, and the food was absolutely delicious. The tour paired perfectly with watching Paradise Square the same evening. This was such a great way to spend our limited time in the city and we would absolutely book a tour with this group and guide in the future.

This was an excellent food tour of the Lower East Side. The food stops were all great, especially the fried dumplings, and the information about the broader history of New York was very interesting and accessible. Our guide Alex was extremely well informed, friendly and was able to answer all our questions. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Hannah was INCREDIBLE! I was in NYC for a week and we saw everything...this was easily in our top 3 activities. The food was great, the history was super interesting, and the tour was thoroughly entertaining. Don't miss this if you're in the city!

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