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“Enjoyable, informative and social time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Taste Harlem Food & Cultural Tours

Taste Harlem Food & Cultural Tours
363 Lenox, New York City, NY 10027
212 866 7427
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Ranked #105 of 810 Activities in New York City
Type: Tours, Food & Drink
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Owner description: Taste Harlem Food and Cultural Tours is tour company created to offer unique tours of Harlem, by introducing NYC residents and visitors to Harlem culture by way of its food, art and history. Daily tours will allow food, art and history enthusiasts to “taste Harlem”. No other tour companies are offering art gallery tours or food tasting tours in Harlem. We explore the unexplored spaces and places that are not typically in the tour guide books.
Canberra, Australia
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“Enjoyable, informative and social time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

A friend from Canada and I did the tour on 7 September 2013. The impending mayoral election added to the noise and colour of our tour. Jacquie and Mirtha walked us all over for 4.5 to 5 hours and we loved it.

We saw a good bit of Harlem. Learned a lot about its history and culture. Saw pieces of history such as the Apollo theatre and the street art. Ate interesting and tasty food in places that refelected on Harlem life.. Struck up interesting conversations with a politician and someone concerned about health care. Saw the street life and heard a gospel choir practicing.

The best bit was an extended conversation with two interesting women about the place and people and about themsleves and life in general.

Could not recommend it more.

Things to consider:
It was a long walk but the regular stops helped a lot. Wear good pavement-walking footwear. On sunny days bring a hat and some water.

We misunderstood the directions for the meeting spot. Having a mobile phone saved the day.

Visited September 2013
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Oxford, Ohio, United States
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“A new look at Harlem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Great tour - if you have never been to Harlem or have not been there recently - check out this tour - very informative, fun and filling. Tour guide is wonderful and even though it was a hot afternoon our 4 hour tour was more than we hoped for - highly recommend.

Visited July 2013
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“Hot Time in Harlem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We recently spent a hot & humid Tuesday morning/afternoon with Jackie, and her fabulous food & cultural tour of Harlem. Our group consisted of six - a family of three from New Zealand, and our family of three (including a 13-year old).

We found our meeting place with no problem - it was very close to where we exited the subway - and what followed was a four-hour adventure filled with food, stories, tips, and history. We visited several restaurants for various tastings, as well as some of the shops that make Harlem so unique.

Jackie was a delight - she loves her home, and her passion shows. She entertained all questions and made sure that the group was getting a bang for their buck.

My one suggestion for this tour would be for Jackie to cut it down to three hours...four hours was long, especially on a very hot and humid summer day. There's not a lot of shade in Harlem - and our group was wilting noticeably by the end of the tour.

Tips for visitors:
1. Wear good walking shoes - there is a LOT of walking!
2. Drink water - especially on the hot days! Jackie provides some water, but have some of your own, if you can.
3. Go hungry. There is a LOT of food - and it's all very delicious!

Visited June 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Soul Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

"Right, this is how works, I talk a lot, you eat a lot"

When this was the opening gambit from the wonderful Jacqui I knew instantly we had booked on the right trip.

She and her friends provide an entertaining insight and context to life in New York & Harlem, one which you can not gain from guidebooks or by wandering around Manhattan skyscrapers. I knew of Malcom X, of the Harlem Drug scene and some of the history of Jazz, but for her to tell stories of how they impacted on the area in the past and the present was fascinating.

We visited 5 or 6 different food vendors and she ordered a wide variety of foods and in sensible portions. Now, don't get me wrong, we ate a lot, but not in the kind of "man vs food" way i was fearing.

If you have got as far as reading reviews for this trip, then i would not hesitate to book.

And Jacqui- if you read your own reviews- the 5 Rugelach that we bought from Mr Lee- John had eaten 4 before we got out of Central Park !!!!!!

Many thanks- a great day

Visited June 2013
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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“Taste Harlem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

A very well-organized and enjoyable tour. Bring a big appetite and comfortable shoes--you'll do alot of eating and alot of walking. You'll learn a little about the various cultures represented in Harlem and sample their foods. Jackie a lso knows quite alot about the history of real estate in the area and how different government programs and cultural shifts have affected its residents.
Don't expect to visit any upscle restaurants; rather, you'll visit places where the locals get the Harlem version of "fast food."

Visited May 2013
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