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Lower East Side Bagel Tour provided by Ben's Bagel Tours

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Lower East Side Bagel Tour

Lower East Side Bagel Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h 30m
Group size:
15
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h 30m
  • Group size:
    15
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Take in the sights, mesmerizing aromas, and mouthwatering noshes of the Lower East Side as you are guided through this historic neighborhood where eating great food is a tradition. Since the early 1800’s, this area has been home to immigrants starting a new life in America who have made key cultural, economic, and epicurean contributions to New York City.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7601P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Food tasting
  • Professional guide
  • Fresh Bagel to start the tour
  • Entry/Admission - Lower East Side
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
  • 137 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA Departure Point: Lower East Side, Manhattan Address: Yonah Shimmel's Knish Bakery 137 East Houston Street New York, New York 10002 Directions: Take the F train to 2nd Avenue Station. Take the M15 bus to Allen and Houston Street Dates: Sunday and Wednesday
  • 367 Grand St, New York, NY 10002, USA Return point: Tour ends at Kossar's Bialy Bakery 367 Grand Street (off of Essex Street) New York, New York 10002
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 10 years old
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Inclusions
  • Food tasting
  • Professional guide
  • Fresh Bagel to start the tour
  • Entry/Admission - Lower East Side
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • 137 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA Departure Point: Lower East Side, Manhattan Address: Yonah Shimmel's Knish Bakery 137 East Houston Street New York, New York 10002 Directions: Take the F train to 2nd Avenue Station. Take the M15 bus to Allen and Houston Street Dates: Sunday and Wednesday
  • 367 Grand St, New York, NY 10002, USA Return point: Tour ends at Kossar's Bialy Bakery 367 Grand Street (off of Essex Street) New York, New York 10002
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
  • 367 Grand St, New York, NY 10002, USA Return point: Tour ends at Kossar's Bialy Bakery 367 Grand Street (off of Essex Street) New York, New York 10002
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 10 years old
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
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4.5
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Kara R
1 contribution
Nov 2021
This was a great way for our family, with 2 teenagers, to learn about the history of the Lower East Side. Ben's knowledge of the area weaved with some personal stories made the information he shared understandable and relatable.
The historical pictures he shared on his iPad were interesting to see.
COVID made the waits a bit longer to get into places but we were able to try many foods of the area while on the tour.
Written November 29, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

mvicksdog
Lansing, MI2 contributions
The tour was what I was looking for and having actually read the description, unlike the negative reviewers, learned a lot about the lower east side and the Jewish community in particular. Ben was a great guide. It is always good to have a tour guide who clearly loves the place they are teaching about. He has a great personality, and a good sense of humor. This was like a history lesson mixed in with some really good food. This was not a bagel making tour. Bagels just played a part in the history of this interesting part of New York.
Written August 12, 2021
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Benjamin W
Thank you so much for your kind words. Please spread the news about Ben’s Bagel Tours!
Written August 13, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tromatojuice
Paris, France11 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
The main thing I have to say about Ben's tour is that you have to experience it. His knowledge about the neighbourhood is amazing and shared with passion. I can't think of a better way to discover the city and it's mostly food related history.
Written May 5, 2019
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Oh wow Tromatojuice. I appreciate the review. Thank you for joining us and hope to see you soon.
Written May 29, 2019
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Rebecca B
1 contribution
Aug 2018 • Friends
A misleading tour name but a good tour. The tour was informative, but we were expecting it to be a tour of bagel related thigns (from the tour name). unlike some other reviews state, there was no other food apart from the first bagel before the tour started. Interesting tour of the area but not what was expecting, and more money than i would pay normally
Written August 7, 2018
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Benjamin W
Thank you Rebecca. Based on your feedback we are now developing a proper bagel foodie tour. Stay tuned for more.
Written May 17, 2019
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mrhotwings
Midland, TX3 contributions
Ben delivers as promised with an informative and tasty tour! We had never visited the Lower East Side and wanted to learn more of the culture and history of that area. Ben kept us entertained with stories and images of how the Lower East Side had changed over the years, while walking and sampling different treats from local shops. Starting with a bagel at the beginning of the tour, we sampled knishes, pastrami, kosher pickles, candy, and bialys. I really enjoyed his passion for the area and the family stories he told of growing up nearby. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to get a taste for or learn more about the Lower East Side!
Written August 1, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your nice review. Please "schmear" the word about Ben's Bagel Tours" Ben Wagenberg Ben's Bagel Tours
Written August 7, 2018
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cornflower02
New York City, NY1 contribution
Oct 2017 • Friends
As a lifelong New Yorker I wasn't sure I would learn anything new on this tour. However, I found it extremely informative! It included some 'off the beaten path' historical places I would have missed on my own. I've even made a note of of some sites to revisit when I have time to explore further.
Written October 29, 2017
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TJBick
New York City, NY4 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
My wife and I took the Lower East Side tour and arrived a little early. We were pleased to discover that Ben was early as well. We were the only two who had signed up for the tour on the day we went, so we had a private tour. We started with a bagel, but throughout the hour+ we also ate a knish, two different kinds of pickles, and a bialy. Along the way Ben gave us a history of the neighborhood and showed us some of the older businesses and buildings in the area. He had photos on an iPad of the way things used to look, which was a nice touch so we could compare the old neighborhood to the current one. He was very knowledgeable and clearly a life-long New Yorker. I especially appreciated at the end of the tour when he asked if everything was what we expected and if we had any recommendations for him to make it better. I always like someone who constantly aims to get better. I would recommend Ben to someone visiting the city for the first time or a New Yorker looking to learn a little bit more about their city.
Written March 28, 2017
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antrec
new jersey127 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
I have been going to NYC for years but I am not familiar with the Lower East Side. We started with a real NY bagel, it was really good. We ended up trying a knish, pickles and ending with a Bialy. The tour was very informative. We also stop at a Candy Store that had some old candies that I have in a really long time.
Written October 2, 2015
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A H
Middletown, NJ30 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
We took the Lower East Side tour and had a great experience. Ben, of Ben & Marty, was our tour guide. He started the tour by providing us each with a fresh bagel. We then went all around the Lower East Side sampling food from places like The Pickle Guy & Yonah Shimmel Knish Bakery. Ben was very knowledgeable and filled with facts of the history as well as the current trends of this part of the city. While this tour was mainly focused on history & the shops from the early 1900s, he did point out a few new spots which he recommended, such as Babycakes Bakery & The Meatball Shop.
I learnt a lot about this part of NYC that I didn't know & tried great food that I hadn't tried before.
Overall I would recommend this tour to anyone who's interested in the history of the city and food.
I do however have one recommendation for Ben & Marty, & this may be something they are working on or maybe they didn't do it this time because we were in a small group. But it would be nice if they kind of partnered up with the stops and had the owners/workers speak to the group & had samples available for the tour (while there were samples on the tour, Ben bought them himself).
Written June 4, 2015
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Vanessa L
Croydon, PA45 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
We got the Lower East Side Bagel Tour for my in laws and came along. I really enjoyed the extensive knowledge Ben had about the area and felt that his ability, as a life long resident, to share stories from his childhood really added to the tour. My father in law stepped away while we were waiting for our pickles to listen in on one of the other tours in the area at the same time and stated that he felt that our tour was more interesting and informative. The tour included: touring a knish restaurant, katz's deli, trying bialis, visiting an old candy store, a historic market, and of course pickles!!!!! I would recommend this tour to anyone.
Written October 7, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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787angell
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So much fun with Bagels!
The tour was great. First we walked around Herald Square. I’d been there so many times, but had never heard the his
Travelluvr12
Travelluvr12
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COMPLETE SCAM - WOULD GIVE ZERO STARS IF I COULD
Complete scam. Didn’t make bagels or even have really anything to do with bagels. Walked around midtown for an ho
992bernaj
992bernaj
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Bagel ‘making’ tour
To be honest, this was more ‘walk’ around and hear about Macy’s and other landmarks than anything else. We met at a
367juliex
367juliex
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Learned a lot about the Lower East Side
This was a cool tour. We came in expecting it to be about bagels, but it was more about the immigrant-filled histor
Nora_Keith
Nora_Keith
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What a Great Tour!!!
Growing up in the New York suburbs, living in Connecticut, working in NYC for a while, I have been in Grand Central
BGSage
BGSage
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Interesting and Delicious!
I took this tour with my sister and it was phenomenal! Ben was full of knowledge, both about bagels and the surroun
passportuptodate2020
passportuptodate2020
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Who knew where bagels came from?
Ben combines the history of the area around Ess-a-Bagel - Herald Square, Macy's, the original Gimbels building, Gre
Matthew F
Matthew F
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Great Day of History and Bagels
Great tour of the Herald Square area followed by a unique and educational tour of Ess-a-Bagel store. Behind the sce
PLandryHappy
PLandryHappy
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LOVED the walking tour for Ben's Bagels - Interesting & Tasty!!
This is so fun, for the family and fascinating as a participant! Delicious and engrossing, if you think you know so
radnyc2
radnyc2
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Wonderful Bagel Tour with Ben
Highly recommend this tour to get both history of the city and a birds eye view of how to make bagels. It is amaz
Gail S
Gail S
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Ben’s Bagel’s Tour
What a fun way to spend time with friends and family. Learning the history of the Herald Square, Macy’s department
JoBo101
JoBo101
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Ben’s Bagel Tour, Lower East Side
Ben was a great guide, passionate about his home area. We loved all the stops into the different shops, markets and
Jim D
Jim D
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Grand Central Tour
Ben was great, very knowledgeable and took his time explaining the history. Born NYC native and knew his stuff!
508karenl
508karenl
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Deliciously entertaining!
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour! Ben is so knowledgeable about NYC history, being a lifelong New Yorker it comes nat
positvelygenius
positvelygenius
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Wonderful!!
Ben Wagenberg may be the most knowledgeable bagel expert around. And he knows an enormous amount about NYC and its
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