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Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour

  • Lower East Side food traces history of this neighborhood through cuisine
  • Stop by hidden gems you may not find on your own
  • Listen as your guide sheds light on the rich ethnic history of the neighborhood
Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour
From $69.00
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Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour
From $69.00

Take a deep dive into the culinary culture of Manhattan's Lower East Side during this guided food tour with a small group. Follow your guide to hidden gems that you probably wouldn't find on you own for tastes of everything from knishes to Dutch stroopwafels. Along the way, your guide will shed light on the neighborhood's rich, varied food culture, which helps you understand NYC as a whole.

What to Expect

Meet your guide and small group at City Hall Park. From there, you'll embark on a walking tour covering the Lower East Side's culinary culture and food scene, with your guide expounding on the neighborhood’s rich immigrant roots.

Begin with a stroopwafel (Dutch syrup waffle), while learning about the island of Manhattan's Dutch heritage. Move on to knishes from a Jewish bakery and fresh mozzarella in Little Italy. At Essex Market, explore the food hall with everything from pancakes to tacos, set near a historic African burial ground.

Stop by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, which educates visitors on what daily life was like more than 100 years ago.

The day's last stop is Chinatown, where you'll taste soup dumplings before parting with your group at Grand and Chrystie Streets.

Reviews (262)
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Reviewed yesterday
Learn the locals go

I only have 4 days in NYC. I want to learn more about the early immigrant history and about China Town and Little Italy area. I booked this tour with Josh. He was absolutely fantastic. Very knowledgeable and friendly. I enjoyed all the stops and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank cunn5lz
Reviewed 2 days ago
Josh J was amazing!

Adorable and informative Josh J! Really enjoyed the tour and found Josh J to be genuinely enthusiastic about his role

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank timless23
Reviewed 2 days ago
Really Great Time

Brian was a tremendous guide for me, my wife, my two sons and their wives. The food tasting was more than adequate and very good. Brian had an enthusiasm for the tour and was able to answer most questions. He quickly volunteered to follow up...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank whs122758
Reviewed 3 days ago
Learning can be fun!

We loved learning about the immigrant experience by walking the neighborhoods and eating different foods that they either brought to the new world or created once they got here to survive. Josh was a wonderful guide but also became one of us along the way...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dakdmk
Reviewed 5 days ago
Fantastic tour!

Thank you Brian! You made it so fun and interesting, teaching us about all the immigrants and their contribution to building New York City!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Shelley B
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November 8, 2018|
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Response from 398ethanl | Reviewed this property |
The tour was very vegetarian friendly. In Chinatown I had the vegetarian dumplings. the best I have ever had
October 2, 2018|
Response from 398ethanl | Reviewed this property |
Definitely some cleaner than others lol
September 29, 2018|
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Response from Dmhd1979 | Reviewed this property |
Our tour started at 10 a.m. and lasted 3 hrs.