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Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour

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Tacos, dumplings, bagels — America would be a food wasteland without the dishes brought here by immigrants. Join this 3-hour New York City walking tour to sample the best ethnic foods in the Lower East Side. But this experience includes much more than sampling delicious foods, as you’ll learn about the history of the dishes, establishments, sites and people along the way from your guide. The group remains small to ensure a quality experience.
  • 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
  • Small group for personal attention from your guide and easy passage
  • All tastings included, so make sure to arrive on an empty stomach
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. 
The day's last stop is Chinatown, where you'll taste soup dumplings before parting with your group at Grand and Chrystie Streets.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

we hav e so much learned about the old times of new york. our guide joshua has told us so much, was very friendly and helpfull. for us: best guide!!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Stefan K
Reviewed 5 days ago

My 60-something year old sister and I really enjoyed our tour with Brian. He was enthusiastic about the immigration stories. He made a real effort to personally connect with everyone on the tour. And his timing for walking, talking, finding shade, and allowing comfort stops...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank pbdodds
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great walking tour with Bruce who expertly guided us around the lower east side and introduced us to the culture, food and history of the areas and the people. A really enjoyable experience that left us feeling we’d seen a totally different aspect of New...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank CheshireSet87
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great little foodie tour around Chinatown and Little Italy. Dumplings were good, The Jewish knisch was fantastic and we finished at a German pub for a frothie (beer)

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Brent M
nycurbanadventures, Manager at New York City Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for being with us on the tour!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide walked too fast and didn’t allow adequate time for questions. I thought the food was just ok.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Suzisinger
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May 31, 2019|
Response from phost720 | Reviewed this property |
We met across from the Starbucks, in front of the statue with a lot of flowers at its base. Good luck and have fun!
January 14, 2019|
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Response from julesohmighty | Reviewed this property |
It was a lot of walking!! :) but it was worth it.
December 25, 2018|
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Response from B2659WBsusand | Reviewed this property |
We go inside to eat for most of them
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