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Big Onion Walking Tours

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Heaven for history nerds

I can't recommend Big Onion enough, and if I could give more than 5 stars I would. I did the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Usman A
Interesting & Informational

What a wonderful tour! Kesha (sp?) was incredible. Her knowledge and passion made Harlem come... read more

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Since 1991, Big Onion has been leading informative, award-winning, and innovative walking tours of New York's historic districts and ethnic neighborhoods. All tours are lead by PhD candidates in American history or a related field. Big Onion has been called "The Best Walking Tour in New York" by New York Magazine; "Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests" by The Village Voice; and "One of the best urban walking tours in the world" by Forbes. Big Onion is an approved educational vendor for the NYC Department of Education and a Programming Partner with both the Brooklyn Historical Society and the South Street Seaport Museum. We are proud to be a 2012, '13 & '14 winner of the TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence". We offer public "show up" tours year-round and an advance calendar, accurate tour descriptions, meeting sites, etc. Most of our walks do not require reservations.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't recommend Big Onion enough, and if I could give more than 5 stars I would. I did the "Clash of the Titans" tour of the UES last week. I'm a big history buff but sadly i know less about US history than about...More

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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Usman, Thank you for choosing to join us on our Upper East Side tour. I know there are so many choices and options when planning a visit to New York and we appreciate you including one of our walks. We are are very happy you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful tour! Kesha (sp?) was incredible. Her knowledge and passion made Harlem come alive. I learned so many interesting tidbits of information. It also changed the impression I had as this was my first time in Harlem. I highly recommend this tour.

Thank Michael R
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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Michael, Thank you for joining our Historic Harlem walk. We are very glad you found the walk with Kaisha interesting, informative & was an "impression changing" experience! Thank you for the recommendation and we hope to see you on another walk soon. Seth Kamil, President

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was EXCELLENT--our guide was a PhD history student at Columbia and was EXTREMELY knowledgeable of the subject matter, was very friendly, and happy to answer all questions. It was unseasonably cold and windy that day, and he was cheerful, peppy, and wasn't fazed...More

Thank Jennifer C
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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Jennifer Thank you for joining us on a Lower Manhattan walk. Yes, 2018 has been the winter that just refuses to end! I believe you were walking with Clay - we are very sad he is leaving us in June for a full-time professorship. But...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My teenage friend and I very much enjoyed our excellent walking tour of the Union Square area with Kathleen. Although I’ve been a New Yorker for over 50 years, I really learned a lot about that section of my hometown. Kathleen was a terrific guide...More

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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We love it when "locals" join our tours and come away learning something about our shared hometown! Glad you found us and we look forward to seeing you again! Kathleen also leads our Central Park, Prospect Park, Upper East Side & Irish New York walks....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great blast of the past of a very interesting part of New York wandering through Chelsea and the High Line. Fascinating to hear how the High Line got its first start and its second, extremely popular second start as a wandering path. A...More

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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for returning to Big Onion and joining our Chelsea & the High Line outing. Very glad you enjoyed walking with Sarah. We look forward to seeing you again...and you may see Sarah as she also leads our Greenwich Village, TriBeCa, Lower Manhattan and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a really excellent tour of Greenwich village yesterday. The guide - a PHD student specialising in 19th and 20th Century American history - was amusing, knowledgeable, interesting and just the right combination of information giving and light relief. We found it a very...More

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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Moira Thank you for walking in Greenwich Village. It is so wonderful that you were able to take the information from the walk and find is useful throughout your New York visit - that is truly one of the highest compliments for us! Hope to...More

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Reviewed March 16, 2018

We had an excellent experience touring a very multiethnic part of older New York City , hearing about living conditions, history and the various cultures who have lived here through the sampling of all sorts of food as we toured the area. Our guide was...More

Thank Anne T
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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Anne Thank you for joining our Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour. I am glad you enjoyed the way we weave together the history of the Lower East Side with the local shops and markets. Thank you for the strong recommendation - and I completely agree the tour...More

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Reviewed March 12, 2018

I really enjoyed these tours. The guides are graduate students so they are extremely knowledgeable and tell you fun details facts about the place you are touring. I want to do all the tours. Really enjoyed the downtown tour and it was SO FUN seeing...More

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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for including two of our outings in your recent New York visit. Two completely different sides of Manhattan - walking the MET with one of our Art Historians and exploring the historic immigrant neighborhood of Five Points! We hope to see you again...More

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Reviewed February 26, 2018 via mobile

In the freezing cold weather our guide Laura was really engaging. The facts were interesting and the food even better! A great way to get a hands on (or tastebuds on!) experience of the immigrants of New York. We saw an area of Manhattan we...More

Thank Katherine1567
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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Katherine, Thank you for braving the winter weather to join our Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour. We look forward to seeing you on another walk soon...hopefully on a nicer day. Laura also leads our Upper East Side, Greenwich Village and Immigrant New York outings. Seth Kamil, President

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Reviewed February 26, 2018

What a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon! We explored DUMBO and its brewing and distilling history with Kelly. I'm a NYC history buff but still learned new things on this tour. And, the tour and tasting at Kings County Distillery was just terrific....More

Thank Joyce R
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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Joyce Thank you for joining our "Brooklyn Distilled" tour - our newest outing. We are really proud of the partnership with Kings County Distillery...and what could be better than talking history and tasting whiskey! We hope to see you on another Big Onion outing -...More

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Thank you for reaching out to us via TripAdvisor. We do recommend advance reservations, but the only tours that require them are the Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour and the America’s Museum Tour. Reservations can be made via the... More
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Thanks for your note. We generally set our public tour calendar about 4 months in advance. I anticipate August being added in mid to late April. You are welcome to email me through our website with your travel... More
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