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“A subpar tour”

Manhattan Walking Tour
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$114.00*
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High Line Park and Greenwich Village Food Tour
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Owner description: Check out our website for specials and discounts. 8 people or less Guaranteed! Our tours are like having a friend in NYC showing you around their neighborhood. You call, we listen, and then suggest the perfect day for you in the most interesting neighborhoods: Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Times Square and many more, sampling the best foods the City has to offer. This is nothing like a bus tour; it's a personal experience where the history is part of the tour, but the behind-the-scenes stories are part of us.
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“A subpar tour”
Reviewed May 6, 2014

We went on the Greenwich village food tour last weekend, and it was, in a word, disappointing. I really enjoy walking tours, and find it to be a great way to get insight into neighborhoods familiar and not. Considering the fantastic reviews posted here, as well as the not-cheap price, we were very disappointed with our tour, which was disjointed, not that well-paced, and frankly, somewhat boring.

When it comes to a walking tour, let's be honest - it depends almost 100% on the quality of the tour guide. So it's entirely possible that other guides are fantastic. Unfortunately, our guide, on that day, failed to deliver (I've forgotten her name, which isn't all that helpful, but she was young with a slight accent).

Disjointed: our tour guide made a habit of interrupting herself - she would start with a story, get distracted, come back to the story (sometimes), repeating herself, and often adding in, "this isn't a true story, but..." Ok, so we get it, not all legends are based in fact. You could give us that disclaimer once, and get on with it! It was hard to follow her vignettes, and she failed to weave her stories together in a way that held my attention.

Poor presentation: so, our first food stop was presented like this, "they don't have the best chocolate, but they're a neighborhood institution". Another stop along the way, the tour guide basically told us, "oh these shop owners are already so rich that they don't care, they don't even want to stay open." So this is where you bring us*? At yet another stop, "Oh, every time I come here, I'm surprised they're still open, and not out of business" ?!? Way to put a downer on everything....How about telling us the interesting back story of this particular new trendy food spot, rather than how shocked you are that they still exist?

Pacing: this was a food tour, yet in the first fifty minutes, all we got were some hunks of chocolate and an egg cream. So when the tour guide asked if anyone was hungry almost an hour in, my friend replied, "Yes!" Apparently that was the wrong answer, because then the guide proceeded to make her feel bad about it, saying things like, "Oh, well, we have soooo much to see but because SHE's hungry, we'll have to backtrack. I hope we have time to see everything". Way to make your guests feel good. Well, guess what, when we got to the pizza stop, EVERYBODY seemed hungry, and eagerly scarfed down a slice. Some time later, all of a sudden, we had food stop after food stop, with nary five minutes between items - so - a long stretch with no food, then too much - surely in a neighborhood as densely packed as this, the pacing of the tastings could have been staggered better?

Overall: like I said, I generally enjoy walking tours, and food tours, all the better. I have had some AMAZING tours over the years, so when one charges as much as this one, garners such fabulous reviews, and fails to live up to them so epically, well, it makes me grumpy.

*Another thing: several of these food stops were clearly on the well-worn tour group track, as we waited alongside other groups while our guide went in to collect our samples (which she neglected to pre-order). It certainly didn't give the feel of being led to some lesser known neighborhood favorite.

Visited May 2014
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“Great time in Central Park”
Reviewed May 6, 2014

Went on a tour of Central Park. Learned a lot about the history of the park on a beautiful day with a very small group so it felt intimate.

Visited April 2014
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“A great time in NYC!”
Reviewed May 5, 2014

My friends and I live in New Jersey but decided to spend some time learning more about the city that is so close to us. Alex met us and took us on the high line and Greenwich Village tour. It was an amazing time. Alex was able to strike the right balance between giving us history through great stories and ensuring that we stay engaged. He even customized for us a bit once he learned what we were interested in. He was an absolute pleasure to spend a few hours with. I would highly recommend this company and Alex!

Visited May 2014
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Marienfeld, Germany
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“Don't eat before the Chinatown tour!”
Reviewed May 4, 2014

Alex met us early and gave us an individual tour. Very informative and interesting tour and Alex really knew his stuff, especially when it came to sourcing great food. I really wish I hadn't eaten breakfast as there was plenty to try. I won't spoil anyone else's tour but there were some interesting foods to sample along the way and some really delicious dishes. I would be keen to try out the other tours now as this was excellent value for money.

Visited April 2014
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“Great tour”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

We had a great walk along The Highline yesterday with Gary, who is everything you expect a New Yorker to be. He pointed out things we wouldn't have seen if we just went on our own. The food in Greenwich Village was ace and definitely the best pizza ever! Gary was a great guide with a tale to tell on every corner, would definitely recommend.

Visited May 2014
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