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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
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Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour

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.

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Reviewed 4 days ago
Interesting tour with great surprises!

Despite the appalling weather last Monday morning, our tour guide Mary Hannah managed to keep smiling throughout, as well as making the tour engaging and fun, even for my 22 year old son, who was not keen on joining initially but was so glad he...More

Thank SarahL8096
Reviewed 5 days ago
Fun and tasty!

Our guide Bruce did an excellent job leading us on a wonderful tour of the Lower East Side. We learned about all the various immigrant groups that have made this area their home over the decades and ate food from various shops and restaurants that...More

1  Thank Dmhd1979
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Best day ever...

I had the best time ever. My guide, Jillian, was very friendly and knowledgeable. We walked around the Lower East Side as she told me the story of how and when different groups of immigrants came to NYC and how they carved out their own...More

1  Thank Mary H
Reviewed 1 week ago
A Fresh Perspective!

What a great day out in NYC with my teenage daughter... who an hour into the tour proclaimed..."I am learning more about NYC on this tour than in school, with plenty of laughs to boot". Bruce was a fun and informative tour guide with an...More

1  Thank Kimberly C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fantastic tour with Julian

I booked a tour for the Lower East side and had a lively tour along with delicious food. I enjoyed the tour immensely as the food spanned a wide variety from desserts to Chinese to German, to knishes. I loved hearing about the early immigrants...More

Thank krenkelt
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Response from kmobiz | Reviewed this property |
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Response from LookingForFamilyFun | Reviewed this property |
No tour of the museum, but it's a good idea to add it to your day & spend a whole day in this part of town....this tour is still very good without the museum, though.
Julia S
4 May 2018|
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Response from LookingForFamilyFun | Reviewed this property |
Agree with p23brown, but you could go to the German restaurant on your own afterwards & get pretzels & brats for dinner anyway, not to mention it's a low-price meal for NYC and a good one! See my other reviews for the name... More
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