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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 US$69.00
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Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour
From US$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.

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1 - 5 of 79 reviews

Reviewed yesterday
Interesting culture Tour

I recommend this tour. Bruce was an excellent and knowledgeable New Yorker, as our tour guide. We visited Soho, Little Italy, and Chinatown. Along the way we sampled snacks. Walking without a tour guy would result in missing key shops and historical info. Money well...More

Thank Garth W
Reviewed 2 days ago
Great way to experience New York!

I really enjoyed this tour. Why? First of all, our guide, Bruce, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable, he answered all of our questions, he was funny and very welcoming. His depth of knowledge and experience with New York was impressive. Second, the size of...More

Thank Phillyfan1234
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Excellent Tour! Very informative and great food!

This tour was very enjoyable! It was made great by Mary Hannah's knowledge and relaxed approach to the group. The food was amazing and the sites were great to see and experience. We went with our 8 year old son and he enjoyed the tour...More

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 4 days ago
Learn About New York's History the Best Way Possible - Through Food!

We had a short stay in New York for my wife's birthday, and booked with Urban Adventures having previously taken great tours with them in Japan. However, our high expectations were not only met, but exceeded. Our tour guide Brian was knowledgeable and friendly, and...More

1  Thank alexjbushell
Reviewed 5 days ago
Tenements Tales and Tastes Tour with Brian and Bruce

Admittedly we were a bit spoiled by receiving the vast wealth of knowledge from 2 excellent guides, Brian and Bruce. They walked us through Little Italy, Chinatown, the Bowery and NOLITA sharing tasty tidbit of food and information at a steady pace.

Thank Patty P
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Julia S
4 May 2018|
Response from p23brown | Reviewed this property |
The food tour I took ran from 10a to 1p. If ou wanted to leave the food tour early, you probably could and you’d be close to the tenement museum. You would, though, miss out on pretzels and really good beer (the last stop on... More
2 May 2018|
Response from TA_Scott |
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Ida P
28 April 2018|
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Response from sushi4soup | Reviewed this property |
The ask in advance if there are any dietary concerns. You wouldn't be able to eat the dumplings and you could have the mozzarella without the prosciutto. Other than that, you are good to go.