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May 18, 2019
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  • 3 hours (Approx.)
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Overview Overview

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.

Highlights
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Free snacks included
Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • Traditional Dutch Cookie
  • Fried Chinese Dumplings
  • Cheesy Italian Tasting
  • Savory Jewish Baked Good
  • German Pretzel
  • Professional Local Guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

City Hall Park Path

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002, USA

Operates

Daily

What to Expect What to Expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: City Hall Park, New York City, New York

We meet at the fountain in this park just outside of New York’s City Hall. We discuss the beginnings of the city and sample a local treat. We also see some of the nearby buildings (Municipal Building, Woolworth Building, Brooklyn Bridge), and mention their history.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Municipal Building, New York City, New York

We point out some of the exterior features and talk about the building’s history.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, New York

Take in the beauty of this amazing feat of engineering as we get a view from the Manhattan side. Our guides will give you tips on how to walk across it and can share some stories about its history.

Stop At: African Burial Ground National Monument, New York City, New York

We discuss the discovery of the burial ground and the building of the memorial and monument, including the significance of some of the design. We also talk a little bit about the early African experience in New York through those that were brought here as slaves and those that were freed.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: New York City Supreme Court, New York City, New York

We talk about the history of the surrounding area that was once a poor Irish community and before that a polluted pond. You get to see the building that is now most famous for being featured on most episodes of Law & Order.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Columbus Park, New York City, New York

We briefly walk through this park on the edge of Chinatown and talk about what used to be here: the notorious neighborhood of the Five Points. We discuss the Irish immigration and show photos of what the neighborhood used to look like.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Chinatown, New York City, New York

We walk through part of the neighborhood, discuss Chinese immigration, and visit a dumpling shop that is a local favorite. We also give tips on where else to visit in the large community.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Little Italy, New York City, New York

We head up and around Mulberry Street and discuss Italian immigration. We get to see some amazing modern street art, hear stories about organized crime, and visit an historic local Italian food shop for a delicious tasting.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Nolita, New York City, New York

We cruise through one of the most trendy neighborhoods in New York today and discuss the changing neighborhood. This used to be Little Italy, but today it’s loaded with hip bars and restaurants and we get to see some of the best street art in the city.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, New York

As we walk through Nolita, you get a chance to see the original St. Patrick’s and learn about the hardships Catholic immigrants first suffered when coming to this country.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Sara D Roosevelt Park, New York City, New York

Learn about the history of this park, named for FDR’s mother, and take a quick stroll through the northern end. We’ll also stop at the M’Finda Kalunga Garden inside the park to discuss Latin American immigration and how this neighborhood has changed throughout the decades.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lower East Side, New York City, New York

See the transformation of the neighborhood from an area filled with run-down tenements and poverty to one that is currently being gentrified. See lots of great street art and community gardens. Learn about Jewish, German, and Latin American immigration in this neighborhood and sample some traditional food.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Tenement Museum, New York City, New York

We share stories about the founding of the museum and its important part in Lower East Side history. Our tour ends very close to the museum and our guides can give you tips on how to get tickets and explore their excellent gift shop.

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Additional Info Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children aged 5 years and younger are welcome at no charge
  • Tour runs rain or shine
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended
  • Maximum group size is 12
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Reviews

25 Reviews
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ken.deb.voss

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13, May, 2019

Our lower Manhattan history and food tour was terrific. Josh J. is an amazing tour guide. He has so much knowledge about the city, is very engaging and enthusiastic! We enjoyed the various food taste stops and the chance to learn about the history of this island of immigrants at the same time.

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STEPHAN P

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22, March, 2019

Definitely a highlight of a 9 day trip to the big Apple. Tour guide was well versed in NY history and the food stops were great. From the Five Points to Chinatown to Little Italy and Nikita. Bravo!

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Marc S

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07, January, 2019

We have done these sort of tours in many different cities around the world....this one ranks with the best of them. The route is intelligently planned, interesting sites and stories, and feels like a great value for the time invested.Important: the tour stands on its own, but if you can get assigned to the section led by "Elena", then you will be very pleased. Elena is very personable, works hard to spend individual time with each guest, and is well-versed in almost every area of knowledge associated with the tour, and general aspects of NYC. A real stand-out in the world of guides!

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Howard W

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17, December, 2018

Lots of fun, the food tasting was a delight. the Tour guid was very good and knew what she was talkng about. The tour was somewhat different than I expected but still fun

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Ricki F

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11, December, 2018

Even though I come from that area, I learned things that I never knew. Our guide Brian made the tour fun and even more interesting by adding little things like our impromptu stop at Cha Cha’s Macha.

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Ronda S

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07, December, 2018

This was one of our favorite things we did on this trip to NYC. Our guide, Bruce, was very knowledgeable and personable. He shared history and insight into the areas we walked through. The foods we sampled were wonderful, plentiful, and representative of the areas. The tour took us into places we wouldn't have tried on our own, but that are certainly we'll worth visiting. Would highly recommend this tour!

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Beau B

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19, September, 2018

If you really want to say you visited NYC, be sure to take a tour with Josh. From knowledge about the history of the neighborhoods to the best ethnic food from 5 area locales, this tour is a must.

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Carl A

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13, August, 2018

Great tour with Brian! He included a lot of history around the area and had great photos of how the area looked back in the early 1900's. Great combination of history and food samplings from different cultures who immigrated to the area.

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Chelsea G

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22, July, 2018

Brian gives an excellent tour. He’s very knowledgeable about the area and the food was fantastic! It was a little bit history tour and a little bit food tour. The perfect cultural experience!

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JoAnn Q

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17, July, 2018

Elena was informative, answered all our questions. We love to sign up for food tours at the beginning of a trip to get culture, history, sample foods and recommendations on other places to return.

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Alice L

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10, July, 2018

Alex was a fantastic tour guide on this walking tour of the Lower East Side. The food was great, and the information was interesting. Highly recommended!

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Laura R

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09, July, 2018

We had Brain as our tour guide, he was the absolute best. He was so knowledgeable and charismatic, we didn't want the tour to end. When you go on this tour you'll experience wonderful food, but mostly you'll gain so much knowledge of the Lower East side. I would go on this tour again. My family and I had the best experience.

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Lisa O

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09, July, 2018

This was my first NY walking tour and I am so glad I went! Elena, our tour guide, was great: knowledgeable, well-spoken, and very personable. We learned a lot of interesting facts and stories about the history of the Lower East Side and tasted some delicious foods from Dutch, Chinese, Italian, Jewish, and German cultures along the way. I highly recommend this tour!

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Tim S

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29, May, 2018

This was a highlight of our 4 day trip to New York! Elena was very knowledgable and the food was delicious. We learned so much about the lower east side and even a few things about other parts of New York.

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Justin G

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30, April, 2018

Our guide Astrid was excellent! It was ranining the entire time but she found awnings wherever she could to give the tour. It takes you to a lot of places you would not go to on your own, including an amazing dumpling shop in Chinatown. Would have liked to have gone to Essex Market but the rain may have prevented it. Just FYI, this is a WALKING tour, you do walk for 3 hours. It is NYC, so this is fast paced. My wife was 4 months pregnant and it was right on the edge of being too much, but we still had a great time.

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Liza D

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29, April, 2018

great food and great guide! loved every stop and every story. Highly recommend

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sheena.ellis

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08, April, 2018

This was a fun way to learn about the effect of immigration on the culture and climate in NY. Great guide who was realyl knowledgeable, loved tasting different foods as we walked around the various areas. Thank Ace - you did a great job!

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dserven

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07, April, 2018

Excellent tour. We had a blast. We ate great food, met interesting people and learned a lot of the history of the Lower East Side. We took our 13 year old on this tour and he loved it. The food was more than I thought so we were definitely not hungry. Our guide, John was fantastic and his knowledge and delivery of the information was outstanding. We highly recommend this tour. If we had not taken this tour we would have missed out on an important part of New York City.

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suzy1965

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05, April, 2018

I would highly recommend this tour. The original tour had 20 people scheduled but we were broken up into 2 groups of 10 which really helped being able to hear and ask questions. Our tour guide: Mary Hannah did an outstanding job. The tour was about the different immigrant groups who came in NYC where the were located in the city and a food sample from some of these groups. It was not all talking, the food samples broke this up nicely so you didn't get bored with just hearing someone speak. The places we ate were small local places with great food. Mary Hannah's knowledge of the city and her use of the ipad to show us what the city looked like during certain time frames really added to the experience. The only negative thing I have to say about the tour is that the weather did not cooperate, it was extremely cold!!

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Klara Berglind G

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06, March, 2018

Great tour!

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