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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$79.00
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Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour
From US$79.00

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.

Reviews (286)
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Amazing NYC history lesson with wonderful food to accent the stories!

Our guide, Bruce Northham, is a resident of the area and is able to give insight that is unique to a resident of the area. He is a world traveler and gives many comparisons to NYC cultures to the countries of origin from first hand...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank D Neal E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Tour with Alex

Had a great, informative walking tour led by Alex. The three plus hour morning tour visited the ethnic history of the lower east side and included food tastings of Dutch, Chinese, Italian, Jewish and German ethnic comfort foods. Leader Alex provided entertaining history and context...More

Thank Phillip C
Reviewed 1 week ago
Cold Sunny Day but well worth the time

Wonderful way to spend my birthday on this tour with Bruce Northampton. The fascinating information Bruce shared with us, is stuff you don’t learn in a history textbooks. As a veteran of 30 years, guiding tours, Bruce was able to answer our questions and accommodate...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Alice L
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great perspective on how NYC got to be the great city that it is today!

This tour offered a fascinating and fun perspective on the history of New York City. Through the historical and cultural perspectives of the different immigrant communities, you'll develop a wonderful appreciation of how NYC has become the wonderful cultural salad that it is today. You'll...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mmccabe75
Reviewed 1 week ago
Highlighting lesser known visit locations

Mary was an excellent tour guide. She answered all of our questions and opened us to new experiences. There were so many more places to visit than just the bigger known empire state building. It truly completed our trip!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Evantripaccount
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15 January 2019|
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Response from Marilyn B | Reviewed this property |
It was about 2-3 miles total with lots of breaks. We walked very slowly and it was completely flat.
26 December 2018|
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Response from B2659WBsusand | Reviewed this property |
We go inside to eat for most of them
9 November 2018|
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Response from AnthonySF-LA | Reviewed this property |
Dumplings in Chinatown, desserts in little Italy, latkas in LES all vegetarian friendly. Can’t remember what the vegetarian food option at the gastropub was but everyone had a beer.