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Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour

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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.
  • 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
  • Small group for personal attention from your guide and easy passage
  • All tastings included, so make sure to arrive on an empty stomach
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.  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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Departure Point
City Hall Park Path, New York, NY 10007, USA
Departure Time
10:00 AM
Return Details
Loreley Beer Garden, 7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002, USA
  • Traditional Dutch Cookie
  • Fried Chinese Dumplings
  • Cheesy Italian Tasting
  • Savory Jewish Baked Good
  • German Pretzel
  • Professional Local Guide
  • Gratuities
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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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a really interesting and informative tour with the wonderful Jillian who was delightful as well as having a fount of knowledge about the Lower East Side. I would highly recommend this tour if you -it gives a real insight into the development of...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Debra H
Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I really enjoyed this tour conducted by "Ace", with Urban Adventures. The size of the tour (10 of us) was small enough that we could always hear and were able to ask questions. Ace is very personable and obviously enjoys giving this...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Stephen T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Highly recommend this tour. Our guide Bruce was exceptional. You get a real feel for the history and varying cultures present at Lower East Side!

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank gizmo408
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went on this tour this morning. It was very fun and we stopped by food stores I wouldn't have gone in otherwise. I am a New Yorker and still learned quite a bit about local history, and ate foods I wouldn't have known about...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank JExcellentAdventures
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Tenements Tales and Tastes walking tour and connecting with the lower Eastside was fantastic. The tour guide was off the Charts informative.. if you do the tour (and you should!) ask for Bruce Northam!

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank TimJaygull
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1 June 2019|
Response from phost720 | Reviewed this property |
We met across from the Starbucks, in front of the statue with a lot of flowers at its base. Good luck and have fun!
15 January 2019|
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Response from julesohmighty | Reviewed this property |
It was a lot of walking!! :) but it was worth it.
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Response from B2659WBsusand | Reviewed this property |
We go inside to eat for most of them
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