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Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy Food Tour

Embark on a culinary adventure that will not only pleasure your taste buds, but will also convey the tales of immigrants who shaped New York City’s food culture.
Where:New York City, New York
Price for:1 Participant
Experience incredible history and delicious food from New York's melting pot!

Prepare yourself for a guided journey through the city that never sleeps, where the legacy of countless newcomers blends seamlessly with the modern, and iconic landmarks serve as the backdrop for unforgettable food experiences.

As you follow your expert guide through the iconic neighborhoods of the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy, they will unveil architectural gems and share insights into the cultural influences that have shaped the city’s food scene. From street art to historic synagogues, you’ll leave with a deeper appreciation for the vibrant tapestry of New York City’s Lower East Side. Your guide will provide insights into the cultural significance of each food item you taste on the tour.

You’ll begin your foodie adventure in the Lower East Side, a neighborhood steeped in immigrant history and culinary tradition. As you stroll through its bustling streets, lined with tenements that whisper tales of the past, your guide will regale you with captivating stories, setting the stage for the gastronomic adventure ahead.

Next, you’ll dive deeper into the city’s culinary mosaic as you venture into the vibrant streets of Chinatown. Here you’ll discover the unique aromas and flavors of this iconic neighborhood, where tradition meets innovation.

Your tasty journey continues into the heart of Little Italy, where the essence of Italian heritage thrives. You’ll become immersed in the rich culture as you indulge in classic Italian delights and explore historic landmarks. Little Italy will be an authentic taste of the Old World in the heart of the city.

Next on the tour is Essex Market, a culinary treasure trove. You’ll discover that it is a paradise for foodies as you experience the market’s vibrant atmosphere and sample a fusion of global flavors and artisanal creations.

Delicious stops on the tour:

  • Mille Nonne: You’ll begin your culinary journey with re-imagined Italian classics from zero-waste, socially impactful food vendors.
  • Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys: Here you’ll get to savor the authentic taste of a classic bialy, a cherished New York delicacy.
  • Economy Candy: A Lower East Side institution has been satisfying sweet cravings since 1937 with an array of confections.
  • North Dumplings: Unearth a hidden gem in the heart of Chinatown, where dumplings reign supreme.
  • Yonah Schimmel: You’ll sample a local favorite, the iconic knish, and savor its history.
  • Nolita Pizza: Get a taste of Little Italy with one of the city’s finest pizza slices, a true New York classic.
  • Ferrara’s Bakery & Cafe: Indulge in the sweet essence of Little Italy with Ferrara’s legendary cannolis.

What's included:

  • Small group walking tour with a passionate, professional guide.
  • 6 food tastings (enough food for lunch).

When:  Tours available year-round Fridays (2:30pm) and Saturdays (12:00pm)*
*Subject to availability.

Duration: 3-hours

Walking Distance:  2-miles at a moderate pace.

Need to know:

  • Please note that our food stops may be subject to change to ensure your experience remains fresh and exciting.
  • The tour size is limited to 14 participants.
  • Please advise of food allergies or dietary restrictions when you reserve your tour time.
  • This food tour is Vegetarian and Vegan friendly. Gluten-free is currently unavailable on this tour.
  • Tours run rain, shine, or snow.
  • Dress for comfort and wear walking shoes.
  • This tour is wheelchair accessible. There may be one or two stops along the way without a wheelchair ramp and with a small step up but most stops have a ramp or are street level.
  • Your dog is fine to join you on the tour if you don’t mind leaving them outside when you go inside establishments where they serve food.
  • Committed to supporting local, community-based organizations with a cause, the tour provider donates a portion of every ticket sold to Tourism Cares, Reach the World, and the Human Impacts Institute. Through their Social Impact Tours, they offer meaningful engagement and funds to community partners and local non-profit organizations.

Whether you are looking for great places to eat in New York City, or a unique experience gift, the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy Food Tour is sure to please!

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