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New York City Lower East Side Culture and Food Tastings Tour

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


From stroopwafel to mozzarella to knishes; there are many amazing eats on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. On this small-group walking tour, discover the neighborhood's diverse cultural heritage and learn how its immigration history has influenced its dynamic foodie scene. Along the way, visit markets, bakeries, and restaurants, and sample delicacies from all around the world.
  • Explore Manhattan’s Lower East Side like a New Yorker with a local guide
  • Sample New York’s famous knishes and four other dishes
  • Small-group tour offers a more personalised experience
  • Receive insider tips and recommendations on where to eat in the city
  • This tour is carbon neutral, operated by the world’s largest travel B Corp accredited company

What's Included

  • Friendly Local, English-speaking food lover guide
  • Stroll in the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy on 3 hours food walking tour
  • Learn about the importance of immigration to the city
  • Sample 4 historic dishes on 4 Food stops
  • See 100-year old bakerie, churches, and historic New York sites
  • Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 7 Elk St
    7 Elk St, New York, NY 10007, USA

    In front of the African Burial Ground National Monument, across from 7 Elk Street (between Duane and Elk Street), New York, NY 10007

End point

  • Lower East Side
    Lower East Side, New York, NY, USA

    Your tour ends in the heart of the Lower East Side neighborhood (New York, NY 10002)

What To Expect

Today the Lower East Side is crammed with bars, clubs and trendy restaurants. But if you know where to look, you can find very edible remnants of its intriguing past. The neighborhood was once home to many of the city’s new immigrants and the old-school food of the area still reflects this.

So come hungry for this fun small-group tour, where you’ll munch on the sample some of the best snacks and learn a lot about the history of the Lower East Side. Start off with some stroopwafel, which is Dutch for ‘syrup waffle.".

Next, try knishes, representative of the Jewish immigrants who once populated the area, at some of the bakeries that are still sprinkled around here. Munch on mozzarella in nearby Little Italy, today just part of Mulberry Street, but once a bustling part of town with thousands of immigrants from southern Italy.

Learn about the history of the neighborhood from your local guide. From Poles to Jews to Italians, many different immigrants have called the Lower East Side home and they’ve all left their mark. Also learn about the erstwhile African burial ground, where Africans, both enslaved and free, were put to rest through most of the 18th century. 

Finally, step into chaotic Chinatown, where steamed pork buns and succulent soup dumplings compete for your taste buds.

The tour finishes back on the Lower East Side, where you can continue exploring on your own.

It’s advisable to wear or bring clothing that is weather appropriate depending on the season, as you’ll be outside for at least 3 hours. It’s also recommended you book the tour at least 48 hours before.

African Burial Ground National Monument

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

New York City Supreme Court

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Columbus Park

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Little Italy

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Sara D Roosevelt Park

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Lower East Side

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tenement Museum (Pass By)

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 14.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Excellent tour and food tasting! Our guide, Erik, was fantastic! His extensive historical and cultural knowledge and ability to relate it to our surroundings made this tour both educational and entertaining. His pacing of the tour was spot on, both for the tour pause and talk spots and the food stops. And the food, oh my! Some of the best tasting we've had of those items, and while plentiful, not overwhelming. Highly recommend this tour and this guide!


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History Comes to Life Through Stories & Food
Teresa_D, June 2023
Mickey’s presentation made history come to life. It was a small group, which made asking questions & having conversation very easy.
Hannah our guide was an...
Tom_D, June 2023
Hannah our guide was an absolute teaching/informational sweetheart! While the tour was expertly done, it’s the people you remember, and Hannah will be remembered a long time! Tom & Ana
1st New York visit
Shana_P, June 2023
Hannah was the best tour guide. If I lived here I think we would be friends. She explained all history. The food was delicious on the tour. I would take this tour again if she were the guide. 5stars
A Nolita/LES must do!
Delaney_L, May 2023
This food/walking tour was awesome!! The historical part was very insightful, and the food was delicious. Request Micaela Fagan - she was an awesome guide. 11/10 experience!
Definitely worth doing. Bruce was great.
Adele_I, May 2023
All of it—learning the history, diversity and intermixed cultures of the area. Food tastings were delicious!
History, culture, and food of NYC's Lower East Side in one outstanding tour!
Lisa_S, May 2023
Excellent tour and food tasting! Our guide, Erik, was fantastic! His extensive historical and cultural knowledge and ability to relate it to our surroundings made this tour both educational and entertaining. His pacing of the tour was spot on, both for the tour pause and talk spots and the food stops. And the food, oh my! Some of the best tasting we've had of those items, and while plentiful, not overwhelming. Highly recommend this tour and this guide!
Do this tour, ask for Mickey
sdesfoss, May 2023
Mickey was the most exceptional and memorable part of our experience. Her knowledge of the area, her wit and humour was infectious. The food delicious; the group pleasant. My daughters and I loved, loved this experience. I highly recommend this tour.
A NYC trip highlight!
Our guide Hanna was delightful, knowledgeable and funny. The food was amazing. Best pizza, best dumplings and best babka ever! Learned the history behind the various immigrants settling in New York over the centuries! Highly recommend!
Enlightening, immersive and fun
Laden_O, May 2023
Very informative and entertaining tour. Our tour guide Michaela was very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the history of New York. She told us lots of interesting historical facts and pointed out supporting evidence from our surroundings such as architectural style of historical buildings and historical streets. Sampling different foods was also nice. This was one of the best things I did in New York.
Best part of our trip to NYC!!
Raleigh_G, Apr 2023
Our tour guide, Eric, was amazing! So knowledgeable and personable! We recommended him and our tour to friends and family the very next day! Best part of our 7 day New York trip hands down.
Could be interesting
MGgie_H, Apr 2023
Chinatown and its history was interesting. Food offered was too starchy, salty and filling. Would have like more commentary as we walked along. Could be a much more engaging walk/tour. Interesting areas visited.
Highly recommend this tour
Rose_B, Apr 2023
My daughter and I had a fantastic time on this tour with our guide Alex!! Alex was fantastic, very informative and the food was fantastic.
Hannah was an awesome...
Nicholas_S, Apr 2023
Hannah was an awesome tour guide. We loved the food along the way. She handled all the ordering at each place. Dumplings were our favorite. Good amount of walking. Mostly outside so bring an umbrella and wear layers.
Multicultural Food Tour
Carol_G, Apr 2023
The tour gave us new insight into NYC’s immigrant story. The multi sensory tour appealed to sights, smells, sounds and tastes. Alex was knowledgeable and took all the time needed to answer questions ~ he was a terrific guide!
Great guide - good not worth the cost
Lisa_E, Apr 2023
Cullen was a great guide - he knew the history and supplemented with interesting facts. We felt that the food portion of the tour was inadequate given the price. A shared piece of pizza? A quarter of a knish? Half of a pastelitos? Very disappointing.
Walk with a local who loves New York's neighborhoods
Sharon_C, Apr 2023
Bruce clearly loves food and New York's immigrant story. He brought a lot of energy to showing us his city and sharing the ways in which we are all richer for the cultures and traditions that people have brought to NYC over time. And the food was delicious! I could not have found all these special places on my own. We enjoyed the "insiders" treatment at each store and restaurant.
Perfect tour with many interesting stories and great food
Conny_R, Apr 2023
Great tour in a small group with our guide Alex - very interesting stories, delicious food - a fun and perfect way to explore NY neighborhoods.
A most interesting, pressure free, 3 hr walking tour
Padraic_T, Apr 2023
We experienced an excellent 3hr tour with our very knowledgeable guide Cullen. The history of the Lr East Side is so interesting with the never changing issue of immigrant assimilation. 13 was a perfect number for our group. The 4 food stops were very tasty and different, featuring Chinese, Italian, Jewish and Puerto Rican. This is an amazing way to experience an historic area at leisure.
Excellent tour! Fun, engaging, and informative! Highly recommend!!
mike, Apr 2023
Hannah was an amazing guide. Experienced, knowledgable, friendly and professional. Fun experience and well organized. Highly recommend!
Fantastic tour!
Kayla_G, Apr 2023
Such a fun experience!! I highly recommend Mickey and this tour if you visit NYC! You will try some great food and learn so much history and interesting facts about the different immigrants and how NYC came to be!

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