5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

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  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Experience New York's West Village like a local on this lunchtime walking tour that combines tastings of bagels, pizza and other neighborhood favorites with a hearty helping of history. See where famous writers and musicians including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan and Lou Reed hung out and where Monica on the hit show 'Friends' lived. Savor six tastings at popular West Village spots including Faicco's Italian Specialties, Hudson Bagels and Mamoun's Falafel. By the end of your tour, you'll have learned lots about the bohemian past and current hotspots of this beloved New York neighborhood.

Highlights

  • Food walking tour of New York's West Village neighborhood
  • Learn about the West Village's artistic legacy, and see where Jack Kerouac, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan once lived
  • Skip the lines and sample pizza, bagels, cannolis and other local favorites at six popular eateries
  • All tastings and a bottle of water included in tour price

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What You Can Expect

New York's West Village Food Tour

Take a delicious walk through New York's West Village

Your walking tour begins on Bleecker Street in the heart of New York's West Village. Long a favorite with artists of all types, this quaint, tree-lined neighborhood comprises the west side of New York's famous Greenwich Village and is home to some of the city's most charming streets and best food.

Learn about eateries locals love from your knowledgeable guide, and bypass the lines. Stop into Faicco's Italian Specialties for a taste of homemade sopressata and Arancini. Sample New York-style pizza and authentic bagels that are boiled before baked. Enjoy cannolis from Pasticceria Bruno, a first-place winner on Food Network Challenge: Sugar Adventures, and visit Mamoun's Falafel, the oldest falafel restaurant in the city. You'll find your tastings at six different establishments (see Itinerary for a list) add up to an ample lunch.

As you leisurely stroll 2.5 miles (4 km) through the West Village, your guide will also talk about the area's rich artistic legacy and show you where famous Beat Generation icons such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg and legendary musicians including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Lou Reed once lived and hung out. Wander along hidden alleys, and admire comfy coffee shops and lovely brownstones, including the one used for Monica's apartment on the hit show 'Friends.'

Your 3-hour West Village walking tour concludes on La Guardia Place — just a short walk from where it began — making it easy to spend the rest of your afternoon exploring the neighborhood and revisiting the restaurants on your tour for more tasty bites.

Itinerary

Tastings take place at:

Faicco's Italian Specialties
Artichoke Pizza
Mamoun’s Falafel

Hudson Bagels
Fatty 'Cue
Pasticceria Bruno

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Dante was great. This tour gives you a great overview of the West Village area as well as the various foods in that part of town. Dante also gives a lot of historical perspectives throughout the tour. Highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was a great experience! We only had one other couple on the tour with us so it was just 4 of us plus the guide which meant we had extra time to wander a little and get to know each other. Ian was our guide and he was fantastic: funny, knowledgeable, and easy going. The food stops were delicious and several were stops I wouldn't have found on my own or maybe even ventured into: obviously the lesson is that sometimes a hole in the wall serves delicious food! I'd been to NYC on over a dozen other occasions but had somehow missed exploring this area; this tour gave my friend and I the impetus to do so and I can see it rapidly becoming one of our favorites! So many restaurants: so little time! Great experience overall: I would definitely recommend this tour! Thank you!

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