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Lower East Side
What was once a destination for immigrants arriving in America and later, the hub of gritty New York City, is today one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods. Visitors will find unique boutiques, small galleries and plenty of character in this part of New York that’s bordered by East Houston, Essex, Canal Street and the Bowery. Travelers venturing into Chinatown, NoLita, SoHo and the East Village should be sure to add a stroll through the Lower East Side to their itinerary. 

Known by locals as Loisaida because of its large Spanish-speaking population, this neighborhood is home to plenty of Latin-influenced cuisine. But travelers will find plenty of diverse flavors, including the iconic Katz’s Delicatessen, made famous in When Harry Met Sally. 

Travelers who want to take a look at Manhattan’s earliest inhabitants can check out the Tenement Museum, which showcases the life of the city’s earliest immigrants. Art lovers can find galleries and live music venues scattered across Ludlow and Orchard Streets. And since a number of trains, including the B, D, F, J and M—as well as local buses—make stops in the Lower East Side, travelers will find it easy to access, though, since streets here aren’t numbered, possibly more challenging to navigate.

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Manhattan's Lower East Side is accessible using several subways, including the F, M, B, D and J trains. The M15 bus also travels along Houston street and makes traveling to and from anywhere on Manhattan's East Side a breeze.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

3-Hour Lower East Side Walking and Food Tasting Tour

Explore the food and history of the Lower East Side on a small-group 3-hour walking tour. Stop at seven mouth-watering food destinations for tastings and take in the neighborhood's rich history as you pass by the Tenement Museum and other landmarks. Your local guide shares stories about this famous part of Manhattan as you stroll at a leisurely pace. You'll have plenty of time for tastings at legendary spots that serve up both sweet and savory treats, including knishes, bialy, and pickles.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

A Disastrous History of Housing the Poor: A Walk of New York's Lower East Side

Enrich your understanding of New York as a city of immigrants, exiles, and refugees on this walking tour of the Lower East Side. With an informative guide leading the way, learn about the African burial ground beneath the city’s pavement, the Italian slum of Mulberry Bend, the Five Points neighborhood of “Gangs of New York” fame, and the waves poor immigrants who called this corner of lower Manhattan home.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

Tastes of the Lower East Side

Explore the vibrant Lower East Side of Manhattan on a 2-hour small-group tour. Traverse the neighborhood on foot and learn about its rich immigrant past from your informative guide. Learn about the various groups who immigrated to America and sample some of the delicious foods that they brought with them as you visit some of the area’s famous landmarks.
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  • 2 hours
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US$45.00
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Half-day Tours

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Retired NYPD Guided- New York Gangsters, Crime & Food Walk

From crime families and "red sauce" restaurants to some of the best cannolis on this side of the Atlantic, New York City's Little Italy is a neighborhood not to be missed. Get more out of your Little Italy experience with this walking tour, complete with a retired NYPD detective leading the way. Uncover the mafia-related history of the neighborhood, hear a few true crime stories, and enjoy a dinner of food tastings—from handmade cheese to fresh pizza—all included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes

Day Cruises

Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

Admire the architecture of Manhattan from the water on a cruise on a 1920s-style yacht. From the teak deck of the boat, learn about New York City's architectural landmarks as you circumnavigate the island and listen to the 'Around Manhattan' narration, provided by members of NYC chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Both locals and visitors will find the commentary interesting. One beer or glass of wine is provided, as well as snacks and soda.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes

Bus & Minivan Tours

New York Double-Decker Bus Night Tour

See New York City shine in all its glory on this illuminating night tour. From aboard an open-top double-decker bus, see the lights and evening activity of Times Square, Greenwich Village, SoHo, the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and more. Savor incredible panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline at night.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

Lower East Side Eats Food Tour

Experience the flavors of New York City’s Lower East Side on a 3-hour culinary walking tour through a vibrant and historic neighborhood. Explore the area with a food-loving guide, and learn the history of the immigrants that gave the Lower East Side its diverse, rich cuisines. Pause for tastings at six shops, restaurants and cafes, and enjoy tastings at each destination. Sample traditional Jewish delicacies and old-fashioned candies as well as creative donuts and sweets in a neighborhood packed with galleries, boutiques and local charm.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Nightlife

Bar Rooftop and Club Experience NYC

Explore the nightlife of New York City on a tour that guarantees skip-the-line access at a minimum of 4 venues. You might visit a bar, speakeasy, live music hall, rooftop lounge, or dance club depending on what’s available that evening. Travel with a small group and guide who provides free admission and 2 complimentary drinks as you meet new people during this worry-free night out in New York.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35.00
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Walking Tours

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2.5 Hour Lower East Side Walking & Tasting Tour

Enter the old school feel of NYC in the neighborhood known as the Lower East Side. From the tenement homes to the countless pushcarts that roamed these streets you will get to experience the very few old establishments left in the city. The feel of Jewish immigration holds heavy still in the neighborhood as we get severed knishes from an establishment dating back to the early 1900's. We also venture to the one and only world famous Katz Delicatessen.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Walking Tours

Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour

From stroopwafel to mozzarella to knishes, there are many amazing eats on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This small-group guided Lower East Side walking tour takes your taste buds to the most edible parts of the historic neighborhood. Emphasizing immigration and its influence on the area, the tour focuses history—and the food—of one of the city’s most dynamic areas. The small group means you’ll get easier access to the guide.
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  • 3 hours
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US$79.00
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Hop-on Hop-off Tours

New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off Tour

A hop-on hop-off New York bus tour allows you to see the city at your own pace and provides easy transportation to top sights. Entertaining tour guides keep you informed when you’re on board, and you can hop off and on the distinctive double-decker tour buses when you wish to check out attractions like the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. There are several options and combos to choose from with access to the Uptown Loop, Downtown Loop, Brooklyn Loop and Night Tour, or upgrade to add attractions to your tour!
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  • 120 to 180 minutes
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  • 120 to 180 minutes
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Food Tours

Private New York City Lower East Side Food Tour

Explore the rich culinary history of the Lower East Side on this private half-day walking tour. With an informative local guide leading the way, learn about the waves of immigrants who settled this once impoverished strip of tenement houses. Visit some of the neighborhood’s landmark restaurants, delicatessens, and appetizing shops, including Katz’s, Yonah Shimmel’s Knish Bakery, and the Pickle Guys.
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  • 120 to 180 minutes
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  • 120 to 180 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Photography Tours

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Sidewalks and Skyscrapers: Street Art Is This Way

Focus on New York City's vibrant street art scene on this walking tour with an art-expert guide. Strolling the streets yourself means you'll get a much closer look at the urban works of art, from graffiti to murals, than you would from behind the windows of a tour vehicle. Traveling with a small group of just 10 people or fewer means you'll enjoy some personalized attention and the chance to ask questions.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Walking Tours

East Village Walking Tour with Food Tasting

New York’s East Village is a cultural melting pot of the classic and the contemporary. Enhance your experience of the Big Apple’s hippest neighborhood on this 3-hour walking tour including food tasting. Alongside your guide, you’ll visit cultural and culinary hot spots including the gentrified St. Mark’s Street, Café Veselka, and McSorely’s, the oldest Irish pub in East Village. Pleasure your palate with five food samples and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

City Tours

Alternative New York Street Art Tour: Lower East Side

Explore the cool street art in two of Brooklyn's hippest 'hoods on this guided excursion. Head to hipster mecca, Bushwick and let the guide lead you to some amazing street art: graffiti murals that are both cutting edge and beautiful statements about urban life in New York City. Then move on to Williamsburg for more art gawking and end the tour by shopping in boutiques and eating at some of the coolest restaurants in the Big Apple.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Original Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour

New York’s first food & history tour! This tour combines the history of the diverse Lower East Side with a series of small food sampling or “noshing” stops from local shops and markets. The main focus of our tour is the history of the multi-ethnic Lower East Side with an emphasis on the neighborhoods of the Jewish East Side, Little Italy, and Chinatown. During the course of our walk we will sample about 10 different items, representing the Dominican, Jewish, Italian, and Chinese communities of the Lower East Side. Most of these items are dairy or vegetarian. All food sampling will be done outdoors and we do not include restaurants on our tour. Our “noshing” tour uses the markets and shops to highlight the history and could be considered a light meal.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Bus & Minivan Tours

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Empire State Building Ticket with Open Top Hop on Hop off Bus Tour

Discover all the magic of New York City from an Open Top Sightseeing Bus Tour and view the City from above on top of the iconic Empire State Building, the skyscraper that defines the Manhattan Skyline. Enjoy your day of unlimited rides throughout New York City where you can hop on and hop off as often as you'd like and for as long as you'd like. Explore all the famous sights in Midtown, Downtown, and Uptown such as Times Square, the Empire State Building, Wall St. and the Statue of Liberty. Grab a breath of fresh air navigating around Central Park or be able to hop off at world-famous museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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  • 60 to 120 minutes
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US$70.00
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  • 60 to 120 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Hop-on Hop-off Tours

New York City 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Pack in a full day of sightseeing New York City easily with this 24-hour hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus tour. You can choose between three neighborhoods loops, including Downtown, Uptown and Brooklyn or upgrade to gain access to all four loops and a hop-on, hop-off cruise. No matter what you choose, you can spend the day (or the night) riding around as your tour guide provides fun facts as you go. Plus, you can plan out what stops you’d like to get off at to do some more in-depth exploring.
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  • 120 to 180 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 120 to 180 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

Stories from the Dark Side of New York City with NYPD Guide

Learn the shocking truth behind New York City’s organized crime rings on this guided, 2.5-hour tour. Led by a retired New York City police officer or detective, visit locations with a history of crime both past and present, like Chinatown, the Lower East Side and Wall Street. Find out about New York’s sordid past and how the city was shaped by crime — crime rings, gang crimes, the mafia and more. It’s a fascinating account for anyone interested in true crime and the stormy past from one of the world’s most famous cities.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Walking Tours

New York City Lower East Side Walking Tour

Go deep into a classic New York City neighborhood with a 3-hour walking tour of the Lower East Side’s historic landmarks and hidden gems. Learn the stories of the generations of immigrants that made their homes in the Lower East Side as you explore a pair of famous Jewish delis, a matzoh factory and a knish bakery. Visit the neighborhood’s most beloved spots, see the film locations of favorite NYC movies and television shows, and learn how a working-class enclave gave way to cutting-edge restaurants and exclusive boutiques.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Hop-on Hop-off Tours

New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Statue of Liberty Ticket

Traverse the city in the best possible way: via double-decker bus with this hop-on, hop-off tour. See the best of the Big Apple, from Times Square to the Empire State Building to historic Greenwich Village. Choose from 24-, 48-, and 72-hour hour options, and get a great value with the following inclusions: a Night Tour of the city lights at iconic attractions, a hop-on, hop-off ferry tour of New York’s waterways, and entrance to your choice of the Museum of the City of New York or New York Historical Society
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  • 120 to 180 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$85.00
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  • 120 to 180 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: New York City by Jeep SUV

Tour New York City in a new and fun way on this private tour in a Jeep Wrangler. With your expert local guide by your side, cruise the streets of the Big Apple in a new Jeep seeing famous neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, SoHo, and the Lower East Side. This tour has a maximum of just four participants.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$399.00
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nightlife

Nightlife Hosted Group Tour NYC

If you’re not familiar with NYC, going out at night can seem pretty intimidating. This NYC nightlife tour puts your mind at ease by planning out your night for you. Be led by a guide who knows the downtown area better than most and who takes you to at least four hip venues. Get special skip-the-line entry at each location and two drinks included in your night out in New York City.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Running Tours

Culture Clash: Immigrant NYC Running Tour

Explore the neighborhoods of SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, the Bowery and the Lower East Side on this epic running tour that highlights New York City's immigrant roots. You'll run past famous restaurants, music venues and clubs that have made this one of the city's top destinations for decades. You'll see Katz's Deli, the Henry Street Settlement, Old St Patrick's Cathedral and more on this popular tour that hits all the Lower East side attractions. This memorable day on city streets concludes with a coffee at a local coffee shop and a bit of time to unwind.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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