Take this food tour at the beginning of your stay so you can return to these wonderful neighborhoods and enjoy them at your leisure
Jacqueline was so engaging. She knew everyone in Harlem and made the food tour a fun experience. More importantly, we learned a lot about the history of Harlem and the struggles of this community. Harlem is truly a great area of NYC that should be explored by everyone.
5 stars. The guide was cordial and knowledgeable. The food and drinks were plentiful and varied. I would highly recommend this tour for an overview of Harlem, its history, and food.
This was my sixth walking food tour and by far the best. Jacqueline is amazing. We learned so much more than food facts. I've lived in NYC for over 30 years and knew so little about Harlem. Thanks to Jacqueline we discovered some great places to eat, but even more important a wonderful new place to explore. Every New Yorker should take this tour! I'll be spreading the word to everyone I know.
Sandy E United States of ...
I enjoyed learning about the history of Harlem and the growth of the community. The guide was knowledgeable and very passionate, which came through during the tour.
However, the guide was woefully unprepared when it came to the food portion of the tour. I am a vegetarian and indicated this when I signed up for the tour. As a result of the guides failure to plan for alternate diets, I had to eat side dishes like white rice and salad while other participants enjoyed full meals at the restaurants we visited. Having successfully participated in other food tours around the world, I have never been in a situation where my food preference was not accommodated. What made it worse is that there were vegetarian options available at all the restaurants we visited the guide just didn't call the restaurants in advance to order the dishes.
Further evidence of the guide's poor planning was apparent when we visited Lee Lee's Bakery in Harlem, known for the homemade rugelach. When our group arrived, they were just selling out of the rugelach. If the guide called in advance to inform the bakery that a group of fifteen were coming, they would have put aside the dessert. I'm not sure why calling ahead wasn't obvious to the guide since she informed us that they often sell out of the rugelach because of its popularity.
I've been on other food tours where the restaurants are very aware of the group's dietary preferences and accommodate for it all. This guide's poor planning impacted all of us. I did not get my monies worth and left the tour hungry.
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