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From 'stroopwafel' to mozzarella to knishes, there is a lot of amazing eats on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. And this small-group 3-hour guided Lower East Side walking tour takes you and your taste buds to the most edible parts of the historic neighborhood, offering a taste of history. Emphasizing past immigration and its influence on the area, the tour’s focus on the history — and the food — of one of the city’s most dynamic areas is an essential element to understanding New York City. The small group means you’ll get easier access to the guide.


  • 3-hour food tour of New York City on foot
  • Sample New York’s famous knishes and four other dishes
  • Visit bustling markets and taste the treats on offer
  • Stroll among the city’s cultural sites in the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Little Italy
  • Get a glimpse into New York’s immigrant heritage and how it is shaping the city today
  • Discover New York’s vibrant Lower East Side from a local’s perspective, with an informed guide

What You Can Expect

Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour

Browse the unique ethnic markets of the Lower East Side

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 3-hour 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,” a couple of small waffles layered with caramel.

Indulge in 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.

And learn about the history of the place from your local guide. From Poles to Jews to Italians, many people of come through the Lower East Side and they’ve all left their mark.

Go to the Essex Street Market, basically an active food hall where you can try everything from tacos to pancakes. Learn about the erstwhile African burial ground, where Africans, both enslaved and free, were put to rest through most of the 18th century. Visit the very popular Lower East Side Tenement Museum to get a sense of how people really lived in the neighborhood a century ago.

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, so you can continue to do some 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.

Customer Reviews

Laura Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Marvelous tour by Urban Adventures. Guide Josh very experienced, thoughtful and generous. Learned a lot and bites were perfect. Don't miss it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We highly recommend this tour. Brian was our guide and if you want to enjoy a tour then check this one out. He made sure to get to know everyone and was very knowledgable. We sampled some great food with insight and history. Brian kept things moving and fun!

Richard D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Brian is a very knowledgable and friendly guide he appears to love his job! He gave us a good history of the area and brought us to quite a few places to sample food. At the end of the tour while sitting in a German beer garden, Brian gave us several food and bar suggestions. This was our 4th food/cultural tour other cities and operators and this was the best!

Peter D Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Astrid we love you, as it turned out just Sue me and Astrid and this is a must do tour.
Thank you and as a result we did a beer tour with her a few days later along with 5 others and once again just the best time.

Judith D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Had a great time on the tour. David, our tour guide, was most pleasant and knowledgeable. He answered all our questions and gave us many interesting facts. We came away with a whole new appreciation for the different areas we visited. I would definitely recommend the tour to others.

Beth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

David led an excellent tour! Although my husband and I have been to NY many times, we learned a great deal about Manhattan. The fact that we had a and #34;taste and #34; of the lower east side added to the cultural experience.

Tom F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was awesome. Eva, our tour guide was outstanding. The walking route gave you a great feel of how and where and what immigrants, and my great grandparents endured. The stops into some unuque food places was great. The rest stops for history explainations was just right.

Benji M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Brian was a great tour guide. He knew what he was doing and gave us interesting facts about the history behind the neighborhoods we were in while introducing us to delicious food.

Cathy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a great tour and I would do it again. Food stops were Delish and meaningful.
Historical info extremely enriching.
Tour guide Joe was so knowledge and helpful. I think he was the most thoughtfully intelligent guide we and #39;ve ever had. Can and #39;t believe the area we covered.

Juanita H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Alex was an awesome tour guide and the food and culture was so interesting. Lovely day, lovely tour. Hope to one day do the Cocktails Tour or the Brewery Tour. Definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to see some 'real' New York.

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