• Location: New York, New York
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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From stroopwafel to mozzarella to knishes, there are many amazing eats on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This small-group 3-hour 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.


  • 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

Explore New York City on a Food and Culture Tour of the Lower East Side.
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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

Justin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our guide Astrid was excellent! It was ranining the entire time but she found awnings wherever she could to give the tour. It takes you to a lot of places you would not go to on your own, including an amazing dumpling shop in Chinatown. Would have liked to have gone to Essex Market but the rain may have prevented it. Just FYI, this is a WALKING tour, you do walk for 3 hours. It is NYC, so this is fast paced. My wife was 4 months pregnant and it was right on the edge of being too much, but we still had a great time.

Liza D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

great food and great guide! loved every stop and every story. Highly recommend


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was a fun way to learn about the effect of immigration on the culture and climate in NY. Great guide who was realyl knowledgeable, loved tasting different foods as we walked around the various areas. Thank Ace - you did a great job!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent tour. We had a blast. We ate great food, met interesting people and learned a lot of the history of the Lower East Side. We took our 13 year old on this tour and he loved it. The food was more than I thought so we were definitely not hungry. Our guide, John was fantastic and his knowledge and delivery of the information was outstanding. We highly recommend this tour. If we had not taken this tour we would have missed out on an important part of New York City.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I would highly recommend this tour. The original tour had 20 people scheduled but we were broken up into 2 groups of 10 which really helped being able to hear and ask questions. Our tour guide: Mary Hannah did an outstanding job. The tour was about the different immigrant groups who came in NYC where the were located in the city and a food sample from some of these groups. It was not all talking, the food samples broke this up nicely so you didn't get bored with just hearing someone speak. The places we ate were small local places with great food. Mary Hannah's knowledge of the city and her use of the ipad to show us what the city looked like during certain time frames really added to the experience. The only negative thing I have to say about the tour is that the weather did not cooperate, it was extremely cold!!

Klara Berglind G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great tour!

Elda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was a fantastic tour with a great combination of history and foods to try. Our tour guide, Jillian, was wonderful! She had great insight into the history of the Lower East Side, and fun stories to share. We returned to several of the places we stopped at during the tour, which we would not have found without Jillian's help. I highly recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Our host, Brian, gave us a fast-paced, energetic, and most informative tour of a number of neighborhoods in and around the 5-points area. We enjoyed samplings of Chinese, Italian, Jewish, and German foods and a few other surprises along the way. In the past few years, we 70 year-olds have come to enjoy the walking food tours and this one did not disappoint. The history presented to us has encouraged us to plan yet another trip to NYC for even more adventures...thanks!

renzo G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We had Brian as our guide. Nice guy, knows a lot about the neighbourhoods and has a good way of explaining to us. Was open for questions and felt perfectly what we wanted to know and see. Very good tour! Showed us many nice spots and places where you never had come if you were on your own.
Highly recommended!

Kyra P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Amazing tour. Our guide, Astrid, took us to hidden gems in the lower East side of Manhattan. We combined authentic and very tasty flavours with the fascinating history of the neighbourhoods we visited. This was a top quality history tour, with excellent stops for food.

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