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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
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.


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, Oct 2018

Great tour.

It was very interesting and informative about the historical culinary background in the big Apple.

Elena the Tour Guide was very helpful.

, Sep 2018

If you really want to say you visited NYC, be sure to take a tour with Josh. From knowledge about the history of the neighborhoods to the best ethnic food from 5 area locales, this tour is a must.

, Aug 2018

Great tour with Brian! He included a lot of history around the area and had great photos of how the area looked back in the early 1900's. Great combination of history and food samplings from different cultures who immigrated to the area.

, Jul 2018

Not much on the food side to this tour. Was expecting more, but this tour missed the mark. Not sure why others think they got full.

, Jul 2018

Brian gives an excellent tour. He’s very knowledgeable about the area and the food was fantastic! It was a little bit history tour and a little bit food tour. The perfect cultural experience!

, Jul 2018

Elena was informative, answered all our questions. We love to sign up for food tours at the beginning of a trip to get culture, history, sample foods and recommendations on other places to return.

, Jul 2018

Alex was a fantastic tour guide on this walking tour of the Lower East Side. The food was great, and the information was interesting. Highly recommended!

, Jul 2018

This was my first NY walking tour and I am so glad I went! Elena, our tour guide, was great: knowledgeable, well-spoken, and very personable. We learned a lot of interesting facts and stories about the history of the Lower East Side and tasted some delicious foods from Dutch, Chinese, Italian, Jewish, and German cultures along the way. I highly recommend this tour!

, Jul 2018

We had Brain as our tour guide, he was the absolute best. He was so knowledgeable and charismatic, we didn't want the tour to end. When you go on this tour you'll experience wonderful food, but mostly you'll gain so much knowledge of the Lower East side. I would go on this tour again. My family and I had the best experience.

, May 2018

This was a highlight of our 4 day trip to New York! Elena was very knowledgable and the food was delicious. We learned so much about the lower east side and even a few things about other parts of New York.

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