• 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.

Highlights

  • 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

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.

cj1059

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

So Olivia was our tour guide. The temperature was only 7 degrees, but the tour was still on! We met our guide, along with another group of 6 to make our total group 12 bodies, including Olivia. Even with frigid temps, this was an outstanding tour. We all learned alot...Olivia was full of fun facts and kept us interested wile navigating the streets. The food stops were incredible...Chinatown, Little Italy, the Jewish garment district, ending in a German microbrewery!!! I'd just say the risk in booking too far in advance would always be the weather. Sounds like even the rain doesn't cancel this tour. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting NYC. Fascinating and exceptionally well done. Tour guides are well versed with much knowledge and professionalism.

Susan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour with Olivia as our tour guide. Our relatives who went with us, were from New York and still learned
a lot of history about Chinatown and Little Italy. She also told them about different restuarants to try out in the city.

Cherryl S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour combined two things I love--local history and interesting food. Our guide was knowledgeable and a gifted story teller. The food was from long standing neighborhood shops and skillfully woven into the history of the nieghborhoods. This is a must do tour if you are at all interested in the American immigration story.

Joanne D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Jillian was our tour guide and she is a pro. She told the history of the area with plenty of interesting side stories. Do not eat breakfast before you go. We had a cookie and hot chocolate so cold outside!, handmade dumplings, mozzarella and prosciutto, a quarter of 2 different kinds of knish, and ended with bratwurst and hot pretzel. The tour moved quickly and we were surprised at the end to see how much area we had traveled. A lot of fun and worth the price.

Steven R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This is a really fun, delicious and educational tour. We are New Yorkers, a family of four with children 17 and 12, and despite living here we learned a lot on the tour. Our guide Brian was terrific and the tour is great because it is never a large group. We had 10 people in total and it was easy to stay together as a group and get to chat informally with the guide as you walk from place to place. You stop at different locations to get little tastes of different ethnic food in this fascinating, diverse and historic neighborhood. The small dumpling shop that is the first stop is a real find, and the other stops are equally fascinating and delicious. Highly recommend this neighborhood walking tour and our guide Brian.

Catherine W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

So interesting to get the history of the downtown/Chinatown/Little Italy/Lower East Side area as well as go into some food places I wouldn't normally go. Our guide Josh was easy to listen and knowledgeable and friendly.

Tricia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

I highly recommend this tour, it is a great way to see New York that you would not find on your own. We have family that have lived in New York for over 30 years and when we told them the areas and food stops they were highly impressed and said those places are legit.
Bryan was our guide, he was well informed, personable, relatable and relaxed. Bryan gave enough information about each area but not information overload. There were 8 in our group and everyone was engaged throughout the 3 hours. Our favorite spot was China town and the dumplings! Next time were in NYC, we will be taking another tour with Bryan and Urban Adventures.

Malcolm C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

I had a fabulous time on this tour. Our guide Danielle was very knowledgeable. She went to a lot of trouble to ensure we all had an opportunity to taste the food on offer. The highlight for me was the extent of her knowledge of the lower east side. I learned such a lot that I did not know.

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