New York City Lower East Side Culture and Food Tastings Tour

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Duration: 3 hours

Departs: New York, New York

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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Tacos, dumplings, bagels — America would be a food wasteland without the dishes brought here by immigrants. Join this 3-hour New York City walking tour to sample the best ethnic foods in the Lower East Side. But this experience includes much more than sampling delicious foods, as you’ll learn about the history of the dishes, establishments, sites, and people along the way from your guide.

What's Included

Friendly Local, English-speaking food lover guide

Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay

Learn about the importance of immigration to the city

Sample 4 historic dishes on 4 Food stops

See 100-year old bakerie, churches, and historic New York sites

Stroll in the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy on 3 hours food walking tour

What's Not Included



Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Children aged 5 years and younger are welcome at no charge
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Maximum group size is 14.
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Children aged 5 years and younger are welcome at no charge
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Maximum group size is 14.
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

What To Expect

African Burial Ground National Monument
We discuss the discovery of the burial ground and the building of the memorial and monument, including the significance of some of the design. We also talk a little bit about the early African experience in New York through those that were brought here as slaves and those that were freed.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

New York City Supreme Court
We talk about the history of the surrounding area that was once a poor Irish community and before that a polluted pond. You get to see the building that is now most famous for being featured on most episodes of Law & Order.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Columbus Park
We briefly walk through this park on the edge of Chinatown and talk about what used to be here: the notorious neighborhood of the Five Points. We discuss the Irish immigration and show photos of what the neighborhood used to look like.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

We walk through part of the neighborhood, discuss Chinese immigration, and visit a dumpling shop that is a local favorite. We also give tips on where else to visit in the large community.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Little Italy
We head up and around Mulberry Street and discuss Italian immigration. We get to see some amazing modern street art, hear stories about organized crime, and visit an historic local Italian food shop for a delicious tasting.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

We cruise through one of the most trendy neighborhoods in New York today and discuss the changing neighborhood. This used to be Little Italy, but today it’s loaded with hip bars and restaurants and we get to see some of the best street art in the city.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

St. Patrick's Old Cathedral
As we walk through Nolita, you get a chance to see the original St. Patrick’s and learn about the hardships Catholic immigrants first suffered when coming to this country.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Sara D Roosevelt Park
Learn about the history of this park, named for FDR’s mother, and take a quick stroll through the northern end. We’ll also stop at the M’Finda Kalunga Garden inside the park to discuss Latin American immigration and how this neighborhood has changed throughout the decades.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Lower East Side
See the transformation of the neighborhood from an area filled with run-down tenements and poverty to one that is currently being gentrified. See lots of great street art and community gardens. Learn about Jewish, German, and Latin American immigration in this neighborhood and sample some traditional food.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Tenement Museum
We share stories about the founding of the museum and its important part in Lower East Side history. Our tour ends very close to the museum and our guides can give you tips on how to get tickets and explore their excellent gift shop.

• Admission Ticket Free


A must for New York Culture
Robert_S, 22-12-2022
The entire tour was very informative. We learned so much about the early history of New York in a way that could be visualized.
Perfect NYC family food tour
leifj678, 22-12-2022
Our family tour with Bruce was amazing. We got the local experience, great food and fun history lesson -everything we were hoping for and more. Our two teenagers and 9 year old daughter loved it too. Highly recommend taking this tour.
B4108OProbins, 21-12-2022
A lot of fun walking round New York on a tour led by Bruce and the food tasting was a fabulous experience.
Not to be missed.
katrat62, 20-12-2022
In our opinion, this is a “not to be missed” walking tour in New York City. Bruce is extremely knowledgeable, with a bang on sense of humour to boot! The fascinating story of past immigration to New York over the last few centuries, combined with beautifully timed visits to pertinent food emporiums, meant that much was learned and appreciated. Bruce’s delivery, in an easy going but crystal clear way, left nobody in any doubt as to the passion for his chosen subject today. All the food stops were excellent, with Bruce able to point out many possibilities for our ongoing visit to New York City. Time appeared to go by very quickly on this tour, but it was Bruce that made all factoids on the tour easy to understand, and left us wanting more even though we were satiated by the food stops and the history lesson! Highly recommended!
Great combo of history and food!
godfthr79, 20-12-2022
Great tour! Michaela (spelling may be wrong) was a great tour guide. So knowledgeable, entertaining and fun. We got a great amount of food including some things she seemed to add on spontaneously based on our conversations, and learned a lot. Even our kids never complained (and a last stop at a candy shop didn't hurt). Would highly recommend.

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