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Rating: 4.8  883 rating points
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Last 3 months 97 265 0 = 265 100% 4.9
Last 6 months 172 459 1 = 458 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 336 889 6 = 883 99% 4.8
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Rating and reviews for:

Heart of the Village Food & Culture Tour

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Sample tasty treats from ethnic, old-school eateries in two distinct areas - one colorful and exciting, the other surprisingly quaint.

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Highly Recommend
Sat, Apr 25, 09   12:00 PM parkslor Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Interesting facts about the history of the neighborhood combined with delicious food from various cultures. A great introduction to Central Village and SoHo.
Rating: 5
Second food tour which did not disappoint
Thu, Apr 23, 09   12:30 PM lily_yee Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. This is my second food tour (a couple of years ago, I was on the Greenwich Village/West Village tour which was also quite good.) Susan was a very informative guide and gave us lots of interesting tidbits on the area's history. Food tastings were delicious and definitely more food than I was expecting - you will not go hungry on this tour.
Rating: 5
Excellent in everyway
Sat, Apr 11, 09   12:00 PM needabskt Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
WE had a great day despite the rain. The food samplings were delicious and out tour guide was amazing.
Rating: 5
Turned a Rainy Day into a Pleasant One!
Sat, Apr 11, 09   12:00 PM pawlitzek Female 40-49 Combination Family With Children
The extremely knowledgeable guide knew how to make the tour fun even in pouring rain and saved our day!
Rating: 5
Interesting and original
Thu, Apr 9, 09   12:00 PM Sarasawa Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The idea of pairing food tasting with a history of the area is innovative. Handouts are useful. A route map of the tour area with venues numbered, and included in the handout would have made returning to them easier. The Cuban, Italian and Indian foods were marvellous. The middle eastern place fobbed us off with non perishable sweets, instead of something fresh and interesting. Not that the halvah wasn't good, it just didn't require any immediate effort. I think we would have enjoyed a few more items of exotic food to taste, and more opportunity to sit down and taste the food. 3 hours can get very wearing on the feet. Also it is more interesting to go inside the restaurant rather than hang about outside it. At points, we got the impression that participating businesses weren't very interested in the venture. We are not likely to go back to places who are not interested in their potential customers. But on the whole, it was a great experience, and a fun way to discover a part of NYC.
Rating: 5
Highly recommended tour
Fri, Apr 3, 09   12:00 PM kellytwo22 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our tour guide, Rahim was great! He was so knowledgeable about the area and all of the stops we made. He was very enthusiastic and I highly recommend this tour. Ask for Rahim for your tour.
Rating: 4
Perfect - even in the rain...
Fri, Apr 3, 09   12:00 PM Seadoo5163 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had a terrific time on our tour Friday, April 3rd 2009. Our host was friendly, knowledgeable and fun to be with. Even though it was raining off and on, our guide still made it a wonderful time. We learned so much and ate so much. Well worth the money and time. It is a great way to see and understand these neighborhoods. Looking forward to our next visit to the City. We will most definitely book another tour. Thank you, Chris and Jamie Orlando, Florida
Rating: 5
Great tour
Thu, Apr 2, 09   12:30 PM rcradd Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
This was my second tour. My first was the meat packing district, which I loved. So I talked a friend into trying the Soho tour with me. Again it was great and now we are looking forward to doing another in the future. Not only was the food great but the guides knowledge of the neighborhoods history was exceptional.
Rating: 5
Thu, Apr 2, 09   12:30 PM Fiffer Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Two years ago we did the Greenwich Village Tour with Kurt and liked it so much that we did another tour this year -- this time the Central Village/Soho Tour with Susan. It was equally wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We learned so much about the area and tasted some divine foods which we would have never chosen to taste otherwise. Susan was so much fun and informative -- everything you'd want in a tour guide. My only suggestion to those considering the tour is to do this early in your stay since you'll surely want to go back to some of these locations to eat while you're in the city! Thank you, Susan, from your Lancaster County group!
Rating: 5
A fantastic, enjoyable and delicious tour!
Fri, Mar 27, 09   12:00 PM DeborahL Female 40-49 Local Other
My husband and I took this tour to have something fun to do together on a day off. We live in North Jersey and come to NYC a lot, but wanted to learn more about the area, eat delicious food and find some new restaurants to go to. We had a great time! Our tour guide, Rahim, was fantastic! He seemed to know everything about the whole area, the history, the foods, etc. He also seemed to be very well liked by the owners of all the places we toured. We were fortunate to have a small (7 people) group which made it even better. We definitely ate lots of delicious food and learned lots and went back to purchase pasta and cheese from 2 of the stores. We also plan on going back to some of the restaurants. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone, whether you are visiting NYC from far away or live locally.