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Rating: 4.8  908 rating points
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Last 3 months 88 233 0 = 233 100% 4.8
Last 6 months 186 497 0 = 497 100% 4.8
Last 12 months 339 909 1 = 908 100% 4.8
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Heart of the Village Food & Culture Tour

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Taste off-the-radar eats, hear tales of the 1960's music scene, and stroll through Washington Square Park, the heart of Downtown NYC.

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
local new yorker with a new appreciation of NY!
Fri, Jan 11, 08   12:00 PM nickizoo22 Female 20-29 Combination Other
ENTHUSIASTICALLY RECOMMEND!! Both my roommate and I agreed that this ranks the top when it comes to describing our favorite NY experiences! The tour guide was endlessly knowledgeable and it was a delight to learn so much detail about the neighborhood and culture of this area! Who knew the streets that I walk every day had such a story to them? The food was obviously a treat to be able to try so many varieties of food and feeling welcome in every establishment. My roommate even went out to one of the restaurants that evening and had an amazing time as well! We'll be trying one of the other stops tonight actually! Even the downpour rain didn't sour the experience because you have not really experienced NY until you've been caught in a downpour. Thanks for any amazing experience, I'll be sure to keep food tours of NY in my book as an activity for both locals and tourists alike.
Rating: 4
Sat, Oct 20, 07   12:00 PM CASINOS Female 50-59 Combination Unspecified
The samples were very good. The tour was a little long since a third of the establishments do not participate in taste testing. I was impressed with the guide's knowledge of the history, architecture, and restaurants of this tour.
Rating: 4
more culture than food
Sat, Sep 29, 07   12:00 PM trushnaj Unspecified 20-29 Combination Couple on a Date
We were lucky with the weather and so spent a wonderful sunny day exploring popular and lesser-known streets in the village/soho. the tour focused on the area's history related to architecture, music and immigrants. Although we sampled quite a few different kinds of food (all tasty and interesting), I felt somewhat unsatisfied because each sampling was no more than a bite or two, and we were usually standing on the street trying to keep out of other pedestrians' way while we ate and listened. Bottom line: a good way to get to know the history and culture of this part of new york, but don't choose it solely for the food!
Rating: 5
Local New Yorker Learned So Much
Fri, Sep 21, 07   12:30 PM Mlbabin Male 40-49 Combination Family Without Children
Our guide was so enthusiastic and entertaining. The food was delicious. Nice mix of history, food, culture. I wanted to bring my friends who live here to some of the spots that were mentioned.
Rating: 5
Sat, Sep 1, 07   12:00 PM Janowitz Female 50-59 Combination Family With Children
We had a group of 11 females in our family visiting NYC for my mother's 80th birthday. We took the new Central Village/SoHo food and culture tour. Several of us had already been on your other two food and culture tours. Rahim was our tour guide and did a great job. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The food tastes were very delicious, and things we would never otherwise have tried. I would highly recommend all your food and culure tours.
Rating: 5
Sat, Aug 25, 07   12:00 PM RicardoSanto Unspecified 20-29 Combination Family Without Children
This was an exciting adventure
Rating: 5
informative, enjoyable, delicious!
Sat, Aug 4, 07   12:30 PM veeharrison Female 50-59 Combination Individual
This tour comes highly recommended by a native New Yorker who now lives in Virginia. There was a good mix of information both cultural, historical, as well as excellent food tastings from select locations along the way. The informaton on rest- aurants, different shops , and specific entertainment spots will serve as a good resource for me when I return to Central Village and Soho in the future. The guide was both personable and knowledgeable and set a comfortable pace for all on this tour.I also liked the fact that we were given written informaton on the spots visited and the tour had a maximum of 16 people which made it easy to keep up with the guide and ask questoins. In a few short hours I felt that I really got to know this area and will be more at ease navigating this section of N.Y. and making better restaurant & eatery choices when I do frequent this area again.
Rating: 5
Loved It!
Sat, Jul 28, 07   12:30 PM susanboat Female 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
My friend and I did this tour together. I have lived in Manhattan for about 15 months and she was visiting from Texas. We both loved this tour. I saw a lot of things I'd seen before, but learned new things about them. I also saw a lot of things I'd never noticed or seen. I loved all the recommendations of different restaurants on McDougal Street and cannot wait to go back and try them out! Our guide, Raheem, was excellent - energetic, fun, interesting, etc... I definitely plan to go on more of your tours in the future!
Rating: 5
Southern hospitality and great food in the Village
Sat, Jul 7, 07   12:30 PM karenkoch Female 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
What a great tour!!! Raheem was very knowledgable as well as entertaining and enthusiastic. The tour of the Central Village/SoHo took us to many restaurants as well as one of a kind food stores. The food tastes were large and plentiful as well as varied. Even as a vegetarian, I was able to sample from every place but one, and an alternative was provided for me. The food was delicious. The information about the Village convinced me to return the next evening for dinner at one of the recommended restaurants. The food was delicious and exactly as Raheem described it. I look forward to visiting NYC again and taking another food tour. Thanks Raheem for making my visit exceptional and thanks to all the participating restaurants and stores. You provided good ole Southern hospitality to a girl from Kentucky.
Rating: 5
Great way to learn the city
Sat, Jul 7, 07   12:30 PM lmaheshwary Female 30-39 Combination Family Without Children
We have now done all of the food tours and I have to say, I enjoyed the Soho/Central Village one the best, probably because as someone new to New York, it's a place a love the most. The guide was great with a rounded knowledge of the area. It was extremely hot and he did a great job of brining us into A/C and cooling us down with PB shakes at The Peanut Butter Company. We couldn't drink a beer after that, but it was nice to discover the bar he brought us into. We heard there will be another addition to the food tour and we can't wait!