Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  908 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 95 257 0 = 257 100% 4.9
Last 6 months 182 487 1 = 486 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 344 914 6 = 908 99% 4.8
All 2,793 7,332 26 = 7,306 99% 4.8
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 Sort Descending Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
10/08/10 Central Village/SoHo Food & Culture Tour
Fri, Oct 8, 10   1:00 PM garrysmith Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
My wife and I took the 'original' tour two years ago and were excited to take another tour this year. We enjoyed the tour tremendously! Susan is a fabulous tour guide... she is very personable and I was impressed that she remember our names during the tour... even as she only just met us... We enjoyed the history and interesting facts about the spots that we visited. The tour helps us to decide where to go when we are in the city... On a side note, we went to 'Palma' for dinner that evening because we were impressed with the restaurant on our last tour... the dinner was excellent and please tell Susan that we had the cauliflower salad and it was fabulous!. We also took some recommendations and bought some pasta at Rafetto's and some coffee at Porto Rico too. We look forward to taking another tour in a future visit to the city. Thank you so much! Garry Smith and Jill Hubbard-Smith
Rating: 4
good but needs compaction
Fri, Oct 8, 10   12:30 PM rdavey Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
this tour was, on balance, quite good: an interesting mix of local history and food BUT far too,ooooooooooooooooooooo protracted; the content could have easily and happily been dealt with in 2 of the 3 hours. Added time is NOT, not, neccessarily added value: on the contrary it can devalue the product.
Rating: 5
greenwhich and soho
Sat, Oct 2, 10   12:30 PM royyoung69 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This tour was great food was the best.
Rating: 4
Good overview about the food options
Thu, Sep 30, 10   12:00 PM puetsch Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This was a fun tour. Most of the places shown were special in a way or the other. The guide was good and very enthusiastic. And we had more food than we could eat. I especially loved the holes-in-the-wall he showed us, as, e.g., the smoked Mozzarella place. Only the one Italian place with the "super original Bolognese" were more like a lot of other Italian restaurants I've seen. Worth it.
Rating: 4
Great tour right duration and good food!
Thu, Sep 23, 10   12:30 PM Paulp6262 Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The tour around Greenwich and SOHO was fantastic just the right amount to give the flavour and some history and trivia of the local area. The only disappoint was we should have done the tour at the start of our NY trip not the back, then we would have all these great places to eat!!
Rating: 2
Long on trivia, short on food knowledge
Thu, Sep 23, 10   12:00 PM 67cougar Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The tour of Central Village was a lot of meaningless trivia and very little on actual food knowledge. On several occaisions, the group stayed on the sidewalk across from the establishment and never even saw the inside of the place. We heard about the leader's family's favorites and continual rants about NYU but talked to only a few of the business owners.
Rating: 4
Very good
Thu, Sep 9, 10   12:30 PM Felonwilson Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Good historicaly informaiton with the food tasting and walking tour. The best of these tours we have taken.
Rating: 5
Central Village/SoHo Food Tour-A must do w/Raheem!
Thu, Sep 9, 10   12:00 PM WDG123 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I had a great time with our guide Raheem on the ‘Central Village/SoHo Food Culture’ tour. He made the experience so awesome! He’s funny and extremely knowledgeable of the area. Trust me, it’s truly a meal and nobody leaves hungry. Some of the highlights were: The ‘Focacceria’ mini sandwiches were warm right out of the oven served on focaccia bread w/fresh mozzarella and roasted peppers. Next, ‘Masala Times’ Indian Unda Bhurji Roll, scrambled egg and veggies on Indian layered bread was out of this world and served with a Mango Lassi drink. Then, a short walk to ‘Montes’ Italian restaurant. We had table service (very nice place w/great photos and history on the walls) What a nice penne pasta with bolognese meat marinara sauce. It just gets better when we went to the Cuban/Latin restaurant ‘Cuba’. Again with table service, a delicious Boiled Yuca w/Mojo garlic sauce was served followed by two different Empanadas, one w/Chicken and the other w/beef. A really rich salsa verde (not spicy) was served on the side. The Mojitos were optional, but were definitely a hit!! I can say no more because I don’t want to spoil the other surprises, including 3 more food stops! It was a very good walking tour packed with great NYC insight between portions. There were some neat little stops at a great coffee bean store and another at a fresh pasta store. Raheem took us on a real ‘3 hour tour’ with so much info, extra potions, and a very good selection and order of the different portions. Great job Raheem!! WDG 9/09/2010
Rating: 5
Full and Smarter
Sat, Sep 4, 10   12:30 PM sem3132 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My partner and I traveled to nyc to take in the sights and flavors of the city. We were thrilled with what the foods of nyc provided. Not only was every venue a treat but we learned a wealth of knowledge about the neighborhoods and their history. We could not be happier. We spent several days and evenings and returned to many for a great meal. Thanks to our tour guide for such a delightful time. We would recommend this tour to anyone. Thanks Scott and Scott Sylvania, Ohio
Rating: 5
Who could I missed this?
Sat, Aug 21, 10   12:30 PM chameau Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I have been traveling often to New York over the past 30 years. OK you started these tours in 1999... I missed this for 11 years! Duh me! Our guide (Diana?) was amazing, she answered all the questions, she is funny and like us... she likes food! One of the best ways to know more about New York City and I am not only talking about the food! And talking about the food, that was a yummy tour! Two thumbs up and merci beaucoup! Pierre from Montreal