Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  914 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 90 235 0 = 235 100% 4.8
Last 6 months 195 522 0 = 522 100% 4.8
Last 12 months 345 916 2 = 914 99% 4.8
All 2,860 7,506 26 = 7,480 99% 4.8
Rating and reviews for:

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 Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Central Village
Thu, Sep 22, 11   12:00 PM kayecaster Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This part of the Village is quiet, beautiful and has many quaint restaurants and shops. I really am going to stay down in this part of NYC, next time I visit.
Rating: 5
Tasty and Informative
Sat, Sep 17, 11   12:30 PM JeanneT3 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
My husband and I joined the tour late so missed much of the setup information. Regardless, the tour guide and our fellow tourists welcomed us warmly and away we went -- saw many historical and entertainment sites, including movie locations and the very special Village Gate; heard about former, current, and even future famous residents; and tasted wonderful ethnic samples. Had no idea what a gem this area is. Our guide was fantastic: knowledgeable, organized, great sense of humor. Definitely recommend this tour as a fun way to learn of our past and our present.
Rating: 5
An Excellent Experience in Food and Culture
Fri, Sep 16, 11   12:30 PM russcicero Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
Our entire tour was most enjoyable! Our guide was quite knowlegeable about the area, giving us history and interesting tidbits about who had lived there through the years. The food at each stop was very delicious and the portions were much larger than I expected. I would start out more slowly with the eating next time!! I didn't need to finish EVERYTHING!
Rating: 5
Fri, Sep 9, 11   12:00 PM mroyer1021 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Raheem (sp) was an excellent leader and had the most wonderful stories to tell. The food selection:perfect. I will definitely do another tour.
Rating: 5
Sat, Aug 6, 11   12:00 PM hrippa Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Had a great time. Rahm was a fantastic guide with lots of enthusiam and lots of knowledge of the area and people in the various restaurants and stores. The history lesson of the area was great. It is much more than the write-up on their web page. Thanks for wonderful time.
Rating: 5
Good tour
Thu, Aug 4, 11   12:00 PM clark2000 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Went on this tour while visiting NYC alone. Felt very comfortable. The guide was excellent providing lots of historical as well as current info about the area. The food was a little heavy on the bread/cheese components but all of it was good and plenty for lunch. Included pizza, mozzarella/tomato sandwich, Cuban tampenadas, some Indian? wraps (excellent), pear tart, and other items I don't remember. Fun, good experience. Third FONY tour I have taken and they have all been great! I did it the last day I was in town, but would be a good thing to do early in your visit so that you could go back to some of the restaurants they recommend during your visit. You get a listing and mao of them so that is very useful.
Rating: 5
A great walk, enriched with exotic food.
Thu, Jul 28, 11   12:00 PM jwoodward Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our guide was not only well informed, but an enthusiastic booster of the neighborhood. The food tasting gave us a teaser & prompted our return to the neighbothood for another look around & a meal the folllowing day. I look forward to another of your walking & tasting tours.
Rating: 5
Well worth it
Sat, Jul 23, 11   1:00 PM dschimmel Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I found the tour to be comprehensive, and Susan, our guide, was very knowledgeable and able to provide answers to questions on all aspects of the tour. It's hard to believe that so much information can be garnered within a relatively small area over a three-hour period.
Rating: 5
Best 3 Hours Spent While In NYC!
Fri, Jul 22, 11   12:00 PM odelre Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Loved it. Lots of history of the area shared which made for a great experience. Guide was very personable and genuine. We loved all the food samplings and can't wait to come back and stay at the Attrium Hotel.
Rating: 5
Another great tour by Foods of New York Tours
Thu, Jul 14, 11   12:30 PM Oxfordshire Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This is our third tour with Foods of NY. It was an interesting walk around the neighbourhood and we learnt a lot about its history. The guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. He talked a lot - possibly a tad too much! His tendency to personalise everything was often amusing but a more straightforward presentation would have been equally satisfactory. The food was very good - top marks go the the Cuban restaurant - the best empanadas I have ever eaten - crispy, fresh and tasty. The pear and chocolate tart was also extremely delicious. Seeing mozarella made by hand and visiting a traditional coffee merchant were both really interesting experiences. Despite my personal reservations about the frenetic manner of the guide I would definitely recommend the tour to friends. It's a great way to get to know a neighbourhood and a wonderfully entertaining way to spend three hours.