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Rating: 4.8  916 rating points
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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: 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: 3
Underwhelmed--But Go See For Yourself
Sat, Sep 15, 07   12:00 PM marlene44 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
We expected to walk more and explore both the Village and SoHo. Our village tour focused mostly on MacDougal street and immediate environs and the SoHo part I think was when we crossed Houston street and walked couple short streets like Sullivan. We wanted to see more of the area and actually walk--there were so many streets to explore! After the tour we were able to walk on our own so the tour did help with our sense of direction. The food was OK at best save for a nice little morsel of smoked food. One Italian store in particular was spoken highly of and we went inside but we didn't get any food. People wanted to stop and buy something but we had to move on. I appreciated the tidbits of information we were offered about the area. I would advise to stay close to the leader so that you can hear everything, as sometimes the cars and trucks were louder than the voice. It was an interesting outing, and it seemed that most people loved it. However, don't be surprised if you want to stop and have lunch after the outing is over.
Rating: 5
Great tour!
Sat, Sep 8, 07   12:00 PM janetli Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Yummy, often non-conventional tastings. Introduces you to unique shops and restaurants that you'd never discover on your own. Highly recommended for foodies and non-foodies alike!
Rating: 5
great
Sat, Aug 25, 07   12:00 PM RicardoSanto Unspecified 20-29 Combination Family Without Children
This was an exciting adventure
Rating: 5
Fun and Delicious
Sat, Sep 13  12:30 PM Pambarrett Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Happy to find this excursion. Just right balance of walking, sightseeing and great food.
Rating: 5
Excellent tour
Sat, Sep 13  12:00 PM MICHELEMART Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
Barrie, our tour guide, was excellent.. She had alot of stories about the neighborhood , architecture and history of the area to keep our interest The food samplings were delicious. This was our second tour with Foods of NY tour and we are coming back for more.
Rating: 5
Phenomenal!
Fri, Sep 12  12:00 PM gkstearns Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
This tour was so much fun. Come hungry -- the portions are generous!
Rating: 4
A lot to eat!
Mon, Sep 8  12:00 PM cmckeown Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My husband and I really enjoyed this tour - the guide was excellent and we especially enjoyed the stop at the Indian restaurant, Masala Times, which was fantastic. All the food was good, but I felt that there were perhaps too many carbs and heavy options (sandwich, pasta, pizza and empanadas / plantains). The portions were bigger than expected which is great if you like to eat a lot but I personally would have preferred smaller portions and some lighter options (Thai, Vietnamese perhaps?) . Our least favourite was the Cuban restuarant, the food was plentiful but heavy and not the most interesting which is a shame as there is so much interesting Cuban food out there. The cultural part of the tour was excellent. Greenwich Village is a very interesting part of the city and our guide did a great job bringing that to life. The visit to Washington Square Park, albeit brief, was also wonderful. Overall, we enjoyed the tour very much and would recommend it.
Rating: 5
Excellent!
Sun, Sep 7  12:00 PM judyparo Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Great tour guides, fabulous food, interesting facts!
Rating: 5
Great fun-great guide!
Fri, Sep 5  12:00 PM susancook125 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We had a great fun on the food tour. Our guide was excellent and pointed out many interesting places in the area as well as talking about the food that we had along the tour.