Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  887 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 109 295 0 = 295 100% 4.9
Last 6 months 162 435 1 = 434 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 334 893 6 = 887 99% 4.8
All 2,761 7,248 26 = 7,222 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 Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
Good but not great!
Sat, Sep 24, 11   1:00 PM karlamou Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
My husband and I took the Chelsea/Meatpacking tour in May 2011 and had a great time. The tour leader was Kurt and he made the tour interesting and fun. With that in mind I suggested to my group of friends that we try the Central Village/SoHo tour. Our tour guide was not as enthusiasticic as Kurt and although very nice, just not that interesting. I may have a difficult time convincing some friend into another tour in Feb.
Rating: 5
We had a wonderful time on our tour!!
Fri, Sep 23, 11   12:30 PM JanGolden Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Susan was a fantastic tour guide! She was very informative and entertaining! Even though it rained almost the whole day, we enjoyed every minute...mainly because Susan knew so much about the area and it's history. I highly reccomend these walking food tours. When we come back to New York City, we will definitely arrange another tour!
Rating: 5
Great, informative and Delish!!
Thu, Sep 22, 11   12:30 PM goldin Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Susan was an excellent guide. She is intelligent and provides a wealth of information about the area. We sampled some wonderful ethnic samples of the area. I highly recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
Multiflavours of an interesting neighbourhood
Sun, Sep 18, 11   12:00 PM danae100 Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
Guide was interesting and informative providing historical background to various locations as well as details of how foods of various tastings were cooked. The variety and quality of the food included in the tour was very good.
Rating: 5
Very Enjoyable
Sat, Sep 17, 11   1:00 PM dmhoffman Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Our guide, the food and the service created an excellent experience. Our group of four included my daughter-in-law and one of her friends (mid-20s) and my sister-in-law. Our guide was informative about the restaurants, whether they were a part of our tour or not, along with information about the neighorhood, including past history, singers, actors, and movie locations. This helped us to see how viable the area is to New York City. We will certainly visit this area in the future.
Rating: 3
Maybe it's just a New York thing -
Thu, Sep 15, 11   12:00 PM LindySez Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
But maybe you could let us close to your venue? We met our enthusiastic guide, Diana, rhymes with Banana, at Caffe Del Mare; nothing much said about the Caffe, but I can tell you the bartender can pour a mean drink, I like him. At noon we were herded out and across the street where Diana gave us the rules, don't block sidewalks, don't block doors, etc...understandable rules. Then she told us about our first stop, Focacceria, across the street from where we were standing. My thought was, "why didn't we just stay across the street?"; well, it's apparently because they didn't want us in front of their business...Dianna ran across the street and came back with a bucket of sandwiches, made on the focaccia they make and we stood on the street, trying to balance our waters, cameras and whatever else and eat the sandwich, which was tasty, but none the less hard to eat without the insides squishing out on the pavement. A local couple and there little girl walked by to their home, located behind us (the doorway WAS open); but I'm not sure what they thought of this group of people standing outside their doorway. On to Masala Times, Indian food. A little tasty egg wrap was served, again on the street. Porto Rico Importing Company, coffee and teas, we got to go inside, but got nothing to taste...how about a cup of Joe guys? Montes - Italian was the first place we actually got to enter. We were so excited! And the Penne Bolognese was excellent. The chef was there, but did not greet us. I felt slightly unwelcome. After a long cultural part of the tour, and Diana was very good at telling us what happened where, and what was happening now, we went to Cuba, another sit-down of various empanadas. Here we were able to pre-order a drink to enjoy with. Then on to Joe's Dairy and Cheese, where we were lucky, I guess, since I understand they sometimes do, sometimes don't give you a bite. We had a lovely smoked mozzarella with sun-dried tomatoes. Our final stop was Once Upon a Tart, where, once again, we "enjoyed" our taste across the street from the venue, in the street. I've been to a number of walks and have never had so many make me eat outside, much less across the street. As I said, Diana knew a lot about the venues, and the neighborhoods, but as she told us, frequently, she grew up near there and lived there as a young adult. I also would have found the tour much more enjoyable had she taken a moment to have everyone introduce themselves, and where they were from (something I did when we were waiting for her to scurry across one street or another, and everyone felt much more comfortable with each other having a name to go with the face)...you always feel better traveling with friends. LindySez: I would do it again. It was an interesting neighborhood, but I would do it with my hands free.
Rating: 5
Very informing and personal
Sun, Sep 11, 11   12:00 PM rdenuyl Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The tour guide was excellent!
Rating: 5
Looking forward to participating in our 3rd tour!
Fri, Sep 2, 11   12:00 PM kgell_1278 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I do not usually bother to participate in reviews, however these tours have been too enjoyable to ignore the opportunity to tell others. I have brought different friends on the two different tours I have taken this summer. We learned so much and the tastings were wonderful. Our guides have been exceptionally knowlegable and fun. Many thanks!
Rating: 5
Fri, Sep 2, 11   12:00 PM MarlaNash Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Very fun and interesting. Tons of great food.
Rating: 5
FUN afternoon
Thu, Sep 1, 11   12:00 PM mjcalamai Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
It was a wonderful afternoon with our great tour leader. We had some good tastings and went into very interesting places- am looking forward to going back to the places he brought us to on the tour. I am going to recommend these tours to friends- and want to give a tour gift certificate to my kids who live in the city.