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Rating: 4.8  887 rating points
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Last 3 months 107 293 0 = 293 100% 4.9
Last 6 months 162 435 1 = 434 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 334 893 6 = 887 99% 4.8
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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
Thu, Jul 28, 11   12:30 PM mpair1 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I really enjoyed the food tour and highly recommend it to those who like to eat a lot! I did not expect to eat until I was nearly sick, but I did. Raheem was a fun, energetic tour guide. It was very interesting to see the old neighborhoods and to eat foods from old established family-owned restaurants. The only draw-back was that it was really hot and we were on our feet for so long.
Rating: 4
Very interesting, learned a lot and had great food
Thu, Jul 28, 11   12:00 PM kellyBreault Female 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
Susan was a very informative and interesting tour guide!
Rating: 5
Totally recommend this tour!
Sat, Jul 23, 11   12:30 PM debssing Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Having done the West Village tour last year, our group was keen to do another food tour this summer. We happened to choose the hottest day of the year, but it didn't matter a bit. Barri was our guide, and she was very informative, pleasant, interesting and a wonderful guide. The food places we stopped at were out of this world. I don't think there was a single thing that we tried that we did not like! And we would definitely go back to all of those places to try them again. The mango yogurt at Marsala Times was fabulous! The Cutti roll they offered was also tasty and enjoyable. We would all highly recommend this tour - what a worthwhile and fun way to spend an afternoon. We were all so enthusiastic about our experience and would even do it again in the future. We definitely want to try some of the other food tours as well! Fun, fabulous food and filling!
Rating: 5
Enjoyable Day!
Fri, Jul 22, 11   12:00 PM RDR7805 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had 5 people in our part of the group, from 22 to 58. We all thought it was informative and enjoyable. Our guide had a passion for that area of NY and for the food. Good variety of tasty food. I have a big appetite and wasn't stuffed, but I was satisfied with the amount of food and it was stretched out over 3 hours.
Rating: 5
great time, great food
Sun, Jul 17, 11   12:00 PM blaxelrod Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Rahim led us on a tour of the villages extolling the flavors of the neighborhood through history and food.
Rating: 4
Enjoyable but too filling.
Sat, Jul 16, 11   12:30 PM TJARMUSCH Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our tour guide, Susan, was very informative and pleasant but might have been able to interject a bit more humor or storytelling into the tour to peak more interest. This is my third tour (have done the original Greenwich Village and Chelsea Market tours) and while I enjoyed this food tour, it was my least favorite. While there was a nice variety, there were too many "carb filled items" that were filling and wouldn't allow full enjoyment of the "tasting" experience, i.e., foccaccia mini-sand, Indian wrap, pasta bolgnese, empanadas. Perhaps a chopped Italian salad or antipasta, satay chicken, a mango/papya salad - anything to break up the heaviness a little. Other than that, the tour was enjoyable as always. And the Cuban dining room was adorable! I'm sure it's difficult to get these tours "inside", but I think part of my fascination has been each restaurant's ambiance (really enjoyed Moromoto's bathroom experience on a Sunday!) and the restaurant in the Village tour that had the personal back kitchen (name escapes me right now). Will definately recommend and continue to go on your tours.
Rating: 5
A great way to get to know New York City!
Fri, Jul 15, 11   12:00 PM julianyc Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
This is a great way to get to know individual parts of Manhattan. If you love foods, and history, this is a great tour. Definitely wear your comfortable shoes...3 hours is long for walking/standing and it can get to your lower back! I would say this is not a tour for young children, as there is a lot of listening to history, but teenager age and up with an interest in this would be appropriate. I had my two daughters, college age, and my mother iage n law, and it was a fun time! You do not need to eat something first...there is plenty of food! We can't wait to take another tour. Oh, and by the way, 3 of the 4 of us are vegetarian, and you need to let them know this when doing the online purchase as they will accommodate you! Everything was delicious! Our tour guide was great! After the tour we went back to purchase fresh, delicious pasta on Houston St. (One of the stops) Bring your camera!
Rating: 5
Great way to spend an afternoon
Thu, Jul 14, 11   1:00 PM ksherriff Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I really enjoyed the walk. The talk was informative and the food abundant and delicious.
Rating: 5
Superb food and information about the Village
Thu, Jul 14, 11   12:30 PM RobynGold Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Raheem was an excellent guide! I highly recommend him. He was funny, and knew an overwhelming amount of information about the area as well as all the foods we tasted. We were very full after our tastings and did not need to eat anything for a long time afterwards! The foods were amazing!! The flavors truly exploded in your mouth with the first bites. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone!!
Rating: 5
Central Village Soho great tour
Sun, Jul 10, 11   12:00 PM miranda608 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Really enjoyed our tour thru the village. Was totally impressed with all of the history the guide gave in a fun and interesting way. Plenty of food for the tastings. Will go back to places we visitied in the future. Had a great time! Love the small groups walking instead of buses.