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Rating: 4.9  288 rating points
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Gourmet Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour

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Taste a diverse selection from acclaimed NYC Chinatown restaurants while celebrating the tradition and etiquette of this rich culture.

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
Fascinating intro. to NYC's bustling Chinatown
Sat, Oct 22, 11   10:30 AM diana5 Female 60-69 Combination Family With Children
My husband, daughter, and I loved the tour today, guided by enthusiastic and knowledgeable Bert. He provided a comprehensive overview of the history and the cuisine of the area, and was delightful company for the 3 hours we spent with him. The restaurants we visited served us delicious food, and we'd love to return to further explore this vibrant area of wonderful New York City.
Rating: 5
Chinatown Food and Walking Tour
Sat, Oct 1, 11   10:30 AM JamesBrunoKe Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The tour was excellent! Food was great and the many insights about the area were helpful and interesting It's a great way to see and experience the area. Tour guide was excellent and made the tour a very enjoyable 3 hours. Would highly recommend it.
Rating: 5
Come hungry!
Sat, Aug 13, 11   10:30 AM debssing Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
What a great way to spend 3 hours! Our tour guide was Burt, and he was fabulous! Well informed, funny, entertaining and very personable. We were lucky to have him! The food was delicious - we loved all the dim sum we tried. The sauces were delicious! The Peking duck was superb! Really nicely done! We loved the stories Burt told us about the history of Chinatown - and lots of interesting titbits in between! The dessert and tea were very good. This is a fun tour and by the end of it, you will be full and satisfied.
Rating: 5
Tasty and Informative Chinatown Tour!
Mon, Aug 8, 11   12:00 PM dsysana Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We've heard so much about the Greenwich Tour, but decided (for my love of Asian food) to do the Chinatown Tour instead. It was a few dollars more than all the others, but well worth the cost. The tour lasted just over 3 hours. Very leisurely walks, but probably not recommended for someone in a wheelchair as there were stairs and, well, NY sidewalks/streets...

Our guide, Raheem, knew so much about the history of the area and the cuisine. He was friendly and professional and really seemed to enjoy it as much as we did. We started at a Dim Sum restaurant and loved every bite. We had two children with us (7 and 9) and I was pleasantly surprised they loved the food, too. There was another young one in the group, probably around 13, and Raheem gave them all special attention and even some sweets/treats at different restaurants. Everything was explained in such detail, down to the history dish and its ingredients and the reasons they were prepared in that style in the first place. The side condiments also had a history, but honestly, the dumplings didn't need a thing. They were perfect as is!

The Peking Duck was definitely a highlight of the trip. It was so well prepared, and again, the sauce was good, but it didn't need much. Watching the server break it down for serving was a site....very sharp knife! They even offered us the opportunity to take away the remaining duck (they only served the best portions for the meal). Since I wasn't local, I passed, but I sure wished I could have made a soup out of the rest of it! Again, learning the history of the dish added so much more to the experience.

The tea shops and the tea served with the duck was pretty cool. The tea had one flavor if you had a sip before the meal, but after taking a few bites of duck, it had a totally different flavor...darker and smokier. True meaning of pairing drinks with the meal.

I would advise having time in the days following to come back to Chinatown as there were so many other recommendations for specific items, like the best Ice Cream shops, "real" egg rolls (I never thought about the name "egg" before the trip, but it makes sense now...) and other interesting night spots. They gave us a guide so we could find our way back to places he mentioned during the tour.

I'd do this tour again without question. It apparently changes a bit periodically, so you may get something different, but again, I'd try to schedule time either after to explore more of the area discussed. Oh, you'll be full, don't worry about that. Actually, by the second restaurant, I was a bit stuffed. Be sure to let them know ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions. One of the ladies on the tour didn't eat pork...so she skipped a few items, but I overheard him say they could make accommodations, they just need notice. They will let you know everything in each bite anyway, but best to be prepared.

Overall, a great tour and highly recommended.
Rating: 5
Great tour from enthusiastic & knowledgable guide
Mon, Aug 1, 11   12:00 PM AmyKalk Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
It was a blistering day (August) and our guide told us he was adjusting w/ more inside time and less walking. Teen daughter & I both enjoyed ourselves enormously - lots of fantastic food, atmosphere, history. Come hungry!
Rating: 5
Fantastic and unique experience!
Mon, Jul 25, 11   12:00 PM bonnieakirk Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Our guide, Rashim, was excellent. The food and cultural history we got along the way were superb. My kids, ages 14 and 12, were so in to it. I lived in NYC for 9 years but I never got this kind of rich information or so many great tips for eats in Chinatown! I enthusiastically recommend this tour. Thank you!
Rating: 5
This was our third food tour and it was excellent.
Mon, Jul 18, 11   12:00 PM gallaher Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Raheem did a great job and can't wait to go back to Chinatown and try some of the great places that he talked about.
Rating: 5
Excellent in every aspect!
Sat, Jul 16, 11   10:30 AM debbiern Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Not only did we have delicious food but very interesting learning about the culture. Our guide Raheem was superb! I was traveling with my 17 yr. old granddaughter and she enjoyed the day as much as I did. If I would have had more time, I would have booked one of the other tours as well. Highly recommended!
Rating: 5
Knowledgeable tour guide - great food
Sat, Jul 2, 11   10:30 AM AllysonHewit Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
The tour guide seemed to have some good local knowledge and contacts. The food was great and plentiful. We really enjoyed the experience.
Rating: 5
Fabulous experience
Mon, Jun 13, 11   12:00 PM lisavick Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I took my 15 year old son on this tour and we both loved it. Our tour guide was knowledgable and enthusiastic. We ended up skipping our planned activity for the next day and going back and retracing our steps, eating in our favorite places. Would highly recommend this tour group and will do another tour with them next time in the city.