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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
A Worthy Addition to the Foods of New York Roster
Sat, Oct 7, 06   12:00 PM 43067-swisherb Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Had a fine time on the tour and saw parts of Greenwich Village and SoHo I didn't know existed, even though I visit NYC a couple of times each year. Todd and Barry are good tour guides and included a lot of historical info about the area that went far beyond food facts. I was especially pleased that there was no overlap between this tour of the Central Village and FoNY's separate tour of the West Village.
Rating: 5
A pleasant stroll, special food and oodles of info
Wed, Oct 4, 06   12:00 PM 44288-CliveUK Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children


We were in a party of seven on our guide Barri’s (sorry if spelling’s wrong?) first solo tour of this district and we enjoyed every minute of it!

The food samples were varied, tasty and often had a story behind them that made us realise how unique they were, whilst Barri’s enthusiasm for the area, its people and its history was truly infectious. As she pointed out before we parted, we came away knowing things about Greenwich and Soho that most New Yorker’s themselves probably don’t know, so it was indeed a privilege to have had the opportunity.

If we’d had more than just six days in this great city we’d have certainly booked onto the other food and culture tours too! C&A, England, October 2006.
Rating: 5
GREAT TOUR GOOD FOOD
Sat, Sep 16, 06   12:00 PM 40768-linda369 Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
WE ENJOYED THE TOUR VERY MUCH. THE TOUR GUIDES WERE VERY KNOWLEGEBLE AND THE FOOD TASTINGS WERE GREAT, NO SMALL PORTIONS.WE HEARD ABOUT THE TOUR THROUGH OUR DAUGHTER WHO WORKS IN THE VILLAGE. WE WENT ON THE TOUR WITH 12 OF OUR FRIENDS AND EVERYONE COULD NOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE TOUR. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO TAKING ANOTHER TOUR THE NEXT TIME WE VISIT THE CITY. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE TOUR!!!!!!!!
Rating: 5
Fascinating
Sat, Sep 9, 06   12:00 PM 41627-awe007 Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
The tour was given by enthusastic members of the community. It was well organized and the food was ready when we arrived. The bottle of water came in handy. They went to great lengt to accomodate special requests.

It was nice to hear that the food is actually paid for.

The historical remarks were nice as well and delivered the background to the district.
Rating: 5
LOVED IT
Tue, Aug 15, 06   12:00 PM 31529-wobbegong Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Other
The tour was a great way to introduce visitors to an area of NYC not listed in the usual tour guides. After doing this tour, we returned to the Central Village region twice during our stay in NYC. For anyone considering this tour, do it early during your stay in NYC because you'll want to return before you leave. We had a fantastic day. Thank you Bari..... and the squirrels!
Rating: 5
What a wonderful day!
Tue, Aug 15, 06   12:00 PM 37721-magicrss Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
I had a wonderful, educational, interesting, fascinating time on the tour. The two guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and considerate. (I appreciated their trying to keep us in the shade-and for asking us to consider the feelings of the actor we saw in the tea shop!) The food was terrific. I loved trying things I never would have considered before. Just please be careful of the foil that was found in some of the sandwiches, mostly at the Indian Bread Shop.

Something that would be helpful would be a map for us to look at in advance, so we have an idea of where we are going. I got very mixed up with my sense of direction at first. Fortunately, I knew a little bit of the area, so I was able to reorient myself, but a map in advance with the route marked would be so helpful. Also, one bottle of water is not enough for a hot day. (Thank you for the Jamaican soda. That was refreshing.) If it is not possible to provide us with more water along the way, then at least recommend that we come with our own, or stop somewhere where we can purchase some.

Thank you for getting my son that banana and honey pressed toast sandwich when you found out he could not have cheese. That was a very personal, considerate touch.

I am looking forward to booking more tours with you. I want to take my husband next time. It was like going on a mini vacation that day. Oh, that potato pizza was the BEST!!!!
Rating: 5
wonderful way to get to know the village!
Tue, Jul 11, 06   12:00 PM 31405-blacktulip Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Individual
This tour is not just for people who love their food from all over the world, though it does make it easier to find restaurants you might want to come back to later. The snacks are not too big and you get enough time to recover walking it off in between. Anyone with an open mind and interest in the area will love what they hear from the well-prepared guide(s). It was obvious that these two -- we took the tour in its try-out phase -- knew much more than they were telling us; and they told us a whole lot!

If you have any specific questions, you can feel free to ask them; these people know their stuff!

Concluding, this is a tremendously interesting tour and a great way to find out lots of things about the village; its little traditional shops, bars and restaurants and its interesting histrory.

Rating: 5
Loved every minute
Tue, Jul 11, 06   12:00 PM 32114-khutchens Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
My 80-year old mother and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I had been concerned about whether my mom could do 3 hours of walking and standing, but she was so enthralled with what we saw, heard, tasted and learned that it was not a problem. Also the guides were very accommodating to her -- offering places to sit, and most importantly, speaking very loudly and clearly. The preparation that went into the tour was fantastic -- great background info about the 'hood, about the proprietors, about the ingredients, etc. Food samples were great, and at the end you know what to come back to when you have time, whether you want to listen to music, have a great meal, grab a snack or shop for gifts to take back home. I will definitely do the other tours when I get back to NY. I can't say enough positive about this!
Rating: 5
Great food! Great guide!
Sat, Jul 2  12:45 PM 1984419-emross Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Barry was a great guide....lots of interesting history of the neighborhood.

Food was wonderful and plenty of it!!!
Rating: 5
Really cool and laid back.
Thu, Jun 30  12:00 PM 1964419-spin1411 Male 40-49 Local Other
Susan our guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and showed us some great eats. Would highly recommend this to friends.