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Rating: 4.8  896 rating points
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Rating and reviews for:

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 Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
Fri, Sep 9, 11   12:00 PM mroyer1021 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Raheem (sp) was an excellent leader and had the most wonderful stories to tell. The food selection:perfect. I will definitely do another tour.
Rating: 5
Best thing we did on our trip to NYC!!
Sun, Sep 4, 11   12:00 PM kristyschust Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We absolutely LOVED the tour and plan on doing more next time we are in the area. My one tip to future folks who might take the tour....leave yourself plenty of time afterwards to go back and revisit some of the stores and places and restaraunts that were discussed and featured. We didn't and would have loved to. Our tour guide, Raheem, was excellent...passionate and entertaining. Thanks so much!
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
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.
Rating: 5
Fun, Food and History
Thu, Aug 25, 11   12:00 PM samcpld Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Great way to spend 3 hours in the out doors learning about area . Adequate sevings of food from many small and unknown restaurants that are voted the best in NY. Our tour guide ,Rahasma?, was very knowledgabe, friendly and took great care of us in the rain. This tour was so much fun as well as informative. Be sure to eat a very light breakfast because there is lots of ample food to sample. This is my second food tasting tour with this company and I intend to do them all.
Rating: 5
Good food and good information
Sun, Aug 21, 11   12:00 PM thebrooksfam Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I loved this tour, it was so fun. The food was definitely enough for lunch - I was stuffed. The guide was knowledgable and enthusiastic even though maybe a little fake enthusiastic at times, but what do we tourists expect that they really get this excited about a tour they probably do all the time? It introduced me to places I could go back to and eat again in the future and my friends would be amazed, like how did you find this place?
Rating: 4
Need to change some menu to showcast more.....
Sat, Aug 20, 11   12:30 PM zoetravel Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
First of all, I wanted to say we visited a total of 8 places while in the ad you only listed 6. I would suggest to change the ad. Secondly, nearly 1.5 hours walking did kill your feet. We had food in the first 45 mins in 3 places and last 45 mins in 4. I would suggest to make a slightly adjustment for the walking route. Since we left around lunch hour, so it's better we can have more food before we head to a 1.5 hours walking tour.

Overall, our tour guide Dianna is a very pleasant person. As for the food, the first sandwish in Focacceria Italian Eatery was not too impressive. Masala Times (Indian Street Food) made me feel happy and look forward for our next taste. Unfortunately the noodle in the Monte's Homestyle Italian Restaurant disappointed me again. It's a shame althought this restaurant might have a wonderful history but If they can't showcase their food well, visitors will not go back. I like the atmosphere of Cuba Restaurant. Their food was not bad I liked the yuka especially. But again, did those food really showcast Cuban culture? I really don't think so. We also need more time so we could finish the drink we ordered here. The smoke mozzarella and sundried tomata in Joe's Dairy/Cheese Shop was memorable. Although we didn't get a change to get inside. Chocolate pear tart in Once Upon a Tart Bakery/Cafe was just okay. So overall, food experience I will only give a 3.5, considering the money we spent was mainly for that. However the highlight for the day were the sandwich in Masala Times and smoke mozzarella/sundried tomato in Joe's Dairy/Cheese Shop, I will give them both a 5. To rate this food and cultural tour, I will give it a 4. Lastly, I also wanted to add the after tour survey was a great tool. It will help those restautants to change their menus so they can grow their business better......
Rating: 5
Fantastic food and information!
Thu, Aug 18, 11   12:00 PM mclayton61 Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
Our tour guide was just fantastic! He made the streets come alive with history and excitement for what took place in this region. The food was wonderful. His description of the food and its preparation were fantastic. Thank you for a great day! I have already been back to several of the establishments and have booked a cooking class at Monty's!
Rating: 5
Another great way to see New-York
Sat, Aug 13, 11   12:30 PM nantan Female 40-49 Combination Group of Friends
I would highly recommend that tour . Please do not eat before because there is a lot of great food to taste and you do not want to miss any of it. They take you to places your would never find out on your own unless you are a real local and also the historical info about the area your are visiting makes it very interesting . For sure on my next visit to New-York I will do another tasting tour of a different area. It is a great way to discover another side of the city.

I will highly recommend it to everyone I know.
Rating: 5
loved it Loved ou tour guide diana
Sat, Aug 13, 11   12:30 PM trezza Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
our guide diana was great the food the weather and all the history i learned. I would like to set up the chelse tour can i have her as our guide for that tour in oct?


Cynthia Trezza PS Please let me know!