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Rating: 4.8  832 rating points
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Last 3 months 97 265 0 = 265 100% 4.9
Last 6 months 141 375 0 = 375 100% 4.8
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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 Sort Descending Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Best Food Tour Ever
Thu, May 21  12:00 PM smaulsby Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
My husband and I have been on several food tours in many USA cities, but this is the best one ever. Our tour guide (sorry can't recall her name) was fantastic. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and organized. The food was fantastic, and there was so much food. The locale and the food made this so memorable. I can't recommend this tour enough! It was the best!
Rating: 5
A little taste of the very best
Thu, May 21  12:00 PM Ntorfin Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
First off, our guide was awesome!!!! She was witty, knowledgeable and very easy to listen to. The food was to die for... we thoroughly enjoyed our experience and would highly recommend doing this tour!
Rating: 5
Thoroughly pleased!
Mon, May 18  12:30 PM efontaine3 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My boyfriend and I were so pleased with the tour. It was well timed and kept the pace moving. The tour guide did an excellent job of mingling and introducing people, so by the end we were a group of friends. The food was delicious and well-portioned for everyone. I highly recommend this tour!
Rating: 5
Excellent fun tour.
Mon, May 18  12:30 PM joanne500 Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Individual
I really enjoyed this tour that mixed local culture/ history with food tastings.
Rating: 5
Great Experience
Sun, May 17  12:00 PM SSBurto Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This was my second time touring with this company, and I was not disappointed. It was a really fun time, and the food was great! Here's a rundown of the places we received tastings from: 1) Melt Kraft - American, had an excellent, pressed brisket sandwich with different cheeses and macaroni and cheese on it. 2) Manala Times - Indian restaurant, had a scrambled egg wrap with different spices and a mango smoothie 3) Monte's Trattoria - Italian restaurant, had pasta bolognese 4) Artichoke Basille's - Pizza, had basil pizza 5) Toloache Thompson - Hispanic, had brisket tacos 6) Sullivan's Street Tea and Spices - Tea company, had iced peach tea (ugh, I only like sweet tea lol) 7) Francois Payard Bakery - Sweet shop/cafe, had salted caramel macaroon. (Obviously, the tour company can change up the tastings at their discretion. I'm just sharing what my group had.) Our tour guide, Diana, knew a lot about NYC. Normally, I'm all about the food and not the history, but Diana made it interesting. I definitely recommend this tour!
Rating: 5
Fabulous food filling fun
Sun, May 17  12:00 PM kerrisanders Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our tour guide was very knowledgable and super interesting. The food tastings were delicious and a nice variety. The time went so quick and could have even been longer.
Rating: 5
Perfect combination of food and history
Sun, May 17  12:00 PM glendaadams Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Very well organized. This is a great way to introduce first time visitors to New York.
Rating: 5
A great introduction to the real New York
Sat, May 16  12:30 PM chrisrclarke Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The heart of the village tour was a lovely mix of history and food of the area.

Susan was a fantastic host, very welcoming and inclusive. Make sure you come hungry, plenty of tastings and generous portions. Our group went back the next night to one of the restaurants we were so impressed by it. Overall a great experience. would recommend doing a tour if coming to New York.
Rating: 5
Booked wrong tour but it worked out for the best!
Sat, May 16  12:30 PM KaronBlue Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
So, I had friends who came into town for the weekend from Georgia, Japan, and Chicago...They're actually the ones who told me about the tour..I go online to book the trip for my boyfriend and I...Unfortunately the 12:30 time didn't show up immediately on the site..I had to do some other navigating to get to that tour time. Anyway, I signed up the same time my friend from Japan signed up...the day of the tour, I arrived with my friend from Japan and saw my boyfriend but didn't see my other friends there.. We check in and my friend from Japan is not on the list..but neither are my other friends... Turns out there was another tour at the same time and I booked the wrong one...I was so upset that we couldn't switch it out...Luckily our tour guide was able to walk my friend over to the other tour to meet my friends. I thought it would be a miserable day...It was even forecasted to rain...BUT the sun came out, and the tour was excellent...Thanks Susan for making lemonade out of lemons...I really enjoyed the commentary about the neighborhood and each and every spot we went to had great eats...It all started with Montes Trattoria..the vegetarian option of the pesto pasta was delicious, and they were so welcoming, you felt like family..After our tour we reunited with our friends and compared notes...what a day!!
Rating: 5
Love love loved it, highlight of our trip!
Thu, May 14  12:30 PM Eltonf Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Brilliant tour, fab food, superb guide. Bona fide New Yorker gave us a huge bite of the big apple, loved her tales, knowledge and enthusiasm. Already recommended to several friends, can't wait to do the next one!