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Rating: 4.8  851 rating points
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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 Sort Descending Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Incredible time!
Sun, Nov 2, 14   12:00 PM sarahelopez Female 20-29 Combination Unspecified
being super into food, i was a little wary of the whole idea. my mother did a chinatown food tour in philadelphia and it was terriblee: bad food, boring guide, you get the jist.

well, i was completely delighted. our guide, who grew up in the neighborhood, was very knowledgable about both the food history of the area and other historic and culinary fun facts. our group was only 6 people, and we made a good group. our guide told us that with groups this small things tend to go great, but if they don't they tend to flop. so just a little tidbit of info there. we also got to ask questions and chat with the other tour members, which would have been harder in a large group.

the food we tasted was delicious, varied, and with involved cooks and restaurateurs who came out to meet us and talk about their food/food product.

some of the places we stopped at: a couple legit italiian places, one boasting the best mortadella sandwich ever: fresh baked ciabatta bread holding high quality mortadella and gooey melted cheese. there was a pizza place specializing in artichoke dip pizza, also: delightful pork soft shell tacos, prickly pear margaritas, massive coffee store, indian egg wrap and mango lassi, oh man!
Rating: 5
We thoroughly enjoyed the Food Tour!
Fri, Oct 31, 14   12:00 PM Gaildunphy Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The food tour was excellent. It was very informative to learn about the different types of food and historically how the different food venues came to the area. We also enjoyed the information about the architectural aspects which gave us a broader picture of the people who settled here.

The food itself was varied and novel, giving us a wonderful combination of flavors and cooking styles. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn more about the city and what it has to offer at a reasonable price. I have talked to several people who live in NYC and they definitely want to try it after hearing us rave about it.
Rating: 5
Great tour
Fri, Oct 24, 14   12:30 PM Elainece Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The food and the tour guide were great! I would highly recommend.
Rating: 4
Great way to see the local spots
Fri, Oct 24, 14   12:30 PM cmherbst Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I have visited NYC numerous times, but this was my first time doing a food tour. I really enjoyed it (and so did every one of the 6 in my group). We saw neat local spots and were told about some of the shops and houses that we would have otherwise walked right by. I would definitely do it again.

The only hesitation was that our tour guide did not seem to go out of the way to make it what the group wanted. She stuck to her speech and that was it. When we asked if she could inquire with the kitchen about ingredients, she said no. She also forgot two of our orders and wasn't really apologetic or even seemed to care when we asked to cancel them. I guess that just be the New Yorker in folks though ;)

I would definitely do it again, but with a different spot so I could see even more. When we told our local friends who live in the area where we were brought, they agreed that those were the top spots so you know it's authentic.
Rating: 5
It was wonderful.
Fri, Oct 24, 14   12:00 PM MTrinkle Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The guide was very informative and made sure we were together before she would continue her narrative to make sure we could hear her. Delicious food. It was just great. The only thing that would have been nice if there were a map we could safe as a souvenir to remind us where we had walked....
Rating: 5
Fantastic way to learn about the neighbourhood!
Mon, Oct 20, 14   12:00 PM leesar Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We really enjoyed our tour, our guide was wonderful and gave some great insights into the neighbourhood which she obviously loved. Time and money well spent! Really appreciated the mix of food and cultural information. Thankyou!
Rating: 5
Best Value in NYC
Sun, Oct 19, 14   12:00 PM cathytslp Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
The Foods of NY tours are always a good time. Tour guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. This was my 5th tour and Im looking forward to the next. Delicious food and interesting stories about the Village.
Rating: 5
Freaking awesome!!
Sat, Oct 18, 14   12:00 PM Malinn Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Diana was an amazing tour guide. She was knowledgable about the area and enthusiastic about sharing her info. The stops on the tour were incredible.i can not wait to go back and visit the restaraunts. I went by the Sullivan tea shop after the tour ended. Well worth the money and time. I cannot wait to do another tour next time I'm in NYC.
Rating: 5
Excellent guide and food tastings.
Sat, Oct 18, 14   12:00 PM kimberlyvc Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We immensely enjoyed our food tour. Our guide was excellent. Not only is she a native New Yorker but grew up in the neighborhood. She was not only knowledgeable but also entertaining and friendly. The food was great.. We had to cancel our dinner reservations as we were so full. We can't wait to return to the area and visit some of the restaurants again. We highly recommend this tour to everyone.
Rating: 5
Fun way to learn about food and village
Fri, Oct 17, 14   12:00 PM JECAtl21 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our tour was a lot of fun! We walked for almost 3 hours, but you wouldn't have ever known it. It was neat, as a history buff, to learn about places famous people lived and how people from the past shaped that particular establishment or neighborhood. Our tour guide, Diana, also pointed out places movies were filmed.

The amount of food they give on the tour is incredible! I expected little bites from each place, but that was not the case. We had hearty portions at each place we visited. I was so full that I ate a very light dinner. Diana also gave you history behind the food as well. She really knew her stuff!

I have already recommended the tour to a friend and her mother that are going to NYC in November.