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Rating: 4.8  888 rating points
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Last 3 months 110 285 3 = 282 99% 4.8
Last 6 months 213 568 3 = 565 100% 4.8
Last 12 months 335 891 3 = 888 100% 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 Age Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
lots of great information and good food
Sat, Apr 25, 09   12:30 PM adeleukee Female 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
We were a group of 11 people who came to NY to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday. We wanted to do something a little different to accomodate a lot of different ages. We did the central village/soho tour. We learned a ton about the area. Our tour guide, Susan, really filled us in on a lot of the history of the area. Overall, we liked almost all the food. The spaghetti bolognese at Monte's was fabulous. We thought the dishes served at Cuba were fantastic!! The chocolate pear tart, homemade mozzerella, and homemade pepperoni were spectacular. There were mixed feelings about the potato wrap from Indian Bread. Some thought it was a little too spicy. However, we were lucky enough to be there when some fresh bread came out of the oven and that was superb!!! The only food that none of us liked was the "helluva" (I know I spelled that wrong!). It was sesame seeds with honey which formed a small piece of "candy." Honestly, not one of us liked it.

Overall, the tour gave us a great day and we learned a ton. There was A LOT of food offered and none of us were hungry for dinner. Word to the wise, don't eat a lot before you go. You really get a nice amount of food on the tour.
Rating: 5
Fri, Apr 24, 09   12:00 PM cinnycita Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
Our Tour guide made the tour, he was so knowledgeable and gave so much history of the area, buildings and people who lived there. I think I would have liked more tastings as I have had on other tours with you.

But it was a wonderful experience and I would want the same guide again
Rating: 5
Turned a Rainy Day into a Pleasant One!
Sat, Apr 11, 09   12:00 PM pawlitzek Female 40-49 Combination Family With Children
The extremely knowledgeable guide knew how to make the tour fun even in pouring rain and saved our day!
Rating: 5
Incredible! Top Notch guide!
Fri, Mar 20, 09   12:00 PM amytrobins Female 40-49 Combination Group of Friends
This tour combined all the elements of an incredibly engaging, experiential, hands-on tour! We not only learned the history of the area but experienced first hand the tastes, smells and sights of home-grown restaurants and shop owners in Central Village and SoHo. What could be better than tasting hand-made cheese on the sidewalk and sampling fine cured meats from a shop across the street? I can't wait to experience another culinary tour in NYC. This was by far the most memorable part of my week. I have returned to Galway, Ireland with fond memories.
Rating: 5
fantastic again
Sat, Feb 7, 09   12:00 PM Romie1218 Female 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
This is my second time on this tour and it was even better then the first! This time I brought friends from out of state and although one of them couldn't eat some of the items she still enjoyed the tour! We actually ended the day with her visiting a pizza place on the other tour for a slice! (For her, the rest of us were full)
Rating: 5
Good Tour
Sat, Dec 27, 08   12:00 PM ANNSHERMAN Unspecified Unspecified Combination Group of Friends
The tour was good, informative, and the leader was very good.
Rating: 4
Very Good
Sat, Nov 15, 08   12:30 PM dearbe Female 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
The tour and guide where great, the food was ok I would say that you need more places you go in and sit down, standing out side on the street was not what I expected. Also of of the food was very small, good but not much.
Rating: 5
Fri, Nov 7, 08   12:00 PM cassano Female Unspecified Combination Group of Friends
Interesting history of the area we visited and interesting stories of the shops and restaurants.
Rating: 5
I want to go again
Sat, Oct 4, 08   12:30 PM Gretchen8 Female 20-29 Combination Family Without Children
This tour was great. Extremely informative and appealed to everyone in our group, including my parents, boyfriend and roommate. The food was awesome and the tips, very useful.

Since my boyfriend, roommate and I live in the city, we're able to share the info with friends and continue to visit the places we learned about.

Our guide, Susan, was knowledgeable and engaging.

We'll definitely try other tours in the future.

Rating: 5
Worth every penny!
Sat, Sep 27, 08   12:00 PM bignate02 Male 20-29 Combination Family Without Children
This was my favorite part of my visit to New York. Amazing histoy and great food. Not too much walking (more standing around than walking). Great for any person.