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Rating: 4.8  845 rating points
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Last 3 months 57 142 0 = 142 100% 4.7
Last 6 months 121 317 0 = 317 100% 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: 4
Great neighborhoods on this tour
Sat, Jul 19, 08   12:00 PM ellenv Female 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
I also went on the Chelsea Market tour and liked the locations of the Village Tour better but the food offerings from the Chelsea Market tour better. It's a trade-off between location or food! However, I did enjoy both and would recommend them. Thank you.
Rating: 4
Great food and culture overview
Wed, Jul 2, 08   12:00 PM HelenaDahlen Female 40-49 Combination Group of Friends
3 hours went fast while eating, walking and listening to our knowledgeble tour guide. I have stayed in the neghoborhood before but know now that I then knew nothning about it. I am looking forward to go back and try out the eateries that the guide suggested.
Rating: 5
Great guide, great food, sore feet!
Sat, Jun 21, 08   12:30 PM kstrandburg Unspecified Unspecified Combination Group of Friends
The tour was terrific, both for relatively new residents of the area and for our out-of-town guests. The guide was friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. The food tastings were excellent and filling. We went back for dinner at one of the places a couple of nights later. Be warned, though, the tour is long and there is very little opportunity to sit down. So be prepared and take the chances to sit when you get them!
Rating: 4
Great Food, Valuable Local Food Info, Too Long
Thu, Jun 12, 08   12:30 PM LaurieSemke Female 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
The food and all related information was great, as was our guide. I have already returned to three of the restaurants visited or mentioned. The three hour tour was one hour too long, though, filled/fluffed out with extra blocks and extra talk to examine small architectural detail. Some neighborhood input...while moving between food venues, not standing to receive a lecture...would be interesting, but I would assume that others registering for a food tour, as was our case, are interested in food. Two hours would have been ample time to cover the food venues on this tour.
Rating: 5
AWESOME!
Sat, May 24, 08   12:30 PM ElizAnnRice Female 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
This was the best tour I have ever been on. Our tour guide was amazing and very knowledgeable about the food and the village. I will be definatley signing up to do this again. Thanks for everything!
Rating: 5
Fantastic for locals and tourists alike
Fri, Apr 11, 08   12:00 PM freeshipping Unspecified 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
Fantastic for locals and tourists alike
Rating: 5
Great tour
Sat, Mar 29, 08   12:00 PM sherdn Female 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
Loved it! Our guide, Rahim (sp?) was knowledgeable, personable, and fun. It was nice that he had experience with the restaurants we tasted at and seemed to know the proprieters well. The food was great! Cultural and historical info was very interesting! It was a little long (and cold), but otherwise thoroughly enjoyable!
Rating: 5
local new yorker with a new appreciation of NY!
Fri, Jan 11, 08   12:00 PM nickizoo22 Female 20-29 Combination Other
ENTHUSIASTICALLY RECOMMEND!! Both my roommate and I agreed that this ranks the top when it comes to describing our favorite NY experiences! The tour guide was endlessly knowledgeable and it was a delight to learn so much detail about the neighborhood and culture of this area! Who knew the streets that I walk every day had such a story to them? The food was obviously a treat to be able to try so many varieties of food and feeling welcome in every establishment. My roommate even went out to one of the restaurants that evening and had an amazing time as well! We'll be trying one of the other stops tonight actually! Even the downpour rain didn't sour the experience because you have not really experienced NY until you've been caught in a downpour. Thanks for any amazing experience, I'll be sure to keep food tours of NY in my book as an activity for both locals and tourists alike.
Rating: 4
Recommend
Sat, Oct 20, 07   12:00 PM CASINOS Female 50-59 Combination Unspecified
The samples were very good. The tour was a little long since a third of the establishments do not participate in taste testing. I was impressed with the guide's knowledge of the history, architecture, and restaurants of this tour.
Rating: 4
more culture than food
Sat, Sep 29, 07   12:00 PM trushnaj Unspecified 20-29 Combination Couple on a Date
We were lucky with the weather and so spent a wonderful sunny day exploring popular and lesser-known streets in the village/soho. the tour focused on the area's history related to architecture, music and immigrants. Although we sampled quite a few different kinds of food (all tasty and interesting), I felt somewhat unsatisfied because each sampling was no more than a bite or two, and we were usually standing on the street trying to keep out of other pedestrians' way while we ate and listened.

Bottom line: a good way to get to know the history and culture of this part of new york, but don't choose it solely for the food!