Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  1,030 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 83 229 0 = 229 100% 4.9
Last 6 months 198 522 1 = 521 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 389 1,034 4 = 1,030 99% 4.8
All 3,322 8,736 30 = 8,706 99% 4.8
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
Would do it all over again!
Fri, Jul 2, 10   12:30 PM SharonSimms Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Other
It was a great experience and most enjoyable. Susan, our tour gude, was fabulous. She shared her knowledge in a very professional manner, with great diction and with an easy flow of wording for all to understand. She kept our attention with her knowledge and presentation. The food tasting was excellent. There was nothing not to like about this experience as far as the food selections were concerned.

I would like to suggest two things if I may. Firstly, your advertising suggests that the food tasting is comparable in quantity to a lunch. We found we were very full after the tastings. Perhaps it could be suggested that one might not want to have reservations at a restaurant for a large dinner the same day as the food tour and tastings. We had reservations at Sardi's for a three course dinner - and most of us were not the least bit hungry to eat at 8:00 pm.

The next suggestion would be for some thought and consideration to be given to a place where your guests might sit to hear the first fifteen to twenty minutes of the preamble which began the tour. For those of us over the age of 60, in particular several had very bad legs and knees, and the standing on the side of the street while Susan told us about the tour, and the restaurants, etc. became very long and very uncomforable.

What is the possibility that one of the sites might allow you to sit and enjoy the first tasting and at that time Susan could share her preamble to the afternoon activities.

And it would also have been nice if the water we were offered at the beginning of the tour had been cold. Not that it would have remained that way for long on Friday, as it was a very warm day......but it would have been nice if it had been cold to begin with.

All in all it was a wonderful and delicious experience. The foods we tasted were truly delightful and I would sign up again, when in New York, to take part in a Food Tour with this organization.

Thank you for a great afternoon.

Sharon Simms
Rating: 5
Great NYC experience!
Fri, Jul 2, 10   12:00 PM alexanderm Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Our tour guide was knowledgeable about both the area (Central Village and SoHo) and about the food we were eating. We learned about architecture, important buildings, and famous people who lived and visited the area. In addition to this great cultural tour, we ate delicious food! Pasta, cheesecake, Cuban empanadas, hand made cheese... everything was amazing. I fully plan to take another food tour next time I return to NYC. A great way to learn about an area of the city and its amazing cuisine.
Rating: 5
Food , Fun , History and Culture !
Fri, Jun 25, 10   1:00 PM NChave Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
This was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in a beautiful neighborhood rich in culture and diversity. Our guide's knowledge of history and the the current residents was invaluable giving us an inside glimpse of the area. The food was amazing and the package was exceptional value . Cannot wait to do another area of the city with this group !
Rating: 3
Interesting Tour of the Central Village
Fri, Jun 18, 10   12:00 PM carolnemo Female 60-69 Local Other
My friend and i enjoyed this tour alot but would have enjoyed it more on a cooler day. It was very hot and sunny, and we spent alot of the time walking.

The venues were wonderful for the most part, and the guide told us about the history and culture of each area we went to.
Rating: 5
One of the highlights of our trip!
Thu, Jun 10, 10   12:00 PM blackmons Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
This will be our third tour with Foods of New York, and as always, it was wonderful. The food was incredible. Go hungry and have a late dinner! The guide was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. And the neighborhood -- so nice to see so many places have retained their original charm. A great way to spend an afternoon.
Rating: 5
Great way to get an introduction to the area!!
Sat, Jun 5, 10   12:30 PM karenhb20 Female 50-59 Combination Other
We gave the tour as a gift to our grown children including a spouse and girlfriend. We decided to go with them and had a great time. Diana was our tour guide and she provided great insight into the history, culture and food. It was obvious that the neighborhoods mean very much to her. The food was very good and we had enough to eat so did not need to eat after. Now, we have a list of places that we intend to go back to for entertainment and great dining places. She shared the menu from several of the restuarants so that we could see how resonably priced they are during non-tour times. Overall, great....we will do another tour!!
Rating: 5
More Fun that I ever expected
Sat, May 29, 10   1:00 PM kimono507 Female 20-29 Local Other
I received tickets to this from my best friend as a birthday gift. Originally it was supposed to be me and her , but she had a conflicting school trip so I took my mom with me. We arrived early at the meeting point (cafe del mare) and were met by a very nice and enthusiastic guide named Susan. The whole tour was more than I could have ever expected or hoped for. We had three sit down tastings (cuba, bellavitae, monte's) and three on the go tastings (focacceria, once upon a tart, joe's dairy), as well as taking in various sites and learning about the history and culture of the area. The food I was prepared to enjoy, and I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed all the knowledge I absorbed about the history/culture. I took plenty of pics so my friend could feel like she was a part of it, and I am definitely coming back again to do the tour with her. I was so pleased with the tour I actually went back and shopped at three of the stores (raffettos, joes dairy, once upon a tart) before heading back to long island.
Rating: 5
Well worth the money
Thu, May 27, 10   12:00 PM dellaura1 Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Other
Wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would certainly book another one when visiting NY again. Davy from Edinburgh, Scotland
Rating: 4
Enjoyable way to spend an afternoon in nyc
Sat, May 22, 10   12:00 PM juliesig Female 50-59 Local Other
I took my boyfriend into the city for his birthday and thought this might be something different to do before going to the theatre in the evening. We both enjoyed it very much. Every place we stopped at had something good for us to try. We were quite full when it was over because the servings were a good size. We learned alot from our tour guide, Raheem and enjoyed his sense of humor. We are looking forward to trying some of the restaurants that we visited. I would recommend this to anyone and I am planning on doing another tour in the future.
Rating: 5
If you love food and history this tour is GREAT!
Thu, May 20, 10   12:30 PM court8304 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
I loved loved loved this tour. We did many tours while in NYC and this tour by far was my favorite. Our tour guide was very nice and very knowledgeable about the area. It's a great way to see the city and get some great history. However don't forget the star of the tour, the food. The food was so tasty and we were full by the end of the tour. Well worth the money. I would recommend this to anyone. If you do only one tour in NYC do this. I will for sure be going back to this company when I go back.