Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  883 rating points
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Last 3 months 113 310 3 = 307 99% 4.8
Last 6 months 171 459 3 = 456 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 332 886 3 = 883 100% 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? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
Wish it could have been longer
Sat, Jan 31, 09   12:30 PM katieklarson Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Although the weather was below freezing January 31, Susan the guide kept us warm moving through the Village, tasting some great food and getting a history lesson of this vibrant area. I loved the information on architecture and what had happened at various spots. Susan kept the commentary moving, the info nuggets fascinating and the food spaced right. I only wish this 3 hour tour, that became three and a half hours, could have lasted LONGER.

The food and drink at Cuba were excellent and the soup at Montes' divine.

Be sure you don't plan anything right afterwards, because you don't want to rush this and you'll probably want to stay in the area to pick up something to eat later, to browse the shops or plan your evening in one of the many clubs pointed out during the walk. Fabulous - can't recommend it enough. I'll come back to do this one again, as well as try others. Thanks!
Rating: 5
Can't wait to try another one!
Sat, Jan 17, 09   12:00 PM trishdalish Female 20-29 Local Other
I had such great time on this tour! I was so happy to be acquainted with the non-mainstream New York! I have a list of places to go to dinner as well as a whole new area to explore!
Rating: 5
Sat, Nov 22, 08   12:00 PM kjd9999 Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Other
Great afternoon, spoilt only by the biting cold. Rahim was an articulate and charismatic guide who displayed in depth knowledge on both the food and the areas we passed through.
Rating: 5
Score: 10
Fri, Oct 17, 08   12:30 PM Babawa Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Both my sister and I found the tour most interesting, loved learning about the culture and the food was da best! Our guide had more tidbits of information than Wikipedia! Can't wait to come back and try another tour, what a great way to learn about a great city.

Sincerely, Happy tourist....
Rating: 4
Enjoyable experience
Fri, Oct 10, 08   12:00 PM pottorff Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
It was an interesting tour, and I will go back and try another one next time I visit NYC. It was very much a cultural learning experience, historic info with an up-close look at two of the neighborhoods in Manhatten.

I was a little disappointed in the food tasting, started out great and then tailed off at the end. I will recommend these tours to my friends though.
Rating: 3
fun but not as entertaining as past tours
Sat, Sep 20, 08   12:30 PM shumway Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
I have done foods of NY tours in the past and have really loved them. They were the highlight of our trip! This one was not as entertaining, unfortunately. I felt like the tour guide was not as entertaining as my past guides. I felt like she was limited in what she had to say about the culture aspect and then she kept highlighting these "fantastic" places that we didn't go in to. Her reviews of restaurants in the area didn't vary at all so it was hard to know which ones really were good. For a tour of 3 hours in length, you really need it to be fun and informative. I felt like it was a little lacking in both of these aspects.
Rating: 5
Excellent value and fun.
Sat, Sep 20, 08   12:00 PM Happy2B Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Highly recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
Good food plus history
Thu, Sep 18, 08   12:00 PM RickGadd Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
The food is generally excellent; the reason you go on a food tour of course. As an added benefit though is the history of the area you get as you walk the area. I personally found that almost better than the food.
Rating: 3
Nice, could be better - much better
Thu, Sep 18, 08   12:00 PM kathykrider Female 60-69 Unspecified Other
The culture part of this tour was very informative and entertaining as presented by our enthusiastic guide. While the tasting samples were varied and appealing , the number of delicacies/venues visited was not generous. I took the Greenwich Village Food Tasting and Cultural Tour last year and thought it a better value. However, on this tour my guest, who is from from New Zealand, loved every minute!
Rating: 5
Loved the tour! ..very interesting & great food!
Fri, Sep 12, 08   12:30 PM kamaynard Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
We really enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide was both knowledgeable and pleasant. We found the history of the area very interesting and our guide added to it by sharing personal stories of her family who had lived in the area. We enjoyed the variety of restaurants and shops who provided tastings and really liked all the foods we tried. Our only disappointment was that we didn't have the time to purchase items at the restaurants and shops we stopped at, such as the peanut butter, homemade pastas, sausage, etc. Because the tour was spread out, retracing our steps to make these purchases afterwards would have been tiring and timely to do. If you could allow for a little extra time for purchases I'm sure it would be beneficial to all --we could take home some new found favorites and the shops would make a few extra sales for the day. We were so impressed with the tasting at Monty's that we returned there a few days later and enjoyed a fantastic dinner! This is our 2nd Foods of New York tour and we're looking forward to doing another on our next trip to NYC.