Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  947 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
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Last 3 months 105 271 1 = 270 99% 4.8
Last 6 months 227 591 4 = 587 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 361 951 4 = 947 99% 4.8
All 3,249 8,535 30 = 8,505 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
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.
Rating: 5
Great intro to Central Village/SoHo
Fri, Sep 12, 08   12:00 PM fyamane Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
This was my first visit to Central Village/SoHo and I was impressed with our walking tour guide who highlighted the best of Central Village/SoHo in a short amount of time. The wide variety of food tasting was great and the history behind this small part of Manhattan was very educational. I can't wait to return to the village to try these fabulous restaurants. My only advice is to wear good walking shoes and come hungry.
Rating: 5
Great Activity to start your New York Adventure
Thu, Aug 28, 08   12:00 PM CamilleBell Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
This was our second tour, we did the Original Village tour two years ago. This time we (four sisters) took our husbands. We took the tour the first morning of our week long visit to New York and found ourselves back in the village to enjoy the resturants and shops many times during the week. Our husbands enjoyed the tour as much as we did. The food tours are one of our favorite activities because they are so informative and help us to feel at home in new areas of the city.
Rating: 5
Best New York Experience
Sat, Aug 23, 08   12:30 PM hugheska Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Other
Our guide Suzy knows more about New York, and the Village in particular, than do many lifelong residents. Her knowledge and presentation made information I have read about come alive.

The tastings were abundant, well-chosen, and simply delicious. I will be booking a tour again next year, and spending time and money comfortably in the Village because of this superb and tasty tour.