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Rating: 4.8  900 rating points
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Last 6 months 216 577 3 = 574 100% 4.8
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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 Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Highlight of our trip to NY!!
Fri, Jul 23, 10   12:00 PM gmcilvee Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My husband did not want to go on this tour, but a friend had recommended it highly. We went and loved every minute of it. This was my favorite part of our trip to NYC. The tour was wonderful and the food was, also. When we come back, we will take another tour from this company!!
Rating: 5
Fantastic. Really showed us Soho/Village area
Thu, Jul 15, 10   12:30 PM ClaudetteLac Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our tour guide, Diana, was really good. She had so much information and was so interesting. We loved all the food we tasted and went back to Montes that night. I would highly recommend this to any one going to New York.
Rating: 5
Great Experience!
Sat, Jul 10, 10   12:30 PM DebbieLyn Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
My daughter bought this tour as a gift for my wife and I. We really had no idea what to expect before we arrived. Our tour guide Suzanne was excellent! She was very informative as well as personable. We will be sure to try all of the tours as we live locally. Thank you for a job well done!
Rating: 5
Educational, entertaining, fun and delicious!
Sat, Jul 10, 10   12:00 PM lindajlowe Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We enjoyed our walk through Greenwich Village with our tour guide Raheem. He was knowledgeable, humorous. organized and friendly. The food samples were delicious and "just enough." We also learned about the interesting history and culture of the area. This tour is a must-do for residents as well as tourists.
Rating: 5
I want to take all of the food tours
Sat, Jul 3, 10   12:30 PM psychl Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Susan was engaging, relaxed, interesting. Orchestration of tour, with all the restaurants or shops having our tastings ready when we arrived, is remarkable. We enjoyed smoked mozarella we purchased from one of the shops, just last night for dinner, with homemade foccacia--an idea we got from our first stop on the tour. Fascinating to get history of the neighborhoods, celebrity residents, and music history at Cafe' Wha. Perfect balance of walking and sitting, being outside in the 95 degree heat of that day, then inside in air-conditioned restaurants. Have already recommended your tours to freinds coming to NYC. Plan to arrange Chinatown tour for next visit, and inquired if there might be Harlem tour.
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
A day well worth the price of the ticket....
Thu, Jul 1, 10   12:00 PM DPeckham Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our guide was very knowledgeable of the foods, culture, and neighborhood. I would go on another food tour if he was the guide. Lots of great samples of the food from Central Village.
Rating: 5
Absolutely wonderful way to spend three hours
Fri, Jun 25, 10   12:00 PM JOYCEW Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
If you enjoy food and want to learn about the city, this is an absolutely fabulous way to spend three hours in NYC. I have lived here forever but am always looking for new things to do with out-of-town guests. They told me this was the best ever, and I agree. I have already told many of my local friends about this tour and I plan to take another one.Thanks so much for a wonderful experience. PS I now have about eight locations in the Village that I will visit again and share with friends.
Rating: 5
Great Tour-Great Food
Thu, Jun 24, 10   12:30 PM cherf1 Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
The tour was wonderful, as was the tour leader. Learned a great deal of interesting and fun facts about the area. All the food was delicious and a very adequate amount was given. Would highly recommend this tour!!!
Rating: 3
Food good - but mostly stood on the streets!
Thu, Jun 24, 10   12:00 PM BarbaraHanda Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends

Last week we took the GV/SOHO Food Tour. Was OK - but we thought

that we would enter the restaurants that were listed on the brochure. Our Guide was

very enthusiastic - but we could only enter 3 or 4 restaurants and sit down and have a "tasting." The other restaurants were "visited" by standing outside and looking at a locked door, or on one occasion, we were led into a dark unlit (no lights were turned on) basement and groping around among old dusty chairs and tables to try to find a place to sit! Aside from the dark dank atmosphere - the danger of tripping and falling was high. The big draw in the basement was that Bob Dylan performed there 30

years ago - What does that have to do with food tasting? I couldn't wait to get out

of the basement without falling!

At the last stop, we ate the tarts on the sidewalk and looked from across the street at Once Upon A Tart. Would have been nice to see the inside which was

very charming when we walked across the street to have a look after the tour was over. It was obvious that some of the restaurants didn't want us inside - but why do you list them on the website? Why don't you develop a relationship with the other

restaurants that might be more inclined to welcome visitors? You said one thing, but delivered something else.You advertised one thing, but didn't deliver what you

advertised. Monte's Restaurant was very nice and also very delicious and the owner was very friendly. He knows the value of talking to potential customers.

Overall, the tour was just OK - but it could have been much better. This is no

reflection on the guide who was good and worked hard - but there was just

so much he could do. Nice young man.