Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  947 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 110 278 1 = 277 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 230 600 4 = 596 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 361 951 4 = 947 99% 4.8
All 3,246 8,526 30 = 8,496 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 Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Another great tour
Fri, May 7, 10   12:00 PM RandiRaaen Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
My friend and I had taken one of the food tours on our last visit to the City and we were so delighted with the experience that we signed up for the Village SOHO tour this year.

We were more than delighted by our current tour. Our guide, Raheem, was wonderful.

He was very familiar with the area, the food, the history, the architecture, and the culture of the Village and SOHO. The food was fabulous, but what we most love about these tours, is that it gives us an introduction to the neighborhoods and the unique eateries.

We returned to the Village that same night and had a wonderful dinner at one of the featured restaurants. We make a list of all the places we will visit on our next trip to the City. The tours have become a "must do" for all of our yearly visits.

A special highlight of this tour was having a slice of the most amazingly delicious cheesecake at BellaVitae(?). Raheem said that we were going to taste the best cheesecake in the world, and he was right!
Rating: 5
Eat, drink, walk and be merry
Thu, May 6, 10   12:30 PM Desloovere Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I would definitely recommend this tour. Not only was the food tasting varied and (mostly) delicious, but we also got the area’s history and learned interesting trivia (Bob Dylan’s house, the club where Jimi Hendrix was “house band”, what former tenement apartments now cost to rent, etc).

The sauce Bolognese at Monte’s was the best I’ve ever had outside of northern Italy and I was delighted to be able to tell the chef so. I loved having dessert of ricotta cheesecake at the third stop (Bellavitae) and another dessert at the end (chocolate walnut tart at Once Upon a Tart). Seeing some of the local stores on the tour (where there was no tasting) just made me want to buy everything in sight, but, alas, there wasn’t enough time to shop.

Ideally, one would be able to choose the places to visit and the food to taste, but that would be impossible. Still, I would have liked to eat at a French restaurant, and stopped at a café to people watch.

Also enjoyable was when we sat to eat and were able to meet the others on the tour, including tourists from far-flung parts of the world.
Rating: 5
great tour
Sat, May 1, 10   12:30 PM mkprissy Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our guide Susan was great and paced the tour well. She is knowledgeable about the area.
Rating: 5
Terrific Tour
Fri, Apr 30, 10   12:00 PM gwoodlief Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Wonderful tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. Food was good at all stops. Learned a lot about the culture of the area. This is the 4th tour we have taken with you, so we must like them. It is a nice way to spend an afternoon in New York.
Rating: 5
Wonderful experience!
Sat, Apr 24, 10   1:00 PM LarryHawkins Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was a great food and culture tour. The food selections were excellent! The guide was well versed in the history and culture of the SoHo Area and restaurants and the group was small enough to navigate the different venues. We would highly recommend it to visitors so they could become acquainted with the many wonderful offerings in the area. There was lots of food to sample and it was all delicious.
Rating: 5
The tour was exceptional!
Fri, Apr 23, 10   1:00 PM vmortensen Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Tour guide was extremely knowledgable about the area and obviously had great pride and enthusiasm for the neigborhood. The food was so good that we went back there the following night to have dinner at one of the restaurants and then recommended it to friends who arrived several days later. I learned so much and would like to do another tour whenever I return to new york.
Rating: 5
Learned lots and ate well!
Fri, Apr 23, 10   12:00 PM LindaOlasov Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our guide, Rahim, was knowledgeable and accommodating. He gave us information about the history and highlights of the places visited, included some of the famous people who had frequented these haunts. The food and rest stops were timely. The food was tasty and the background of the sites was fascinating.
Rating: 5
Fabulous SOHO
Fri, Apr 23, 10   12:00 PM danavato Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
What a great way to see SOHO! Tasting one's way through SOHO and learning about it's history is a great way to spend the afternoon. Our tour guide was knowledgeable with a sense of humor. Don't plan on lunch before and maybe...a late dinner would be advised.
Rating: 5
A wonderful experience
Thu, Apr 22, 10   12:00 PM cojayhawk Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Our tour leader was Raheem (spelling?). He was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and fun. I loved every stop, including the bathroom breaks. This was my first trip to New York and this tour was one of the top 3 highlights for me (Ellis Island and Rockefeller Center being the other 2). The tour was a great way to see the area and learn about the culture there.
Rating: 5
Unanimous Bravo
Fri, Apr 16, 10   12:30 PM rcrofts Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our group of six continues to speak of a fabulous tour! Our guide could not have been more pleasing because of her knowledge, pacing, and engaging manner.