Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  954 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 108 278 1 = 277 99% 4.8
Last 6 months 230 598 4 = 594 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 364 958 4 = 954 99% 4.8
All 3,252 8,542 30 = 8,512 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
Great Value!
Fri, Jun 26, 09   12:00 PM annwis Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
My husband and I were celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary and had already done many typical outings; events, dinners, trips etc. I went on the West Village Tour last August and loved it and thought this would really appeal to my husband. He loves history, architecture and food!

The tour guide was awesome (Susan)...very knowledgeable and friendly. The size of the group (16) was good...it was easy to hear everything. The food tastings were wonderful and we will go back to several of the restaurants for a meal.

All in all, it was a great value. The tastings provide plenty of food and served as a lunch. The amount of walking is just right and the length of the tour is also good.

I would recommend this highly to anyone who wants to have a more hands on approach to investigating New York City.
Rating: 5
Pouring rain didn't dampen the tour!!
Thu, Jun 18, 09   12:00 PM kathrynlyons Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Wonderful tour guide - he tried to keep us as entertained and dry as possible. Our group loved the food, the history of the area, and the whole tour. We'll be back!
Rating: 3
It Was O.K.
Fri, Jun 12, 09   12:00 PM pfagin Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Thought it was weak on really exploring the food of the Central Village (only two stops in SoHo). The leader was charming and reasonably well informed, but for us who are not real big music enthusiasts there was much too much discussion of musicians and music venues, more on the literary and visual arts would have been somewhat more satisfying for us. We enjoyed the food samplings, but thought there was a bit too much advertising for those restaurants.

I would recommend this tour with reservations. It was strongly recommended to us by friends.
Rating: 5
Fun, well-paced, and good tastes
Fri, Jun 12, 09   12:00 PM owenfay1848 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The variety of tastes was excellent, and the order starting from appetizers to entree to desert was well-done. The guide's narrative about the Central Village was informative. I wish that when we were in the shops/restaurants where an owner or manager was present that the guide would let the owner/manager speak more. The guide gave a "commercial" for the establishment, which is OK, but I would have preferred to have heard directly from the owner/manager. This especially applies to Bellavitae. All in all it was a sucess and we will be back for more.
Rating: 5
One of the top highlights of week in New York
Thu, Jun 11, 09   12:00 PM AliceLewis Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Guide was excellent, infor was great and fun. He had a wonderful presentation and foods were best and better then expected. Have already sent a couple to try it out.
Rating: 4
second food tour with you
Fri, Jun 5, 09   12:00 PM maryainbinde Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Since it was raining, it would be hard to judge this tour. I felt like the leader was not in great command of the information. There were 7 tastings which was less than our last tour. It was fun, but not nearly as fun as our last tour of the Village.
Rating: 4
Well organized and good food
Thu, Jun 4, 09   12:00 PM Gloriamue Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Excellent introduction to area for first time visitors to New York
Rating: 5
Great food, great history lesson
Fri, May 29, 09   12:00 PM roseroth Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We had done an similar tour in Chicago so we knew what to expect and had something to compare with. The Central Village/Soho tour had wonderful food, and a great guide, and we enjoyed everything that we ate and all the local information. We come to New York every couple of years, so we look forward to taking another tour the next time we're in town.
Rating: 5
love the food tours
Fri, May 22, 09   12:00 PM dangelo Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The whole group enjoyed our food tour.The guides are friendly,have alot of knowledge about the tour they are doing and I would tell anyone I know to do all the

tours.Everytime myself or my friends come to NYC we go on a food tour.
Rating: 5
Really enjoyed the tour
Thu, May 14, 09   12:00 PM ariadne617 Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Raheem spoke clearly and gave us lots of information and history of the area. He made sure everyone was taken care of. One of our group is a vegetarian and she was able to experience wonderful and varied cuisine just like everyone else. In fact he took particular care to ensure she was well catered for. He added many interesting tips for eating well at a reasonable price as well as some shopping tips too. We all had a great time. Thank you Raheem.