Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  1,253 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 141 373 5 = 368 98% 4.8
Last 6 months 247 662 6 = 656 98% 4.8
Last 12 months 475 1,262 9 = 1,253 99% 4.8
All 3,464 9,109 35 = 9,074 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: 4
#640 Central Village/SoHo Food and Culture Tour
Sat, Jan 23, 10   12:00 PM lmccree2 Female 60-69 Local Individual
Tour stops were very interesting. Guide was knowledgeable. Like the size of the group which was manageable.
Rating: 5
Don't Miss This!
Fri, Jan 22, 10   12:00 PM diannem Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This is the second "foodie" tour we've taken with you, and both were great. This Central Village/Soho tour was beyond our expectations. Rashid was our host and did quite an amazing job informing, amusing, and increasing our enjoyment of the various food tastings. The variety of foods was impressive - Italian, Cuban, specialty desserts - and don't plan on dinner that evening. We were also delighted with the history of the area that Rashid imparted on our walking tour. The area is rich is architectural and pop history, all of which Rashid delivered in a fun and personable way. We had invited a New Yorker as our guest, and she was most impressed! We also were given information about shops and restaurants that were not strictly on the tour. My husband and I returned to The Village the next day, and felt perfectly acclimated and comfortable wandering the area. We went to Cafe Minetta for lunch which was a treat! Add that to your list to visit; the restaurant is cozy, food and service quite exceptional. We will certainly plan another outing when next in New York. Thank you for the excellently planned tour and for providing such knowledgeable and fun tour guides!
Rating: 5
Terrific; guide should cite source "This is best_"
Sat, Jan 16, 10   12:00 PM dbrandwein Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Fabulous intro to the area toured (Central GV and a tiny bit of SoHo). Extremely well organized; even arranged alternate food items for those with special dietary restricitions w/ advance notice. Excellent variety of foods: soups, savories, sweets, sit inside, eat on sidewalk. Only suggestion is that guide frequently said "This was voted the #2...in NYC for (whatever)" or "This is the best... " without saying "according to whom?" Was this the guide's personal opinion or as voted by Yelp, Zagat, TripAdvisor, etc.? In my eyes, guide lost points for credibility due to this lack of factual citation. Caused me to question his statements that "this was the club where Dylan first performed..." and so on. If a guide is going to say "This is the best___" say whether his opinion or according to whom (and when).

But we will look to do the other food/culture tours in the future. Great way to learn a neighborhood and where you want to go back to.
Rating: 5
Delightful experience
Sat, Jan 9, 10   12:00 PM junetaylor Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We thoroughly enjoyed our food walking tour. Although the weather was frigid (especially since we are Floridians), the movement and the in-and-out nature of the tour kept us comfortable. Our guide also sought the sunny side of the street whenever possible. His tales of the neighborhood and former residents enhanced the experience for us. The food was tasty and plentiful (we wished we had eaten breakfast earlier or not at all). We appreciated the handout with all of the places and others in the area that we did not visit very much - it will be easy to visit again or try something new from this list. It was fun, interesting, and we learned something!
Rating: 5
Fantastic and informative
Sat, Dec 12, 09   12:00 PM terryhill Female 60-69 Unspecified Family Without Children
Raheem was best ever! Great food tasting
Rating: 5
Outstanding even on such a cold, windy day!
Fri, Dec 11, 09   12:00 PM Schnapper94 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Our guide, Raheem, had a superb personality and was so informative and fun. The tastings were amazing. The shops and restaurants were a great mix of various ethnic choices. We would highly recommend this tour to people of a variety of ages. Singles, domestic and international tourists and, yes, New Yorkers, would all enjoy. We will definitely pass this info to anyone we know will be in NYC in the future. It is a great value as well.
Rating: 5
Thu, Dec 10, 09   12:00 PM gerryhirsch Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
As with other two food and culture tours we have taken, the cultural and historic information was priceless. We love New York but learning about the neighborhoods, the people and their culture makes it come alive. If New York can be more lively. Our guide, Rahim, was exceptional. He even new the homeless people on the street. Rahim's enthusiasm for New York and the area in which he lives spilled over to the group. Of course there was the food. The portions were generous and the people who served us were friendly and courteous. The cheescake at Bellavitae was a highlight.

Thank you, Zerve
Rating: 5
Excellent guide
Sat, Nov 21, 09   12:00 PM deegeise Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our guide was excellent.
Rating: 5
soho food tour highlight of visit to new york
Fri, Nov 20, 09   12:00 PM kshell Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
our guide was beyond great. very knowledgable and entertaining. he took great careof us all. each food sample was delicious with some food never before heard of or tasted. it was fun to hear the history or each area and establishment as well as what was going on today. the pace was just right. my daughters were not bored and i was not rushed. we will definately include a food tour on our next visit to nyc.
Rating: 5
Outstanding tour, tour guide and food.
Sat, Nov 7, 09   12:00 PM johnkat Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Highly recommend.