Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  941 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 105 269 1 = 268 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 228 594 4 = 590 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 359 945 4 = 941 99% 4.8
All 3,247 8,529 30 = 8,499 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
Sat, Nov 22, 08   12:00 PM kjd9999 Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Other
Great afternoon, spoilt only by the biting cold. Rahim was an articulate and charismatic guide who displayed in depth knowledge on both the food and the areas we passed through.
Rating: 5
A Very Pleasant Experience
Sat, Nov 15, 08   12:00 PM Helwig Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Excellent Food

Great Restaurants

Very Informative Tour Guide

Wonderful Weather

Tour Guide Was Very Considerate Of My Needs
Rating: 5
Perfect view of the central Village!
Sat, Oct 25, 08   12:30 PM bridgechatha Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Very enjoyable and informative. Wonderful guide and delicious food, great for locals and visitors.
Rating: 5
Terrific food and tourguide
Fri, Oct 17, 08   12:00 PM mlevine2 Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
There was just the right mix of information about the local area and great tasting foods.
Rating: 5
Historical, informative, and enjoyable
Thu, Oct 16, 08   12:30 PM ShirleeClark Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Susan did a great job.
Rating: 5
Sat, Oct 4, 08   12:00 PM raheyer Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Great way to spend 3 hours. Entertaining guide. Have done 3 food tours.

Please add more. Thanks!
Rating: 4
Great food; too much "advertising"; guide needs im
Fri, Sep 26, 08   12:00 PM tonywernert Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This was our second tour; we did the Central Village tour last Thanksgiving it was with Cindy and it was fantastic). Our guide (Rahim..sp??) was wonderfully enthusiastic and humorous, BUT, he kept callings the group "guys" WAY too many times, as in "OK, guys, let's go here" or "Hey, guys, this is a really great place....". Also, we had two run-ins with neighbors. They were silly/stupid/inappropriate locals, BUT, it appeared to us that Rahim was too confrontational with them. It felt awkward.

Also, some of his neighborhood facts/comments were not correct. I'm by no means an NYC expert, but he'd say things that I knew simply were not true from a common sense standpoint. For instance, he told us that St. Anthony's Church (1860's) was the oldest parish in NYC. That's not true...it's the oldest parish in NYC specifically serving the Italian community.....the plaque says so.

Lastly, it just felt that much of his recommendations were advertising for places along the route rather than discussions on food diversity and availability. It's hard to describe what made it seem that way, but it just did!

Otherwise, we thoroughly enjoyed it and will do another one of your food tours on our next visit.
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: 5
Informative and fun
Thu, Sep 18, 08   12:00 PM maryandal Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our guide, Raheem was both enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the tour immensely. My husband, a picky eater, actually tried everything that was presented. We were not hungry at the end of the 3 hours. We recommend this to all.
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!