Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  902 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 118 314 3 = 311 99% 4.8
Last 6 months 200 539 3 = 536 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 337 905 3 = 902 100% 4.8
All 3,140 8,258 29 = 8,229 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
A great intro to the Village
Fri, Sep 28, 07   12:00 PM ANDREWJULIAN Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was our first day ever in New York and we wanted to get a feel of the 'real' streets and a bit of history and background. We found the whole tour well organized, friendly and informal. Our guide (Barri) knew her stuff and was enthusiastic about the Village. Not too much heavy info and well timed tastings of loads of really interesting and different food. The handout about places to eat was really useful. All in all I would say it was well balanced and good value.
Rating: 4
What a great day!
Fri, Sep 21, 07   12:30 PM donnalee12 Female 60-69 Local Other
We have been to both the VIllage tour and the SoHo tour. Both were excellent tours. Aside from all the great tastings we had, the guides are very informative and quite the actors. They made the day verry enjoyable. Had a super day.
Rating: 4
Great opportunity to "discover" delicious sites
Fri, Sep 14, 07   12:30 PM JoeHayward Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
The tour provided information and sample food for several outstanding restaurants but the most memorable part was finding the old neighborhood establishments for cheese, meat, and pasta. These one of a kind, mom and pop places were unique and places I hope to frequent. Our guide, a NYU graduate, was most familiar with the area and enthusiastically shared his knowledge and opinons.
Rating: 5
Absolutely Wonderful
Sat, Sep 8, 07   12:00 PM rlpeeb Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Cannot rave enough about this tour. If you are planning a tourist visit to NY, take this tour FIRST. You'll then have enough great choices of places to go eat for your entire visit.

This is not just about a food tasting. You can read specifics about that in other reviews.

It is also a very interesting and informative cultural/history tour of the area.

My wife and I are both over 60 years old, we have slowed down a bit in the last 20 years, but the walking was not strenuous, although the day was hot and humid.

Our guide, Raheem, was terrific. (This seems to be the ongoing message in almost every review I read). If all the other guides are as good as he, this is a “cannot miss”.

Rating: 5
It was excellent. Raheem was great !
Fri, Aug 31, 07   12:00 PM DKWilson Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
It was great.
Rating: 5
Great time
Fri, Aug 31, 07   12:00 PM garyhjohnson Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I have been on all three of the food tours offered by this group and they have all been different and all good. The guides are friendly and certainly know their stuff. The food is good and you learn about a lot of out of the way places you would probably not discover on your own.
Rating: 4
it was enjoyable
Fri, Aug 17, 07   12:00 PM HELENJOERGER Female 60-69 Local Individual
the guide was very knowledgeable and gave out really good information. The food was just more than a bite, very substantial helpings, and I think most persons did not have lunch. I also liked the handout with all the names and addresses and bios on some of them. Best handout I have been given in a long long time.
Rating: 5
Great Group Activity
Sat, Aug 11, 07   12:30 PM Beachbums Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our group consisted of 50+parents and 3 grown children. We, the parents, live out of town and our children are City dwellers. Even they learned new things about their adopted City and loved the recommendations for places to dine and purchase food that they did not know about. We thoroughly and equally enjoyed the cultural/historical and food tasting aspects of the tour. Rahim was the perfect guide and made the 3 hours fly by. We loved the varied and diverse food offerings which were all as fresh as they could possibly be. We'll definitely be back to tour another area.
Rating: 5
An "Insider's" Guide
Sat, Aug 11, 07   12:00 PM tssfred Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My wife and I enjoyed the 3 hour tour very much. You may even call it an intimate tour in that it emphasized small family owned places that you would never find on your own. That together with the history of the area made it very worthwile. The "tastings" involved more food than expected and we were able to skip both lunch and dinner. I would recommend it to others.
Rating: 5
Great Tour - a must in NY!
Fri, Aug 3, 07   12:00 PM PSimpson Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We really enjoyed our tour. We have been wanting to do this for the past few years & were not disappointed! The tasting was great but the weather was hot! There is something for everyone, although everyone will not enjoy everything. I personally love that area of New York best & wanted to show my friend so it was a good way to find out more information & history of Soho & Greenwich, as well as experience some very different food. I told a travel agent friend of mine to suggest it to her customers who intend to visit New York. It would have been nice to have time to stop for a drink along the way (at our cost), especially in the summer. Our guide was great! Thanks for a great time.