Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  1,259 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 139 370 2 = 368 99% 4.8
Last 6 months 247 665 3 = 662 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 475 1,265 6 = 1,259 99% 4.8
All 3,462 9,106 32 = 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: 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!
Rating: 5
Very good guide with much local knowedge
Sat, Sep 13, 08   12:00 PM heronblu Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Food and history both first-rate. Almost as much fun as the original tour, which was one of the most enjoyable afternoons we have ever spent. We look forward to more of these walking foodie tours in the future!
Rating: 5
Well worth the time!!!
Fri, Aug 29, 08   12:30 PM jolynjohnson Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
This is a wonderful tour. I can't believe I have been going to the village since 1962 and never knew how much I didn't know about the place. To have the myriad of places to visit whittled down to a choices of the "best" was just terrific! My husband and I really enjoyed finally knowing more details of the history of the area. Our guide was so knowledgeable, anything we asked, she knew the answer. She made our tour just so much fun! Her personality was great, a real "New Yorker"!! I recommend a $ raise for her! Every tour I have taken by the "Foods of New York" has been like a college class in detailed history of places and foods. Thank you so much!! Keep up the good work. I look forward to every tour in the future! Do more parts of Manhattan!
Rating: 4
Central Village Tour
Thu, Aug 28, 08   12:00 PM fredkatz Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Very good tour. Raheem was very energetic and knowledgeable. Foods provided a good sample--the Indian taste was especially memorable. Good balance of commercial marketing/local information. Would recommend this tour to friends visiting NYC.
Rating: 5
Best New York Experience
Sat, Aug 23, 08   12:30 PM hugheska Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Other
Our guide Suzy knows more about New York, and the Village in particular, than do many lifelong residents. Her knowledge and presentation made information I have read about come alive.

The tastings were abundant, well-chosen, and simply delicious. I will be booking a tour again next year, and spending time and money comfortably in the Village because of this superb and tasty tour.
Rating: 2
Tour great - food NOT great
Thu, Aug 21, 08   12:30 PM gdease48 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Susan was wonderful, enthusiastic, knowledgable, attentive. The food was .... terrible. Peanut butter sandwich?? A slice of sausage? This was a wonderful tour - but the 'food' part is misleading. Just let Susan lead the group and leave out the food.