Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  1,273 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 154 408 5 = 403 98% 4.8
Last 6 months 260 697 6 = 691 98% 4.8
Last 12 months 483 1,282 9 = 1,273 99% 4.8
All 3,477 9,144 35 = 9,109 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
A real New York treat !
Fri, Dec 14, 07   12:00 PM TerryRedgers Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Rahim our group guide was excellent he was very knowledgeable and passionette about the area, the history different cultures and foods which abound. Our only regret was that we had not been able to do the tour earlier in our stay so that we could have gone back to some of the restaurants we were shown. Never the less we will now have the confidence to try them on our next visit to New York, when will will also be booking ourselves on the other tours available.

Thanks again for helping to make our first trip to New York such a great experience !

Terry & Sue Redgers
Rating: 5
3 Well spent hours in Central Village
Sat, Oct 13, 07   12:00 PM catholic Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Raheem led the group on a very interesting, informative, fun and stomach filling time on this tour of Central Village. It's amazing that there is so much to experience and enjoy in such a small area of Manhattan. In order to see everything the time is brief at many of the establishments but it gives a good excuse to return and explore and purchase newly discovered items on ones own. I only want to add one thing---Monte's cuisine is northern Italian---not southern which is no big deal since both are great.
Rating: 5
nice variety of ethnic foods, generous samples
Fri, Oct 12, 07   12:00 PM barbaraveon Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
My sister and I did the walking tour, great ethnic foods with generous samples. Nicely paced, great guide who was friendly and gave lots of history of the village. O bvious that she loved the area. We went back that evening to one of the restaurants to have dinner and again another day to take photographs and have lunch. We

both would highly recommend the tour.
Rating: 5
Informative and fun
Wed, Oct 10, 07   12:00 PM richard87710 Male 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
Had a great time - guide was personable and a previous resident of the area. Had fun with the tastings and learned alot about the area. Will take another tour if I find myself in NYC again.
Rating: 5
Great experience not to be missed
Sat, Sep 29, 07   12:30 PM Dayton1 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We found the tour to be well worth our time and money. We enjoyed the food and liked that we went to places we would not normally have frequented. However, we found the history of the area to be as enjoyable (if not more) than the food sampling. My companion had lived in NY for several years and he learned things he had never heard before. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kept the tour very light and entertaining.

Will definitely consider attending another tour in future trips to NY. Was one of the highlights of our trip.
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.