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Rating: 4.8  947 rating points
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Last 3 months 113 287 1 = 286 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 230 600 4 = 596 99% 4.8
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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 Sort Descending Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Had a great time!!!!!
Sat, May 22, 10   12:00 PM ars2010 Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We all had a great time on this tour. Our tour guide Raheem (sorry if it is spelled wrong) was very knowledgeable of the area, made great recommendations and was very relaxed. He took his time and never rushed us from one venue to the next. All of the tastings we indulged on were fantastic. Each one was unique and not your run of the mill fair. They all left a lasting impression, but I think the two that stand out the most for us were the bolognese and the ricotta cheese cake. We certainly did not walk away hungry. The cultural side of the tour beyond the food was quite interesting. We found it very easy to put ourselves in the past with all of the great writers and musicians of the different times and wonder what it was like. Greenwich village and Soho is such a great area of the city. We can't wait to go back. We have already recommended this tour to our friends. Hopefully they will take our advice. The next time I'm in the city I hope to do the Chelsea and Meatpacking District tour. Hopefully it will be sooner rather that later.
Rating: 5
Loved the mix of NY history and wonderful food
Fri, Jan 22, 10   12:00 PM janahumleker Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Four of us had five days in New York, and we hadn't been for quite a few years. Collectively we love cities, love to know about the areas we are visiting, enjoy personal tours and love to try different foods. This tour was the perfect mix of everything - - the food fun and very appealing, the guide personable, helpful and interesting. We would do this again!
Rating: 5
Excellent experience! Would do it again....
Sat, Jan 2, 10   12:30 PM winbill Unspecified 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We were first timers to New York and found it both informative culturally / historically and a great way to try before you buy when it comes to the cafes and restaurants in the village.

Next time we come, we are going to stay in this area rather than in Times Square as it is packed with the restaurants and cafes we love.

Susan, our guide, was excellent. She is a lifetime New Yorker and had a wealth of information about the history and culture of the area and the food that relates to it.

We would definitely recommend this as a must do experience for food lovers.
Rating: 5
Great tour-delicious food and informative history
Fri, Nov 6, 09   12:00 PM monkymon29 Unspecified 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We did the Greenwich Village - Soho tour and were totally thrilled with it. When I booked it I was afraid it might be a bit cheezy and inauthentic, but thought we'd give it a shot anyway. I knew from the first stop that we were in for a good day. The food we ate at the Indian restaurant was absolutely delicious, and the other diners in the restaurant were from Mumbai, so it was clearly an authentic place! All of the other sites were terrific too - almost all locally owned for generations by the same family. It really felt like we were getting an insider's glimpse into the neighborhood food scene. Our guide was great - a young guy that knew his history and his food. And the other people in our group were sophisticated and polite, so it didn't feel like you were being dragged around with some huge obnoxious tour group. I would reccomend the tour to anyone!
Rating: 5
susan was great and everything was well timed
Sat, Oct 17, 09   1:00 PM kpaavola Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Learned lots of new stuff although I have lived in nyc for 15yrs! Loved learning the history. Susan was excellent, and I was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was that we were able to taste- excellent choise of restaurants!
Rating: 5
Fri, Oct 2, 09   12:30 PM Marthotic Unspecified 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We've already recommended this to our friends, and even gone back to two of the 4 of the places highlighted on our tour!

The Ricotta Cheesecake at Bellavitae was the best we've ever had.

We bought coffee from Porto Rico Importing, Co. and have already made some in a brand new French Press!

We got some noodles from Rafetto's and can't wait to make them.

Overall, This was one of the highlights of our trip. We hope to take one of the other food tours when we return!
Rating: 5
Great food and Good Company
Thu, Aug 20, 09   12:00 PM mkibbe Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our tour was reccommended to us by friends who also took this tour. It surpassed our expectations. Our guide, Rajim was great. He was very knowledgeable about the food, and the history of the Village. Such a personalbe guide. The food choices were very tasty. Although it was a warm day, we enjoyed ourselves. We highly reccommend this tour.
Rating: 3
It was OK
Fri, Jul 31, 09   12:30 PM rosyvu Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
I've taken other food tours and loved them. I wasn't as impressed with this one. There was less food tasting on this tour and a lot more history and walking to places that were not food orientated. I did leave with a good understanding of the area.
Rating: 5
A fun walk with good food and a great guide
Thu, Jul 16, 09   12:00 PM Bernthaave Unspecified 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
We learned a lot about the area and the history. We was served very good food and the guide was very enthusiatic and well spoken. We have already recomemended this tour to friends both in NY and in Norway.
Rating: 4
Great tour, great food...but hoping for more food
Sat, Jun 6, 09   12:00 PM squirrelisan Unspecified 20-29 Local Group of Friends
This is probably something I would bring out of town friends and family but still very good for me. Our tour guide was great. Learned a lot of interesting things about the area, the history...and seemed to know his restaurants (and food) pretty well. My only complaint (if any) was that we only visited a half dozen places to eat. The food was great though, wish I had more of an opportunity to sample some more of it....since it was all so good.