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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: 4
more culture than food
Sat, Sep 29, 07   12:00 PM trushnaj Unspecified 20-29 Combination Couple on a Date
We were lucky with the weather and so spent a wonderful sunny day exploring popular and lesser-known streets in the village/soho. the tour focused on the area's history related to architecture, music and immigrants. Although we sampled quite a few different kinds of food (all tasty and interesting), I felt somewhat unsatisfied because each sampling was no more than a bite or two, and we were usually standing on the street trying to keep out of other pedestrians' way while we ate and listened.

Bottom line: a good way to get to know the history and culture of this part of new york, but don't choose it solely for the food!
Rating: 3
Underwhelmed--But Go See For Yourself
Sat, Sep 15, 07   12:00 PM marlene44 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
We expected to walk more and explore both the Village and SoHo. Our village tour focused mostly on MacDougal street and immediate environs and the SoHo part I think was when we crossed Houston street and walked couple short streets like Sullivan. We wanted to see more of the area and actually walk--there were so many streets to explore! After the tour we were able to walk on our own so the tour did help with our sense of direction. The food was OK at best save for a nice little morsel of smoked food. One Italian store in particular was spoken highly of and we went inside but we didn't get any food. People wanted to stop and buy something but we had to move on. I appreciated the tidbits of information we were offered about the area. I would advise to stay close to the leader so that you can hear everything, as sometimes the cars and trucks were louder than the voice. It was an interesting outing, and it seemed that most people loved it. However, don't be surprised if you want to stop and have lunch after the outing is over.
Rating: 5
Great tour!
Sat, Sep 8, 07   12:00 PM janetli Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Yummy, often non-conventional tastings. Introduces you to unique shops and restaurants that you'd never discover on your own. Highly recommended for foodies and non-foodies alike!
Rating: 5
great
Sat, Aug 25, 07   12:00 PM RicardoSanto Unspecified 20-29 Combination Family Without Children
This was an exciting adventure
Rating: 5
Bruno, lisa and Marisa
Sun, Jun 28  12:00 PM BrunoCod Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
RAHIM was a delight to listen to. A lot of info that wAs shared. Great pace and great vibe. Can't wait for the next tour. RAHIM is so funny!!
Rating: 5
Great choice of restaurants! Fabulous guide!
Sat, Jun 27  12:30 PM century26 Female 70+ Local Group of Friends
Interesting variety of cuisines. Lots of history embedded in tour. Guide very knowledgeable, warm and welcoming.
Rating: 5
We had a wonderful time!
Sat, Jun 27  12:00 PM Jgiattono Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
The heart of the village food tour was a gift to myself my husband my brother and my sister-in-law from our parents. We had a wonderful time on the tour. It was a great way to spend the afternoon tasting delicious food, seeing and learning about different parts of the city, and spending time together. Our tour guide, Susan,was so knowledgeable and so personable we felt we could have talked to her all day. We will definitely book another NYC food tour again and Will bring our generous parents with us next time.
Rating: 5
Real treasure ... food and village culture!
Fri, Jun 26  12:00 PM whitlock Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Susan was outstanding in providing food samples with great insight into the village culture. Two sit-down stops with wines/beer and mimosa availability made for an extra special food tour experience. Great spice store and coffee/tea store stops!
Rating: 5
More than Greenwich Food--Greenwich History, Too
Thu, Jun 25  12:00 PM wendykkp Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The Heart of the Village tour went way beyond our expectations! Not only were we treated to foods that we otherwise would not have tried (e.g., brigadeiros), our tour guide Susan was a wealth of knowledge about the history, architecture and culture of the heart of Greenwich Village. We were especially excited to see Café Wha and the bar where Jimmy Hendrix played. The food tastings were abundant--my only advice is not to eat anything beforehand so that you won't be stuffed. The empanadas (chicken and spinach) and maduros from Cuba were exceptional. The tour pricing was also great--we felt that we received a tremendous value for the price paid. We highly recommend the tour, and are anxious to try others!
Rating: 5
Great experience- a bit of history -a lot of food
Thu, Jun 25  12:00 PM Mforsyth25 Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
My 16 yr old daughter and I had an marvellous experience in the village. The guide was super knowledgeable and really nice. The group we we with was great ( we were the only foreigners). Loved the variety of food types, the little stops in the tea shop, coffee shop and pasta making shop. The walk around the village and Washington park were a bonus. Thoroughly recommend.