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Rating: 4.8  838 rating points
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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 Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Perfect Way to Food Your Way Around NYC
Sat, May 23  12:30 PM RebeccaMoore Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We decided to do a Food Tour during our recent visit to NYC to experience various restaurants and areas of the City. Heart of the Village seemed a perfect way to See Greenich Village and we were so right. The guide, Susan was very friendly, remembered names, excited to show off the area and share some history and most of all food.

We first tasted grilled cheese and after one bite we all knew this was going to be a great tour of street food and sit down as well. Next stop was to Marsala for an Indian roll up with egg and spices. It was delicious and we topped it off with a mango lassi similar to a creamsicle melted - both very good. We had a taste of pizze pie with a wonderful crispy crust and fresh basil making it an outstanding margherita pizze. We toured past Washington Square and some tenement buildings getting some history of the area. We had a sit down for pasta which left us wanting to come back another for more items on the menu. We visited a coffee shop and smelled wonderful fresh coffee beans and made a visit to a Mexican restaurant for brisket tacos and a little margarita in a glass and not on a pizza this time. Yum. A sip of some wonderful teas and ending the tour with a macaron made for a perfect 3 hour adventure and left us wanting to come back and visit every establishment on the tour plus other shops. There were discount coupons as well to purchase some goods.

Thank you for an excellent sampling of food and history.
Rating: 5
Highly recommend!
Sat, May 23  12:30 PM kvonbargen Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We had a great time on the heart of the village tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. The food was varied and delicious. We highly recommend this tour!
Rating: 5
We loved this tour!
Sat, May 23  12:00 PM nancykking Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our guide, Diana, really made the tour for us. She was funny, informative, and a real New Yorker! We all agreed that the detailed history of Greenwich Village was much more than we expected. The food was good, too of course. It was a bit on the heavy side for me. I am not a big meat eater, so if I booked a tour again, I would personally choose the vegetarian option. My favorite food experiences were the Mexican restaurant, and the patisserie! Who doesn't love a salted caramel macaron? Yum!
Rating: 5
Thoroughly pleased!
Mon, May 18  12:30 PM efontaine3 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My boyfriend and I were so pleased with the tour. It was well timed and kept the pace moving. The tour guide did an excellent job of mingling and introducing people, so by the end we were a group of friends. The food was delicious and well-portioned for everyone. I highly recommend this tour!
Rating: 5
Excellent fun tour.
Mon, May 18  12:30 PM joanne500 Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Individual
I really enjoyed this tour that mixed local culture/ history with food tastings.
Rating: 5
Great Experience
Sun, May 17  12:00 PM SSBurto Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This was my second time touring with this company, and I was not disappointed. It was a really fun time, and the food was great! Here's a rundown of the places we received tastings from: 1) Melt Kraft - American, had an excellent, pressed brisket sandwich with different cheeses and macaroni and cheese on it. 2) Manala Times - Indian restaurant, had a scrambled egg wrap with different spices and a mango smoothie 3) Monte's Trattoria - Italian restaurant, had pasta bolognese 4) Artichoke Basille's - Pizza, had basil pizza 5) Toloache Thompson - Hispanic, had brisket tacos 6) Sullivan's Street Tea and Spices - Tea company, had iced peach tea (ugh, I only like sweet tea lol) 7) Francois Payard Bakery - Sweet shop/cafe, had salted caramel macaroon. (Obviously, the tour company can change up the tastings at their discretion. I'm just sharing what my group had.) Our tour guide, Diana, knew a lot about NYC. Normally, I'm all about the food and not the history, but Diana made it interesting. I definitely recommend this tour!
Rating: 5
Fabulous food filling fun
Sun, May 17  12:00 PM kerrisanders Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our tour guide was very knowledgable and super interesting. The food tastings were delicious and a nice variety. The time went so quick and could have even been longer.
Rating: 5
Perfect combination of food and history
Sun, May 17  12:00 PM glendaadams Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Very well organized. This is a great way to introduce first time visitors to New York.
Rating: 5
A great introduction to the real New York
Sat, May 16  12:30 PM chrisrclarke Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The heart of the village tour was a lovely mix of history and food of the area.

Susan was a fantastic host, very welcoming and inclusive. Make sure you come hungry, plenty of tastings and generous portions. Our group went back the next night to one of the restaurants we were so impressed by it. Overall a great experience. would recommend doing a tour if coming to New York.
Rating: 5
Booked wrong tour but it worked out for the best!
Sat, May 16  12:30 PM KaronBlue Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
So, I had friends who came into town for the weekend from Georgia, Japan, and Chicago...They're actually the ones who told me about the tour..I go online to book the trip for my boyfriend and I...Unfortunately the 12:30 time didn't show up immediately on the site..I had to do some other navigating to get to that tour time. Anyway, I signed up the same time my friend from Japan signed up...the day of the tour, I arrived with my friend from Japan and saw my boyfriend but didn't see my other friends there.. We check in and my friend from Japan is not on the list..but neither are my other friends... Turns out there was another tour at the same time and I booked the wrong one...I was so upset that we couldn't switch it out...Luckily our tour guide was able to walk my friend over to the other tour to meet my friends. I thought it would be a miserable day...It was even forecasted to rain...BUT the sun came out, and the tour was excellent...Thanks Susan for making lemonade out of lemons...I really enjoyed the commentary about the neighborhood and each and every spot we went to had great eats...It all started with Montes Trattoria..the vegetarian option of the pesto pasta was delicious, and they were so welcoming, you felt like family..After our tour we reunited with our friends and compared notes...what a day!!