Frequently Asked Questions

Buying Tickets

1. How do I buy tickets?
2. When do I buy tickets? Is advance purchase required?
3. If a tour is sold out can I get on a waiting list?
4. Are there child tickets?
5. Are tour guide gratuities included in the price?
6. Are gift certificates available?
7. Can I book a private tour for my family or work group?
8. What are the requirements for a private tour?

Our Food Tours

1. What tours do you offer?
2. Which tour should I take?
3. Who gives the tours?

Who should take a Food Tour

1. Are the Foods of New York tours appropriate for children?
2. How much walking is involved?
3. Are any of your walking tours wheelchair-and/or stroller-accessible?
4. Can I sit down during a tour?
5. Does this tour have anything to offer a native New Yorker?
6. I took this tour a year ago. Has anything changed?
7. Are tours offered only in languages other than English?

The Food

1. What restaurants will we visit on the tour?
2. Are there any beverages served on the tour?
3. Is there a wine tasting included on the tour?
4. How much food is there?
5. Will I need lunch afterwards?
6. Can you make accommodations for food allergies or vegetarians?

The Weather in NYC

1. Are the walking tours given in bad weather?
2. How should I dress during a tour?
3. What is the weather like in NYC in…?

Why Take a Food Tour With Us

1. Why should I take a food tour with Foods of NY Tours?
2. What should I expect if I take a Foods of New York 3 hour Walking Tour?
3. Who takes a food and culture tour?
4. What about the food?
5. Why is Foods of NY Tours the best Food Tour around?
6. What about the competition?

Logistics (people, pets, bathrooms)

1. How long is a tour?
2. How many people do you take on a tour?
3. Why do you give out a bottle of water?
4. The next obvious question… are there bathrooms stops?
5. Are tours offered only in languages other than English?
6. May I bring my dog on the tour?

 

Buying Tickets

1. How do I buy tickets?
Our tickets are sold by Zerve Ticket Center – (212) 209-3370 or online at foodsofny.com. Zerve sells our tickets so we can spend more time making sure our tours are the best that they can be! Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. Cash is not accepted.

2. When do I buy tickets? Is advance purchase required?
Tickets must be purchased in advance. We have been giving tours since 1999 and often sell out quickly (especially on the weekends). Saturdays are the busiest day of the week! You don't want to get caught at the last minute so check out our tour schedule and availability.

3. If a tour is sold out can I get on a waiting list?
We do not officially provide a waiting list. If a date is sold out, there is always a chance that we will add an additional tour. Please email us or call us (917) 408-9539 and let us know what date you are interested in.

4. Are there child tickets?
There are two types of tickets available for our Original Greenwich Village, Chelsea Market/Meatpacking District, Central Greenwich Village Tours and Nolita/NoHo Tours:

Monday through Friday:
Standard Ticket:
Ages 13 and up – $52.00

Child Ticket:
Ages 12 and under – $35.00

Saturday and Sunday:
Standard Ticket Only:
All ages – $52.00

There is one ticket class for the Chinatown Food Tour:
Thursday through Saturday:
Standard Ticket Only:
All ages – $65.00

5. Are tour guide gratuities included in the price?
Foods of New York does not include gratuities in the cost of our tours. A standard gratuity for a tour guide in New York City is 18% to 20% of the tour price. If you had a great time gratuities are accepted by our tour guides.

6. Are gift certificates available?
Yes, gift certificates are available for all Foods of NY tours and make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate, please click on the "Gift certificates: Purchase” link on our web page or call Zerve at 212 209-3370. Gift certificates NEVER expire!

7. Can I book a private tour for my family or corporate work group?
Yes, private tours are available for groups of up to 48 people. To inquire about a private tour, please fill out the form on our private tours page. A Foods of New York Tours representative will contact you within 24 hours to inform you if the date and time requested is available.

8. What are the requirements for a private tour?
There is a standard cost to book a private tour. We can accommodate from 1-48 people. Each tour guide can take up to 16 people. If you book well in advance there is a good chance that we can accommodate your needs. See the "Private Tour” page for further information.

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Our Food Tours

1. What tours do you offer? When are they offered?

We offer the following tours:

Original Greenwich Village Food and Culture Walking Tour
7 days a week / $52 per person

Chelsea Market / Meatpacking District Food and Culture Walking Tour
Thur-Mon / $52 per person

Central Greenwich Village Tour Food and Culture Walking Tour
Thur-Mon / $52 per person

Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour
Thu-Sat / $65 per person

Nolita / NoHo Food and Culture Walking Tour
Thur-Sun / $52 per person

2. Which tour should I take?
All of them, eventually! But if you are trying to get a flavor for each neighborhood, this might help.
Also, there are longer descriptions on each tour page. Click the link below:

Original Greenwich Village: A food tasting journey through the West Village.

The Greenwich village tour winds through a very quaint, picturesque, charming neighborhood in an old italian section of nyc with some great mom & pop shops. Most food tastings are italian. And this tour is all about specialty shop – a bread shop, a cheese store, a pork store and an olive oil shop. This is the tour that started Foods of NY Tours.

Chelsea Market / Meatpacking District: A food adventure in two hip industrial areas.

This tour is mostly indoors (2/3 indoors) though the Chelsea Market which is an old industrial building in NYC – a great tour for a cold winter day or hot summer afternoon. The market is filled with food shops and many bakeries where you can see some behind the scenes action. We also visit the highline which is NYC's newest outdoor elevation park and dip into the trendy meatpacking district.

Central Greenwich Village: Enjoy the Culinary Melting Pot of the Village along with it's counter culture, and sights.

The Central Greenwich Village food and culture tour introduces your to our favorite neighborhood spots. The tour travels through a cool neighborhood known for the music scene and visits the historic Washington Square Park.

Chinatown: Discover Chinatown from Dumplings to Peking Duck.

Tackle a neighborhood that is hard to navigate through – even for New Yorkers. We'll help you finally discover where to eat in NYC's large Chinese neighborhood. There is alot of food on this tour and several indoor sit down tastings – which justifies the higher ticket price on this one.

Nolita / NoHo:Enjoy cobblestone streets and downtown eats.

Visit the old little italy and taste from some Italian (as well as American, Mexican and British) Restaurants. Learn mafia history. This area is quaint while still being very funky, downtown and cool. Learn some pop culture, see The Godfather and Scorsese film locations. Learn about Graffiti culture and see some interesting examples.

3. Who gives the tours?
Our tour guides are well trained and well fed! We employ a team of culinary enthusiasts, cultural experts, and comedians who are extremely proud to share their knowledge and discoveries with you. Our tour guides work exclusively for Foods of New York Tours and many have been working with us for over 10 years. We consider ourselves one big happy and hungry family. On a monthly basis we dine together at the establishments on our tours, thus living and breathing (and eating) our work and ultimately, supporting the quaint little Mom & Pop food shops and the unique restaurants that make NYC so special.

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Who should take a Food Tour

1. Are the Foods of New York tours appropriate for children?
Our food tasting and cultural walking tours have been developed for food and history lovers. In our vast touring experience we have found that those under the age of 17 might be indifferent, fidgety, and may not fully appreciate our tours, and more importantly, their disinterest could interfere with the exciting experience which Foods of New York Tours has carefully crafted for you. Although, we do find that some children are super excited about the tour (the history, the food) and if your children are - please bring them along! Whether to bring your child is ultimately up to your discretion, but please note that ALL CHILDREN, ages 3+, need a paid ticket. We assume that if your child is below age 3 than they will not be participating in the food tasting portion of the tour or that they might be sharing food with a parent. Therefore, for children below age 3, no ticket is required and there will not be a food portion dedicated to this child. If you'd like food for your child under 3, then please do purchase a ticket in advance. Either way, please INDICATE WHEN YOU SIGN UP WHETHER YOU ARE BRINGING A CHILD ON THE TOUR, SO THAT OUR TOUR GUIDE CAN BE PREPARED. Please also note that strollers are not advisable on the tour, due to the many narrow sidewalks that we walk on, the uneven cobble stone streets that we cross, certain staircases that we use when entering establishments, and the very small shops that we visit. If you have further questions pertaining to tickets for children, please contact us

2. How much walking is involved?
Not more than you can handle! The pace is usually good for everyone. We cover enough of a neighborhood to satisfy everyones curiosity.
We are on our feet for approximately 3 hours.
Please note that there are some stairs that we navigate during the tour. If stairs are a problem for you or any of your guests, please indicate that when you purchase your tickets so we can do our best to accommodate your needs.

3. Are any of your walking tours wheelchair-and/or stroller-accessible?
Unfortunately, wheelchairs and stroller are not recommended on our tours due to the many narrow sidewalks that we walk on, the uneven cobblestone streets that we cross, certain staircases that we use when entering establishments, and the very small shops that we visit. If you have further questions, please contact us. We have certainly toured people in wheelchairs before, so give us a call to find the most accessible tour for you.

4. Can I sit down during a tour?
Even though our walking tours are 3 hours, there are spots during each tour to rest. We understand that it might be difficult to be on your feet for a long time. We make sure that everyone is comfortable during our tours.

5. Does this tour have anything to offer a native New Yorker?
YES, YES, YES! Definitely! Many of our attendees live right here in New York City. Locals often attend to learn things about the neighborhood and the city in which they live that they did not know beforehand. We mainly stay off the beaten path, and thus avoid being consumed by crowds of tourists. Locals (and those that want to feel like locals) can often get the MOST out of the tours since the tour is designed to show you how the locals live, where they shop and eat in each neighborhood.

6. I took this tour a year ago. Has anything changed?
We change the tour slightly every six to eight months. Many parts of the tour remain the same, but we do our best to improve upon and enhance the tour. Don't be embarrassed to come back for more and repeat the experience – many people do!

7. Are tours offered only in languages other than English?
No. We're sorry. Tours are only offered in English at this time.

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The Food

1. What restaurants will we visit on the tour?
We visit various food shops in each neighborhood and several restaurants per tour. Some are run by Iron Chefs. Some are run by Top Chefs. Some are run by little old italian grandmother types. We think there is a place for all of those experiences in the NY Food scene. Check out our tour descriptions to see exactly where we will visit on each tour.

2. Are there any beverages served on the tour?
We supply everyone with a bottle of water at the start of the tour. Why a Bottle of Water? Water is the perfect beverage to cleanse the palate and stay hydrated. Hey, why not a bottle of water. There is usually a chance for all tour attendees to purchase an alcoholic or another refreshing beverage on most tours. Your tour guide will keep you posted about these options and when is a good time to grab a drink.

3. Is there a wine tasting included on the tour?
The tour itself does not serve alcohol (since it is actually a liability for us to SERVE you alcohol and then have you walk around the streets of NYC) but most of our tours include one stop that provides a nice environment for you to purchase drinks on your own. At that specific spot you can get a drink that pairs perfectly with the tasting that you are served. Your tour guide will let you know when it is a good time to enjoy a drink.

4. How much food is there?
Enough food tastings are served that for most people lunch afterwards is not needed. And that is the truth! We have toured over 250,000 people and it's very rare that anyone walks away hungry! Read our customer reviews, they tell it like it is!
All food tastings are all included in the cost of the tour. There are 6-8 delicious food tasting stops on each tour. Each tasting has been chosen and paid for by Foods of New York Tours staff based on what we think is the best of the best in the neighborhood. At the end of the tour, most people are stuffed and lunch afterwards is not necessary. In addition to feeling full, our goal is to introduce you to some interests, new and even old school food items in each neighborhood. Some foods might be familiar and other might be a new experience for you!

5. Will I need lunch afterwards?
At the end of the tour, most people are stuffed and lunch afterwards is not necessary. In addition to feeling full, our goal is to introduce you to some interests, new and even old school food items in each neighborhood. Some foods might be familiar and other might be a new experience for you!

6. Can you make accommodations for food allergies or vegetarians?
At this time we CAN provide food substitutions for vegetarians on most tours but we CANNOT make food substitutions for any other food allergies (such as gluten-free or dairy-free). We are sorry for the inconvenience. Our Food Tours have been designed to highlight the best and most unique aspects of each establishment. Unfortunately, there isn't always a "next best" option that also meets the special dietary needs of each of our guests. Since we have your health (and palate!) in mind, we truly appreciate your understanding on this issue.

If you have food allergies please contact us before purchasing a tickets for any of our food tours or events. Please email us at info@foodsofny.com or call us at 917 408-9539.

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The Weather in NYC

1. Are the walking tours given in bad weather?
All of our tours are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. We will not be outdoors for the entire 3 hours. You should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions. It is impossible to cancel a tour at the very last minute due to many circumstances beyond our control. Before purchasing tickets please be aware of the possible weather conditions for that time of year.

2. How should I dress during a tour?
Please dress casual, comfortable, and appropriate for the different seasons in New York.

3. What is the weather like in NYC in…?
You can get an accurate forecast at Weather.com‘s NYC 10-Day forecast.

Here are some general Weather Conditions in New York City:

January, February
Weather:Cold, wet, probable snow or mixed frozen precipitation. Temps can range from 10-40 degrees Fahrenheit. With a wind chill, it can get below zero.
What to Wear: Dress in layers because stores and restaurants will likely keep things warm. Bring an umbrella, warm coat, scarf, hat, gloves, and some good weather resistant shoes.

March, April
Weather: March is not as frigid as February, but you'll still need a warm coat. March temps can range from 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit.
What to Wear: Bring an umbrella, warm coat, and maybe gloves. It probably won't snow, but it has been known to snow in April every few years.

May, June
Weather: Spring in New York City is the best time to be in the city, without doubt. Spring usually means less humidity and temps between 50-80 degree.
What to Wear: Bring an umbrella. In May, a light spring jacket or a mid-weight sweater is probably the heaviest thing you'll need. If you are caught without an umbrella, buy a cheap one at the ubiquitous street vendors that pop up at the first drop.

July, August
Weather: Hot, humid, sticky, sometimes oppressive. And that's outside, never mind the subways. Temps range from 70-95.
What to Wear: Wear light clothing: natural fibers are best, especially cotton and linen.

September, October
Weather: Starts off hot, humid, sticky, & uncomfortable., but ends a bit chilly. From Sep 1 – Sep 20, anticipate 70-80 degree weather. From Sep 21 – Oct 10, expect 70 degree highs. Beyond that, expect the highs to be in the 50-70′s. Halloween has been known to be in the upper 30′s or lower 60′s
What to Wear: Bring summer clothes with an extra layer or two depending on how close to Halloween you come. If you're coming in the back half of October, don't expect to wear shorts, and you might not always need a jacket, but you should probably have one.

November, December
Weather: Expect highs in the 40-50 range in November and 30-40 range in December.
What to Wear: Bring a heavier jacket and consider a hat, scarf, and gloves.

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Why Take a Food Tour With Us

1. Why should I take a food tour with Foods of NY Tours?
Why take a food tour with us? That's a really good question! For starters, Foods of New York Tours has been giving food tours since 1999 and we are the ones that put food tours on the map! Knowing that people love to eat and explore, we thought it would be a great idea to serve them delicious food while learning about NYC's best and most charming neighborhoods!The owner of Foods of New York Tours (Todd Lefkovic) began his research over 25 years and is still very involved and hands on with each and every tour. Todd and the staff at Foods of New York Tours work very hard – every day – to make sure our tours are the best that they can possibly be. Foods of New York Tours is a medium sized tour business that concentrates on details, organization, and accuracy. We will not show you anything unless we know about, believe in it, and love it! We use old school methods, modern technology, and a lot of personality with everything that we do. We strive to make sure each person that takes our tours has a memorable experience. This is what makes us the best at what we do. No bells and whistles, just good honest food and fun.

2. What should I expect if I take a Foods of New York 3 hour Walking Tour?
Our walking and tasting tours are led by experienced Foods of New York tour guides. During our tours you will learn about the history and culture of a neighborhood while tasting delicious food specialties from Mom and Pop food shops, eateries, and restaurants. Most of the food tastings are served while standing in or outside of the food establishment. There is one sit down tasting that takes place in a restaurant on each of our tours. This sit down tasting takes around 20-25 minutes and will allow everyone to enjoy themselves in a relaxed manner. While on the tour we go in and out of food establishments, walk down interesting streets, and learn about the fascinating history and culture of a neighborhood.

3. Who takes a Food and Culture tour?
Food Lovers, Foodies, Food Explorers, and Regular People! Our tours are designed for anyone that loves great food and loves to discover the hidden gems and interesting stories of our favorite New York neighborhoods. If you are in search of mom and pop food establishments, history, culture, architecture, and entertainment offerings, that is what you will find on all of our tours. Even if you have food allergies or food restrictions, we welcome you aboard – we'll make accommodations and make you feel comfortable all along the tasting journey. Whether you are married, single, on a first date, getting together with friends and family, or on a company outing, our tours offer a lot for everyone.

4. What about the food?
All food tastings are all included in the cost of the tour. There are 6-8 yummy food tasting stops on each tour. Each delicious tasting has been chosen and paid for by Foods of New York Tours staff. If you want to spend 3 hours eating and exploring through NYC with us, now is the time to purchase a ticket!

5. Why is Foods of NY Tours the best Food Tour around?
We have toured over 250,000 people and it's very rare that anyone walks away unhappy. In fact, more often people walk away having had the BEST experience of their whole NYC vacation. Here's a customer quote: "This was the highlight of your trip! Our tour guide was excellent. Saw things and learned things about Greenwich, and New York, that I could have never learned from the typical guide books. The food was INCREDIBLE. The macaroni & cheese from Home Restaurant was so unbelievably good we went back for dinner!! I The food is beyond description. I can't say enough good things about it–just sign up and GO!!
- Gwen, Family, International Tourist.
Read our customer reviews, they tell it like it is!

6. What about the competition?
What about them? There are indeed some other food tour companies popping up and following in our footsteps. Try them all if you'd like. We are sure you'll come back to us. And we'll welcome you with open arms. We know how to run a well-oiled Food Tour from our many years of experience. But don't let our 12 years in the business throw you – we are constantly updating, re-inventing and fine-tuning the tours to create the ultimate food & cultural journey that is current, historically accurate and tastes some of the best bites around. Those other food tours might know something about food and maybe some of them know a little bit about NYC culture but what we do best is delicately and seamlessly blend the two. We don't want to give away all of our trade secrets, but trust us… you will always have an amazing tour when you tour with Foods of NY Tours. We have a team of people on hand (in addition to your tour guide) making sure your experience is seamless and delicious. If something comes up along the way of the tour – our staff fixes it so you didn't even notice the snag. It's New York. Strange things happen all the time. It is our job make sure you don't see any of it. And one last note… Be aware, some other folks have tried to hijack our namesake and switch the words around (Food Tours New York etc) but we know that you are smarter than that! Be sure you are touring with Foods of NY Tours and you'll be safe and satisfied. Don't get us wrong, we welcome the competition. It reminds us how great we really are. I know, we're bragging. But we truly love what we do and we enjoy being good at it. Foods of NY Tours is so much more than just a business. It is a passion through and through. We live it and breathe it. We want to share our neighborhoods (and foods) with you – and let you fall in love with them – just as we have.

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Logistics (people, pets, bathrooms)

1. How long is a tour?
Approximately 3 hours. Just enough time to fall in love with one of the magnificent neighborhoods that we tour in. Once the tour is over you can go back and shop in one of the specialty food shops (leave a cooler in your car), or have beverage in one of the many bar/restaurants that you discovered on the tour. Give yourself some time after the tour to hang out in the neighborhood and shop a bit at some of the great speciality food shops!

2. How many people do you take on a tour?
16 people per tour is the perfect number! All of our guides can manage 16 people with ease and still make sure that everyone gets a personalized experience. Tours run 30 minutes apart. Depending on the day we offer 2-5 tours. Saturday is the busiest day of the week for all of our tours. If one tour is sold out there is a very good chance we will offer another that same day.

3. Why do you give out a bottle of water?
Water is the perfect beverage to cleanse the palate and stay hydrated. Hey, why not a bottle of water.

4. The next obvious question… are there bathrooms stops?
Of course there are! Your tour guide will keep you very happy and comfortable and let you know when the next restroom opportunity is one coming up.

5. Are tours offered only in languages other than English?
Sorry, tours are only offered in English at this time. If you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour, please contact Foods of New York Tours at (917) 408-9539.

6. May I bring my dog on the tour?
Due to the various food establishments we visit (and their rules and regulations), pets of any kind are not allowed on this tour.

7. How much walking is involved?
Not more than you can handle! The pace is usually good for everyone. . We cover enough of a neighborhood to satisfy everyones curiosity.
We are on our feet for approximately 3 hours.

Please note that there are some stairs that we navigate during the tour. If stairs are a problem for you or any of your guests, please indicate that when you purchase your tickets so we can do our best to accommodate your needs.

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