OUR FOOD TOURS
We offer the following tours:
Original Greenwich Village Food and Culture Walking Tour
7 days a week / $54 per person
Chelsea Market & The Highline Food and Culture Walking Tour
7 days a week / $54 per person
Heart & Soul of Greenwich Village Tour Food and Culture Walking Tour
Thur-Mon / $52 per person
Gourmet Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour
Thu-Sat / $65 per person
Nolita & Little Italy’s Secrets Food and Culture Walking Tour
7 days a week / $54 per person
Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour
7 days a week / $125 per person
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 links 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 shops – 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 & The Highline: 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.
Heart & Soul of Greenwich Village: Enjoy the Culinary Melting Pot of the Village along with it’s counter culture, and sights.
The Heart & Soul of Greenwich Village food and culture tour introduces you to our favorite neighborhood spots. The tour travels through a cool neighborhood known for the music scene and visits the historic Washington Square Park.
Gourmet 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 a lot of food on this tour and several indoor sit down tastings – which justifies the higher ticket price on this one.
Nolita & Little Italy’s Secrets: 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.
Brooklyn: An exclusive history and gastronomy lesson complete with Brooklyn Bridge views
Follow the trail of NYC’s immigrant groups from their beginnings on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and then cross over the Williamsburg Bridge to see where they’ve settled. Visit the Polish section of Greenpoint and feast on kielbasa sausage and pierogies. Watch our Pizzaiolo prepare a delicious brick-oven pizza and taste chocolates at the famous Jacques Torres Chocolate Shop.
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.
WHO SHOULD TAKE A FOOD TOUR
Our food tasting and cultural walking tours have been developed especially for food and history lovers. We find that some children have a blast on our tours and if you think yours will, please bring them along – our tours are great for young history and food lovers, too, as well as future chefs!
But, in our vast touring experience, we have found that many of those under the age of 17 might have a harder time enjoying themselves on a tour. They may be indifferent, fidgety, or not appreciate an extended group activity and unfortunately, their displeasure could interfere with the exciting experience that Foods of New York Tours has carefully crafted for you and the other guests.
Whether to bring your child is entirely up to you, but please note that ALL CHILDREN ages 3 and above need a paid ticket. We assume that if your child is below the age of 3 they will not be participating in the tasting portion of the tour, or they might be sharing tastings with a parent. Therefore, for children below age 3, no ticket is required and there will no be separate tastings prepared for them. If you would like tastings for your child under 3, please be sure to purchase a ticket in advance.
Whatever you decide, be sure to indicate when you make your reservation whether you are bringing a child on the tour, so that your tour guide can be prepared. Please also note that strollers can be a challenge 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.
For child pricing – see FAQ labeled: ARE THERE CHILD TICKETS?
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.
New York is an old city (at least by US standards) and the locations where we hold our tours are some of the oldest in the city. This means that many of the narrow streets and uneven cobblestone streets we walk, along with the small shops and staircases in and out some of establishments are not conducive to strollers and wheelchairs. This does not mean that we don’t welcome both, it just means that some tours are going to be better for you than others.
- For strollers, we do recommend something small that folds up easily (an umbrella stroller usually works best). Many of our locations are very small and trying to keep children in strollers in the stores can be a struggle, so having something the child can be taken in and out of easily is going to make it a much more pleasant experience for both child and parent
- For wheelchairs, we have found that our Chelsea Market Tour is the easiest tour to manage, as there are ramps and elevators wherever there might be stairs that a guest would have to maneuver. If the guests level of mobility includes being able to walk up and down a few stairs, with or without assistance, then the Original Greenwich Village Tour is going to be the next best option
We want to do our best to accommodate whatever mobility needs you might have, so if you are interested in one of our other tours (not listed above), please feel free to contact us directly, so we may find the tour that works best for you!
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.
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.
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!
No. We’re sorry. Tours are only offered in English at this time.
We often have singles on our food & culture walking tours, whether they be single travelers or locals looking for something fun & different to do in NYC. We have found that most people who take our tours are adventurous & sociable, excited about trying amazing food, & open to meeting new people (or even making new friends)! We like to think of each tour group as its own family, exploring NYC & breaking bread together. If you are open to meeting new people & having a great time, you will have a wonderful time on the food 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
GENERAL FOOD SUBSTITUTION NOTE:
When you request an alternative menu based on allergies, as per below, the signature menu items that the tour highlights will not be available to you during the tour. All tastings are pre-ordered to make the tour a seamless experience. If you do request a special menu, you will taste alternative items. We do recommend tasting the signature menu items whenever possible. They’re the best that each shop/restaurant has to offer.
We CAN happily provide food substitutions for VEGETARIANS on ALL tours.
GLUTEN-FREE substitutions ARE available on the Original Greenwich Village, Heart & Soul of Greenwich Village, Best of Brooklyn and Chinatown tours (The only tours we CANNOT accommodate for Gluten-Free are the Nolita and Chelsea Market Tours).
We CANNOT make food substitutions for any other food allergies/preferences (such as dairy-free, nut-free, vegan). 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” food tasting 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 [email protected] or call us at 917 408-9539.
THE WEATHER IN NYC
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.
Please dress casually, comfortably, and appropriately for the different seasons in New York.
You can get an accurate forecast at Weather.com.
Here are some general Weather Conditions in New York City:
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.
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.
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 degrees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHY TAKE A FOOD TOUR WITH US
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.
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.
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.
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!
We have toured over 350,000 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. See why here.
There are indeed some other food tour companies popping up and following in our footsteps. Try them all if you’d like. We are pretty 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 18 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.