The Original Greenwich Village
Food and Culture
The West Village
Historic Mom & Pop specialty food shops in the old italian neighborhood
Tour the tree-lined streets of NYC’s historic West Village. Seek out classic “mom and pop” specialty food shops and charming neighborhood restaurants.
Learn about the history, culture, architecture, and entertainment offerings that makes Greenwich Village so unique from the rest of New York City. Discover delicious food, the old Italian neighborhood, hidden gardens, the narrowest house in NYC, plus much more!
During this tour you will enjoy a variety of food specialties that has secured Greenwich Village’s reputation as being one of the greatest culinary and cultural centers of the world. Discover the secrets to having the ultimate food and cultural experience off the beaten path!
$54 / per
FOOD TASTINGS SERVED
This tour includes 6 on-the-go tastings and 2 seated tastings.
Tastings may change based on availability.
All Food Tastings
One Bottle of Water
A Charming Tour Guide
Our Insiders Guide
Are you looking for one-of-a-kind shops, winding streets, and homemade eats? Then you’ve come to the right neighborhood. Greenwich Village is one of the oldest and most charming neighborhoods in New York City. On this tour, we discuss the Italian immigrant legacy and then talk about the transition from an immigrant community to a bohemian enclave. Greenwich Village is generally known as an important landmark on the map of American bohemian culture. The neighborhood is known for its colorful, artistic residents and the alternative culture they propagate. Due in part to the progressive attitudes of many of its residents, the Village has traditionally been a focal point of new movements and ideas, whether political, artistic, or cultural.
Greenwich Village’s known history dates back to the 16th century, when it was a marshland called Sapokanican by Native Americans who camped and fished in the meandering trout stream later known as Minetta Brook. The area later evolved into a country hamlet in 1713, a refuge for the wealthy during outbreaks of cholera and yellow fever in the early 1800’s and an immigrant neighborhood in the late 19th Century. The early 20th Century brought bohemia to the village as an enclave with secluded side streets, low rents, and a tolerance for radicalism and nonconformity which spawned the “Beat Movement” and “Happenings” of the 1950’s and 60’s. Today there is still the essence of this rich history found in the homes and businesses that the Landmark Preservation Society has helped maintain their historical look, and the specialty stores that still provide the same delicious food, some over the past 100 years!
At night the village transforms into a nightlife “theme park.” Below is a sample of some of our favorites.
131 West 3rd St – (212) 475-8592
Legendary jazz musicians take the stage at this intimate club that also serves American eats.
57 Grove St – (212) 675-6879
Live bebop, rhythm & blues, Dixieland jazz & more are presented at this circa-1937 tavern, with NO cover charge.
The Comedy Cellar
117 Macdougal St – (212) 254-3480
Famous comics are often in the lineup at this brick-walled comedy club with several shows nightly.
Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce St – (212) 989-2020
The longest continuously running Off-Broadway theater presents classic plays & develops new work.
Now that you have booked your food tour (or almost have!), you may need a place to rest after the tour to sleep away your food coma. Here are a few recommendations within steps from your tour.
Washington Square Hotel
This boutique hotel will make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time.
http://www.washingtonsquarehotel.com / 103 Waverly Place 212-777-9515
The Marlton Hotel
The historically inspired Marlton, a century-old Greenwich Village hotel once hosted the likes of Jack Kerouac and Julie Andrews.
5 West 8th St. / 212-321-0100
Incentra Village House B&B
Incentra Village House, an Historic Inn, built in 1841.
32 8th Avenue / 212-206-0007
With endless options, here are some dining highlights.
Baker and Co.
Michelin Bibb Gourmand Award winner, modern eatery with minimalist decor offering creative Italian recipes including seafood & pasta.
259 Bleecker St / 212-255-1234
The Blind Tiger
Voted best beer bar in NYC, they offer a large selection of microbrews differentiates this popular longtime watering hole.
281 Bleecker St / 212-462-4682
Tacombi La Cornelia
Funky stop for elevated tacos & other Mexican eats from the Yucatan, plus aguas frescas, beer & sangria.
255 Bleecker St / 646-964-5984
Allow us to take the stress out of one thing all New Yorkers find frustrating: Parking!
Parking Panda allows you to reserve your parking spot IN ADVANCE, so there’s nothing to worry about on the day of your tour. You can check out real-time availability right now: Parking Panda, Greenwich Village
Here are some additional parking garages in the neighborhood.
18-20 Morton Street (corner of Morton and 7th Ave.) 800-836-6666 $22-$50
GMC Minetta Garage
122 West 3rd Street (between McDougal & 6th) 212-777-3530 $18.59-$33.79 (before tax)