The Heart of The Village
Food and Culture Walking Tour
Washington Square Park Area
A culinary journey to the corner of NYC favored by rebels, musicians & legends
Tour through the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village. Discover a cafe where the first cappuccino was served in America and visit unique specialty food shops such as a tea shop housed inside a former mafia hangout.
Taste hand-made pasta at an authentic Italian trattoria and indulge in award-winning oatmeal cookies at the world’s first oatmeal bar. Walk the same streets where musical legends like Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix found inspiration, and where comedy icons like Jerry Seinfeld, Louie CK, and Chris Rock can still be found dropping by for a set.
Discover where to go for live music and top-notch comedy. Visit the area’s most well-known meeting place – Washington Square Park – where you’ll find performers keeping the offbeat traditions of this neighborhood alive.
$54 / per
FOOD TASTINGS SERVED
This tour includes 5 tastings on-the-go and 2 seated tastings.
Tastings may change based on availability.
All Food Tastings
One Bottle of Water
A Charming Tour Guide
Our Insiders Guide
As one of the most cultured and colorful areas of New York, the Heart of the Village continues to be filled with artistic life and literary history. Being one of the earliest areas Europeans settled in Manhattan, immigrants eventually called it “A Village.” As an artists haven and bohemian capital, icons like Bob Dylan and Jimmy Hendrix began their careers here. This is a neighborhood where John F. Kennedy spoke to the community and is considered to be the birthplace of 60’s counter-culture. The village was also home to profound happenings such as the foundation of the LGBT movement and the antiwar movement of the time. The past is ever-present among the unchanged café’s and restaurant facades and interiors as well as commemorative plaques.
Tour with us through the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village. As we explore, you will discover favorite neighborhood cafes and unique specialty food shops. Imagine skillfully prepared meals influenced by their surroundings: Old World preparations, avant-garde ingredients and ethnic flavors with a distinctly New York spin. Stroll down MacDougal Street, which has been called, “the most colorful, magnetic and delicious street in NYC,” and take a walk through historical Washington Square Park. Experience a place for revolutionaries with the culture being its counter-culture.
Discover where to go for live music, top-notch comedy & delicious delicacies.
A former hangout for musicians like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix & David Lee Roth.
115 Macdougal St.
212-254-3706 / www.cafewha.com
A cultural institution in Greenwich Village since 1981; legendary jazz musicians take the stage at this premier jazz club.
131 W. 3rd St.
212-475-8592 / www.bluenotejazz.com
Famous comics are often in the lineup at this brick-walled comedy club with several shows nightly.
117 MacDougal St.
212-254-3480 / www.comedycellar.com
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.
Stylish and upscale, the Marlton hotel is located in the historic Heart of Greenwich Village. The hotel dates from the 1900’s and is conveniently located near Washington Square Park.
5 West 8th St.
212-321-0100 / www.marltonhotel.com
Washington Square Hotel
Family owned and Parisian influenced, this boutique hotel sits right on Washington Square.
103 Waverly Pl.
212-777-9515 / www.washingtonsquarehotel.com
The Walker Hotel
Inspired by 1920’s New York, this retro-chic hotel calls attention to detail with its beauty and carefully curated features.
52 West 13th St.
212-375-1300 / www.walkerhotel.com
The Village has enough restaurants to satisfy any type of craving. Whether you are looking for an old school classic café or something more modern, you will certainly not be disappointed in your search for something special.
Home of the “Original Cappuccino” in the United States, since 1927.
119 MacDougal St.
212-475-9557 / www.cafereggio.com
Francois Payard Bakery:
This award winning, third generation pastry chef has created some of most delicate and tasty macarons in the City.
116 W Houston St.
212-995-0888 / www.payard.com
Family owned and operated with traditional Italian cuisine, since 1918.
97 MacDougal St.
212-674-9456 / www.montestrattorianyc.com
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 do the morning of your tour but arrive. You can check out real-time availability right now:
Parking Panda, Heart of the Village
There is also a parking garage on West 3rd St., close to the tour starting point.
122 West 3rd Street
Between McDougal & 6th
Hours of Operation 24hrs