Enough food for brunch with fascinating tales along the way.

Recommended by Fodor's Travel! 

Enjoy some of New York City’s best and most unique food stops with a local! Explore two of New York’s most iconic and picturesque neighborhoods: Flatiron & Union Square. On this tour you will enjoy full or almost full portion, gourmet tastings (see below). PS - this tour has excellent substitutions for vegetarians. You will walk one mile.

Included on the tour is the following food:

  • Delicious breakfast focaccia at epic artisanal Italian food emporium, Eataly

  • Historic Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop (a celebrity favorite), established in 1939, for a classic New York sandwich

  • Never ending cheese samples plus an out of this world grilled cheese sandwich at Beecher’s Cheese, where believe-it-or-not, they make cheese right in the middle of Manhattan!

  • Savor award-winning baked goods at Bread’s Bakery

We also stop for photos at the famous Flatiron Building and explore Madison Square Park and Union Square and learn about their incredible history.

More about the neighborhood: Over a hundred years ago, the Flatiron District was a very important commercial and residential district in New York City. The Met Life Tower was once the tallest building in the world, many important historical figures lived in the neighborhood and there was of course, Ladies Mile. Today, this incredibly beautiful and charming neighborhood is full of the city’s best restaurants and shops. Come enjoy all the modern day popularity of the Flatiron District and hear the interesting tales of what came before.

 

Highlights

SMALL GROUP WALKING TOUR

The tour is 3 hours long and includes 4 gourmet tastings. You will walk 1 mile or 1.6 km.

Start: Caffe Lavazza at Eataly 

Madison Square Park

Outdoor sculpture art

Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop

Flatiron Building

Beecher’s Cheese

Union Square Farmer’s Market (Saturday only)

Bread’s Bakery

Optional restaurants for group tours: Obica Mozzarella Bar, Grimaldi's Pizza, Schnipper's Quality Kitchen and more.

Cost

$50 Adults

$40 Kids (4-10 years old)

Children under 4 are free.

Cost includes all food!

Availability:

Thursday & Saturday

10:30am-1:30pm

Or schedule a private tour. Contact us for rates.

Please Note:

Tours run rain, snow or shine. 


Reviews

Rocking the Flatiron with Food & Wondrous Factoids.

"I thought this was going to be a food tour but it was so much more — our tour guide is a wealth of information and constantly dazzled us with things that we who live in NYC didn’t know, including the fact that green street signs mean one thing, the brown and black signs something entirely different (historical). Want to know where “23 Skidoo” comes from? Why there are slate roofs on apartment buildings? And did you know there’s a working cheese factory in midtown?Besides eating the best that this district has to offer (excellent burgers, gourmet cheeses, thin-crust pizza, and chocolate cheese cake (AND we toured the bakery to see it being made) — it is SO worth doing a Like A Local Tours (@LikeALocalTours). We plan to do more with his company."

— Margie3688 TripAdvisor

A fantastic, fun adventure in the heart of NY!!

"We had such a good time with our guide in the Flatiron District. The area we covered was very reasonable (not too much walking, just enough). We learned amazing history about the Gilded Age, the toy district, architecture, Madison Square Park and the first two Madison Square Gardens, etc. The food we sampled was delicious; we even went back to a couple of the places for more, after the tour. And then bought several babka’s from Breads to take back to the West Coast. This was a real treat! We’ll try one of their other tours on our next visit to NY."

— Barbara F. TripAdvisor

Really enjoyable friendly food tour of Flatiron district.

Two friends and I took this tour. We all arrived ten minutes early – as did our host Josh – so we got off to a quick start. His enthusiasm for the buildings we passed as well as the food places we visited was infectious and we all shared many laughs. His descriptions of the area were informative without being too detailed. Eataly is an amazing food emporium, where we sampled the focaccia and had a few minutes shopping time. Then on to test an excellent burger, see cheese being made, and sample other cheeses, with a final stop for dessert.  All within an easy stroll of our starting point. Highly recommended.

— Bashyacta TripAdvisor



What do Travel+Leisure and Fodor's have to say about the Flatiron District and Union Square?

We love the Flatiron District but don’t take our word for it. Travel+Leisure says, “Mario Batali’s Italian food court/theme park in the Flatiron District, Eataly (breakfast for two $15), attracts a crowd, and it’s a daily ritual for this writer, who uses the superstore as a coffee shop. “I walk to work every morning and stop in at Café Lavazza for the best skim cappuccino and apricot croissant ever. Better than Milan, better than Paris.”

Fodor’s describes, “Wedged between the indie cool of the East Village and the corporate canyons of Midtown is this trio of neighborhoods. It’s here that you’ll find the eclectic crowds of Union Square, the triangular Flatiron Building, and the verdant respite of Madison Square Park.” And Union Square, “Union Square is like the Noah’s Ark of New York, rescuing at least two of every kind from the curling seas of concrete. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to find a more eclectic cross-section of locals gathered in one public place: suited businessfolk gulping fresh air during their lunch breaks, dreadlocked loiterers tapping beats on their tabla, skateboarders flipping tricks on the southeastern stairs, rowdy college kids guzzling student-priced eats, and throngs of protesting masses chanting fervently for various causes.”


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