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Immigrant New York Food Tour: Lower East Side, Chinatown & Little Italy

Incredible history and delicious food from New York's melting pot.

Tour Info

Adult (11 years & up)
Child (4-10)
Children 3 & under

New York City is a city built by immigrants; take a walk in their footsteps and explore the tenements of the Lower East Side, the busting streets of Chinatown and the iconic heart of Little Italy. With opportunity in each neighborhood to purchase their signature dishes, you get a real taste of New York’s past and it’s influence on us all today. 

Quick Details

Location: Manhattan

Duration: 3 Hours

Tour Maximum: 4 people minimum / 14 people maximum. Our groups are small for intimate, SAFE, COVID friendly, high-quality experiences.

Tour Includes: All food (enough for lunch)

Walking Distance: 2 miles. Guests must be able to move at a moderate pace.

Explore America’s great melting pot: learn about the rich cultural diversity and history of the Lower East Side through delicious food. The streets of the Lower East Side tell the tales of struggling immigrants who came to America in search of opportunity. They brought with them recipes from the ‘old world’ and you can still taste these foods today.

From historic synagogues to street art and trendy food markets, your knowledgeable guide will provide amazing stories and an insider’s look at how these foods are made and what they mean to the cultures they represent. Your guide will point out interesting architectural flourishes and parks and discuss the history of the neighborhood and the ethnic groups that influenced the scrumptious foods you’ll be savoring.

*Tour runs rain, snow or shine.

Included on the food tour:

  • North Dumplings: Delicious hidden gem in Chinatown
  • Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys: Enjoy a classic bialy
  • Economy Candy: A Lower East Side institute, serving candy since 1937
  • Yonah Schimmel: Sample a local favorite, knish
  • Nolita Pizza: Get a taste of Little Italy with one of the best slices NYC has to offer
  • Ferrara’s Bakery & Cafe: A sweet taste of Little Italy with Ferrara’s amazing cannolis

Stops are subject to change at any time.

Our tour guides: All of our tour guides are working actors, comedians or writers, as well as amazing storytellers. Every tour comes packed with personality! We bring destinations to life through engaging storytelling.

Excellent Tour! October 2022

This was an excellent tour. Fascinating history on the Lower East Side and the experience of immigrant communities in the early days of the city’s history, an insight in to interesting aspects of the neighbourhoods that you would normally walk past, combined with excellent and authentic - not to mention yummy - food choices for the original establishments from the Jewish, Chinese and Italian communities. All of us loved this experience - thank you!

– Mia - Airbnb