Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

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

Incredible history and delicious food from NYC's Lower East Side.

Tour Info

Duration: 3 Hours

Tour Includes: 6 tastings: enough food for lunch! Your local, licensed tour guide will provide laughter, storytelling and uncover hidden gems.

Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian & Vegan friendly; Gluten Free not currently available on this tour.

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

Meeting Location: Essex Market

Tour Capacity: 14 people maximum

Thank you for booking directly with us! Use code LAL10 for 10% off
Adult (11 years & up)
$78
Child (4-10)
$68
Children 3 & under
Free

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. 

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of the immigrant experience in New York City’s Lower East Side, brought to life through its diverse and historic culinary landscape. Join us for a journey that not only offers a taste of the neighborhood’s flavors but also celebrates the stories of perseverance and cultural richness brought by immigrants.

Tour Highlights:

Lower East Side: Start your exploration in the Lower East Side, a gateway for generations of immigrants seeking new opportunities. As we navigate through streets lined with historical tenements, our guides will share poignant tales of the neighborhood’s evolution from an immigrant enclave to a culinary hotspot.

Chinatown: Dive into the vibrant life of Chinatown, where traditional Chinese culinary practices meet modern innovations. This area serves as a living museum of Chinese-American history, with food that tells stories of migration, adaptation, and community.

Little Italy: Continue to Little Italy, where the essence of Italian heritage flourishes. Here, traditional recipes and culinary methods passed down through generations are savored. Learn about the community’s efforts to preserve their rich cultural heritage through food.

Essex Market: Experience the global culinary fusion at Essex Market, a testament to New York’s melting pot identity. This market supports local vendors and artisans, showcasing global flavors while fostering community resilience and innovation.

Featured Food Stops:

  • Mille Nonne: Revel in reimagined Italian classics at Mille Nonne, a zero-waste restaurant that marries traditional Italian cooking with modern sustainability.
  • Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys: Taste authentic Eastern European flavors with a bialy or bagel from Kossar’s, representing the Jewish community’s historical presence.
  • Economy Candy: Indulge in sweets from Economy Candy, a shop that has delighted New Yorkers since the Great Depression.
  • Upside Pizza: Sample a slice from Upside Pizza, where New York meets Italy in every bite.
  • Ferrara’s Bakery & Cafe: Delight in Ferrara’s legendary cannolis, a taste of Italian history dating back to 1892.
  • Mei Lai Wah: Conclude with a Cantonese pork bun from Mei Lai Wah, illustrating the contributions of Cantonese immigrants to the city’s food scene.
  • Russ & Daughters: Add a sweet note with a slice of babka from Russ & Daughters, a celebrated Jewish deli known for its delicious Eastern European desserts and a century-old legacy of immigrant success.

This culinary tour is a celebration of the enduring spirit of the immigrants who have shaped the Lower East Side. Through each bite and story, discover how the neighborhood’s cultural and culinary fabric has been woven together by diverse communities.

Join us on this flavorful exploration of history, heritage, and cuisine. Let our expert guides illuminate the past and present of the Lower East Side, making your experience not only delicious but deeply enriching.