My wife and I have done a lot of guided tours, in a lot of different places round the world. I don’t think we have ever had a better one – and we’ve had some pretty good ones!
East Village Food & History Experience
Five fantastic food stops!
Unique Historic Anecdotes
Personalized attention with your guide
Discover the heart of the East Village on our Food & History Walking Tour, seamlessly blending diverse culinary delights with a rich historical narrative. With an exclusive maximum of 8 guests, this intimate experience captures the essence of NYC’s past, present, and future, making it the optimal choice for an authentic East Village Food Tour.
Small Groups Guaranteed! Maximum Comfort with Minimal Crowds.
Savor tastes like the best New York City egg cream, Eastern European Pierogi and more
Walk in the footsteps of artists and confront darker history of the East Village
Discover great recommendations from your guide to explore more on your own after the tour!
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$109 per guest.
12:00 PM, rain or shine
Lafayette Street near the Public Theater. After your reservation is made, you will receive a confirmation message with maps and exact address of our meeting location.
Year-round, except for major holidays and special events in the East Village. Please check our calendar for availability.
Approximately 2.5 hours
All public tours are semi-private with 8 people or less
It is a walking tour, but the pace is comfortable, with short stops along the way. We recommend your most comfortable walking shoes as we will be walking approximately two miles.
All your food and drink at five (5) different spots is included, and a fully qualified, knowledgeable, award-winning tour guide.
Within a few blocks of both the L train on 14th Street and the 6 train at Astor Place
What to bring
Wear comfortable walking shoes and a camera to capture spirits!
Vegetarian options are available, please advise at time of booking if required. Any other dietary needs cannot be accommodated on this tour (vegan, kosher, nut allergies, dairy-free or gluten-free diets)
Good to know
Wear comfortable shoes.
Overview of the tour
Embark on a delicious journey on our East Village Food & History Walking Tour, a unique experience that blends the neighborhood’s diverse culinary offerings with its rich historical narrative. Indulge your taste buds in the eclectic flavors of this dynamic enclave, from iconic East Village food counters serving NYC classics to avant-garde eateries pushing the boundaries of gastronomy. As you savor the diverse cuisines, we’ll guide you through the neighborhood’s compelling history, exploring the roots forged by 19th-century immigrants, the opulence of wealthy residents, and the vibrant cultural movements that have left an indelible mark. Walk in the footsteps of legendary artists and musicians, from the Beat Generation to the punk rock scene, and confront the darker chapters of the East Village’s past, including drug culture and race riots. This immersive tour encapsulates the essence of New York City’s past, present, and future, making it the optimal choice for those searching for an authentic East Village Food Tour.
Frequently asked questions
We recommend that guests be 8+ to fully enjoy the tour. Younger guests are allowed, but be advised there is a good amount of walking, and the stories told may be frightening to younger guests.
The tour lasts about 2.5 hours, covering about 2 miles total in the East Village
All tours are held rain or shine. However, we supply ponchos if it rains. We recommend you check the weather forecast to help you choose your shoes and garments and to see if you’ll need an umbrella.
Bartender/server gratuities are already included in the tour price. While it’s never expected, if you enjoyed your tour and want to give a tip to your tour guide, please do! Most guidebooks and American Express suggest 20% of the full tour price.
You just have to sit back and relax. We have a handpicked selection of amazing food curated by our guides and vendors.
Check Out What Our Guests Are Saying
We had limited time in New York so booked 3 tours in one day, a package which works very well.
I can’t recommend Manhattan Walking Tours more highly to get to see and know New York as a local.
In between all stops Alex taught us loads about the culture and history of the local area, making the trip really interesting – he knew the city like the back of his hand! I would definitely recommend taking a tour with these guys, you won’t regret it.