A Tour Of Manhattan - Through Food! - Updated 2024

Best food tours in NYC
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Manhattan is known for many things - Broadway, the Empire State Building, Bergdorf Goodman, etc. - but it’s also known for its food. Wherever you turn, you’re bound to find a fun restaurant or cool food truck with a delicious meal. So, since you know that New York has incredible cuisines, why not tour the city - through food? Check out some of these food tours and be ready to ~indulge~

1. Rooftop Tour (from USD 85.0)

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Posted by Condé Nast Traveller UK on Saturday, 22 April 2017

On this rooftop tour, you’ll get the chance to enjoy the city lights from above. This is the tour to be pampered, so get ready for a tour of some of New York’s trendiest rooftop clubs, lounges, and bars. You’ve likely experienced the city by day, so now it’s time to amp it up for the night.

This tour includes: - Glass of champagne at meeting place - One drink at each venue - Transportation to and from venues - Tour host - Cover fees

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New York City Rooftops VIP Pub Crawl

Duration: 4 hours

2. Greenwich Village Tour (from 48 USD)

Magnolia Bakery
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Enjoy a walking tour of Greenwich Village where you’ll get to stop at four restaurants for their delicious delights. You’ll kick off the tour at Magnolia’s Bakery for their infamous cupcakes, next you’ll head on over to grab bagels and cream cheese - a staple meal in New York, following this you’ll stop for an Indian vegetable roll, and lastly you’ll end your tour at Joe’s Pizzeria for some of the best thin crust pizza in town.

This tour includes: - Professional guide - Stops at Washington Square Park, NYU, and coffee houses on Bleecker St. - One meal (as listed in description) at each stop

Greenwich Village Food Walking Tour

Price: from 48 USD

Duration: 2 hours (approx.)


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3. It's time for pizza (from USD 65.0)

Lombardi's Pizza
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With this pizza tour you’ll eat your way through either Little Italy, Greenwich Village, or the Lower East Side. Whichever neighborhood you choose, you taste buds are guaranteed to explode. You’ll try different styles of pizza (Neapolitan, Sicilian, New York), learn about the history of pizza from Italy to America, and also get your own pizza journal so you can take notes for later!

For some tour highlights: - The Little Italy tour will bring you to the oldest pizzeria in America - On the Greenwich Village tour you’ll sample three very different interpretations of pizza - The Lower East Side tour will bring you face to face with wood fired ovens and dough stretching maneuvers

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Greenwich Village Pizza Walk

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

141 reviews

4. Hell's Kitchen and Central Park Tour (from USD 145.0)

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On this four hour tour you’ll sample ethnic specialities in Hell’s Kitchen and then have the chance to explore one of the largest urban parks in the country - Central Park. Since Manhattan is a mixing pot of cultures, you’ll get to try cuisines from the Middle East, Latin America, Cajun, and more.

This tour includes: - Two walking tours - Food tastings - Local guide - Can accommodate vegetarian guests

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Hell's Kitchen Food Tour and Central Park NYC Guided Stroll

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

283 reviews

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5. Flatiron Food and History Tour (from USD 78.0)

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The Flatiron District is (obviously) home of the famous Flatiron Building, but on this tour you’ll get to explore the entire district and stop at six restaurants to try burgers, Italian food, cheese, and dessert! You’ll start at Caffe Lavazza one of Mario Batali’s restaurants, then you’ll move on to either Shake Shack or Schnipper’s for one of the best burgers you will ever have. Next you’ll have the chance to take your phone out and give your stomach a break as you stop for photos at the Flatiron Building. Once your stomach is ready for more, you’ll continue on to Obica Mozzarella Bar for a gourmet cheese experience and eat one of Manhattan’s best grilled cheese. Finally, you’ll round off your meal(s) at Union Square Farmer’s Market and Bread’s Bakery.

This tour includes: - 6 food tastings - Local guide - Photo ops at Flatiron Building

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New York City: Flatiron Food, History, and Architecture Tour

Duration: 3.0 hour

36 reviews

6. SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown (from USD 46.0)

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Posted by Grandaisy Bakery on Thursday, 9 September 2010

On this tour of SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown you’ll eat like a true local and also get a chance to see some of the most popular landmarks in each of these neighborhoods. You’ll start your tour in SoHo at Grandaisy Bakery for some ~designer~ thin-crust pizza made with either zucchini, mushroom, or potato (your choice) and you also get a slice of “The Best Chocolate Cake in the World”! Then you head on over to Alleva in Little Italy for some cheese and soppresata. Finally, you’ll walk to Chinatown for pan-seared pork dumplings. Throughout the tour you’ll have ample opportunity for photo ops, including stops at historic buildings and art galleries in SoHo, the Police Building in Little Italy, and Columbus Park in Chinatown!

This tour includes: - 4 food tastings - Photo ops - Local guide

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SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Lunch or Dinner Tour

Duration: 2 hours

30 reviews

7. Cocktails and speakeasies in East Village (from USD 91.0)

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This walking night time tour will let you explore one of New York’s most vibrant neighborhoods, with a nightlife scene that rivals none. On your tour, you’ll discover some hidden gems where bartenders are crafting truly delicious and unique cocktails and uncover former speakeasies where you can learn about the history of how politicians kept the drinks a flowing during prohibition.

This tour includes: - 3 craft cocktails - Light snack - Local tour host

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Lonely Planet Experiences: East Village Cocktails & Speakeasies Small Group Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

10 reviews

8. Harlem Historical Food Tour (from USD 87.0)

Soul Food - it's good for you and your soul
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Time to go uptown to Harlem and explore the exquisitely eclectic food scene. You’ll sample ‘traditional soul food’, African cuisine, and Caribbean cuisines. While you’re enjoying your delicious meals, your guide will share Harlem’s rich history and culture with you.

This tour includes: - 5 food tastings (Soul Food, Spanish Caribbean eatery, French West African Cafe, Bakery, Tea and Spice Shop) - Local guide - Cultural immersion

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Harlem Historical Food Tour

Duration: 4 hours

18 reviews

Are you hungry yet?

I would hope you are because who could resist all the incredible foods and drinks you could try while taking in one of the greatest cities in the world?

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