8 Great Food Tours In New York City

best food tours in new york city

You can indulge in just about every type of cuisine imaginable in New York City, USA. From fine dining to food trucks, the ways to feed your culinary imagination just don’t end in this brash and vibrant city. People from all over the world bring their drive and dreams to this city that embraces effort and creativity. And food is an important part of New York’s colorful mosaic. Chefs riff on old standards in this city that never sleeps. The diversity that makes New Yorkers proud is reflected in the variety of its cuisine. New York City is a pulsing, creative, diverse metropolis that somehow manages not just to function but to thrive. Here are a few tours that will give you a taste of the great food New York City has to offer and introduce you to the cultural richness of this great city at the same time.

1. Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour

Brooklyn Slices of Pizza
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Entertain your taste buds and satisfy your curiosity with this fun half-day food tour of Brooklyn. Ride in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach so you won’t be hindered by New York City’s fickle weather. Meet your guide in Manhattan’s West Village and head over to Brooklyn. Tour farm-to-table restaurants and third-wave coffee-roasting cafés. Explore the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenwood, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Park Slope, and Carroll Gardens. You’ll have the opportunity to sample pierogies, kielbasa, Neapolitan pizza, and cannoli.

Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour

2. Dessert Walking Tour in New York City: Cupcakes, Cookies, and Gelato

Union Square Station Entrance
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Lovers of all things sweet will adore this 2-hour dessert tour of Lower Manhattan. Sample goodies at six different local specialty dessert shops. Scheduled stops include Baked By Melissa, Crumbs Bakeshop, Magnolia Bakery, Milk & Cookies, Amorino, and Molly’s Cupcakes. Design your own treat at Molly’s Cupcakes. Choose from 50 different types of cupcakes at Crumbs Bakeshop. Make sure to save room for the famous gelato at Amorino. The tour begins at Union Square.

Dessert Walking Tour in New York City: Cupcakes, Cookies, and Gelato

3. Hell's Kitchen Food Tour and Central Park Stroll

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Spend and afternoon meandering through the streets of Hell’s Kitchen tasting good food and learning about the history of this interesting part of New York City. During this delightful 4-hour food tour you’ll have the opportunity to taste Middle Eastern, Latin, and Cajun fare. Try hush puppies, baba ghanoush, and a delicious ice cream sandwich. Walk it off as you explore the hidden corners of Central Park with your helpful guide. Plan to walk approximately 3 miles (5 km) during the tour.

Hell's Kitchen Food Tour and Central Park Stroll

4. New York City Food Cart Walking Tour

Authentic Indian Halal Foods truck, 2013-04-17
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Sample the wares of New York City’s famous food trucks on this 2-hour walking tour. Choose between the Midtown and the Financial District option. Taste the dishes served up by six different food trucks. Learn about the history of food trucks and the development of this culinary niche in New York City during your tour. There’s no predicting what you’ll find on any given day, so come prepared to explore and expand your culinary horizons. Gourmet popcorn, Middle Eastern vegetarian goodies, Korean BBQ, Indian standards, or Greek fusion could be on the menu.

New York City Food Cart Walking Tour

5. Food Tour of Chinatown

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Stroll through New York City’s Chinatown and enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of this engaging part of the city. During this 2-hour walking tour you’ll sample Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Malaysian food. Treat yourself to a scoop of something delicious at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Learn all about the development and history of this fascinating part of the city during your tour. And don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to shop between snacks.

Food Tour of Chinatown

6. New York: Flatiron Food and History Tour

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Walk through the historic Flatiron District and enjoy a variety of tempting delicacies. Have a bite, or two, or three of a juicy burger at Shake Shack or Schnippers. Savor a gooey and delicious grilled cheese sandwich. Enjoy a private tour of Beecher’s Cheese. Watch the masters at Bread’s Bakery make something fabulous right before your eyes. The tour will take you to six special New York venues including one in the Union Square Farmer’s Market. Learn about the fascinating history of the Flatiron District as you walk to your various destinations.

New York: Flatiron Food and History Tour

7. Food Tour of Greenwich Village

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Discover the magic of Greenwich Village with this food tour designed to introduce visitors to this special part of the city. This 2-hour walking tour leads you to the hidden nooks and unknown places that make Greenwich Village special. Enjoy tasting a variety of cuisines, from the more traditional to the outright daring. Drop by local jazz clubs, craft chocolatiers and independent bookstores. Browse amazing boutiques and lovely shops as you walk the area’s history filled streets.

Food Tour of Greenwich Village

8. Uptown and Harlem Food Tour

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Enjoy a morning walking through Harlem and sampling some of the city’s best food. Learn about Harlem’s Dutch heritage, the Harlem Renaissance, and the political, literary, and musical giants who have lived in this part of the city over the centuries. Tastings at five different establishment are included in the tour. A food tour and cultural excursion all in one, this is a great way to spend a morning in New York City. This tour requires a moderate amount of walking.

Uptown and Harlem Food Tour

Tasty bites in The Big Apple

There is, of course, more to do in New York City than just eat. Where else can you go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the afternoon and make it to a performance of the New York Philharmonic that evening? Or maybe a Broadway show is more your style. Fine, you don’t like Broadway. Maybe you’re off to Smoke for some jazz. You still have to eat. New York is full of great restaurants, delicious food, and compelling stories. We hope these tours introduce you to some of the best of all three that New York City has to offer.

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Lorre Luther is a writer who lives in the Netherlands.

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