Walking food tours are a great option for those visiting New York City or have recently moved to a new neighborhood where they aren’t quite sure where the best places to eat are. There are quite a few companies that offer walking tours that are neighborhood specific and dedicated to the diverse dishes found in those neighborhoods. From Chinatown to the Upper West Side there’s a walking tour that will fit anyone's taste buds, all for a relatively cheap price tag.
Joonbug found five interesting walking food tours that we cannot wait to try out the next time a friend comes to town or have day to ourselves to go on an adventure.
Offered Monday through Sunday at 11 a.m.
Ticket price: $49 per person
On this walking tour, guests are taken throughout the Greenwich Village neighborhood with a knowledgeable guide. The guide shares with guests the rich history found in the Village along with the delicious foods available in that area. While on the walking tour, guests will enjoy six on-the-go tastings, either from a sidewalk cart/truck or inside an establishment, and one sit down meal at a restaurant. Highlights of the neighborhood include Murray’s Cheese Shop (established 1940) and family-owned, Fiacco’s Italian Specialties (established 1900).
Offered Friday and Sunday at 11 a.m.
Ticket price: $95 per person
Learn about the fascinating history of Harlem while sampling a variety of dishes from distinctive restaurants from the neighborhood. This tour doesn’t teach just about the foods Harlem resident’s enjoy. While on tour, you will learn about the architecture of Harlem, visit an art gallery, and be shown historical locations throughout the neighborhood. Guests will sample authentic Soul Food, Spanish Caribbean cuisine, fare from a French West African café, and other neighborhood favorites.
Offered Fridays at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket price: $54.50
Guests will sample craft beers, cheeses, chocolates, and decadent desserts on the Upper West Side. Discover the best and coolest eateries in the neighborhood while you learn about the techniques used to make all of what you sample. You will also learn about how to pair certain chocolates or cheeses with a craft beer. While on the tour, guests will sample four craft beers, three artisan cheeses, chocolate truffles and bonbons, creamy hazelnut gelato, and much more from premier shops on the Upper West Side.
Offered Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 2:45 p.m.
Ticket price: $55
New York City is notorious for its melting pot culture full of exotic delicacies. There are a lot of odd dishes being consumed in the city, so why not go out to discover them? This walking tour offers a wide variety of foods you most likely have never tried and possible haven’t even heard of. Above all, have fun, make a face, but at least you gave a fermented egg a chance. The tour stops at a meat market where patrons can buy crocodile legs and a Chinese herb shop where rare dried seafood, think shark fin and seahorses, is sold. Along the tour guests will sample, durian fruit, chicken feet with black bean sauce, and a traditional Chinese dessert called tofu brain.
Offered Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m.
Ticket price: $45
On this tour guests will visit some of the best curbside kitchens in New York. But it won’t be pretzels and hot dogs. On Wednesdays the tour takes place in the Financial District and Fridays in Midtown. Walking tour participants will learn the history of the neighborhood featured on their day of attendance as well as the stories of each proprietor. Their stories range from emigrating from a foreign country to cooking school dropouts. The delicious options on the menu of this walking tour rotates but guests should expect to possibly enjoy falafel with vegetables, Korean short ribs, waffles with toppings, banh mi Vietnamese sandwiches, and more.
Don’t see a tour that you would enjoy? All five companies offer a variety of interesting tours listed on their websites.