Guided tour

New York City: Lower East Side Food Tour

4.8 / 5

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Activity provider: Sidewalk Food Tours

New York City: Lower East Side Food Tour

Activity provider: Sidewalk Food Tours
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From US$ 75 per person

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Discover the best food in New York with a 3-hour walking tour of the historic Lower East Side neighborhood. Explore the history and culture of the area with an expert local guide while tasting regional specialties at some of the best restaurants around.

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Duration 3 hours
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Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Savor mouthwatering food from century old authentic Jewish delis and bakeries
  • Visit an old-fashioned candy store serving the neighborhood since 1937
  • Discover the funky mix of trendy boutiques, mom-and-pop shops, and cozy cafes
  • Explore the Lower East Side's historic tenement buildings and synagogues
Full description
The sidewalks of New York offers irresistible New York food options in the cultural hotspot of the Lower East Side. Explore what was once an immigrant and working-class neighborhood rich in ethnic diversity and culture. Learn about the history of the tenement buildings occupied by the poor. The neighborhood is best known for having once been a center of Jewish culture. View historic synagogues as well as "nosh" on delicacies from the best "kosher style" delis and bakeries in the city. On this 3-hour tour of the Lower East Side, you will eat your way through the streets, sampling delicacies from New York's premier appetizing shop, ethnic eateries, and "mom and pop" restaurants. Flavorful food specialties are served from: (subject to change) • Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery - (Est. 1910) • Russ & Daughter’s - NYC’s premier appetizing shop (Est. 1914) • Katz’s Delicatessen - The best delicatessen in New York (Est. 1888) • Kossar's Bialys - The oldest bialy bakery in the United States (Est. 1936) • The Pickle Guys - Pickles made the old-fashioned way. Try a new, half sour or full sour pickle. Pucker up! (Est. 2002) • Doughnut Plant - Unique flavors and a mouthwatering family recipe (Est. 1994) • North Dumpling - Authentic handmade northern Chinese dumplings • Economy Candy - Stocking all types of candy, nuts & dried fruit from floor-to-ceiling. "Noshers' paradise of the Lower East Side." (Est. 1937) Behind every great food establishment in this city, there is an equally great story of history, tradition and even innovation. You will discover these amazing histories while tasting what has made these eateries so prized among locals.
  • All food tastings
  • One bottle of water
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with diabetes
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

The tour will meet at 205 East Houston Street (outside in front of Katz's Deli), New York (10002). The closest subway stop is the 2nd Ave stop on the F train. You can also take the B,D,F,M to Broadway-Lafayette St and walk East along E Houston. If you are lost or running late, please call us at 877-568-6877.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please let us know a couple of days prior to your tour if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets, we can usually substitute a food tasting
  • Please dress casually and wear comfortable shoes or sneakers
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 13 reviews

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The tour was good! There were some people in the group that made it a little difficult to enjoy, but not the fault of the tour. Just don’t be THOSE people! The donut shop I was most excited about was closed the dat we went, but we still had yummy tastings.

June 21, 2022

The food was fabulous. Our guide Janet was so personable as well as knowledgeable. I had no idea that so many different foods could be in one small area

September 5, 2022

May 2, 2022

Product ID: 192588