Guided tour

NYC: Chinatown and Little Italy Lunchtime Food Tour

Activity provider: Empire Tours NYC

NYC: Chinatown and Little Italy Lunchtime Food Tour

Activity provider: Empire Tours NYC

From US$ 70 per person

Enjoy an authentic food tour of Chinatown and Little Italy in New York City. Allow yourself to be guided through the unique history, flavors, and rich culture of 2 vibrant New York City neighborhoods.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Immerse yourself in the history and food of Little Italy and Chinatown
  • Delight in dim sum, a traditional Chinese dumpling in the heart of Chinatown
  • Taste cannoli from Ferrara's, a 130-year-old bakery in Little Italy
  • Take in the neighborhood history and mafia lore of Mulberry Street
  • Eat a slice of New York pizza as you hear the stories behind it
Full description

Spend your lunchtime learning the history and lore of two of New York's most historic districts: Little Italy and Chinatown. Sample their foods and flavors, wander their streets, and learn all about their history and heritage. The food included is more than enough for lunch. Start in Chinatown with Hong Kong style sponge cakes to go, where your local historian tour guide will lead your intimate-sized group through Chinatown’s winding streets and Columbus Park. Enjoy history and fun facts, and visit a hidden dumpling spot, with views of the One World Trade building. Then, be led down the famous Mulberry St. to Little Italy’s romantic corners. Hear stories of NYC mafia crime and pizza lore as you eat your slice of pizza and enjoy cannolis and music at a 130-year-old bakery.

Appreciate a tour that visits favorite family-owned shops and that supports NYC locations that are off-the-beaten-path. Taste the history of food establishments that have been in business for over 100 years. Leave NYC with a newfound appreciation of these two neighborhoods, newly discovered secrets of New York City, and more tips and suggestions for things to do in The Big Apple.

  • 2-hour Walking Tour
  • Local historian tour guide
  • Sponge cake
  • Pizza
  • Dumplings
  • Cannolis
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Additional menu items or souvenirs

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Meeting point

Your guide will be standing outside the black door that says "119" checking guests in on a phone/tablet. Guide clothing may vary. Look for "The Dough Club" and "Taiyaki" ice cream. This is where the guide will stand. There is a bench available to sit and wait should you arrive early.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • This is a walking tour
Customer reviews

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August 10, 2022

Interesting street food tour with the enthusiastic guide Samantha who was born and raised in this neighborhood. Best pizza ever eaten!

July 21, 2022

Interesting tour of China Town and Little Italy. Very tasty food from restaurants where you would probably never have gone otherwise and a cool guide. Would do it again anytime!

June 18, 2022

Product ID: 418173