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New York is a foodie’s paradise with so many different cultural neighborhoods, cuisines, restaurants, celebrity chefs and burgeoning restaurant scenes. There are hundreds of food tours of the Big Apple in different areas that include bouncing between a number of restaurants and neighborhoods to sample savory and delectable treats, while other tour options combine history, architecture, parks and more for a well-rounded experience. For a mouthwatering taste of New York pizza, pastramis, dim sum, cupcakes, falafels and much more, we put together a list of the food tours in New York City — all you have to do is bring your appetite.
Best Brooklyn Food Tour: Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food Tour
In case you haven’t heard, Brooklyn is New York’s place to be after a revitalization that’s made the borough the “it” spot for artists, musicians, trendsetters and foodies – with a number of hip, new restaurants as well as a wide range of cultural cuisine. The 4.5-hour Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour explores several neighborhoods in Brooklyn, including Williamsburg, Greenpoint, DUMBO and Park Slope for an inside look at some of the best eats in the borough. Stop by a polish restaurant for kielbasa and pierogis, pizza and cannolis at an Italian trattoria and bonbons from the Jacques Torres chocolate factory. Along the way, the guide provides an in-depth history lesson and the tour concludes right near the Brooklyn Bridge.
Best Dinner Cruise: Hudson's by World Yacht New York Dinner Cruise
For a relaxed, and romantic epicurean experience that doesn’t involve walking, consider booking the New York City Dinner Cruise on Hudson’s – the floating restaurant. During the two-hour voyage, you’ll float along the Hudson River past Lady Liberty and Ellis Island and take in dazzling Manhattan skyline vistas. The experience begins with champagne and hors-d'oeuvres followed by a four-course dinner in a lovely, window-lined dining room on the three-deck vessel. Menu items vary but feature Italian fare (among other influences), including calamari, wild mushroom pappardelle or pan-seared salmon. For desserts, there's chocolate ganache or New York cheesecake. After dinner, you can stay onboard for dancing or just enjoying the illuminated city lights.
Best Half Day Tour: Greenwich Village Food Tour and High Line Park
A great way to discover two of New York’s fantastic neighborhoods is on a combination culinary tour of Greenwich Village and a walking tour of the High Line. Built to move freight around the industrial area, the High Line is now an elevated public park that spans 1.5 miles over New York’s Meatpacking District. The expert guide will tell you all about the history of the High Line before heading to Greenwich Village for a chance to sample pizzas, chocolates and a host of other food items. Travelers will visit six different eateries and learn about the best the neighborhood has to offer, including restaurants, nightclubs and bookstores.
Best Soul Food Tour: Harlem Historical Food Tour
For a sample of soul food, head to Harlem for the four-hour, Harlem Historical Food Tour. The tour introduces a blend of classic soul food, African cuisine and Caribbean favorites while offering an inside look into Harlem’s history and culture. The guide brings visitors to a French African Café, a Spanish Caribbean restaurant, a favorite local soul food restaurant, a tea and spice shop and a neighborhood bakery. Viator members noted that food was fantastic and the tour guides were extremely engaging and full of knowledge. The walking tour is ideal for visitors as well as residents, as it provides a unique insight into the neighborhood of Harlem.
Best Neighborhood Tour: Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest
For foodies, no gastronomic trip to New York is complete without visiting the two culinary hotspots in New York: Chinatown and Little Italy. These side-by-side neighborhoods offer dedicated cultural cuisine that is as authentic as it gets, and the Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest is a great way to see it all. Start off in Little Italy where you’ll enjoy the famous cannolis at Ferrara's Bakery and Café, as well as mozzarella and prosciutto, Italian cheeses, olives and wine in classic mom and pop restaurant and shops. Then, head to vibrant Chinatown to one of its oldest restaurants for a unique dim sum experience. The guide will offer a wealth of knowledge about each neighborhood, its culture and the food.
Best Food Truck Tour: New York City Food Cart Walking Tour
If you spend any time in Manhattan, you’ll likely pass by a number silver food carts selling hot dogs, drinks, coffee and snacks – but there are hundreds of unique food carts with various cuisines and fabulous menu items that might be a bit harder to find. On the New York City Food Cart Walking Tour, you uncover six food carts in the Financial District or Midtown on a guided two-hour tour. In addition to sampling cuisine like Middle Eastern falafel, Korean short ribs, Pakistani curry, Greek souvlaki, Belgian waffles and Mexican chocolate brownies, you’ll learn the backstory behind the carts and some culinary history of New York. Food truck locations and carts change daily, so the tour stops may vary.
Best Small Group Tour: Hell’s Kitchen Food Tour and Central Park
If you’re looking for a longer tour with a smaller group that allows some time to mingle and make friends with other travelers, consider the Hell’s Kitchen Food and Central Park Tour. During the four-hour-long tour, you’ll explore the famous Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, known for its fabulous restaurants as you learn about the history of the area and stop in a few top eateries for samples. Travelers will get to taste items like hush puppies, baba ghanoush and specialty doughnuts. Once you get your fill, head to Central Park for a behind-the-scenes tour to discover lesser-known areas and facts about the city’s iconic green space. The tour group is limited to just eight people.
Best Combo Tour: Flatiron Food and History Tour
For a combination of history and good eats, the Flatiron Food and History Tour will fill both your brain and your belly with fantastic food and an in-depth look at New York’s architecture. The three-hour walking tour visits artisanal Italian food market, a bakery and lets tour members get a taste of a New York pastrami sandwich, the best grilled cheese on the island (from cheese made in the middle of Manhattan) and many other samples. Along the way, admire the amazing architecture of Flatiron and Union Square as the guide provides information about buildings like the MetLife Tower with a detailed history lesson, for the perfect blend of past and present.
Best Dessert Tour: Cupcake Tour of New York
Travelers with a sweet tooth should not miss the Cupcake Tour of New York – a guided, 2.5-hour walking tour of the West Village with a focus on cupcakes and desserts. During the walk from Union Square, you’ll experience some of New York’s most famous bakeries and see a few of New York’s landmarks – but the focus is on the food. You’ll sample plenty of sweets, including gelato, macaroons, cookies and, of course, cupcakes. You’ll even have an opportunity to “design your own” tasty cupcake. When you visit the most popular bakery in New York, tour members receive VIP treatment and can skip the long line.