NYC Food Tours

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Greenwich Village, Chelsea Market, Chinatown, Nolita

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Tours, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 3.5Value
  • 5.0Food Scene
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Known for everything from cheap eats to authentic international fare to Michelin-starred restaurants, New York City is a culinary hot spot and undoubtedly one of the best foodie cities in America. However, chances are you won't have time to experience everything the city has to offer in just one trip. One way to get a taste of New York's excellent cuisine in a variety of neighborhoods is to take a food tour. So, U.S. News rounded up some of the best New York City food tours:

Foods of NY Tours: Lauded by previous visitors for its engaging guides, various itineraries and delicious foods, Foods of NY Tours provides several different options for travelers to choose from. The company offers tours that explore the culinary offerings in Greenwich Village, Chelsea Market and the High Line, Chinatown, Nolita and Little Italy, and Brooklyn. Foods you might sample include pizza, doughnuts, cupcakes, dim sum and ice cream. Tours typically last around three hours (though the Brooklyn tour is longer). Prices start at $54 for adults and $35 for kids ages 3 to 12 but can vary by tour. For more info and to book, visit the company's website.

Free Tours by Foot: A more economical option for a food tour, Free Tours by Foot offers pay-what-you-wish food tours of the city. The different tours take foodies through NYC's various enclaves, from the Lower East Side to East Village to Williamsburg in Brooklyn, and each tour stops at four to five different spots where you can choose what you want to taste and pay for it (typically between $7 and $15, according to the company). Seasonal food tours are available as well. Past travelers said they loved sampling the different food and appreciated the flexible pricing. For additional information, check out the Free Tours by Foot website.

Secret Food Tours New York: This traveler-approved three-hour food tour takes visitors through Greenwich Village to sample a classic New York bagel, a Reuben sandwich, a local cupcake, a slice of pizza and a gourmet doughnut. Part of the fun on this tour is the "secret dish," which is revealed the day of your tour. Participants said the tour was educational and everyone loved the secret stop. The tour costs $72 per adult. To find out more, visit the company's website.

Famous Fat Dave's Food Tours: Travelers say that Dave of Famous Fat Dave's Food Tour is what sets these tours apart from others: Dave's wealth of knowledge about the city and its tastiest eats, in addition to his super friendly demeanor, wins visitors over. This company offers several different food tour types, ranging from two to four hours (and five to 10 tastings) to six or more hours (with 20 or more tastings). However, the price tag on these tours is steep: Tours start at $240 per person for two hours and increase from there, depending on length and total number of tour members in your group. You must email ahead of time to schedule an eating tour. To find out more, visit the website.

Nice Guy Tours: With traditional food tours available through Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side, and a Midtown food truck tour, Nice Guy Tours invites visitors to enjoy a bit of history with their tastings. Among the foods travelers will get to taste are knishes, pickles, Belgian waffles, falafel, bagels and pizza, depending on the tour. Recent participants heaped praise on Nice Guy Tours, saying the guides are funny and knowledgeable, and the food is incredible. The three-hour tours start at $59; check out additional info and book on the company's website.

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This part-park, part-museum, part-concert hall swallows central Manhattan, and many of the city's most notable attractions are situated next to it or within its limits (the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, to name a few). But travelers insist that you shouldn't just pass through Central Park on your way to another place. This 843-acre green space is a favorite of New Yorkers and tourists; you can come here to exercise, dine, go to the zoo and more.

“Central Park is fantastic year-round, and is a must-see for anyone coming to New York," says Josephine Danielson, head concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel New York. "People may not realize Central Park has several hidden treasures. If you’re looking for something different, I tell guests to visit the Conservatory Garden." 

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