Take a bite of New York as you stroll through one of its most beautiful and historic neighborhoods and learn about the immigrant communities that shaped its cuisine. Don't forget to taste a few dishes, as well. From pasta and arancini, to pizza, eggplant parmigiana, and more: Bring an appetite and an open mind, on our Greenwich Village Food Tour, we'll take care of the rest.
Take Walks: Take a fork - you're about to eat some of the best Italian food in NYC.
Throughout history, Greenwich Village has been key to the development of New York's food culture; and no ethnic group is as central to this picturesque neighborhood as the Italians. On our Greenwich Village Food Tour you'll immerse yourself in the culture, cuisine, and history of Italian immigrants in NYC for a food tour like none other.
The itinerary for this tour changes according to what's in season and the day of the week, but it's all based around neighborhood institutions. We always stop by John's of Bleeker Street for the perfect New York slice of pizza and the family-run deli, Faicco's for their world-famous arancini. There is also always a stop for fresh pasta and olive oil tastings. But after that, it depends on the day and what's on offer. One way or another, you only sit down for one meal. The rest of the time you're eating on the go, just like a real New Yorker.
As you walk and eat, your guide (a local foodie) will tell you the story of how a small neighborhood in America came to have some of the best Italian food outside of Italy. You'll hear how the grandprents of people still living in the neighborhood escaped war and poverty in Europe to come to this country, bringing their culinary cultures with them.
The property values might have gone up since they arrived, but plenty of what those original immigrants brought with them remains in the area and our small group Greenwich Village Food Tour is all about soaking it up - usually with a crust of bread.
The pacing of the walk was just right; we loved the stops for the food chosen for the tour. Also enjoyed the olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings. The restaurants on this tour were terrific: would come back to try them out more fully. Our guide was very personable and knowledgeable. She's a great cultural ambassador for New York City and represents the best of the American cultural mosaic. Would recommend this walk to friends.
Our guide was knowledgeable, interesting, and friendly. We learned about food from different regions of Italy as well as enjoyed tastings of several olive oils and balsamic vinegar.