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New York Heritage tour in New York

Tenements, Tales, and Tastes

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Review rating: from 17 reviews

Tacos, dumplings, knishes, bagels; America would be a food wasteland without immigration. Join this New York tour to sample the side effects of mass immigration while learning about those that dared to live the American Dream.

  • Discover NYC from a local perspective, with a local guide by your side
  • Visit bustling markets and sample the tasty treats on offer
  • Stroll through New York's unique cultural historic sites in the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy.
  • Get a glimpse into New York’s immigrant heritage and how it is shaping the city today

Tour style:Local Life & Culture, History & Heritage, Walking

Local English-speaking guide, several tastes of different ethnic dishes, and a bottle of water.


Items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide.

Group size:Maximum 12
Schedule details:
  • Duration:3 hours
  • Meeting point:

    The Fountain at City Hall Park which is at the southern end of the park (City Hall Park, Broadway, Manhattan, NY 10007)

  • Starting time: 10.00 AM
  • Ending point:

    Loreley Biergarten - 7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:

    Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the New York tour.

  • Confirmation of booking:

    If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. 

    Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

  • Dress standard:

    Summers can be hot and humid, autumn can be cool, and winters downright frigid with snow. Dress according to the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • Child policy:

    This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour.

  • Language: English


Get in touch with the tasty culture of NYC on this New York food tour that is a pleasure for both the body and the mind! This New York City tour will start off at a location where many new citizens are made official, City Hall. Here at the northern edge of the colonial city we’ll start our journey with a delicious Dutch breakfast treat, just one of many foods that has made its way over thanks to the immigrant population in NYC.


From on this historical tour of New York, we’ll make our way in a loop around the NYC LES, visiting 100-year old bakeries, churches, markets, and historic sites.  We’ll stroll the streets of Little Italy just as Lucky Luciano might have a century ago. Marvel at former and still operating synagogues and Jewish clothing stores. We’ll dive into latin culture at the Essex St. Market and take in cultural sites like the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the African Burial Ground.  Finally we’ll end up in the crowded and teaming streets of Chinatown, where you’ll feel like you're in Shanghai!


Along the way on our New York food tour, we’ll sink our teeth into amazing stories and amazing food.  Knishes, tacos, dumplings, and more.  We’ll taste why New York City is the center of the world and the culinary legacy left here by those that have passed by Lady Liberty on their way to the American Dream.

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Traveller Feedback:

Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback. 

Tenements, Tales, and Tastes has an average customer care rating of 4.88 (out of a possible 5). The scores for each parameter are:
  • Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.94
  • Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.94
  • The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
    with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.71
  • The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
    Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.82
  • Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 5.00

Ms. Rosy F.
New Zealand ~ 17 Aug 2014
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These tours are personal, intelligent and show me things, sights, people and places I would never have seen or experienced otherwise. As a seasoned traveller, discovering Urban Adventures has been a delight.


Ms. Sandra M.
USA ~ 06 Aug 2014
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We really enjoyed having Natalie as our tour guide. Her knowledge of the immigrant history was very interesting and thorough. She matched the pace of the tour to our needs and was very receptive to questions. We very much appreciate that Urban Adventures strives to include local food, families and vendors in its tours.


Ms. Ruth F.
United Kingdom ~ 04 Aug 2014
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Fab tour and is highly recommended. I learnt so much and appreciated the guide's knowledge despite sore feet and full tummy by the time we finished!


Mr. Mark V.
Netherlands ~ 10 May 2014
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Nathalie is an excellent guide, she knows so much about the history of New York and is able to tell it in a very enthusiastic way. In your mind you can almost see it like a movie. She takes her time, no rush and is very sympathetic. Even if you know NYC, this tour is very interesting and learns you a lot about history and why it is the way it is nowadays. Thank you Nathalie! Regards, Mark, Ageeth, Thijs and Dirk


Ms. Melonie S.
United Kingdom ~ 21 Apr 2014
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Our guide David was patient and very informative. He really knew what he was talking about. I loved experiencing the different foods; I never would have visited these places if it hadn't been part of the tour.


Ms. Nicola F.
United Kingdom ~ 05 Apr 2014
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Nathalie was an excellent guide, really enthusiastic and very knowledgable. This tour is a great way to see a different side to New York.


Ms. Gerrie H.
USA ~ 12 Nov 2013
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As New Yorkers, we were thrilled with our guide David's knowledge of some nooks and crannies we would not have explored on our own. The tastes were quite a find and we plan to find them again soon. We'll keep our eyes peeled for other interesting Urban Adventures.


Mr. Joan P.
Canada ~ 07 Oct 2013
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I have already told everyone we talked to that this is a must for their next trip to NYC. David was fantastic. Our only regret was that we didn't do the tour earlier during our visit so we could go back and explore more in the Lower East side. David was a fantastic guide and having a small group made it so personable.


Mrs. Sandra R.
USA ~ 05 Oct 2013
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I ended up having Karen as my private guide.. lucky me! She's fabulous! Really friendly and knowledgeable.


Mrs. Silke H.
Germany ~ 30 Sep 2013
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Thanks to Dave we had a wonderful time. He provided an insight to several neighborhoods we wouldn't even have been to without him. As a travel agent from Germany I will highly recommend this tour to my customers - and that's a promise!


Mr. J-F B.
Canada ~ 10 Sep 2013
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Our New York tour guide (Nathalie F.) was very friendly and agreeable, as well as highly knowledgeable about the Tenement area which we visited. A good mix of history, lore and ethnic delicacies in one neat package. Highly recommended.


Mrs. merle n.
USA ~ 23 Jun 2013
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Our guide, Karen, was incredible. Her knowledge, professionalism, and enthusiasm was beyond my expectations and without question, this was the best tour I/we have ever taken!


Mrs. debbie c.
~ 23 Jun 2013
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Karen, our guide was excellent. Her enthusiasm was infectious and her knowledge was impressive.


Mrs. Andi W.
Canada ~ 10 Jul 2012
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Had the best guide! Think his name was Marty, he was great!


Mr. James D.
USA ~ 13 Nov 2011
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I can't imagine anyone being more knowledgeable, informed, engaging and personable than Jared, particularly about the neighborhood he knows personally from his own family history. Our Urban Adventure tour exceeded whatever expectations we might have had and we enjoyed the experience very much.

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Your trip:

The tour is offered on a "join in" basis.  Maximum group size is 12.


If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.

  • Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
  • Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.

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