“Only in NYC” Food & Culture Tour

Duration: 3 Hours

Location: Gramercy, East Village and Alphabet City





Experience the best NY classic foods and learn about the history of the East Village neighborhood

  • Enjoy a charming walking tour of the East Village, home to generations of New York's intellectuals, eccentrics, and counterculture darlings
  • Taste innovative and memorable foods designed to appeal to the adventurous palate
  • Learn about wild and experimental restaurants throughout the city and plan future memorable meals during your NYC adventure
  • Immerse yourself in the history, lore, culture, and architecture of one of Manhattan's great neighborhoods
  • Explore a quirky and exciting lifestyle in a spot tourists rarely see

All of the yummy food we eat is included in your ticket price

Total distance travelled is aproximately 1 mile

We will embark on a pleasant and leisurely walk that will introduce guests to East Village culture. There will be a tasting of delicious food at some of our stops. We will also point out culturally and historically significant sites throughout the tour. The tour will end where it started in Manhattan. Guides are available to assist guests with directions to their next destination after the tour is over.

Only In NYC Tour Destinations

Art on the walls, inside and out

Learn about New York's original graffiti culture and see murals by Shepard Fairey and Banksy while visiting the former stomping ground of pioneers like Warhol & Basquiat

Thompkin Square Park

This popular park in the East Village is a perfect centerpiece for its eclectic neighborhood, home to countless artists, activists, musicians, fashionistas, and lots of cute dogs

Classic NY Everything

Sample an award winning pizza slice, try a 19th century soda jerk recipe (or two), and be sure to save some room for New York's most famous cookie for dessert.

From saxophones to smashes guitars

Discover the many sounds of the East Village; from jazz originators Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane to the 60’s Velvet Underground, 70's punk and new wave scene & more

& More

Above list is just a representative sample of the places you will visit. Your guide may add to or amend the tour to keep improving the experience we provide for our customers

Getting There:
6, D and F (all times), B & M (weekdays only) to Broadway / Lafayette or
M (weekdays only) or F (all times) to 2nd Ave

MEETUP : In front of Avalon Chemists 7 Second Ave (corner of Houston st) New York, NY 10003

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Do I need to tip?

Awesome Tours pays for all the tips at food destinations on our tour.

Tour guide gratuities are greatly appreciated if you enjoyed your tour. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%-20%.

Do we only walk around and sample food?

Absolutely not! Our tours combine architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique tour experience. Imagine walking through the city eating our local artisans most delicious foods while learning the neighborhoods from real locals.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

Please be sure and let us know if you are vegetarian or vegan and we can definitely accommodate you (or anyone in your group). We can also take requests for other dietary restrictions (e.g. diabetic, allergy, etc.) and will work with each destination to find out what foods you should skip and arrange a substitution wherever possible. Don’t worry, we won’t let you leave hungry!

What do we do in case of bad weather?

The tours are held rain, shine, or snow. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. We advise to check the weather conditions for your day’s event, bring an umbrella if needed and dress appropriately.

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"I must have said WOW ten times during the tour. We saw stuff that I couldn't have even imagined existed from an entire place focused on mac and cheese to doughnuts stuffed with ice cream. It was also great to learn about the area which was both edgy and fun. I will definitely tell my friends."

Gabriel D. from Austin, TX

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