They say, the best way to experience the beat of a city is by sampling the local cuisine of the city. New York , the city of immigrants brings to the platter an array of cuisines, each of which has become the city's own over the years. Experiencing the best of all the city's cuisines can be hard, but not if you sign up for an NYC Food tour. Food tours in NYC take you through different boroughs of the city and expose you to the best tuck and tipple, be it China Town or Brooklyn. All you have to do is, figure out which Food Tour in New York sounds most interesting to you, grab your ticket and reach there with a massive appetite and lots of excitement!
We have curated the 12 Best Food Tours NYC has to offer based on Tripadvisor reviews and Headout Customer reviews. Choose your pick and eat your fill!
NYC Food Tours
Do you fancy the massive 15 inch pizza's in NYC or the umpteen home brewed beer's of NYC? If not either, do you prefer ambling through Chelsea Market and tasting bits and bites of cheese, cold cuts and more? We say, to each his own. Hence, we have put together a list of Food Tours in NYC specific to different tastes! We have Beer Tours, Cocktail Tours, Market Tours and a lot more. Read on to know all about the best food tours in NYC.
Best NYC Food Tours
To help you pick your dream Food Tour in NYC, we have divided our curation of the best food tours into 2 parts.
Food & Pizza Tours NYC
Tenements, Tales and Tastes
On this food tour, you get to experience the city from the perspective of a New Yorker as you are taken on a stroll through the city, under the guidance of a local resident. Tacos, dumplings, knishes and bagels, these are just some of the delicious treats you will get to feast on as you walk through historic areas like Lower East Side, Chinatown and Little Italy. However, apart from the food, you will also get the chance to learn about the rich history and culture of New York on this 3-hour tour, as you stop at famous sites including the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the African Burial Ground.
The Great Food Tour of New York
Touted as the unofficial food capital of the world, New York is a food lover’s paradise. With people from all over the world making this city their home, there is bound to be an abundance of variety when it comes to food and flavours. This tour celebrates this fact by taking you on a journey through New York’s most famous eateries. The scrumptious thin-crust pizza at Bleecker Street Pizza, the mouth-watering sausages at Deli Faicco’s and the famed cupcakes at Molly’s are just a few of the delicious foods you will get to try on this tour.
Chelsea Market Food and Culture Walking Tour
Spend a perfect couple of hours in the famous Meatpacking District of New York City, on this food tour of Chelsea Market. Learn about the rich history of this area, which was once a blue-collar area filled with butchers and meat-mongers before being converted to a gourmet wholesale and retail market, all the while munching on delicious treats including fried oreos, beef pies, sandwiches, buttermilk biscuits and a whole lot more! Apart from learning about this landmark market, you also get the chance to explore New York’s only outdoor elevated park, High Line, and enjoy some great views.
Brownstone Brooklyn Eats
Friday & Saturday
Considered the best food neighbourhood in New York, Brooklyn is filled with a number of mom-and-pop shops, artisan cheese and bread shops and little cafes. On this tour, you will find out exactly how these unique spots came to be and what makes them so loved. Get a chance to step a little outside your comfort zone by trying quirky dishes and some not-so-usual cuisines. While moving from shop to shop, you will also learn a lot about the neighbourhood and its history from the ever-present local business owners. So strap on some loose pants and get set for a culinary adventure!
Chinatown Food Tour
Get transported back in time as you explore and learn about one of New York’s most well-preserved neighbourhoods! Home to a wide group of people from all over Asia, Chinatown in NYC is one of the most vibrant and eclectic areas around, and in fact is the largest Chinatown in the Western Hemisphere. On this tour, taste some delicious dumplings and pork buns from Vanessa’s dumplings, authentic Chinese tea from Nom Wah Tea Parlour and even some fortune cookies from Golden Fung Wong Bakery. You also get to check out Jing Fong, a 10,000 sq ft. restaurant in the heart of Chinatown!
Williamsburg Bites: A Brooklyn Food Tour
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn’s most popular and exciting neighbourhoods, is the perfect amalgamation of old and new. From quirky art to chic boutiques to cozy cafes and outstanding restaurants, there are a lot of places here to just kick back, relax and enjoy. On this tour, get a chance to soak in the hipster culture that dominates Williamsburg, while gorging on some delectable savoury and sweet treats, and of course, some piping hot coffee to wash it all down. Along with the food, you also get the opportunity to take pictures of amazing street art and the breathtaking New York skyline.
The Original Brooklyn Pizza Tour
Wednesday, Friday - Monday
Everyone knows that New York is famous for its food and crazy cuisines, however, there is one dish in particular that practically screams New York - pizza! This world famous pizza tour has been featured on The Today Show, The Food Network and The Travel Channel, and has been voted the #1 tour in Brooklyn on TripAdvisor. Get exclusive access to two of NYC’s most loved pizza joints - Grimaldi’s, which is popular for its Neapolitan-style pizza, and L&B Spumoni Gardens, which is well known for its Sicilian-style pizza. And apart from munching on some delicious pizza, you also get to visit famous Brooklyn movie locations like Goodfellas, Requiem for a Dream, Saturday Night Fever and many more.
New York Pizza Walk
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
No trip to New York is complete without a slice of some good ol’ pizza. This tour ensures that your time in NYC will not remain incomplete. Explore the historical side of pizza in New York and learn how this simple peasants’ meal came to be one of the most popular and enjoyed foods in America, and the world! On this tour, you will be guided by a certified Pizza Enthusiast (yes, they exist) to three of the city’s most significant pizzeria’s in Little Italy and Greenwich Village. Apart from some delicious pizza, you also get your very own pizza journal and goody bag.
Beer & Cocktail Tours NYC
Brewed in Brooklyn Tour
America is well known for its abundance of craft beers and micro-breweries, and Brooklyn is at the very heart of this ale-loving culture. On this tour, you will be guided by a knowledgeable beer connoisseur, who will take you around Brooklyn, show you landmark sites and enlighten on you some wonderful beer facts and stories. Learn all about the ‘Brewer’s Row’ and the ‘Beer Renaissance’ as you sip on some delicious lagers. Also, enjoy scrumptious pizza at a local joint for lunch. Pizza and beer - can it seriously get any better than this?
Sunday Funday: A Boozy Brooklyn Tasting Tour
Beer, barbecue, booze and ice cream - what more could anyone ask for? This unique experience takes you on a stroll through Brooklyn and Williamsburg, all the while, sipping on drinks and enjoying some tasty treats. Start your tour with a walk down Bedford Avenue, where you can admire amazing large-scale street art. Stop at Brooklyn Brewery, one of the best craft breweries in the country and try a few specialty brews, before heading to Mable’s Smokehouse BBQ, a place to sink your teeth into some mouth-watering grub. Finish the tour off with a tasting of curated hot sauces led by a hot sauce ‘sommelier’ and finally cool down with some much needed ice cream at Odd Fellows.
Craft Beer Crawl
Be a part of the ultimate beer crawl in New York! Explore Williamsburg, Brooklyn and savour all the delicious ale that it has to offer. With over 50 craft breweries, this is the quintessential beer crawl location in NYC. Visit several bars and breweries and try 10 different brews and styles of beers. On this crawl, you not only get the opportunity to visit the best bars in New York, but you also get to sample and taste different types of beer and understand what goes into making the different brews and ales. This is an absolute must-do for any beer lover in NYC.
NY Craft Cocktail Tour
Sometimes referred to as ‘The City That Never Sleeps’, on this tour, you get the chance to find out exactly why New York has been given that name. Enjoy a 2.5 hour pub crawl across the exciting, vibrant and mysterious East Village, a neighbourhood which, during the prohibition years was home to numerous speakeasies and gangsters. Visit three bars in this area and get free cocktails, all the while, listening to stories told by the bartenders who serve you. And what’s more? You also get to learn how to create your very own concoctions and find out where to get the best drinks in NYC.