Come explore the neighborhood where struggling immigrant groups settled right off the boat. Here you can find historic Synagogues next to Mom and Pop shops, tenement apartments amongst luxury high rise condos. Come taste the flavor of the many ethnic groups that made this part of Manhattan so special. Foods that started on the pushcart graduating to the store front and Essex Market. The Lower East Side is known for its blend of cultural diversity and rich history. It’s also known for its great food. Come taste the flavors of the past that are still wonderful today. This tour highlights history of these food establishments and other historical buildings in the area.

*Price of tour does not include food. We feel that why pay for a food tour that includes food you might not be interested in eating. This way you pay for what you want to sample and you can share the food. It is recommended to bring cash. Some eateries do not accept credit cards and they might have a minimum to put on charge card. Tastings range from $1.00 to $5.00 per tasting.


(some places are closed on certain days)


  • Katz’s Deli – we do not go inside if too crowded – you can come back and sit and eat after the tour.
  • Yonah Schimmel Knish
  • Prosperity Dumplings
  • Striets Matzoh Factory
  • Economy Candy – an old fashioned candy store
  • The Pickle Guys (closed Saturday)
  • Kossars Bialys -Bagels and Pletzel (Closed Saturday)
  • Doughnut Plant – home of the square doughnut



Meet up location steps of Sara D. Roosevelt Park on E. Houston  between Forsythe and Chrystie St.. We do not end where we start. Guide will be holding sign Metro NYC Tours. Check schedule for days and times offered.

Duration | 2 hours 30 min.
Activity Level | Moderate



*Price of food is not included in tour price

Gratuities are greatly appreciated.

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