Updated: November 13, 2019
Food tours are the best way to get to know a city, whether you’re visiting for the first time or have lived here your whole life. From the spicy soul food of Harlem to the international flavors of Long Island City and the cocktail bars of Manhattan, these New York City food tours will fill you up with good food and colorful history. So get ready for culinary adventure with our list of the best food tours in New York City, and don’t forget to come hungry!
Urban Oyster Tours offers an intimate food tour of what makes New York the great city you know it to be. Beginning at Grand Central Terminal, you’ll get to sample the best of local pizza, coffee, pastries, and much more. Midtown is far more than just busy crowds and tourist destinations—your expert guide will lead you to the hidden gems of the area where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life so you can enjoy your new favorite treats.
The fashionable and chic neighborhood of Williamsburg is not just great for its boutique scene but for its delectable delights as well. With seven gourmet, full portion tastings and Instagrammable views, you won’t want to skip out on this exciting afternoon adventure. The Williamsburg Bites Food Tour is unique because the guides are actors—so not only will you get to pick their brain for fun facts about Williamsburg, they’ll also bring along the hip vibe for a complete immersive local experience.
Lower East Side
What’s better than a cocktail crawl? Join this Manhattan cocktail tour and sample the wares at the best cocktail bars in the city. Taste some truly unusual drinks and get your buzz on too. At the same time, learn about New York’s history during Prohibition, of secret speakeasies and the gangsters that ruled the streets. Cocktails and snacks are included in the tour cost.
Little Italy’s Arthur Avenue is home to cozy, close-knit, and authentic Italian food shops established over 100 years ago. The Italian tradition has been kept alive here over generations, where the air is permeated by the fragrant smell of peppers and sausages. From butchers to bakers to cheese shops, you’ll get to experience the best of Italian food artisanship on this walking food tour.
Queens is one of the richest and most culturally diverse neighborhoods in New York City, so is it any wonder that this up-and-coming neighborhood also serves up the most diverse food tours? In Queens, you can taste dishes from all over the world—and that’s exactly what you’ll do on this food tour. You’ll visit some of LIC’s best kept secrets and try a classic burger, sample a sumptuous French croissant, and enjoy classic Italian specialties, all while learning about Queens’s industrial past and witnessing its artistic present.
Like a Local’s Boozy Brooklyn Tasting Tour is the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Williamsburg. Go hot sauce tasting (with a sommelier!) and try the best BBQ in Brooklyn. Indulge in ice cream made by an Iron Chef champion and finish it off with some beer from Brooklyn Brewery. Every spot on this tour is New Yorker–approved with no tourist traps. You’ll absorb all the vibrancy of this eclectic neighborhood, exploring the industrial buildings of Brewer’s Row, and you’ll get to pop by Artists & Fleas to see what treasures they have to offer.
#7 – Chelsea Dessert Tour
For those of you who love all things sugary, the Sweeter Than Sugar Chelsea & West Village Dessert Tour is one that you won’t want to pass on. Led by a licensed tour guide, this tour begins in the charming neighborhood of Chelsea, weaves through Chelsea Market, and ends in West Village. Learn about the culinary history of the area while you sip on hot chocolate or cool off with mouthwatering gelato. And of course, you’ll get to try the popular half-pound cookies of Chelsea!
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