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Pan Fried Dumplings No Badge

Lower East Side and Essex Market Multicultural Food Tour

Immerse your senses in America’s original melting pot

$39 per adult

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    Flexible scheduling and refunds

$39 per adult

$39 per adult

  • Local experts
    Personal stories and insider travel tips
  • Top-rated
    Thousands of reviews averaging 4.9 stars
  • Worry-free booking
    Flexible scheduling and refunds

Highlights

  • Discover the old-world recipes now part of New York’s culinary roots.
  • Savor delights such as knishes, dumplings, sweets, and more.
  • Learn how immigrant grit and traditions have transformed NYC’s Lower East Side.
  • Admire cool architecture ranging from historic sites to "Mom and Pop" shops to trendy boutiques.
  • Hear about the struggles and triumphs of generations of immigrants.
  • Receive exclusive offers from participating Essex Market vendors.

Itinerary

  • Yonah Schimmel's Knish

    Savory and sweet delicacies with a side of history at NYC’s oldest knishery

  • Katz’s Delicatessen

    Passing by the outside of this family-run deli, famous from “When Harry Met Sally” and “Law and Order”

  • Economy Candy

    A legendary store that started as a pushcart outside a shoe and hat repair shop

  • Tenement Museum

    A glimpse of the recreated homes of former residents that honor their enduring spirit

  • Vanessa's Dumpling House

    Handmade dumplings, traditionally from Northern China

  • Essex Market

    Tasty treats at NYC’s most historic public market, dating back over 100 years

Plan your trip

Tour ending point

This tour ends at Essex Market (88 Essex St.).

Refund policy

We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours before the start time.

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the southwest corner of E. Houston Street and Forsyth Street.

FAQs

How much walking is there?

It’s less than a mile as your guide shares the history and culture of the Lower East Side between food stops.

Is the cost of food included with the tour price?

Your ticket covers the guided walking tour. With our unique pay-as-you-go model, simply hand the guide $30 in cash on your arrival, and the guide will take care of the rest. Paying cash makes it easy for each restaurant to offer more value, so you don’t have to sacrifice quantity or quality.

Are the restaurants and stops set for the tour?

There may be times where we have to change the itinerary to include a comparable restaurant or stop due to venue availability and other factors. We’ll make sure your experience is just as wonderful.

What is the rescheduling policy?

We understand plans change. We offer a 100% refund or the option to reschedule up to 24 hours prior to your tour start time. Within 24 hours of your tour, we would have incurred hard costs and therefore cannot allow rescheduling or cancellation without costs.

When should I get there?

Plan to show up 15 minutes early. The tour starts promptly, and you may not be able to catch up if you arrive late.

What if it rains?

Our tours run rain or shine. If there’s extreme weather and we have to cancel, you’ll get a full refund.

Are gratuities included?

Tips aren’t included but are always appreciated by our guides. If you think your guide did an outstanding job, a tip is a great way to show that.