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New York City is a cultural melting pot, boasting an eclectic collection of some of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world. And with the Tenements, Tales and Tastes Tour from Urban Oyster, you will get an inside look into what it’s like to live in various neighborhoods all across the city. Explore tenement-lined streets in areas like Chinatown, Loisaida, Little Italy, and Kleindeutschland. Your licensed expert tour guide will regale you with tales that are rooted in the local culture of each, distinct pocket. And the best part: you will be able to sample local fare from each spot.

Learn about bakeries that are a century old, markets owned and operated by immigrants, churches that were community hubs, and other historical sites all across Manhattan’s Lower East Side. You will have the opportunity to taste a number of delicious dishes that are as authentic as the restaurants they’re from, created by hand by the immigrants who call the neighborhoods home.

This is truly a trip that transports you back in time, and grants you a keener insight into the story of the immigrant who moved their family to New York City, a story that is the origin of so many of our families. This is a tour that is as tasty as it is interesting and it is a must-do for foodies and history buffs alike.

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This is the best way to learn about the city through your taste buds.

Explore narrow tenement-lined streets in neighborhoods like Chinatown and Loisaida, and sample the local fare that makes the area so unique. Learn about the history of the Lower East Side through a number of expert tour guides that will give you unparalleled insight into what it’s like to live there now, and what it was like when the immigrants that settled there first arrived. This 3-hour tour begins at the City Hall Park, and will open your eyes to the rich, cultural history of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Additional Information

Directions: Tours will depart from the fountain near the southern end of City Hall Park near the intersection of Broadway and Park Row.

  • Age Requirement: None
  • Tour Duration: 3 hours
  • Tour Schedule: Daily 10:00am – 1:00pm

Please bring your printed voucher to the tour meeting location 15 minutes prior to start time.