Take a bite out of the Big Apple on these unforgettable New York City food tours that take you through the wild history and innovation of the New York City food scene.
There’s no denying that New York City is one of America’s most iconic cities. While the unforgettable skyline might be the first thing most visitors think about, at its core, NYC has food entwined in its DNA.
Whether we’re thinking about classic blue-collar Brooklyn-style pizzas and roasted nuts that one can find on nearly every corner or some of the world-class dining experiences that cater to the elite, New York City knows food. And from the smallest shop to the fanciest kitchen, they take it seriously.
To help you discover the magical food paradise, we’re sharing our favorite New York City food tours. These magical culinary experiences from savory to sweet and everything in between.
Whether you’re looking for bagels and pizza or steak and frites, these food tours in New York City will leave you with a deeper understanding of the City and why it’s considered by many to be the world’s greatest city.
Booking New York City Food Tours
There are a number of excellent NYC food tours, many are offered via various small businesses or organized teams. It’s possible to book directly with many of these companies, although, like many small businesses in the tourism sector, it’s not always easy to connect directly. This is why we prefer to book through aggregators such as Get Your Guide and Viator.
Booking through a major aggregator (a booking website for tours), usually includes price guarantees, cancellation policies, and a refund policy in the event that the tour is canceled unexpectedly.
Top Food Tours in New York City
NYC food tours come in all shapes and sizes. And just like New Yorkers themselves, the best ones come with a little attitude.
High Line Park and Greenwich Village Food Tour
One of my absolute favorite new attractions in New York City is the gorgeous and innovative High Line Park.
This 3.5-hour guided New York City food tour begins with a tour of this elevated park built on the foundations of a former elevated rail line. You’ll learn about the history of the park, details about the unique artwork and plants throughout, and gain a new appreciation for just how this unlikely attraction went from being a New York City eyesore to one of the best parks in the entire city.
From High Line Park, you’ll wander down to funky Greenwich Village. Here you’ll learn about the neighborhood’s history while experiencing hyper-local flavors, including pizza, chocolate, and Italian food that highlight the cultures that made Greenwich Village one of the hottest places to be in New York City.
You’ll learn about the history of jazz music, explore local, independent bookstores, and eat enough for a small army.
You can compare the prices for this tour below.
Greenwich Village Cupcake Bakeries
Umm, did somebody say cupcakes? Yes please!
On this sugary NYC food tour, you’ll eat through the history of cupcakes while visiting some of the best small bakeries in New York City.
You’ll meet the owners, taste your way through buttercream and red velvet delights and discover the innovative ways that local bakeshops are creating cupcake experiences that are mimicked throughout the world.
Along the way you’ll learn about the local street art and the famous West Village music scene.
You can find this tour below.
Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour
There is a special place in my heart for New York City’s Little Italy. My wife’s family has a lot of history in the neighborhood. But between Italian mobsters and the mouthwatering food, I’ll keep the latter on a public forum.
Little Italy’s can be found in almost every major city around the world. But when most people think of Little Italy, it’s the one in New York that they think of. It’s not just because of the awesome food that you’ll find here. Little Italy has been the scene for so much modern American history. And a lot of that has been made famous by movies that were filmed right here on location.
On this Little Italy food tour in NYC, you’ll spend two hours eating your way through four historic venues. You’ll walk in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra, watch fresh mozzarella and ricotta cheese take shape, and even grab a slice at the oldest pizzeria in America.
You’ll see where blockbuster movies such as The Godfather and Donnie Brasco were filmed and learn about the lawless days of Prohibition and how it helped shape the Little Italy that we know today.
You can check out the tour prices below.
A Slice Of Brooklyn Pizza Tour
If there is food more iconic to New York City than pizza, I don’t know of it. And this pizza food tour in New York City is epic!
Over 5 hours, you tour by bus from Manhattan to Brooklyn, experiencing this classic pie in ways that only New Yorkers can deliver. From Little Italy to Coney Island, you’ll be regaled with tales from New York’s Italian heritage and brought to famous movie locations for films such as Goodfellas and Annie Hall.
It’s not the cheapest food tour in New York, but it’s worth every penny. And for those looking to do the tour with kids you’ll save $10.
You can book this tour below.
Lower East Side Food Tour
Behind every great food experience in New York is an equally fascinating story. And this Lower East Side food tour in NYC uncovers some of the angles you may never have guessed.
Bypassing the pizza joints, this 3-hour tour takes you through some of New York’s classic eateries, including Katz’s Deli, the Pickle Guys, and North Dumpling. You’ll experience the wide range of cultures that have made New York one of the world’s greatest melting pots. And how this blend of humanity has shaped the New York City food scene.
You’ll also taste doughnuts, candies and dried nuts, and much much more.
Between food stops, you’ll learn about the history of the buildings, explore historic synagogues, and meet the local business owners. Oh, and the tour company will serve more food than you can handle.
You can compare out the prices below.
Hell’s Kitchen and Central Park
Hell’s Kitchen is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated neighborhoods in New York City. On this New York City food tour, you’ll spend 4-hours exploring some of the hidden gems that make Hell’s Kitchen one of the most vibrant and exciting foodie destinations in New York.
You’ll explore the incredible food and learn about the nightlife that, for a long time, led this neighborhood to have a bit of a seedy reputation.
The tour features a wide range of ethnic cuisines from Indian and Italian and even snack on some delectable treats like hush puppies and ice cream sandwiches.
Don’t worry about packing on the pounds though as the tour continues on through the iconic Central Park. You’ll explore some of the lesser-known treasures in the park such as Shakespeare’s Garden. You’ll also learn about the hidden history of America’s most famous urban park.
You can book this tour below.
Tips For Enjoying Food Tours In New York City
Food tours are one of the best ways to experience New York City. The sites, sounds, smells, and the raw attitude of this famous urban wonder are in a world of their own.
To make sure that you have the best time on your New York City food experience, here are a few things to remember before you head out.
- Show up rested – Many NYC food tours are on the longer side. Some last between 4-6 hours. That’s a lot of walking, a lot of eating, and a lot of time on your feet.
- Wear comfortable shoes – Most New York City food tours are walking tours. None of them involve huge distances (normally between 1.5-3 miles) and typically involve many stops along the way. But wearing comfortable shoes will ensure that you still have the energy to explore the city at the end of the tour.
- Check the weather –New York City is a 4-season destination. Summers are HOT, and winters are cold and windy. If you’re doing a summer food tour in the city, we recommend wearing light, breathable clothing along with a hat to avoid sunburn. If you’re heading to the city in the winter, be prepared for chilly and wet weather. Make sure you’re wearing waterproof boots and a warm jacket.