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1. Best of Brooklyn Food and Culture Tour

  • Duration: 4.5 hours.
  • Wonderful half-day tour of Brooklyn food, history, and culture; a delicious introduction to this borough’s diverse neighborhoods.
  • Meeting Point: The NE corner of 6th Ave & Bleecker St (Greenwich Village).
  • Tour Highlights: Food highlights include traditional Polish pierogies and kielbasa, knishes, New York-style brick oven pizza, cannoli, and more. Neighborhoods visited may include Old and New Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, and DUMBO.
  • Takes place rain or shine.
  • Participants have the option of walking the Brooklyn Bridge back into Manhattan.
  • Included: Lots of food, bus transport between neighborhoods, bottle of water.
  • Not Included: Alcohol and soft drinks are not included, but can be purchased at some of the restaurants on the tour.
  • Food included? Lots of it.
  • Good for kids? Yes.
  • Tour Operator: New York Fun Tours
  • Alternative booking though Get Your Guide

1. Scott’s Pizza Bus Tour

In a pizzaria man serves a large pizza to a table of happy people; one woman is taking a photo with her phone.

Photo credit: J.J. Sereday

  • Duration: 4.5 hours.
  • Guests visit four different pizzerias in at least two boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, or Staten Island), led by experienced guides who are experts in the NYC pizza scene.
  • Meeting Point: Lower Manhattan near South Street Seaport
  • Tour Highlights: Tasting excellent and unique pizza varieties, kitchen tours, fun and knowledgeable tour guide.
  • Included: Four slices of pizza, pocket pizza journal, transport by yellow school bus.
  • Not Included: Beverages.
  • Tour operates rain or shine.
  • Food included? Yeah, pizza!
  • Good for kids? Yes! Reduced price tickets are offered for children between the ages of 4 and 12; children under the age of 4 are free, but must share pizza and seats with their guardian. Limit of one non-paying child per adult.
  • This bus tour runs on Sundays only, but weekend walking pizza tours are also available in Greenwich Village, Downtown Brooklyn, West Village, and East Village.
  • Tour Operator: Scott’s Pizza Tours
  • Alternative booking though Get Your Guide

1. Chinatown & Little Italy Food Fest

  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Guided small-group (12 people or fewer) walking tour through two of New York’s tastiest ethnic neighborhoods, with seven different food tasting stops along the way.
  • Meeting Point: Mott Street in Chinatown
  • Tour Highlights: Cannoli, prosciutto, cheeses, fresh pasta, homemade mozzarella, hot dim sum, fresh dumplings, and traditional Chinese pastries.
  • Included: Seven food tastings, including a heated and hearty tasting of Italian or Chinese cuisine, a helpful handout including restaurants visited, maps, coupons, and recommendations upon leaving the tour.
  • Not Included: Bottled water.
  • Food included? Yes, seven tastings – enough to count as lunch.
  • Good for kids? Good for kids over 5 with adventurous palates.
  • Tour Operator: Ahoy New York Food Tours

1. New York in One Day

  • Duration: 6 hours.
  • Guided bus, boat, and walking tour that covers all the NYC highlights; great way to get your bearings at the beginning of a trip.
  • Meeting Point: Times Square
  • Tour Highlights: Times Square, guided Central Park walk, Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Park, Wall Street, 9/11 Memorial, Staten Island Ferry ride with views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Statue of Liberty.
  • A choice between closed-top and glass-top luxury tour bus transportation is offered.
  • The ferry cruise is not included as part of the tour during the off-season (January to April). Instead, guests visit Pier 17 for a Brooklyn Bridge/Statue of Liberty photo op.
  • Included: All transportation, expert guide, bottled water.
  • Not Included: Food. There is a quick lunch break at the Fulton 55 Market, but guests must purchase their own.
  • Food included? No.
  • Good for kids? Yes.
  • Tour Operator: USA Guided Tours NY
  • Alternative booking though Get Your Guide

1. Heart of Central Park

  • Duration: 90 minutes.
  • Wonderful walking tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides with inside knowledge of the park’s history, architecture, flora, and fauna.
  • Meeting Point: East 72nd Street at 5th Avenue
  • Tour Highlights: Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, the Lake, Strawberry Fields
  • Tours take place rain or shine. Rain checks offered in case of severe weather.
  • Included: Expert guide.
  • Food included? No.
  • Good for kids? Children are welcome, but tours are recommended for kids ages 12 and up. The Concervancy’s Discovery Walks are recommended for younger children.
  • Tour Operator: Central Park Conservancy

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