About NoLIta: Eat a Bite of Ethnic New York – City Food Tours
New York City is truly a melting pot of cultures and traditions, all mixed together in a colorful and flavorful stew, curry or bouillabaisse. City Food Tours’ two-hour walking and eating tour — NoLIta: Eat a Bite of Ethnic New York — is a culinary exploration of the many flavors that make up New York City’s delicious diversity, all within a small downtown radius.
To truly get to know a city like New York, it is essential to learn about its immigrant groups, and to truly learn about its immigrant groups, it is essential to eat their foods. With comfy walking shoes, a healthy appetite and the licensed guides at City Food Tours, participants can avail of an appetizing history lesson on NoLIta’s immigrant communities and happily eat their way to a better grasp of New York’s culinary roots. From Vietnamese sandwiches and Spanish specialties to classic New York-style pizza and unique sweets, there’s something for every palate and heritage.
The company does an excellent job of highlighting both new businesses and old stalwarts along the tour. You'll hit some of the do-not-miss guidebook staples but also get to experience smaller-scale, recently opened places that even locals might not know about. Participants are encouraged to purchase products at any of the stops along the way (that bag of beautiful, handmade candy makes for a delightful gift for the folks at home), but there’s no hard sell; it’s about supporting local businesses and uncovering cool and unusual stuff.
Did you know?
The name NoLIta (North of Little Italy) is a newfangled descriptor, likely made up by real estate agents to differentiate the ever-gentrifying area from the San Gennaro–madness of Little Italy to the south. And while the name points to Europe, there’s no doubt that many other cultures are now a permanent part of the mix.
Approximately three hours
Food enthusiasts and on-the-ground adventurers will love the NoLIta tour; it’s an ideal couple of hours spent getting to know a charming neighborhood, its inhabitants and their snack habits. Anyone with an open palate and comfortable shoes will find this tour enlightening and entertaining.
Good for kids?
Yes, although picky-eaters may not enjoy the experience as fully as young ones with open palates.
City Food Tours’ NoLIta: Eat a Bite of Ethnic New York Location Information:
OUTSIDE 210 Lafayette St. at Kenmare St., south of Spring St.
New York, NY 10012
6 to Spring St.; B, D, F, M to Broadway/Lafayette St.
We suggest mapping your meeting spot on google maps at least a day before your tour.
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Get a taste of the delicious attractions that await you on a food-themed neighborhood tour led by City Food Tours.