About Lower East Side Artisan Food Tasting Tour - City Food Tours
New York City may be known as the “Big Apple,” but – with a thriving community of small-scale food producers who are making some of the country’s tastiest bites – why would you ever eat apples here? From spicy pickles and single-origin coffees to fancy donuts and intensely flavored ice creams, Manhattan’s Lower East Side is exploding with deliciousness. This is a neighborhood rich with food options both old and new, and the Lower East Side Artisan Food tour from City Food Tours is a great way to get an edible entrée to the scene.
The Italian, Irish, Chinese and Jewish populations that settled in the area all left food legacies that remain alive today on the streets of the Lower East Side. City Food Tours highlight local purveyors – some of whom have been there for decades, some just recently opened – who all share a passion for delicious food made with top-quality ingredients.
The tour might take you to a European-style indoor market, a maze of aisles lined with butchers, cheesemongers, candymakers, fruit sellers and chefs preparing lunches for local workers. You’ll wander down narrow streets lined with buckets of pickles (and realize that you really can pickle just about anything!), and discover blocks where century-old businesses sit virtually unchanged alongside upscale new stores serving trendy, unique sweets. A combination of coffee, pickles, pizza and donuts may sound crazy, but it’s the kind of crazy-good menu that’s necessary to discover all that the Lower East Side has to offer.
Did you know?
The pushcart culture of the turn-of-the-century Lower East Side established how most residents purchased all their foods and wares. (It can be said they paved they way for the food trucks and street snacks that are now so ubiquitous.) Around 1905, there were upwards of 25,000 vendors lining the streets, so many of the neighborhood’s indoor markets were created in order to get the carts off the streets and leave room for the growing number of vehicles.
Approximately two hours and 30 minutes
Since there’s a history lesson as well as a generous amount of samples throughout the afternoon, this food tour is ideal for visitors with an appetite for a little learning with lunch.
Lower East Side meeting place determined at time of reservation.
Preview the Lower East Side Artisan Food Tour from City Food Tours
Get a taste of the delicious attractions that await you on a food-themed neighborhood tour led by City Food Tours.