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Lower East Side

New York City, New York

The Basics

A good way to immerse yourself in the Lower East Side’s history, culture, or culinary diversity is to join a tour of the area on a topic that interests you—whether that’s street art, multiethnic cuisine, the immigrant experience, or the influence of organized crime groups. Alternatively, wander the streets on a broader walking tour that introduces you to the neighborhood’s landmarks and hidden gems.

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NYC Lower East Side Culture and Food Tastings Small Group Tour
NYC Lower East Side Culture and Food Tastings Small Group Tour
US$81.63 per adult
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Lower East Side food tour
The tour was so interesting,! We learned so much about the history of New York. The guide was fantastic and the food was delicious!
catherine_c, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Outstanding food tour!
John_V, Jan 2022
NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour
The food tour of the lower east side was great! Dante was such a knowledgeable, funny and generous guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our time exploring a great variety of foods and restaurants with a relaxed pace that allowed us to take in everything so well.
star-5
Great tour guide and experience
Patricia_B, Dec 2021
NYC Lower East Side Culture and Food Tastings Small Group Tour
Brian was a fantastic tour guide! We enjoyed learning a ton about the Lower East Side and eating a wide array of delicious food. He suggested some great things to do in the city and places to eat. Brian was so personable! We highly Recommend this tour.
star-4
Great culture tour!
Carrie_C, Nov 2021
NYC Lower East Side Culture and Food Tastings Small Group Tour
Ace is an awesome storyteller and historian! She is quite knowledgeable and willing to answer any question. She did such a great job explaining the differences in culture and foods. Some of the food options weren't awesome, I think mostly due to some of the Covid restrictions and restaurant options.
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Food Tour Extravaganza
Hannah_O, Dec 2021
NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour
Dante was very knowledgeable and engaging with his stories. It definitely makes a difference to experience these fantastic restaurants with an engaging and humorous tour guide. The food was so scrumptious at every stop! I highly recommend that you book a food tour with Dante when you are in New York!
star-5
Great experience!
Julie_S, Dec 2021
NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour
Billy gave an outstanding Lower East Side Food Walking tour - learned a lot about history and got to sample great food. Don’t miss it
star-5
Fun, informative and delicious
Lisa_L, Dec 2021
NYC Lower East Side Culture and Food Tastings Small Group Tour
We enjoyed our tour guide Ace’s commentary! A great way to learn the history of the area. You cover Chinatown, Little Italy, NoLiTa, the Bowery and more.
star-5
Truly fabulous tour! Adam is a great guide!
Shannon_M, Dec 2021
Lower East Side Eats Food Tour
Our guide was Adam! A lifelong NYer, Adam brings humor and passion to this tour. He truly cares about his hometown and it clearly brings him joy to share it with visitors. We feel lucky that we got Adam to show us around and the food was delicious - especially Katz’s Deli and Essex Market. I’d recommend this to both tourists and people who love NY food and history. Thanks for a great day!
star-5
Immigrant food thru the ages.
Julia_R, Dec 2021
NYC Lower East Side Culture and Food Tastings Small Group Tour
Brian was wonderful. He was entertaining, informative, and relaxed. We learned about the many immigrant populations that have called the lower east side of NYC home over the years. While we learned about their history, Brian took us to out of the way places to taste samples of their cuisines. Highly recommend. Pictured: Crispy pepperoni pizza. The bread was light and easy to eat! This was one of many stops on the tour - this time in Nolita.
star-5
Culture as well as tastes!
Diane_P, Nov 2021
Lower East Side Eats Food Tour
The pastrami at Katz's was the best food and Adam was the best guide! We love food tours because we learn so much about the culture as we enjoy tasting what's unique to the area. Who knew there was a redwood tree in Manhattan?!
star-5
A great intro to this neighborhood
Jacqueline_B, Dec 2021
NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour
I had a great time. I loved the stops we made. The food was delicious, especially at Katz's Deli. There's certainly plenty of it. I enjoyed the indoor market we wandered around. I wouldn't have known it was there. It's great that this tour company accepts solo travelers--I had no trouble booking just myself. I guess because his tours are often full! I recommend it for a good intro to the area.
star-5
The food and tour was excellent
Richard_B, Sep 2021
NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour
Eating Pastrami at Katz’s Deli was the best! Also learning more of the history of the Lower East Side from Adam was insightful.
star-5
A must do!
Susan_M, Dec 2021
NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour
Our guide Billy, was fabulous! He absolutely made the tour! The food was all outstanding. He was even prepared with packaged food when he knew the line would be too long to wait. Donuts, bagels, and Katz Deli were our favorites. It was all good and interesting history of the area. Excellent. A must do!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Lower East Side is a must for New York City history buffs.

  • Unlike in much of Manhattan, the Lower East Side’s streets are numbered, making navigation slightly trickier.

  • Be prepared to wait in line to get into the long-standing Katz’s Delicatessen, recognizable from the movie When Harry Met Sally.

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How to Get There

Manhattan’s Lower East Side is easily accessible via subway, 24 hours a day. Or, take the M15 bus, which travels along Houston Street.

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When to Get There

There’s always something going on on the Lower East Side, but the neighborhood is generally liveliest after dark. On Friday and Saturday nights, New Yorkers hit the many bars, clubs, and music venues clustered around Ludlow and Orchard streets. Late Sunday is another popular time, when area restaurants serve brunch.

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Lower East Side Museums

A handful of museums cater to different interests on the Lower East Side. Check out the Tenement Museum to see how Manhattan’s earliest immigrants lived, or view the current exhibition of contemporary art at the New Museum. And if you want to learn more about Manhattan’s Jewish history, don’t miss the Museum at Eldridge Street, housed in a synagogue that opened in 1887.

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