Tenements, Tales, and Tastes


Dumplings, knishes, tacos & bagels: America's food choices wouldn't be as diverse without immigration! Join this New York tour to sample the delicious effects of mass immigration while learning about those that dared to live the American Dream.

New York History and Food Tour Highlights

  • Discover NYC from a local perspective, with a local guide by your side
  • Visit bustling markets and sample the tasty treats on offer
  • Stroll through New York’s unique cultural historic sites in the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy.
  • Get a glimpse into New York’s immigrant heritage and how it’s shaping the city today

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide and several tastes of different ethnic dishes.

Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for your guide. Guests are requested to bring their own re-usable water bottle.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: The Fountain at City Hall Park which is at the southern end of the park (City Hall Park, Broadway, Manhattan, NY 10007)
  • Starting time: 10.00 AM
  • Ending point: Loreley Biergarten – 7 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002 or Cafe Katja – 79 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
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  • Get in touch with the tasty culture of NYC on this New York food tour that is a pleasure for both the body and the mind! This New York City tour starts off at a location where many new citizens are made official, City Hall. Here at the northern edge of the colonial city, we start our journey with a delicious Dutch breakfast treat, just one of many foods that has made its way over thanks to the immigrant population in NYC.

    On this historical tour of New York, we make our way in a loop around the NYC LES, visiting 100-year old bakeries, churches, markets, and historic sites. We stroll the streets of Little Italy just as Lucky Luciano might have a century ago. Marvel at former and still operating synagogues and Jewish clothing stores. We dive into the culture remembered at places such as the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the African Burial Ground, and the crowded and teaming streets of Chinatown, where you feel like you’re in Shanghai!

    Along the way on our New York City food tour, we sink our teeth into amazing stories and amazing food. Knishes, prosciutto, dumplings, and more. We taste why New York City is the center of the world and the culinary legacy left here by those that have passed by Lady Liberty on their way to fulfill the American Dream.

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, several tastes of different ethnic dishes, and a bottle of water.

    Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for your guide.

    Dress standard: Summers can be hot and humid, autumn can be cool, and winters downright frigid with snow. Dress according to the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

    Your Trip: The tour is offered on a “join-in” basis.  Maximum group size is 12.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of six and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of six are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of six. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +1 (347) 878-8444
    Email address: [email protected]

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  • Mrs. Laurel G. from USA traveled on 03 Jan 2018:

    Alex was a great guide. We all enjoyed it, even though we were freezing! We learned a lot of early NYC history and thoroughly enjoyed the food.

    Mr. John C. from USA traveled on 18 Dec 2017:

    Josh is terrific guide. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. We had a great time and learned a lot.

    Mrs. SUSAN H. from United Kingdom traveled on 18 Sep 2017:

    Alex was an excellent guide..We all had an amazing time and would do again.

    Mrs. siobhan l. from United Kingdom traveled on 28 Jul 2017:

    Olivia was fantastic and the recommendations she gave us turned out perfect .
    On other food tours we had more food and meals and felt like really getting to know the food people eat . T

    Mr. Conlan O. from USA traveled on 01 Jun 2017:

    Easily one of the best guided tours we’ve ever been on. No touristy bull, even though we toured some of the most touristy neighborhoods of the city. Loved the historicity and the focus on locally run restaurants.

    Mr. Richard H. from Netherland traveled on 03 May 2017:

    We did the tenements, tales and tastes tour in New York. Our guide Olivia was great!

    Ms. Ana V. from USA traveled on 02 May 2017:

    Olivia was fantastic ! Her enthusiasm and love for what she does is contagious ! Olivia , thanks for making the tour a memorable one !

    Mr. Tony T. from USA traveled on 25 Apr 2017:

    Our guide’s enthusiasm, affability, knowledge, and flexibility made for an outstanding experience!

    Mrs. Cathy B. from United Kingdom traveled on 03 Feb 2017:

    Absolutely a ‘must do’ in NYC.

    Ms. Jess P. from Australia traveled on 09 Jan 2017:

    Josh was our guide for tales tastes and tenements and was excellent. We really enjoyed the tour.

    Ms. Karen N. from USA traveled on 19 Oct 2016:

    Dave was outstanding!! We lucked out and were the only people on the tour so, he tailored it a little and it was really fun. The time flew and he was very knowledgable and fun.

    Ms. Bethany B. from USA traveled on 05 Oct 2016:

    Alex did a GREAT job with the tour! He was super personable and made sure that all our needs were taken care of. We learned SO much from him that we didn’t know we were missing out on! Would definitely recommend this tour!

    Ms. Katy R. from USA traveled on 08 Sep 2016:

    I live in NY and took friends on the tour who were visiting from out of town. We all had a wonderful time. It’s a great way to show people the city and get to learn a little more about hidden places. Joe was charismatic, knowledgeable and fun!

    Ms. Phillipa W. from Australia traveled on 06 Sep 2016:

    It was an interesting morning, not sure the food was to my taste but it reflected the issues raised by the tour objectives. Brian was engaging and definitely knowledgeable.

    Ms. Ann E W. from USA traveled on 13 Aug 2016:

    This tour was exactly what we expected (as advertised). We found our tour guide, Josh, and tour mates to be great people with whom to spend three hours.

    Mr. Dennis W. from USA traveled on 17 Jun 2016:

    Our guide Brian was excellent. It was clear he enjoyed what he was doing and as a result made it more fun for those of us on the tour.

    Ms. Kieren S. from Canada traveled on 09 Jun 2016:

    Tour guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable, engaging and funny.

    Ms. Viola v. from Netherland traveled on 06 Jun 2016:

    Brian Hoffman was our tourguide and he did a fantastic job! If you can choose, choose him.

    Mrs. Lanetta Z. from USA traveled on 04 May 2016:

    Absolutely loved this tour and Alex was great!

    Mrs. Deena M. from USA traveled on 29 Mar 2016:

    Alex was a great guide. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The three of us agreed that it was a highlight of our entire trip. We definitely want to schedule another tour when we visit NYC next and will be recommending this tour to our friends.

    Mr. Robert S. from USA traveled on 22 Jan 2016:

    Nikki did a great job, very enthusiastic about her job which made the tour much better than expected. We intend to take more Urban Tours in the future.

    Ms. Rachel T. from Australia traveled on 06 Jan 2016:

    This tour is a fabulous way to get to grips with the immigrant origins of New York and America as well as the present day sights and sounds of the lower east side!

    Mr. Rafi S. from USA traveled on 04 Dec 2015:

    Dave was one of the best guides we had for a long time. Keep up the good job.

    Mrs. Yvonne N. from Sweden traveled on 02 Sep 2015:

    Our guide Nikki did a splendid job and did our tour to something special. Take care of Nikki she is one of a kind. We will absolutely consider Urban Adventure to help us with another tour when we come back to New York.

    Ms. Christina K. from USA traveled on 23 Aug 2015:

    Hello, my girlfriends and I recently went on the NYC Tenements, Tales and Tastes tour and we had an excellent time. Our tour guide, Joe, was fantastic, very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. The places we toured were all wonderful and all of the food we sampled was outstanding – from the Dutch cookie (which I saved for later!), to the Chinese dumplings, prosciutto and mozzarella, knishes, and the German pretzles (and beer). And the stop at Economy Candy was pretty great too. Thanks again to Joe for a wonderful time, this was a very fun and interesting tour, I would highly recommend it.

    Ms. Melanie P. from Australia traveled on 06 Jul 2015:

    On a recent visit to New York, I booked two tours with Urban Adventures. The first, “Tenements, Tales, and Tastes”, was with David on the morning of the first day in NYC. It was a really special introduction to the city that I was about to spend four days exploring. We toured the neighbourhoods where NYC started, sampling delicious food along the way. It was fun, informative, all the things the best tours should be. Highly recommended. The second, the “Craft Cocktail” tour in the East Village was with Joshua, and on my final night in town. I was joined on the tour by two New York locals, so I guess that goes to show how valuable the knowledge of the guide can be! We visited three bars, enjoyed cocktails and delicious snacks and heard fascinating stories about prohibition and NYC bar culture. Also a great tour. Many thanks to both Dave and Josh for their friendly and professional service, and for sharing their enthusiasm for their city.

    Ms. Rosy F. from New Zealand traveled on 17 Aug 2014:

    These tours are personal, intelligent and show me things, sights, people and places I would never have seen or experienced otherwise. As a seasoned traveller, discovering Urban Adventures has been a delight.

    Ms. Sandra M. from USA traveled on 06 Aug 2014:

    We really enjoyed having Natalie as our tour guide. Her knowledge of the immigrant history was very interesting and thorough. She matched the pace of the tour to our needs and was very receptive to questions. We very much appreciate that Urban Adventures strives to include local food, families and vendors in its tours.

    Ms. Ruth F. from United Kingdom traveled on 04 Aug 2014:

    Fab tour and is highly recommended. I learnt so much and appreciated the guide’s knowledge despite sore feet and full tummy by the time we finished!

    Mr. Mark V. from Netherland traveled on 10 May 2014:

    Nathalie is an excellent guide, she knows so much about the history of New York and is able to tell it in a very enthusiastic way. In your mind you can almost see it like a movie. She takes her time, no rush and is very sympathetic. Even if you know NYC, this tour is very interesting and learns you a lot about history and why it is the way it is nowadays. Thank you Nathalie! Regards, Mark, Ageeth, Thijs and Dirk

    Ms. Melonie S. from United Kingdom traveled on 21 Apr 2014:

    Our guide David was patient and very informative. He really knew what he was talking about. I loved experiencing the different foods; I never would have visited these places if it hadn’t been part of the tour.

    Ms. Nicola F. from United Kingdom traveled on 05 Apr 2014:

    Nathalie was an excellent guide, really enthusiastic and very knowledgable. This tour is a great way to see a different side to New York.

    Ms. Gerrie H. from USA traveled on 12 Nov 2013:

    As New Yorkers, we were thrilled with our guide David’s knowledge of some nooks and crannies we would not have explored on our own. The tastes were quite a find and we plan to find them again soon. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for other interesting Urban Adventures.

    Mr. Joan P. from Canada traveled on 07 Oct 2013:

    I have already told everyone we talked to that this is a must for their next trip to NYC. David was fantastic. Our only regret was that we didn’t do the tour earlier during our visit so we could go back and explore more in the Lower East side. David was a fantastic guide and having a small group made it so personable.

    Mrs. Sandra R. from USA travelled on 05 Oct 2013:

    I ended up having Karen as my private guide.. lucky me! She’s fabulous! Really friendly and knowledgeable.

    Mrs. Silke H. from Germany traveled on 30 Sep 2013:

    Thanks to Dave we had a wonderful time. He provided an insight to several neighborhoods we wouldn’t even have been to without him. As a travel agent from Germany I will highly recommend this tour to my customers – and that’s a promise!

    Mr. J-F B. from Canada traveled on 10 Sep 2013:

    Our New York tour guide (Nathalie F.) was very friendly and agreeable, as well as highly knowledgeable about the Tenement area which we visited. A good mix of history, lore and ethnic delicacies in one neat package. Highly recommended.

    Mrs. merle n. from USA travelled on 23 Jun 2013:

    Our guide, Karen, was incredible. Her knowledge, professionalism, and enthusiasm was beyond my expectations and without question, this was the best tour I/we have ever taken!

    Mrs. debbie c. from traveled on 23 Jun 2013:

    Karen, our guide was excellent. Her enthusiasm was infectious and her knowledge was impressive.

    Mrs. Andi W. from Canada traveled on 10 Jul 2012:

    Had the best guide! Think his name was Marty, he was great!

    Mr. James D. from USA traveled on 13 Nov 2011:

    I can’t imagine anyone being more knowledgeable, informed, engaging and personable than Jared, particularly about the neighborhood he knows personally from his own family history. Our Urban Adventure tour exceeded whatever expectations we might have had and we enjoyed the experience very much.