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Lower East Side Food Tour

Great for Gluten-Free or Dairy-Free!

Quick Details

Duration: Three hours
Number of food stops: Minimum of six
Availability: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Capacity:  Up to 12 people per tour
Departure times: 10:30 a.m.
Note: The meeting location for the tour is included in your confirmation email


Lower East Side Walking Food Tour

Experience the Best Food in the Lower East Side

About Our Lower East Side Walking Food Tour

Before we get to the food, let us paint you a picture of this unique experience. On this Lower East Side Walking Food Tour, we explore an area going through more changes than any other in Manhattan. At one time, the Lower East Side was the most densely-populated place on earth and also a hub for shopping. These days, you can witness an up-and-coming hip neighborhood that’s a combination of old and new school – one that’s rich in history and stacked with famous eats.

Your tour guide is a real New Yorker who will show you all the best food on this tour.

In terms of LES history, you learn about the pushcart culture of the early 1900s. And, of course, you get to taste some of the most delicious food the city has to offer! Savor the best pastrami ever, and satisfy your sweet or your sour tooth. Speaking of the latter, you literally get yourself into a pickle on this tour! Bring your appetite!

Here are some of our stops (subject to change):

Russ and Daughters
One of the oldest restaurants in all of New York City, this spot started in 1914.  It is the first known establishment in America with the “and daughters” name. Try one of the many delicious sweet and savory dishes! We test drive the former on our walking food tour.
Economy Candy
This is the oldest retail candy shop in New York City. Find all different kinds of candies here, in any shape or color. Take a look at some awesome merch and trading cards, too!
Pickle Guys
Pickled olives, peppers, tomatoes, and more are available here.  We obviously dive into the pickle world. As the last pickle store left on Essex Street, Pickle Guys has kept the traditional methods of pickle making alive in New York City. Take a break from factory pickles, and have some made the right way!
Kossar’s Bialys 
Get a taste of Poland with Kossar’s Bagels and Bialys. In business since 1936, Kossar’s serves some of the best bialys in New York City. Not exactly sure what a bialy is? You’ll find out! By the way — their cream cheese is heavenly!
Doughnut Plant
Founded in 1994, this innovative location has been responsible for the creation of numerous doughnuts. Ever heard of a Creme Brulee doughnut? Well, Doughnut Plant was the first to do it! Learn about all of the delicious trends that began in these kitchens, while tasting the deserved hype at the same time.
Katz’s Deli
The oldest deli in NYC is a must destination. A staple of the city since 1888, this family-run deli is the perfect place to try the highest-quality meats the world has to offer. Any meat you have in this deli will have been cured for 30 days, as opposed to the standard 36 hours in most other stores. You have to taste it to believe it! The pastrami, well, that’s legendary.
Opening in 1999, Vanessa’s has kept up Chinese dumpling traditions, while simultaneously popularizing the food. Learn about Chinese culture while tasting these delicious dumplings!