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New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

1. New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

Immerse yourself in the food culture of Little Italy on a 2-hour tasting tour, and visit 4 different venues in the famous New York neighborhood. Every venue you will visit is more than a century old, and the tastings will make up the equivalent of a 4-course lunch! Start at Parisi Bakery, loved by Frank Sinatra for its prosciutto-infused bread. Then, visit the family-owned Alleva Dairy, where more than 4,000 pounds of fresh mozzarella and ricotta are whipped up each week at America’s oldest cheese shop. Go to the oldest pizzeria in America at Lombardi's Pizza, and take a peek at their 106-year-old coal oven. Skip the lines (among New York’s longest since 1892) at Ferrara Bakery. Your guide will point out movie locations from blockbuster films, such as “The Godfather,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Mean Streets,” and “Sex and the City” along the way. See the bootlegging depot from the days of Prohibition, discover a square named after New York’s first Italian detective, and peek inside St. Patrick's Cathedral to see where high profile weddings and memorials take place. Hear stories behind the historic landmarks as you stroll, and learn more about the immigrant experience in turn of the 20th-century New York.

3 Neighborhoods Tour: Soho, Chinatown & Little Italy

2. 3 Neighborhoods Tour: Soho, Chinatown & Little Italy

The 3 Neighborhoods Tour will give you unique insight into three very different places in Manhattan. Start in Soho, one of NYC's trendiest neighborhoods. Learn about the area's real estate and how this area became on of the most expensive places to live on the island. Stroll into the heart of Soho and see some of the most posh bakeries, shops, and restaurants that Soho has to offer. Walk down Greene Street and talk about why Soho has such unique and beautiful architecture. See the Haughwout Building and the Old Police Station before heading to the next neighborhood. Make a quick stop in Nolita and sample some cheesecake before working your way into Historic Little Italy. Sample some of the delicious local cuisine such as cannolis, gelato, pizza, and more! Mingle with locals and get the inside scoop about famous spots on Mulberry Street. Chinatown is the last neighborhood. Visit the Mahayana Buddhist Temple and get a peek of the 16-foot Golden Buddha. Pass the Manhattan Bridge and walk into the heart of Chinatown. Enjoy treats from The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory while you see where Chinatown got its start. Walk down Doyer Street and learn how the neighborhood has changed over the years. End the tour by enjoying a traditional dumpling and talking about about the infamous Five Points.

Manhattan: Skyline Bus Tour at Night

3. Manhattan: Skyline Bus Tour at Night

Take a nighttime bus tour of New York and see how the city comes alive after dark. Sit back and relax on the bus as your accompanying guide provides you with facts and interesting stories about the famous landmarks you’ll pass. Enjoy nighttime views of famous places that may include Times Square, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, the Empire State Building, Little Italy, and the Brooklyn Bridge, depending on the option selected. Feel the ambiance of the metropolis known as The City That Never Sleeps.

New York Walking Tour: Chinatown, Five Points & Little Italy

4. New York Walking Tour: Chinatown, Five Points & Little Italy

Learn the immigrant history of New York City as you follow in the footpaths of the first Chinese, Irish, and Italian settlers. Travel through different historical periods, such as the Gold Rush, railroads, and birth of the Chinatowns. Hear about the gangs of the Irish-dominated Five Points district, including "Boss Tweed" and his Tammany Hall political machine. Trace the path of the Mezzogiorno exodus of the Italian settles, to the origins of Little Italy. Revel in details about how each neighborhood was established and follow the struggles of the sun-drenched immigrants. Marvel at how they and their descendants built the greatest nation in the world. Pass the first tenement and the birthplace of the American Mafia. See where Lucky Luciano had his office, and hear about the first pizzeria in America. Custom-made posters are used throughout the tour to enhance guests’ experience.

Manhattan: 3-Hour Food and History Tour With a Local Guide

5. Manhattan: 3-Hour Food and History Tour With a Local Guide

This 3-hour walking tour starts off at City Hall, where many immigrants become American citizens. Make your way around the neighborhood, visiting 100-year-old bakeries, churches, markets, and historic sites. Stroll the streets of little Italy, as Lucky Luciano might have a century ago. See synagogues and Jewish clothing stores. Along the way you’ll sink your teeth into amazing stories and amazing food. Knishes, tacos, dumplings, and more are all in store. Taste the culinary legacy left by those that have passed by Lady Liberty on their way to realize the American Dream. This trip is offered on a join-in basis, with a maximum group size of 12. If you are happy with the services provided by your local guide, a tip (though not compulsory) is appropriate and much appreciated!

New York: 5-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour with Food Tastings

6. New York: 5-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour with Food Tastings

Your 5-hour walking tour begins on the world-famous Wall Street, the oldest part of Manhattan. Admire some of the city’s most iconic buildings that line the street, pass by the sombering Ground Zero, and see the famous Charging Bull statue outside the New York Stock Exchange. Head to Greenwich Village next and walk through Five Points, Chinatown, and Little Italy. Feel immersed in the unique and truly vibrant atmosphere of these vastly different New York neighborhoods. From your informative guide, learn about the fascinating history of these areas and the people that live here. Continue the tour onto the iconic Flatiron Building then head across to the High Line and Hudson Bay Yard. Afterwards, take the subway to Times Square and then explore 5th Avenue. From here, marvel at a selection of sights including the NBC Studios, Museum of Modern Art, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and more. Throughout the tour, stop at 4 local eateries and taste the very best food that New York City has to offer. Immerse yourself in the traditional flavors of the city including a hot dog with all the trimmings, an authentic New York pizza slice, delicious dumplings from Chinatown, and a tasty Italian cannoli.

New York: 2-Hour Little Italy and Chinatown Walking Tour

7. New York: 2-Hour Little Italy and Chinatown Walking Tour

Through the gateway of Chinatown sits its main street. There, glimpse diners enjoying dim sum, a 2,000-year-old tradition dating back to the Song Dynasty. Visit the birthplace of modern tattooing and discover its history. Savor some of the best dumplings in the world while laughing at the origins of the eatery. Next, discover the beacon of Italian immigrants since the 1800s, New York City's Little Italy, a haven for exiles. Through their stories of struggle and sacrifice, experience their renaissance and triumphs in the "Land of Opportunities". Go inside a favorite local pastry shop, established in 1892, and marvel at the numerous Italian delights. Wander into America's oldest cheese shop owned by a secret celebrity.

New York: 2.5-Hour Little Italy Private Mafia Food Tour

8. New York: 2.5-Hour Little Italy Private Mafia Food Tour

Walk the beat with a retired NYPD detective born and raised in Little Italy, touring notorious mafia spots in NYC. Experience the flavors of this iconic neighborhood, while hearing first-hand stories of the infamous events and larger-than-life personalities that lived there. See highlights like the Ravenite Social Club and visit the sites where John Gotti and the Gambino Crime Family members hung out and ran their elusive "family businesses." Taste your way through iconic local eateries with pizza from a famous mafia "red sauce joint," established in 1908. Enjoy fresh ingredients with handmade mozzarella, cured meats, as well as meatballs from the best joint in Little Italy. Get an insider's perspective as your former detective guide takes you to off-the-beaten-path spots very few know about. Finish your food tasting experience with a full-sized cannoli from one of Little Italy's most iconic local restaurants.

New York City: Half-Day Private Limousine Tour with Brunch

9. New York City: Half-Day Private Limousine Tour with Brunch

Discover Manhattan in style aboard a luxury limousine and explore the most iconic places of the boroughs. Following pickup by your personal driver at 9:00AM, you'll head out to savor a tasty brunch at Cookshop, a modern restaurant located near the High Line and Chelsea Market. Following Brunch, enjoy some free time to visit High Line Park, a former rail track which has become an elevated line park. From there, continue the tour to Little Italy and Chinatown, two emblematic and famous neighborhoods of Manhattan which are well known for their cultural diversification.  At noon, your driver will take you to the Empire State Building, once the tallest building in New York. Ascend to the top of the building and take in panoramic views over the city's skyline. If you prefer, you can also visit other close-by attractions such as the Rockefeller Center, Saint Patrick's Cathedral, or Time Square. At 1:00PM, you will be transferred back to your hotel.


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What people are saying about Little Italy, New York

My tour guide Eric was so knowledgeable not just on the places he took our group but was able to answer 90% of our questions without hesitation about many of the random things we found during our tour.

Great walking tour that enhanced my understanding of an early immigrant moving to New York City. Experienced Jewish, Chinese, italian and German food.

Lee was very friendly and knowledgeable. There was a nice variety of small bites and neighborhood locations and history. We enjoyed the tour.

Nicole was fabulous; she provided us great information regarding Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown. The best!

Great tour, great food. I learned quite a few things I would have never known.