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The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, NYC

The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, NYC: Our most recommended tours and activities

New York City: Catacombs by Candlelight

1. New York City: Catacombs by Candlelight

For over 200 years, the catacombs of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral have served as the final resting place for the faithful departed. This historic place has witnessed the many struggles and accomplishments of prominent New York Catholics. Gain exclusive access to off-limits areas, including two walled cemeteries. Experience the only active Catholic Catacombs in New York City.   See where bishops rest alongside prominent New York Catholics, such as the Delmonico Family and the first resident Bishop of New York, Bishop John Connolly. This labyrinth of vaults belongs largely to bankers, lawyers, captains of industry, merchants, political candidates, and even to a Civil War-era general Thomas Eckert.

New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

2. New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

Take a two-hour guided walking tour through some of NYC's most famous neighborhoods and discover their stories of gangsters and ghosts from the city’s past. The Five Points, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greenwich Village were known as the vice districts during the 1920s and 30s. See the places where gangsters such as John Gotti and Lucky Luciano used to party, make deals, and carry out threats. Visit haunted locations and old crime scenes on a tour led by historians. Spooky tales of the ghosts and gangsters of NYC's streets will be shared along the way. Stop at The Five Points, known for hosting New York's most infamous gangs, Chinatown's "Blood Alley," haunted houses of the West Village, and the many restaurants where mafia murders occurred in Little Italy. Go inside the Godfather-featured Basilica of St Patrick. The tour is family friendly with frequent stops.

NYC: The Story of the Lower East Side's Food Culture

3. NYC: The Story of the Lower East Side's Food Culture

Stroll through the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan to discover the history of different immigrant communities on a guided foodie walking tour. Treat your taste buds to food samples from all over the world, displaying the melting pot of cultures and cuisine that characterized the Lower East Side.  Meet your guide just outside the African Burial Ground Monument and the New York Supreme Court. First, learn about the origins of the African-American community in New York.  Head next to the famous Chinatown district and learn more about the Chinese community that once lived in the area. See some of the stores and restaurants that remain in the area, and try some delicious fried dumplings at a spot that is popular with locals. Discover the adjacent district of Little Italy, which was once home to thousands of immigrants from southern Italy. Enjoy some classic Italian flavors that have formed the basis of some of the most popular contemporary American snacks.  Next, enter the Nolita neighborhood and stop outside St Patrick's Old Cathedral, a key focal point of the Irish Catholic community, followed by a short stroll through Sara D Roosevelt Park.  Learn about the history of the Jewish community which also left a lasting legacy on the Lower East Side. Try some knishes, a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish snack made with potato-based dough and a variety of tasty fillings. As you explore the various neighborhoods, learn about how the various immigrant communities influenced modern American cuisine and culture, before ending your tour outside the Tenement Museum.

New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

4. 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 La Bella Ferrara, the delighting denizens of Little Italy since the late 1800s, and get some of its Italian Rainbow cookies. Then, visit the family-owned Di Palo's, the century-old Italian specialty food store operated since 1925, where making mozzarella has been a family tradition. The fresh mozzarella prosciutto and parmesan cheese you'll taste and would love to go back for more. Then, go to Nolita Pizza to experience their high quality services and delicious pizza using important Italian cheese. Along the way to 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”. Next, see the bootlegging depot from the days of Prohibition, and discover a square named after New York’s first Italian detective. Finally, peek inside St. Patrick's Cathedral to see where high-profile weddings and memorials take place before concluding your tour.

Nolita & Secrets of Little Italy Food and History Tour

5. Nolita & Secrets of Little Italy Food and History Tour

Tour the cozy corners of Nolita where old-world charm meets a cool downtown vibe. The tour includes: all attendees gathering around a toasty wood fired brick oven watching the pizzaiola make rustic pizza while sipping delicious Italian red wine. Then explore the neighborhood and taste a Vietnamese taco, a Spanish chorizo and manchego cheese sandwich, Mexican roasted corn, a scrumptious Italian rainbow cookie, a very artistic and gourmet chocolate Bon Bon. Come explore this eclectic, hip, vibrant downtown neighborhood through its food, stories and people. What was once Little Italy is now a blend of foods from all over the world that you’ll get to taste while hearing the history of what was, what is, and what has become one of New York’s hottest neighborhoods. Between the bespoke boutiques, cute cafes, and remarkable restaurants, you’ll want to move in and never move out!

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based on 642 reviews

The tour was amazing overall. Tom, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable on each topic. I chose this tour due to my keen interest of the New York mafia; however, after this journey will certainly be exploring the ghostly and haunted side of the city! 10/10 and i would recommend this to my friends :) Big thank you to Tom and good luck with everything Jam! All the best, Herliza and Vincent :)

Our tour was both informative and entertaining. Our guide was engaging and enthusiastic. My husband and I, and our 14 year old son, all enjoyed the tour and the history behind the stories. The messaging was concise and didn’t drag. It was the perfect length of time to see, hear and learn so much. We highly recommend this tour!

Our guide Erik was enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable about the history of NYC. I learned so much and ate good food along the way.

Tour was very good and the tour guide was lovely and couldn’t be more helpful

Enjoyed it, good pace, informative - covers plenty of ground/ material