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East Village Food Tour


East Village Food

Join us on our East Village Food Tour and enjoy multicultural cuisine in one of New York's most diverse neighborhoods.
Schedule: Saturday
Start Time: 1pm
Tour Language: English
Duration: 2 hours

The East Village boasts more restaurants per capita than almost anywhere else in the world. With an ethnically diverse community, one can find virtually every type of cuisine here. On our tour we will savor a delicious array of cuisines and flavors including: Greek-American Split pea Soup with fried croutons, authentic Dolmas (Grape Leaves) Ukrainian varenyky (pork filled cabbage rolls) and perogis, delicious egg cream drinks, up to 8 different flavors of Korean Dumplings, and Italian pastries such as cannoli and sfogliatelle. And don’t worry – we’ll walk off the calories as we explore the history and culture of the East Village, from the Dutch colony of the 1600s, to the 1800s when the neighborhood was known as Kleindeutschland, (Little Germany). We'll also see famous locales made popular during the counter-culture scene of the 1950s and ‘60s to the punk rock explosion of the 1970s and 1980s. Come on out for some amazing food served up with a side portion fascinating history. If a guest purchases 1 of every item, they will spend $13.

We’ll savor a delicious array of cuisines and flavors including:

  • Ukrainian Pierogies
  • Dumplings
  • Pizza
  • Cabbage Rolls
  • Beer
  • Egg Cream
  • Cheesecake

And don’t worry – we’ll walk off the calories as we visit  these historic and cultural sites:

  • Cooper Union, one of the oldest educational institutions in the United States, where Abraham Lincoln gave his historic 1860 "right makes might" speech
  • McSorley's Old Ale House, where Abraham Lincoln had a drink to calm his nerves before his famous speech at Cooper Union
  • Saint Marks Place, famous for its eclectic scene of shops, restaurants and cultural history
  • The Mosaic Trail - National Geographic calls it a "top destination" in New York City
  • The 1831 Hamilton-Holly House, a Registered Landmark
  • The Deutsch-Amerikanische Schuetzen Gesellschaft building
  • Site of the former Fillmore East, where dozens of 1960s rock legends such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Led Zeppelin played
  • St. Mark’s Lutheran Church built in 1847, whose history includes the tragic General Slocum disaster of 1904
  • and more!

So come join Free Tours By Foot on a feast of worldly flavors and worthy historic locales!

At the food stops, you will choose what treats you would like to sample (or eat in whole). Try them all or none at all. Unlike other tours that charge around $50 with some excluding food, on this tour, YOU choose what to eat and how much to spend. All recommended items are less than $4. Suggested amount to bring for snacks is $8-13, depending on your appetite! Vegetarian and vegan options available at several shops.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 5 or more traveling together should visit our groups page.

Where: Tour departs from the Astor Place Starbucks outside the Astor Place subway stop (6), 13-25 Astor Place (map).

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K)

When: @1pm Saturdays. Tours go out rain or shine. Dress appropriate for the weather. View our Calendar

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it's done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone's budget. Suggested amount to bring for snacks is $8-12, depending on your appetite.

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