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The Best Food Tours in NYC

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Free Tours by Foot is proud to present the only pay-what-you-like food tours of New York City.

You've done your research and you know that food tours cost $55 and upwards. If you are looking for a food tour that leaves your stomach full but your wallet empty, then Free Tours by Foot food tours may not be for you.

If you are looking for a fun, filling, and affordable way to take a bite of the Big Apple, come join us.  

We offer food tours every day of the week, but not all tours run daily.  We recommend that you take a look at our full schedule to see whether or not a particular food tour listed below will be running when you are in NYC.

Like always, our New York food tours are free to take. We believe in allowing YOU to name-your-own-price, even free, after the tour is finished.

And unlike costly food tours that decide for you what and how much you'll be eating, we believe in giving YOU the choice to decide what to eat, how much you eat, and how much you spend.

Regularly Scheduled Food Tours

We have two main food tours that run regularly.

Our Greenwich Village Food Tour explores the restaurants and shops of the West Village.

Greenwich Village is well-known for its shady, winding streets with 19th Century houses, for its bohemian roots and historic Washington Square Park.

But the Village's tree-lined streets are also lined with some of the best restaurants and food specialty shops in all of the Big Apple.

The Lower East Side is known for its blend of cultural diversity and rich history. It's also known for its great food.

Our food tasting tour is the perfect way to discover this fascinating neighborhood. 

We also have 3 more food tours that run less often.

Seasonal Food Tours

Each tour stops at 4-5 scrumptious food shops that serve up incredibly delicious and inexpensive food served in portions that can be easily divided and shared or singularly devoured. Our guides make recommendations and facilitate ordering, but you have the final say. You choose your own food and pay for it directly (usually between $7-$15). In between the food stops, you'll have time to digest your food as well as the history of the neighborhood, as told to you by our entertaining and knowledgeable local New York tour guides.

We also offer several self-guided New York Food Tours

If our guided food tours schedule doesn't work for you, there are other companies offering guided food tours.  If you are considering getting a tourist pass, you should know that many include guided food tours.  We wrote a post to help you determine whether or not a tourist pass is for you.

For those interested in an extensive tour covering the culinary and cultural history of various neighborhoods, you may want to consider a Secret Food Tour. This company currently offers the following outings:

You can also search for individual guided food tours with Viator.

About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: March 27th, 2022
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