Tasting the Immigrant Experience Food Tour - Group
New York, New York, USA
- Small group walk: You'll join a group of other foodies (six maximum) to stroll several city blocks through the adjacent neighborhoods of Chinatown and Little Italy.
- Multiple tastings: Stops along the way let you sample a variety of authentic dishes and learn about their origins. Gluten-free options are available at some locations.
- Ph.D. or M.A. scholar guide: Your guide will share his or her expertise in cuisine, history, and urban planning on this unscripted tasting tour.
- Rain or shine: While your guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors in case of rain, it doesn't hurt to bring along an umbrella or rain gear.
About This New York Tour
Experience a sensory overload of sights, smells, and tastes—from the rich aroma of cappuccino wafting out onto the narrow sidewalks of Little Italy to the uncensored (i.e. not for the faint of heart!) displays at Chinatown's food markets. Immerse yourself in these immigrant neighborhoods through the food they produce and peddle. You'll hear stories, venture into stores you might not go into on your own, and nosh your way through centuries of culinary traditions.
First, just get past those windows with hanging ducks and beady-eyed fish, and you'll discover the mysteries of Chinatown's past and gain an understanding of its current food scene. This is perhaps New York's most vibrant, evolving neighborhood, now home to Vietnamese, Burmese, Thai, Cambodian, and Japanese immigrants, who have added pan-Asian flavors to the more traditional smorgasbord of pork buns, steamed dumplings, barbecue duck, and almond cookies.
In Little Italy, your guide will help you distinguish the genuine from the junk, pointing you to the spots that offer the most authentic dishes and the best gelato, pastry, and espresso. You'll feel like a local insider, not a tourist, as you go behind the scenes to meet the families who have run these businesses for generations and taste their wares. Now that you're fortified with great pizza, fascinating history, and plenty of dining tips, you'll be ready to take Manhattan by storm.
Using your noodle
Here's a question for nosy foodies to ponder: what's the link between Chinese noodles and Italian pasta? Noodles have existed in Asia for thousands of years. While the origin of pasta is often attributed to Marco Polo, who traveled to China in the 13th century, it's more likely that nomadic Arabs brought noodles west at an earlier date. Italian immigrants went on to use their noodles to create a new dish for their adopted homeland: the "all-American" spaghetti and meatballs!
Please make your way to Old St. Patrick's, is located at 260-264 Mulberry Street between Prince and Houston Streets. Look for your guide holding a sign with the name of the tour.
There are plenty of gluten-free tasting opportunities throughout the walk.
This tour covers several city blocks in the Chinatown and Little Italy neighborhoods; many of these streets and sidewalks can be narrow and uneven with cobblestones.
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace along sidewalks that can be narrow and uneven. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Food & Wine
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Traveling with children 12 years of age and younger? Tell us their ages and interests during the booking process so we can match you with the best guide. Strollers permitted.
Special Medical Restriction
Gluten-free? If you want pizza, please book a private tour so gluten-free dough is made for you. Meats and cheeses can be tasted as well. Chinatown is easier: we can do rice-based noodles, etc., if soy sauce is okay. Email Hello@GoBe.com to request.
Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.
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