Have a great food experience and take a memorable stroll around the quaint East Village and Greenwich Village streets. Get your camera ready to immortalize everything on our tour. It’s just 2 hours so we’ll take pictures on the go today. Enjoy!
*Food and coffee/tea are included
*The tour can be modified to meet your preferences.
- Tompkins Square Park
- Coffee + dessert in one of the best coffee shops in NYC
- Little Tokyo neighborhood
- New York University
- Bleecker Street
- Specialty food shops
- Father Demo Square
- Minetta Garden
- Lunch at La Lanterna di Vittorio (lasagna / carpaccio / pizza / panini / calzone)
- Finishing at Washington Square Park
- Tick off both Greenwich Village and East Village from your must-se list;
- Walk down the most beautiful block in the city with elegant architecture designed in 1856-58 (W 10th);
- Admire charming streets which were popular among poets in 1910;
- Drop into Grey Art Gallery at NYU for sculpture, painting and film from NYU's collection (optional);
- Walk Jones Street, the tiny street which was on the cover of Bob Dylan's second studio album;
- See the former house of poet Allen Ginsberg;
- Explore curious intersections and the peculiar geography of winding streets in Greenwich Village;
- Choose your flavor of the famous vegan ice cream from Lula’s Sweet Apothecary (not included in price);
- Discover the Italian South Village, one of the oldest Italian-American neighborhoods in the US;
- Discover Little Tokyo neighborhood in East Village;
- Have fun time shopping at specialty food shops.
Tompkins Square Park
Alphabet City, where Tompkins Square Park is located, has so much character and history, just what we need to jump start our walking Food Tour of New York City.
After this great landmark we’ll head straight to the coffee place to completely wake up.
Coffee/tea + dessert
It’s time for a caffeine fix with something delicious. There are dozens I fnot hundreds of coffee shops in East Village to suss out, but we chose top 5 coffee places in Manhattan, if not all NYC. Depending on your choice and opening hours of a particular coffee place, it can be any of the following places.
You can choose any coffee or tea you like, and top it up with a dessert.
- Third Rail Coffee
- Porto Rico Importing Co
- Fresco Gelateria
- Abraco Espresso
Ideas for coffee or tea: espresso, americano, macchiatto, cortado, cappuccino, latte, mocca, drip coffee, decaf, hot tea, hot cocoa, chai latte, cafe au lait, hot chocolate.
Ideas for dessert: Croissant (Butter/Jam/Chocolate/Nutella Banana/Almond), Apple Turnover, Scone (Cheddar Mustard/Blue Cheese Pecan/Cherry Vanilla Cinnamon/Apricot Thyme), Blue Sky Muffin, Cookie (Chocolate Chip/Gluten Free Peanut Butter).
Little Tokyo neighborhood
Unlike Chinatown or Koreatown, Little Tokyo is really little and doesn’t attract much attention. However, Little Tokyo hasn’t lost its individual spirit, and you will see it yourself.
New York University
Cross the border between East Village and Greenwich Village and sunk into food heaven with hundreds of cafes and restaurants around. Meanwhile, here is the iconic NYU, one of the most prestigious universities in America.
New York University counts 36 Nobel Prize winners and plenty of other winners, including Grammy Award winners. NYU by numbers: NYU was ranked 7th among the World’s Top 100 universities for producing millionaires, while CNBC ranked NYU 4th among universities with the most billionaire graduates in the world.
Listen to the history of the university that started in 1831 and take great shots
Father Demo Square and Minetta Garden
Cute little green zones with a fountain and benches to sit and enjoy the view of prewar Greenwich Village buildings. What’s not beautiful about these places?
If you enjoy hidden local gems and exploring small stores away from the crowds, Bleecker Street in Greenwhich Village is your pick. Within nearly 2 km (1.14 miles) in length Bleecker Street shows it diversity block by block. Stores like Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, and Mulberry on the north end make the street look like a designer row, where the part of street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue is a paradise for food lovers.
Among other landmarks here are Bayard–Condict Building, built in 1899 and Our Lady of Pompeii Church on Carmine Street, built in 1929.
Once am epicenter for American bohemia, Bleecker Street still preserves its historic charm and beauty.
Specialty food shops
Take advantage of our stroll and pip into Italian specialty shops for unique gifts and yummy treats.
- stock up on pasta at old-school institution Raffetto's (established in 1906),
- be transported to Paris at Aedes de Venustas,
- check more than 40 clothing and accessory designers with discounts up to 30% every weekend at Market NYC,
- try Italian markets Faicco for house made sausages and Ottomanelli's for steaks,
- sneak a peek at handmade jewelry and unique items at Considerosity,
- get amazed with a wide range of coffees and teas beautifully stored in apothecary jars at McNulty's Tea and Coffee (established in 1895!),
- for quality cheeses head to Murray's Cheese,
- check what Marc Jacobs’s high-fashion bookshop Bookmarc looks like,
- smell fresh artisanal breads and pastries at Amy's Bread and custom cakes at Rocco's Pastry.
Lunch at La Lanterna di Vittorio
The yum part of our Food Tour!
Are you ready to be stunned by the lunch place we chose for you? Are you familiar with Italian vocabulary? Any dish on your choice: homemade fulfilling lasagna, heavenly carpaccio, delicious thin crust pizza, panini or calzone. The magnificent La Lanterna di Vittorio features a lantern-lit indoor garden, accessible all year round, and a comfy Italian interior design. Romantic, intimate, quaint, lovely ambience and impeccable service. Casual chic. Roaring fireplace. Unique garden. Gorgeous old brick. Shall we continue?
This is a gem of culinary excellence! Hard to resist!
Washington Square Park
Finally, onwards to beautiful Washington Square Parkб a must-see attraction in New York City! The stately arch makes the historic Washington Square Park look even more formidable. Unleash your inner spy and watch people sitting on a bench and sipping coffee.
We’re finishing our tour here, but here are some of our recommendation for you after our tour.
What to do in Greenwich Village:
- Drink coffee and watch the world go by at Bookmarc or Amy’s Bread;
- Explore St. Luke's Place for its charming vine-covered Greek and Renaissance Revival townhouses, and step back in the times of Theodore Dreiser who lived here;
- Have some sunbathing or fishing or multiple other activities in Hudson River Park, a 550-acre green zone on the shores of the Hudson.
- * The itinerary is subject to change
|Extra costs (per person):||
+$30 starting from 2nd traveler
|Meet up & End location:||lobby of your hotel|
|Start time:||any time|
|Extra hours:||If you are having a good time and want your New York Food tour last a little bit longer, you are welcome to do that. Please note: You will be charged 25 USD per an extra hour.|
|Tipping suggestions:||If you feel like you had a good experience, your guide would appreciate a tip. It's not mandatory. It's your decision whether you want to give your guide a tip.|
What you get:
- + A friend in New York.
- + Private & customized tour.
- + An exciting pastime, not just boring history lessons.
- + An authentic experience of local life.
- + Flexibility during the tour: changes can be made at any time to suit individual preferences.
- + Amazing deals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the very best cafes & restaurants.
- + A photo session amongst spectacular New York City scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
- + An expert advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time.
*This private Food tour NYC can be modified to meet your preferences.