Even if you’re only a one time visitor to NYC, I’m sure you recall seeing loads of double decker tour buses plying the streets. You may not have paid attention to the names emblazoned on the sides but there are differences in style and delivery between all these companies. I normally argue that on many levels, it’s a bad idea to hop aboard one of these prepackaged tours on wheels. There’s no denying that they usually sanitize the City into sound bites and clichés elevating you above the streets where your feet should be.
But sometimes it makes sense…you’re in town for an afternoon on a layover, you have an extreme physical disability, or you want to cram in a last minute experience before leaving town and you’re too tired to do anything else…better than lying in bed! And for these moments, Gray Line’s new Culinary Tours of Manhattan deserve a closer look. The best part is that you won’t be sitting on the bus the entire time for the following 3 hour long extensive food-based tours:
Tastes of Chinatown
Taste a wide variety of authentic dishes representing the full spectrum of China from Taiwan, Shanghai, Peking, and Canton. Pair your tastings with a deeper understanding made possible by expert guides who explain history and distinctions between Cantonese BBQ and jerky, Peking dumplings, Shanghai scallion pancakes, Taiwanese teas, and dim sum.
Original East Village Food, Drinks, and Cultural Tour
Once home to CBGBs and Tompkins Square Park riots , the East Village provided a low rent refuge for counterculture artists and
musicians. Combine this ferment with distinct longstanding ethnic enclaves and you get genuinely tasty street food like Belgian fries, falafel, Italian pastries, and Japanese takoyaki. Guides tie in stories of these cultural influences to what you’re tasting.
Ultimate New York Food and Culture Tour in the Village
Some foods without question have NYC signature styles all their own. New York-style pizza slices, Junior’s Cheesecake, Sabrett hot dogs, cupcakes, and fresh bagels. This gastronomic excursion takes you through the Village spotlighting only the best of these authentic treats.
Reservations not required. Tours run year round with ticket prices ranging from $49-$75. Meeting locations for tours given at time of purchase.