Original Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour

This tour combines the history of the diverse Lower East Side with food sampling from local shops & markets!

Reservations & Pre-Bookings Required

This tour combines the history of the diverse Lower East Side with a series of small food sampling, or “noshing” stops from local shops and markets. The main focus of our tour is the history of the multi-ethnic Lower East Side emphasizing the neighborhoods of the Jewish East Side, Little Italy and Chinatown.

During the course of our walk we will sample about 10 different items, representing the Dominican, Jewish, Italian & Chinese communities of the Lower East Side. Most of these items are vegetarian or dairy. All food sampling will be done outdoors and we do not include restaurants on our tour. Our “noshing” tour uses the markets & shops to highlight the history and could be considered a light meal.

The Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour cost includes all food samples. Food stops include: handmade mozzarella, bialys, Malaysian beef jerky, sour pickles, & plantains…among other items! Please email us at info@bigonion.com before the tour with any questions about allergens.

Tour Info

$27 Adults
$22 Students, Seniors, and Active Military
Tour price includes food.

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Tour Schedule
Sunday, August 281:00 pm
Wednesday, August 3112:00 pm
Friday, September 212:00 pm
Sunday, September 41:00 pm
Thursday, September 811:00 am
Sunday, September 111:00 pm
Friday, September 161:00 pm
Sunday, September 181:00 pm
Wednesday, September 211:00 pm
Sunday, September 251:00 pm
Thursday, September 2911:00 am
Sunday, October 21:00 pm
Sunday, October 91:00 pm
Monday, October 1011:00 am
Sunday, October 161:00 pm
Friday, October 2111:00 am
Sunday, October 231:00 pm
Thursday, October 271:00 pm
Sunday, October 301:00 pm
Wednesday, November 211:00 am
Sunday, November 61:00 pm
Thursday, November 101:00 pm
Sunday, November 131:00 pm
Friday, November 1811:00 am
Sunday, November 201:00 pm
Sunday, November 271:00 pm
Tour Reservations

Our tours are public meet-up tours, meaning you can show up and pay when you get there, but you can guarantee your spot by reserving early.

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We’ve done tours for school example, group example and corporate example. Whether you are looking to integrate a tour into your academic curriculm or entertaining out-of-towners, a Big Onion walking tour is a great way to experience the city.

Private tours can be arranged for a weekday, weekend, day or evening. We can accommodate up to 500 walkers. We work closely with you to create an enjoyable experience for your group.

Please call us at (212) 439-1090 ext 5 or email us for more information or to arrange.

Meeting Location

Location:
Southwest corner of Delancey and Essex Streets, in front of the Chase Bank.

Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.

Subway Trains
F to Delancey Street, M to Essex Street.

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Time & Distance
All tours last approximately two hours. We start on time and walk between one and two miles at a moderate walking pace, stopping at various sites along the tour.

Rain/Inclement Weather
Big Onion generally presents tours rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather please check our home page for notifications or call our hotline [(888) 606-WALK (9255) ext. 1], to confirm our schedule.

Guides
The finest group of tour guides in the city. Most of us are full-time graduate students researching and writing doctoral dissertations in history passionate about the history, architecture and people of New York.
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Tips
Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.

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Refund Policy
Tour refunds (minus a $2 processing charge per person) are available by request up until 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour. Cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the tour or no shows will not be refunded.

Walks are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled for severe weather or if museum is closed. No shows are considered last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. In the event of a Big Onion cancellation or museum closure, full refunds or rescheduled tickets will be offered.

America’s Museum is one of a variety of walks offered as public “twilight” tours. These tours are lead Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. We rotate a variety of tours in these time slots. Please see our Schedule page for details for specific dates and times.

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