Reservations & Pre-Bookings Required. Food is INCLUDED
New York’s first food & history tour! 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 with an emphasis on the neighborhoods of the Jewish East Side, Little Italy, and Chinatown. During the course of our walk we will sample about 12 different items, representing the Dominican, Jewish, Italian, 19th century Free Black and Chinese communities of the Lower East Side. Most of these items are dairy or vegetarian. All food sampling will be done outdoors and we do not include restaurants on our tour. Our “noshing” tour uses the markets and shops to highlight the history and could be considered a light meal.
The Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour cost includes all food samples. Food stops could include: handmade mozzarella, bialys, Malaysian beef jerky, pickled pineapple & okra, Chinese Moon Cake, and plantains…among other items! Napkins and forks provided. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before the tour with any questions about allergens.
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Consider a private tour!
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.
Southwest corner of Delancey and Essex Streets, in front of the Chase Bank (109 Delancey Street).
Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.
F to Delancey Street, J/M to Essex Street.
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.
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.
The finest group of tour guides anywhere. 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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Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.
Full refunds are available by request up until 72 hours prior to a walking tour. Between 72 and 24 hours prior to the scheduled tour we offer credit to be used on any future walk. Cancellations with less than 24 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.
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