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. 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 beancake, and plantains…among other items! Napkins and forks provided. Please email us at info@bigonion.com before the tour with any questions about allergens.

Tour Info

Cost: $35
$30 Seniors, Active Military and Full-Time Students
Tour price includes food.

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Tour Schedule
Saturday, May 21:00 pm
Tuesday, May 511:00 am
Friday, May 151:00 pm
Sunday, May 1712:00 pm
Wednesday, May 201:00 pm
Saturday, May 2312:00 pm
Sunday, May 2412:00 pm
Sunday, May 311:00 pm
Friday, June 512:00 pm
Sunday, June 712:00 pm
Wednesday, June 101:00 pm
Saturday, June 131:00 pm
Tuesday, June 161:00 pm
Friday, June 1911:00 am
Thursday, June 2512:00 pm
Saturday, June 2712:00 pm
Friday, July 312:00 pm
Tour Reservations

Reservations and prepayment are required for the The Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour. Tour price includes the cost of all food samples.

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Meeting Location

Southwest corner of Delancey and Essex Streets, in front of the Chase Bank (109 Delancey 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.

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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.

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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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