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Lower East Side

Lower East Side

New York City, New York

The Basics

A good way to immerse yourself in the Lower East Side’s history, culture, or culinary diversity is to join a tour of the area on a topic that interests you—whether that’s street art, multiethnic cuisine, the immigrant experience, or the influence of organized crime groups. Alternatively, wander the streets on a broader walking tour that introduces you to the neighborhood’s landmarks and hidden gems.

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NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour
NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour
$81.63 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Our family loved the whole thing!
This was the best way to experience parts of the city we wouldn't otherwise have seen. Our guide Astrid was terrific! Super knowledgeable about the history of all the neighborhoods and the immigrant experiences. The food was great and hearty enough for our three college age boys. This was definitely a more meaningful and memorable way to learn than going to a museum. Would highly recommend!
Jill_T, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

star-4
Great culture tour!
Carrie_C, Nov 2021
NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour
Ace is an awesome storyteller and historian! She is quite knowledgeable and willing to answer any question. She did such a great job explaining the differences in culture and foods. Some of the food options weren't awesome, I think mostly due to some of the Covid restrictions and restaurant options.
star-5
Truly fabulous tour! Adam is a great guide!
Shannon_M, Dec 2021
Lower East Side Eats Food Tour
Our guide was Adam! A lifelong NYer, Adam brings humor and passion to this tour. He truly cares about his hometown and it clearly brings him joy to share it with visitors. We feel lucky that we got Adam to show us around and the food was delicious - especially Katz’s Deli and Essex Market. I’d recommend this to both tourists and people who love NY food and history. Thanks for a great day!
star-5
A must do!
Susan_M, Dec 2021
NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour
Our guide Billy, was fabulous! He absolutely made the tour! The food was all outstanding. He was even prepared with packaged food when he knew the line would be too long to wait. Donuts, bagels, and Katz Deli were our favorites. It was all good and interesting history of the area. Excellent. A must do!
star-5
Great way to see LES
Francesca_B, Nov 2021
NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour
Dante was delightful and knowledgeable but also super chill- we had a great time!! Food was plentiful and excellent but I especially loved the variety, there was something for everyone.
star-5
The food and tour was excellent
Richard_B, Sep 2021
NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour
Eating Pastrami at Katz’s Deli was the best! Also learning more of the history of the Lower East Side from Adam was insightful.
star-5
Culture as well as tastes!
Diane_P, Nov 2021
Lower East Side Eats Food Tour
The pastrami at Katz's was the best food and Adam was the best guide! We love food tours because we learn so much about the culture as we enjoy tasting what's unique to the area. Who knew there was a redwood tree in Manhattan?!
star-5
Great tour!
Ic_G, Nov 2021
NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour
Ace was a wonderful guide!!! Very knowledgeable and personable Tour and food was fantastic! Subject matter very interesting
star-5
Dante is great. I wish...
Asli_G, Nov 2021
NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour
Dante is great. I wish the other tour guides of Viator was as attentive and diligent as him. I am truly disappointed with Viator in other tours i booked. For credibility- I am a Stanford MBA, executive, and a NYC resident. I am truly disappointed with Viator.
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Lower East Side Food tour
Diane_G, Aug 2021
NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour
Brian led a small group of us around Lower Manhattan to visit neighborhoods, sample foods, and learn about the culture and history of the area. He was knowledgeable and personable, making sure to answer any questions, and provide a positive experience for all of us in the group, including adults and teenagers. Even those of us who had been to NYC previously learned new things about these neighborhoods, including Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side.
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Lower East Side tour
Robin_R, Jun 2021
NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour
We had a great time with our tour guide, Adam. He was friendly and helpful, and provided a lot of insight into the Lower East Side history. The food was also plentiful Md delicious!
star-5
Unique taste of NYC
Lee_P, Nov 2021
NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour
The guide was perfect and gave us a unique taste of NYC. His enthusiasm and personality made the experience so enjoyable. I would highly recommend and be sure to request Adam for your guide!
star-5
Fantastic tour and guide
Heather_K, Nov 2021
NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour
Brian was informative and enthusiastic, and the food selection was authentic and delicious. We were looking for a variety of things to see and food to experience, and he did not disappoint. Plus the group size is always small, so you get a chance to ask questions and go at a good pace throughout. For a true cultural and culinary experience, this tour is spot on! Thank you for making our trip memorable, Brian :)

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Lower East Side is a must for New York City history buffs.

  • Unlike in much of Manhattan, the Lower East Side’s streets are numbered, making navigation slightly trickier.

  • Be prepared to wait in line to get into the long-standing Katz’s Delicatessen, recognizable from the movie When Harry Met Sally.

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How to Get There

Manhattan’s Lower East Side is easily accessible via subway, 24 hours a day. Or, take the M15 bus, which travels along Houston Street.

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When to Get There

There’s always something going on on the Lower East Side, but the neighborhood is generally liveliest after dark. On Friday and Saturday nights, New Yorkers hit the many bars, clubs, and music venues clustered around Ludlow and Orchard streets. Late Sunday is another popular time, when area restaurants serve brunch.

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Lower East Side Museums

A handful of museums cater to different interests on the Lower East Side. Check out the Tenement Museum to see how Manhattan’s earliest immigrants lived, or view the current exhibition of contemporary art at the New Museum. And if you want to learn more about Manhattan’s Jewish history, don’t miss the Museum at Eldridge Street, housed in a synagogue that opened in 1887.

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