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Lower East Side Experience: Essex Market Food Tour

New York, United States

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Take a tasting tour in the Essex Street Market that provides enough food for a hearty lunch. Learn about the 75-year history of the market and the immigrant communities of Manhattan's Lower East Side who started businesses there as your guide steers you to some of the best bites served up by more than 20 vendors.
  • Food tour of the Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side, New York City
  • Includes enough tastings for a generous lunch and bottled water
  • Gain insight into the immigrant communities of the Lower East Side of Manhattan since the Depression
  • Taste as many as six delectable dishes
  • Try sweet and savory samples from a range of vendors
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Bottled water
Coffee and/or Tea
Professional guide
Generous tastings, plenty of food to be in place of a meal

Departure Point

88 Essex St, New York, NY 10002, USA

Departure Time

11:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide at the Essex Street Market near near Saxelby Cheesemongers, located close to the intersection of Essex Street and Delancey Street. 

Your guide provides a brief introduction to the Essex Street Market, which has been a centerpiece of the Lower East Side for more than 75 years. It is one of only four remaining public markets in New York City, with roots in the immigrant communities of the Lower East Side and the Depression era of the 1930s.

Munch your way through the market with your guide illuminating particular spots along the way. Chat with vendors and learn about the businesses in operation today, which range from recent artisanal entrepreneurs, to classic mom and pop shops, to larger manufacturers.

Expect to try five or six generous samples of both savory and sweet dishes, with enough food to make up a large lunch. The market contains fishmongers, cheesemongers, bakers, coffee roasters, and restaurateurs, and your tastings might include European and American farmstead cheeses, fresh-baked bagels and breads, rice balls, fish sandwiches, tacos, coffee, or a sampling of Japanese dishes.

Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice, please make a note of any restrictions when booking.
Stop At:  
Essex Street Market
Visitors will taste their way through the Essex Market while meeting food entrepreneurs and learning about the past and present of New York City's public markets and food systems.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Essex Market and the tour of the market are both accessible to people who use wheelchairs
  • Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice
  • Assistive listening devices are available for people who are hard of hearing upon request with at least 72 hours advance notice. Please list this request in your reservation or contact the tour provider in advance of the date to ensure accommodations.
  • Public restrooms are accessible and available on the mezzanine level of the market. Take the steps or the elevator from the first floor to get to the mezzanine level and the restrooms.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Turnstile Tours, Inc.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Lower East Side Experience: Essex Market Food Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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