Food Cart Tours

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Jerk chicken in a bowl from Veronica's Kitchen

Try some of New York City’s best street food, and learn how food offers an amazing window into the life of a city and its neighborhoods and people. On our Food Cart Tours of Manhattan’s Financial District and Midtown, we introduce visitors and lifelong New Yorkers alike to the amazing tastes and stories of the city’s street vendor community, offering the opportunity to not only taste amazing dishes from all over the world cooked up on the sidewalk, but also to get an insider’s perspective on the industry.

5% of all Food Cart Tour ticket sales are donated to the Street Vendor Project.

Financial District, Wednesdays at 12pm | Midtown, Fridays at 2pm | Walking | >> More Information <<


Essex Street Market Tour

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The outside of a market that's painted colorfully with designs that include painted vegetables, fruit, and geometric shapes

This tasting exploration showcases the vendors of the Lower East Side’s Essex Street Market. This 90-minute walking and tasting tour visits 5-6 vendors, and tastings may include European and American farmstead cheeses, fresh-baked bagels and breads, coffee, rice balls, fish sandwiches, tacos, spinach pies, or a sampling of Japanese dishes. Along the way, we will also explore the past, present, and future of New York City’s public market system, from its beginnings in the 1930’s under Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, to its role today in providing quality food and opportunities for businesses to launch and grow, and discuss the future of the market as part of the Essex Crossing redevelopment project. 

Select weekends at 11:30am | Walking Tour | >> More information <<


Moore Street Market: Immigrant Foodways Tour

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Green peppers and spices for sale at the Moore Street Market

From farms to pushcarts to public markets, this 2-hour walking and tasting tour explores historical aspects of New York’s food system and the influence of Caribbean and Latin American cultures and cuisines on the past and present of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Once known for its pickles and kosher meat, today the eastern section of Williamsburg serves up herbal tea remedies from Mexicosounds of salsa, and traditional ingredients. Based on more than 20 oral history interviews with neighborhood residents and local business owners, and on original archival research, this tour explores the history of Brooklyn’s “Avenue of Puerto Rico” and takes an in-depth look at the Moore Street Market, built in 1941 to mark the end of the pushcart era and today a centerpiece of the Spanish-speaking community. The tour includes 6-8 generous tastings from market vendors and local eateries.

Offered as a private tour | Walking Tour | >> More Information <<