Public Market Tours

The first and second floors of the Essex Market with a historic neon sign from the Orchard Essex Meat Market

New York City boasts a network of public markets that provide fresh, diverse food to neighborhoods and create opportunities for culinary entrepreneurs. These tours highlight the history of these markets, the vendors, and the food they serve.  Essex Street Market Tours showcase the butchers, bakers, fishmongers, cheese purveyors, and more that make this market a cornerstone of the Lower East Side. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, our Immigrant Foodways Tour of the Moore Street Market offers cuisine from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Mexico from the market and nearby eateries, highlighting the connections between immigrant communities and local food systems.

Public Tours

icon-calendar  SUN 11:30am / TUE 11:30am
icon-clock-o  1.5 hours
icon-male  Walking tour
icon-cutlery  5–6 generous tastings included
icon-map-marker  Lower East Side, Manhattan
A tour guide points at a black and white photo of two ships as guests look on. They are on a platform that looks out onto a water-filled dry dock that has a red rusty crane next to it.

For 165 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard built some of America’s most famous fighting ships, from sailing frigates to aircraft carriers. Today, the Yard is home to hundreds manufacturing, technology, and creative businesses, providing thousands of jobs to New Yorkers across a wide range of industries. We offer a variety of theme-based tours about history, architecture, industry, and more, so there are many ways to discover what’s behind the walls of the Brooklyn Navy Yard by bicycle, bus, and on foot. All tours are offered in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

A variety of cheeses on display at Formaggio Essex at Essex Street Market

For more than 75 years, New York City has had a network of publicly-owned markets to provide affordable fresh and prepared foods to local neighborhoods. These tours seek to highlight not only the history of the remaining public markets, but also the wonderful food and the people that serve it that can be found within their walls. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, our Immigrant Foodways Tour of the Moore Street Market offers visitors the chance to try cuisine from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Mexico from the market and restaurants in the surrounding neighborhood, highlighting the connections between immigrant communities and local food systems. And we now offer tours of the Essex Street Market, showcasing the butchers, fishmongers, cheese purveyors, and more that make this market a cornerstone of the Lower East Side.

Moore Street Market • Essex Street Market

Public Market Tours are offered in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the vendors in the local communities.