Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest: Authentic Culinary Exploration
1,700 Ratings
New York
Embark on an authentic culinary exploration of Chinatown and Little Italy with the original food tour since 2009. Discover diverse flavors, fascinating history, and receive a recommendation list to navigate these neighborhoods like a pro.
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more

Discover two ethnic and delicious NYC neighborhoods, Chinatown and Little Italy on this three-hour food and walking tour. You will begin your tour in Chinatown at a popular tea house, enjoying a cup of tea with a classic Chinese pastry. As you explore Chinatown you will see the vibrant colors of this neighborhood, hear the Chinese language and feel immersed. The highlight of your visit to Chinatown is a traditional meal, seated in a fun and vibrant restaurant. In addition to all the food, your guide will lead you on a historical path of Chinatown revealing hidden secrets as you discover its historical landmarks. During this portion of the tour, you will be fascinated with stories of the past and Chinatown’s beautiful culture. Lastly—before making your way over to Little Italy you will savor a famous Beijing style dumpling.

The second portion of the tour takes place in Little Italy. Once you enter Little Italy, you will see the bright décor and buzzing excitement. You will soon learn about Little Italy’s fascinating past by visiting historical landmarks and hearing colorful stories. From there your guide will lead you to explore the mom and pop specialty shops of Little Italy, samplings include fresh mozzarella with prosciutto, imported cheeses and olives and fresh pasta. Before saying arrivederci, your guide will take you to the well-known and historic pasticceria, Ferrara’s Bakery and Café. This is where your guide will provide you with an in-depth description of the Italian American immigrants while you enjoy Ferrara’s ever famous cannoli.

The final destination is in close proximity to Chinatown allowing you to continue to explore both neighborhoods on your own and retrace your steps. Each participant is provided a helpful handout at the beginning of the tour which includes a list of all the tastings, a map, a recommendation list and coupons. The handout will be helpful, post tour, as you return to pick up your delicious tour mementos!

Points of Interest

  • Silk Road Cafe

  • Ferrara Bakery & Cafe

What's Included
  • Local guide
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Food tasting
  • Vegetarian and gluten free tastings available (request 48 hours in advance)
  • Bottled water
  • Alcoholic Beverages
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

Since 2009, the unique gastronomical journey through Little Italy and Chinatown acquaints you with the flavors and heritage of these two vibrant New York City districts. Run by an enterprising woman, this tour guarantees engaging, amiable guides who make sure that guests absorb the essence of these districts through enthralling historical narratives and gastronomic ventures. The tour includes 2-3 sit-down tastings and 5-6 walk-and-eat tastings to give you a complete experience of both neighborhoods within 3 hours. We are happy to cater to vegetarians and gluten-intolerant guests.

The mouth-watering food tastings range from scrumptious dumplings to a formal sit-down Italian feast. Guests above the age of 21 can enhance their experience by opting for a glass of wine at the sit-down tasting.

Upon finishing this tour, you will not only be utterly satiated, but also gain a newfound confidence in wandering these districts with a ready list of recommendations at hand. If you’re a resident or a tourist seeking a unique culinary adventure away from the usual touristy spots, then this tour absolutely ranks high on the to-do list.

  • Not recommended for children aged 5 and under
  • Please mention food allergies or dietary restrictions in special requirements. (Must be received 48 hours prior to tour date)
  • A maximum of 4 people per booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour
Silk Road Cafe
Mott Street
Take subway lines 6, N, R, or Q to Canal St. Exit the station walk east along Canal Street, at Mott Street turn right (walking south) until you reach Silk Road Cafe. Contact Number (518) 332-4386
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jun 15, 2024
Fantastic! - We had so much fun on this tour! Well worth the cost in all of the food we were able to try. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and I wish I could remember her name! She was absolutely fantastic. You girl with a culinary background making ice cream. She was just lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed the day, the history and of course the food! My family of 3 loved the dumplings!
Review provided by Viator
Jun 15, 2024
Great food and guide - Great food and wonderful tour guide (Hannah). Hannah was very informative about the food and the history of the area (Chinatown and Little Italy).
Review provided by Viator
Jun 14, 2024
Ahoy New York Food Tours doesn’t disappoint. - What a great good tour thanks to our very charming guide Liz. We visited many restaurants and experienced delicious food from Chinatown and Little Italy. Liz was extremely knowledgeable about the history or the area as well as the food. We highly recommend this tour.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Jun 13, 2024
Excellent and enjoyable. - Patrick was amazing. Knowledgable and enthusiastic. Food was excellent and plentiful. Come hungry. Would highly recommend and ask for Patrick!
Review provided by Viator
Jun 13, 2024
Great tour - This was a wonderful experience and my families favorite thing we did in NYC. I would highly recommend this tour. Our guide Lily was very knowledgeable and made our tour a lot of fun. We enjoyed the food and the history of the areas we walked through.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 13, 2024
Wonderful time on Chinatown and Little Italy tour - I went on the Chinatown and Little Italy tour led by Patrick on Friday June 6th, and it was a blast! Even though I’m an NYC local, I learned so many things about the city I never knew. Patrick was a fabulous guide. I’ve been on quite a few tours, and it really makes a difference when someone is passionate about their work; he is the perfect example of that. The information he shared was so interesting and relevant, and he was always happy to answer questions. He was so interactive as well - his commitment to learning everyone’s names and chatting with everyone in the tour’s downtime made it feel so personal. The tours are cozy - ours had 13 people on it, which I believe is the maximum. The food itself was absolutely delicious. I’m vegetarian, and they easily made wonderful substitutes for me so I could fully enjoy the tour. He also mentioned the company has an exclusive focus on working with family owned businesses. I could see the depth of the relationships in the way the vendors treated the group, like we were guests they were excited to welcome vs. an inconvenience. Overall, this was a wonderful tour and I would recommend it to all my friends and family :)
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Jun 11, 2024
This is a great tour! - Outstanding tour. Our guide, Liz, was wonderful. She had an exciting and infectious personality which made the tour all the more enjoyable and interesting. Not only were there numerous stops to sample many authentic foods, but Liz’ explanations of the origins of each was fascinating. Also, between food sampling stops during the tour, our guide would frequently provide historical and anecdotal explanations of the neighborhoods which made the tour not only about the food, but also about the history of Chinatown, Little Italy, and Five Points. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who has an interest in the food and/or history of Chinatown and Little Italy.
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Jun 10, 2024
Great tour - Had a great tour with Hannah- really engaging and a perfectly paced tour. The food you get is really high quality and value for money!
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Jun 10, 2024
Great food tour!!! - This tour was amazing! We took the tour early within our visit to NYC and visited some of the restaurants on the tour again during our stay. Our tour guide, Patrick, was awesome, and we tasted foods from places that we normally would not have tried and learned a lot of history about both Chinatown and Little Italy that we would not have learned had we just walked the areas on our own. We booked this tour based on a friend's recommendation, and we highly recommend this tour to others! Thank you to Patrick and Ahoy New York Food Tours!!!
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Jun 13, 2024
Very disappointing stops - While our guide Liz did a nice job leading the way, the stops were boring and the food completely below food tour standards. Especially the stops in Little Italy- they just handed us each very small portions and couldn’t wait for us to get out. I don’t recommend
Review provided by Viator
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