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New York City Food Cart Walking Tour
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

New York City has some of the best street food in the world, but if you don’t know where to go, you could totally miss out on it. Discover the culinary delights of New York City’s food cart scene on this guided walking tour. Visit several of NYC’s food carts and food trucks and sample dishes served up right on the street.
  • Prebook your NYC food cart tour to secure your preferred date
  • Come hungry—taste different food cart dishes in Manhattan
  • Learn the stories behind these curbside kitchens during your walking tour
  • Choose a tour either in the Financial District or Midtown
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  • 6th Avenue & West 42nd Street , 6th Ave & W 42nd St, New York, NY 10018, USA

    MIDTOWN MEETING LOCATION: If your ticket is for the Midtown Food Cart Tour, the tour will begin in Bryant Park, on the sidewalk in front of the yellow kiosk at the southeast corner of 6th Ave and 42nd St.

  • 145 Front St , 145 Front St, New York, NY 10038, USA

    FINANCIAL DISTRICT MEETING LOCATION: If your ticket is for the Financial District Tour, meet your guide on the corner of Maiden Lane and Front Street, in front of the Continental Center at 145 Front Street in the outdoor area with public seating.

  • 12:00 PM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    With the fast pace of life in New York City, food carts are a popular option for those who want a quick and delicious meal on the go. Manhattan’s street food scene has evolved from basic hot dog and pretzel pushers to seriously gourmet to-go offerings scattered throughout town. Choose from a walking tour of Midtown Manhattan or the Financial District, then meet your friendly foodie guide for an exploration of these curbside kitchens.

    Stop at several different carts to sample delicious multicultural and fusion dishes. Because mobile food trucks change locations from day to day, the exact stops vary. Expect globally inspired offerings like Middle Eastern falafel, Korean short ribs, Pakistani curry, Greek souvlaki, Belgian waffles, and Mexican chocolate brownies. 

    Learn about the history of mobile dining as you walk from cart to cart, and see parts of the city you may otherwise have overlooked. Bring your sense of adventure and your appetite for a tasty and memorable afternoon. A percentage of all sales from this tour support the Street Vendor Project, an association that provides assistance to street vendors.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Bryant Park
    Visitors will taste delicious wafels and learn about one of New York City's most successful street vending businesses as they enjoy the park's beautiful setting.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Midtown
    Experience the thriving street food scene at and around 6th Avenue, which largely caters to office workers
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Turnstile Tours, Inc.
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during New York City Food Cart Walking Tour?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by New York City Food Cart Walking Tour.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during New York City Food Cart Walking Tour?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by New York City Food Cart Walking Tour.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New York City Food Cart Walking Tour?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by New York City Food Cart Walking Tour.

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    star-5
    Excellent tour by a very knowledgable...
    Nicola F
    , Jan 2018
    Excellent tour by a very knowledgable guide. Food was awesome and plenty :
    star-5
    Our guide Brian Hoffman awesome...
    Susan L
    , Dec 2017
    Our guide Brian Hoffman awesome! Great history lesson on the financial district. Took us to the best food carts. The history of the food cart industry is so interesting. If you're looking for a real behind the scenes tour in New York, this is a good one.
    star-4
    It was a nice walk-about...
    Denise S
    , Nov 2017
    It was a nice walk-about. Interesting info but when comparing notes with some locals not all of the info provided is exactly true but enjoyable anyway. The tour guide was very spirited and interactive.
    star-5
    This was a fun and informative tour...
    Marjorie S
    , Apr 2017
    This was a fun and informative tour. The day was rainy, but our tour guide found places to duck in while we did our food sampling. We were able to taste a variety of food and finished with a delightful dessert. Learned about safety of the food sold from carts and all the regulations they had to abide by. I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves to sample different types of food and always wanted to learn about eating from all the various food carts. The next morning, I bought my breakfast at a food cart with confidence.
    star-5
    Amazing experience! It appeared that...
    Olexandra Z
    , Dec 2016
    Amazing experience! It appeared that I was the only guest, but the tour started and Brian, my tour guide, was just brilliant. There was a lot of interesting non-typical information, details about food cart industry, problems, traditions, and cultural specialities. A lot of detailed food talks around great food tastings - it's for you, food-lovers! It's not about hotdogs or pretzel, all tastings are fancy, unique and related to a particular culture of multicultural New York community. I learned so much about the inner life of the city. This tour is really a chance to dive inside and imagine how new yorkers have a lunch, relax, and live. And - of cause - a lot for tasty food as well as informal friendly chats with local traders.
    star-5
    Excellent tour. Brian our host was...
    Adam_W
    , Jun 2016
    Excellent tour. Brian our host was very knowledgeable, accomodating and a fun guide. Easy tour with lots of food. Definitely loved veronicas jerk chicken.
    star-5
    This tour was my favorite part of...
    Anna L
    , Jun 2016
    This tour was my favorite part of visiting NYC, 6 generous samplings from food carts that are from different ethnic groups. Highly recommend !
    star-5
    Great tour and a fantastic way to...
    Shirley I
    , Mar 2016
    Great tour and a fantastic way to see New York and eat like a local, the story behind how food carts originated and the modern problems they have was all very interesting. Every cart owner was happy to chat, answer questions and were very welcoming.
    star-5
    This tour was sooooo amazing. We...
    Tamara H
    , Jan 2016
    This tour was sooooo amazing. We were just with the 2 of us and the guide. We got told so many things about the history of food and foodcarts in NY and also about NY itself. The food we had at the carts was really very good as well and we tasted some food we never tried before. The last cart we went to was a funny one for us because it was Belgian waffles and the names of the waffles and snacks they have were all written in Dutch and since we are from Holland we could read what it said and the names were real funny :- I would really recommend this tour to anyone visiting NY...especially to the ones who want to do something outside of the box that every tourist does.
    star-5
    We loved it. It was informative, well...
    Janis K
    , Nov 2015
    We loved it. It was informative, well paced and delicious fun.

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