New York City

East Village Food Tour

Explore the trendy and bohemian East Village culinary scene, a diverse neighborhood brimming with delicious ethnic cuisine: Irish, Italian, Ukrainian, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Basque, and more!

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Explore This Lively, Foodie Neighborhood with an Adventurous Spirit 

Join us on our NYC East Village Food Tour as we explore one of New York City’s hottest restaurant and craft cocktail scenes – known for its role as the birthplace of punk and artist hangouts. Hear the stories of restaurant owners and chefs as you enjoy our all-inclusive 4-course progressive meal with beverage pairings. Taste incredible ethnic cuisines from immigrants who have made the East Village one of the most diverse eating grounds!

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1-100+ Guests
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From $115 Per Person
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2.5 to 3 Hours
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3 Restaurants
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4 Courses & 3 Beverage Pairings (Optional)
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Public or Private Tour

How it Works

Example Dishes & Drinks

Our East Village Food Tour includes 4-courses – two appetizers, one entree, and one dessert – with a sprinkling of culinary history and stories in between. We focus on quality over quantity, but we promise you won’t leave hungry! Here are some possible tastings to satiate your curiosity.

spaghetti pasta with lemon from east village nyc restaurant

Handmade Spaghetti al Limone and pillowy Gnocchi at well-loved popular authentic Italian restaurant

Matthew Kenny pizza at Double zero in nyc east village restaurant

Mouthwatering truffle cashew Cream Pizza from acclaimed Chef reshaping the future of food 

dry pot from nyc east village restaurant mala project

Unique Sichuan dry pot with ingredients such as konjac noodles, lotus root, and chicken thigh from a Michelin Bib Gourmand Favorite

pierogies from veselka a nyc east village restaurant

Savory fried Pierogi from historic Ukrainian restaurant known as a locals’ institution

mini ny cheesecake from venieros in the east village

One of New York City’s best NY-style cheesecake  at historic stained-glass frescoed Italian Bakery

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Classic Chianti to enjoy with fresh pastas

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Baijiu Seasonal cocktail mellowing spicy dry pot

white sangria from huertas at a nyc east village restaurant

Refreshing white sangria with fresh citrus fruits 

 

Example Restaurants

We’ll visit 3-4 of the best restaurants in NYC, featuring hot spots (Avital guests skip the line) and hidden gems. All of our restaurants not only serve outstanding food and drinks, but they also have a rich story to discover.

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Mala Project

Michelin Bib Gourmand Sichuan Dry Pot Restaurant from Amelie Kang, one of Eater’s Young Guns

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Veniero’s

Historical Italian Dessert Cafe with atmospheric stained glass and frescoes — a local’s favorite!

Double Zero Restaurant Interior in NYC East Village
Double Zero

Michelin Bib Gourmand Trendy Plant-Based Pizzeria from fine dining pioneer Vegan Chef Matthew Kenney

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Balade

Modern Lebanese restaurant with Michelin Bib Gourmand Designation

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Supper

Soulful Italian Restaurant with Michelin Bib Gourmand

Frank Restaurant Interior with Chandalier in NYC East Village
Frank

Beloved Italian Red Sauce Restaurant from Restauranteur Frank Prisinzano

“I had such a wonderful experience on my East Village Progressive Food Tour.”

I had such a wonderful experience on my East Village Progressive Food Tour. My family and I all have different dietary restrictions which makes experiences like this rare for us to be able to share and I’m very grateful to Avital for making a special food experience everyone can enjoy!

 

Freddy V. via Google
East Village Food Tour

What’s Included

  • 3-Hour Walking Tour (flat route, approximately 1 mile) 
  • Expertly Trained Avital Guide 
  • 4-Course Meal with Appetizers, Entree, and Dessert 
  • 3 Alcoholic Beverage Pairings (optional upgrade) 
  • Delightful Sprinkling of Culinary Stories and History

Where is it?

Tompkins Square Park, East 10th Street, New York, NY, USA

Our start location varies but is always within a 3-block walk from Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, located on the 4, 5, 6, or M line). You’ll receive your exact meeting location after booking.

Run of Show

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1: Meet Expert Avital Guide & Introduction

Guests meet Avital Guide at pre-determined location. Kick off the tour with fun introductions!

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2: 1st Restaurant for Appetizer & Optional Beverage Pairing

Arrive at the first neighborhood restaurant and sink your teeth into a delicious appetizer with a carefully curated alcoholic (or non-alcoholic if you prefer) beverage pairing.

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3: Visit Iconic Landmark

Head towards your next restaurant destination, but on the way discover unique murals, historic statues, or hidden curiosities with rich commentary from your Avital Guide.

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4: 2nd Restaurant for Appetizer & Optional Beverage Pairing

Enjoy your second small plate appetizer with another delicious beverage pairing as you hear stories about the restaurant, culinary scene, and the people who make it all possible.

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5: Discover Neighborhood Story

As you walk to your 3rd restaurant destination you’ll continue your journey through the neighborhood with more awesome storytelling and fun facts.

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6: 3rd (or 4th) Restaurant for Entree, Dessert & Optional Beverage Pairing

Indulge in your main entree course with another incredible beverage pairing as you chat, enjoy, and connect with your fellow diners.

Then enjoy a scrumptious sweet treat for your final tasting. Your Avital Guide will wrap up the tour, answer any final questions, and can recommend other awesome places to visit next time!

The Essentials

Availability

Public tours are available on Saturdays from 3pm-6pm ET. Private tours are available any day of the week, at any time! 

Distance

The East Village Food Tour is a flat route, approximately 1 mile.

Group Size

Public tours have a 4-person minimum and a 12-person maximum. If the minimum number of guests is not reached, we will contact you to reschedule onto another time or date, or offer a refund. Private tours don’t have a minimum or maximum number of people, but we do have a $1000 minimum spend.

Alcohol

Guests over 21 years can add the alcohol pairing upgrade which includes 3 carefully curated drinks.

Gratuity

Gratuities not included for public tours. 15%-20% is customary in the tourism industry. That’s about $20 per person. For private events, gratuity is included in your package price!

Lead Time

Our public tours sell out fast so we recommend purchasing your tickets at least 2 weeks in advance. For private tours, we can accommodate advance or rush bookings, send us a booking request and we’ll get back to youl.

Private or Public

You can experience the East Village via a public food tour or you can book a private experience just for your group.

Private Tour

A private experience, just for your group. Great for team building, client entertainment, birthday parties, and large groups.

  • Request Your Preferred Day & Time
  • Any Group Size
  • Private Avital Guide For Your Group
  • Customize Your Package
Public Tour

Join other foodies on this regularly-scheduled experience open to the public. Great for couples, solo travelers, and small groups.

  • Pre-Scheduled Tours
  • Purchase 1-5 Tickets
  • Join Other Foodies (Capped at 12 Guests)
  • Prix Fixe Menu with Optional Beverages

“I highly recommend this tour for anyone looking to plan a company event that is not forced fun but a casual social affair.”

We planned our company outing with Avital and did the progressive tour of the East Village. Our tour guide Sophie was wonderful. She provided an interesting background to all the places we enjoyed and her sparkling personality was a welcome addition to our group. While some of the restaurants were out of my personal comfort zone, I have to say I enjoyed every single one as did the rest of our group. I highly recommend this tour for anyone looking to plan a company event that is not forced fun but a casual social affair.

 

Laura T. via Google
East Village Food Tour

Upgrades & Add-ons

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Add 2 Alcoholic Beverages
$45 Per Person

Curated cocktails, beer, or wine pairings to enhance your dining experience.

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Add More Food
$30 Per Person

Perfect for dinner-time tours. Available on private tours only.

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Add Bubbly Toast
$25 Per Person

Perfect for celebratory occasions. Available on private tours only.

Dietary Restrictions

One of our core values is #BreatheCuriosity. We enjoy introducing you to new foods and old favorites in new ways. We very much encourage guests to be adventurous and try something new – we’ve even had an 80-year old man try his first oyster with us! Thus, while we love the diverse ways our guests choose to eat, we can accommodate some restrictions on public tours and most restrictions and preferences on private tours. You will be asked for your dietary restrictions during your booking process. If you are unsure if we can accommodate your restriction, please email us at [email protected]. Please note that this tour may include nuts, dairy, seafood, spicy food, and pork. For private tours, we can accommodate all dietary restrictions with advance notice. On public tours, we can only accommodate the following:

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescatarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Pregnant Guests
  • No Pork
  • No Seafood

Why Choose Avital for Your East Village Food Tour?

Expertly Guided

Our East Village Food Tour is led by a trained, expert Avital Guide. You can sit back and enjoy as your host takes care of all the logistics with rich storytelling and group engagement along the way.

VIP Experience

No waiting in lines and each course is served seated at a reserved table. Tours can be an intimate, small-group experience yet still have that same VIP feeling for large groups.

Experienced Team

A full support team to ensure a turnkey booking and seamless experience from start to finish.

Dietary Restriction Friendly

We understand dietary restrictions and want everyone to leave feeling cared for and full! We’ll ask for your restrictions after booking.

Taste The Best

Instead of visiting a whole bunch of average places with tiny toothpick bites, we visit 3-4 incredible restaurants that not only serve steller food and drinks, but are passionate about storytelling and the guest experience.

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