This post compares and reviews the various Greenwich Village food tours, including our pay-what-you-wish version. All tour companies below are highly rated, but each stand out in their own way. A word of advice: taking a food tour at the beginning of your trip provides you with not only a historical frame of reference in the city you are touring, but yummy places to visit and revisit before you head back home. Read the descriptions to see which Greenwich Village Food tour best fits your needs. Food samples are generally included in the price of the tour, with the main exception of our tour.
Note: Before making any ticket purchases, it’s important to read through the different company website descriptions, food options, cancellation policy, FAQ, etc. This will help you frame your expectations, plan your itinerary and allow you to get the most out of your vacation experience. Mangia!
Greenwich Village is well-known for its shady, winding streets with 19th Century houses, for its bohemian roots and historic Washington Square Park. But the Village’s tree-lined streets are also lined with some of the best restaurants and food specialty shops in all of the Big Apple. Just ask celebrity chefs of the Food Network, food critics from the New York Times and thousands of New Yorkers: Greenwich Village is THE place to find the best of every cuisine. So come along on our pay-what-you-wish Greenwich Village Food Tour and discover for yourself just what makes this neighborhood a foodie destination.
Be sure to consider our other guided and self-guided New York food tours as well as our non-food Greenwich Village Tour.
Join Free Tours by Foot as we locate the best of the best. You’ll crunch your sweet tooth with scrumptious desserts, indulge in prociutto arancini (rice balls) from a shop 100 years old, eat falafel so good that you will understand why New Yorkers wait in long lines every night at one of the first Middle Eastern establishments in the United States. And in a city known for its pizza, you will try not one but two of the city’s best rated pizzerias.
Check out our blog post on things to eat in Greenwich Village which describes some of the below mentioned locations.
Shops and foods we cover on the Greenwich Village Food Tour:
At the food stops, you will choose what treats you would like to sample (or eat in whole). Try them all or none at all. Unlike other tours that charge around $50 – $60 with some excluding food, on this tour, YOU choose what to eat and how much to spend. All recommended items are less than $4. Suggested amount to bring for snacks is $7-10, depending on your appetite! Vegetarian and vegan options available at several shops.
Where: Intersection of Waverly Place and 6th Avenue. Look for your guide with the Free Tours by Foot logo in front of the Waverly Restaurant. The tour ends at at the same place.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K)
When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays @1pm. View our full Calendar.
If you can’t make one of our tours, then check out these other tours.
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget. Suggested amount to bring for snacks is $7-10, depending on your appetite.
There are several reputable companies who also offer paid food tours of Greenwich Village. Before making any ticket purchases, it’s important to read through the different company website descriptions, food options, cancellation policy, FAQ, etc. This will help you frame your expectations, plan your itinerary and allow you to get the most out of your vacation experience. Mangia!
Authentic Italian Greenwich Village Food Tour and Tastings
This tour focuses on Italian and Italian American cuisine in Greenwich Village. The guide greets you with food as you arrive, so come hungry! As you walk through Greenwich Village, you will taste homemade pastas and sample olive oils, as well as neighborhood staples like arancini and pizza. You’ll have a sit-down experience at a local restaurant. Group size is relatively small, capping at 15 guests per tour. Walks of New York also offer tours of the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and more. See their full list of tours.
The reviews are overall outstanding, with almost every review as 5 stars. Guests are satisfied with the tasting choices (with several mentions of lemon pasta), the knowledgeable tour guides, as well as the level of food knowledge the tour guides possess. Tours are family and kid friendly.
Greenwich Village Food Tour
Don’t let the price scare you. Manhattan Walking Tours keeps their groups semi-private (capping at 8 people per tour) allowing for the most personal experience of any of the food tour companies in Greenwich Village. Five stops are included, along with a drink and full Greenwich Village history from the Dutch settlement through today. Tours are family and kid friendly.
Reviewers overall enjoy this food tour, giving predominantly 4.5 out of 5 stars on Tripadvisor. There is an option to add the historical High Line tour prior to the food tour for an additional $25/person. If you choose this option, understand combining them does not mean you start eating earlier. Reviewers find they walk away with a deeper understanding of Greenwich Village while enjoying delicious local cuisines.
Greenwich Village Pizza Walk
This tour focuses on pizza. Whether you are a pizza connoisseur or the occasional eater, this tour will keep you engaged in the pizza making process. You’ll learn about the history of pizza, the different styles of ovens used in New York City and how the different types of doughs, cheeses, sauces and herbs make pizza taste so different from one establishment to the other. You will try three different pizza slices along the way. Groups sizes are a little larger, anywhere from 16-24 people. Only one child per 4 adults.
Reviewers are fascinated with the content of this tour and the knowledge level of the tour guides. With predominantly 5 star ratings on both TripAdvisor and Viator (read the reviews), this tour is enjoyed by foodies, children and locals looking for something different to do on a Saturday afternoon. Reviewers categorize this tour more as educational, with opportunities to eat pizza which does make it different than the other food tours listed in this blog.
West Village Food Tour
This tour focuses on six mom-and-pop shops in the West and Central Village. You’ll sample pizza, falafel, New York Style bagels, Italian staples and cupcakes while learning about how the food is made. You will explore the ‘off the beaten path’ areas Greenwich Village has to offer and learn how the ethnic groups who once called Greenwich Village home influenced how food is made in New York City.
Reviewers love the food, but especially remark about how much they learned about Greenwich Village history. Even locals feel they learned quite a bit about their own city. Tours are kid friendly, with groups sizes relatively small. This tour averages a 5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor and Viator (read the reviews).
Foods of New York Tours
The Original Greenwich Village Food and Culture Walking Tour and The Heart of Greenwich Village Food and Culture Walking Tour
Foods of New York has two food tours focused in Greenwich Village. Both tours focus on the quaint history of Greenwich Village without overlapping historical content or food tastings. The Original Greenwich Village Food tour makes 7 tastings “on the go”, with 1 sit down stop. The Heart of Greenwich Village Food tour makes 5 tastings “on the go”, with 2 sit down stops. Both tours cap at 16 people per guide.
Both of their Greenwich Village food tours are highly rated, with most reviews at 5 stars. Quite a few reviewers state they are returning customers. Guests are very satisfied with the blend of historical content and food tastings. Tours are family friendly and enjoyed by all ages.