Harlem Food Tour

A Harlem food tour?  When one hears the name Harlem, it immediately invokes in one’s mind images of shows at the Apollo, great jazz and incredible authors and activists.  These things are certainly true, but collectively, they are  just one side of Harlem. Harlem is also home to many ethnic groups who all bring their own  unique and tasty flavors to the table, from the Latin side of the Caribbean to Mexico, some Italian, and yes with additional tastes adding in by the Black American experience, and even Africans. This is the tour to see and taste these amazing foods at its most authentic literally right on the streets.

TIP: Consider combining this tour with our non-food focused Harlem History Tour, which takes place on Saturdays @10am.  The Harlem History Tour runs daily.

We begin our Harlem Food Tour by tasting and sampling amazing food from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic with tasty sweet plantains, empanadas, mofongo and various meats; Then cleanse your palette with homemade juices from Mexico while sampling more food at great outdoor stands with tantalizing tacos, grilled corn with all the fixings, and burritos. Just before we Harlem Food Tourleave Spanish Harlem we will eat at one the most famed pizzeria’s in all of New York City with a visible coal oven and learn of its historical connections to the city.  We then move the Central Harlem to see a great outdoor African Market while sampling fried shrimp, fish sticks. Then its time for down home Harlem cooking with collard greens, black eyed peas, cornbread and other soul food items.  Your eyes will sparkle from the things that you have seen, hands may be loaded down with interesting trinkets and souvenirs, and best of all your appetite will be satisfied.

Establishments we visit on the Harlem Food Tour:
  • Cuchofritos Frituros
  • Don Paco Panaderia
  • Patsy’s Pizza
  • Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market
  • Fish Fry Market on 116th
  • various food trucks and sidewalk vendors
  • with some combination of Amy Ruth’s/ Sylvia’s Restaurant, and a dessert stop or two.

Be sure to read our article on finding soul food in Harlem.

*You will need an unlimited MetroCard or a pay-as-you-go card with at least $5.  We will be taking mass transit on this tour.   Food not included.  Read our blog post on which MetroCard to buy. We recommend bringing $7-$15 for food sampling.

Tour information

Reservations: This tour runs as a PRIVATE TOUR during the summer only. It is not available September to March.

Where: Meet your tour guide outside the exit of the 116th Street subway station, just underneath the Sam’s Famous Pizza sign (map).

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1.5 mile (2.5 km)

When:  View Our Full Calendar.  Our Harlem Food Tour will return in December.  In the meantime, check out this deal from Groupon for another Harlem Food Tour.

Cost: The Harlem Food Tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done.  Food not included.  We recommend bringing $7-$15 for food sampling.  A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.