WHY IT RATES: Launching its first food tour within the U.S., in partnership with award-winning provider Devour Tours, City Experiences expands its portfolio of land-based tourism experience offerings in New York City, introducing guests to Greenwich Village’s iconic neighborhood culture through its authentic culinary scene. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer
City Experiences announced today its first U.S. food tour offered exclusively by the award-winning international tour provider Devour Tours, further extending the company’s land-based portfolio of offerings in New York City. The Greenwich Village NYC Food Tour takes guests on a culinary journey through Manhattan’s famed West Village, featuring some of the most beloved family-run eateries that have shaped the culture of this storied neighborhood. Tickets are on sale now at devourtours.com.
The Greenwich Village NYC Food Tour joins City Experiences’ current portfolio of offerings in New York City including Statue City Cruises, ferry service to the iconic Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, City Cruises New York, dining and sightseeing cruising from Chelsea, amongst others.
“Devour Tours has always been committed to bringing people together with a one-of-a-kind experience that is rooted in sharing the local culture through its cuisine,” said Lauren Aloise, Co-Founder of Devour Tours. “The culinary experience is part of the fabric of New York and we are thrilled to bring our expanding collection of offerings to the U.S. with the Greenwich Village NYC Food Tour. We’ve always felt that there is no better way to connect with a city than through its cuisine and New York is the perfect place for us to curate these new opportunities for our guests.”
The 3-hour Greenwich Village NYC Food Tour includes nine food tastings at seven locally run bistros and restaurants in the west side of Lower Manhattan from Washington Square Park to Bleeker Street. Discover the area’s rich immigrant heritage and meet the families who have kept their delicious traditions going strong for generations, all while tasting some of the best and most authentic Italian food New York City has to offer.
The tour begins in Washington Square Park, one of New York City’s most recognizable landmarks. Guests will learn the story of this neighborhood’s rich Italian heritage, starting with the first taste of the tour: fried arancini from a favorite family-run shop. From there, head to a handmade pasta shop that’s been run by the same family for over a century and sample their delicious cheese ravioli made by the same traditional manual pasta-cutting machine that has been in use since 1906.
Next, enjoy a family-run café famous for importing high-quality Italian coffee before trying one of the Village’s most iconic pizza joints. After that, head to the shop that supplied the arancini you sampled earlier, learn about the family who has run the place for five generations, and pick up some of their signature Italian cured meats and cheeses to enjoy along the way.
Afterward, try a meatball from a hot spot that opened in the 1990s—fairly new by Greenwich Village—and top it off with an olive oil tasting led by your expert guide.
And finally, since just one Italian dessert is never enough, try two! Enjoy freshly made pastries and Italy’s best-known sweet treat: gelato.
Devour Tours joined City Experiences in 2021 as part of the global experience provider Walks, further extending the company’s portfolio of culinary offerings by providing one-of-a-kind food and wine tours in top tourism destinations around the world. Devour Tours spans six different countries and eleven different cities including Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and San Sebastian, Spain; Paris, France; Rome, Florence, and Venice, Italy; Lisbon, Portugal; London, England; and now New York City. Devour Tours introduces guests to authentic local food and vibrant culture through a variety of specially curated and exclusive excursions from the people and communities that know them best.
City Experiences is a leader in world-class travel offerings, redefining how guests see the world with its one-of-a-kind experiential travel offerings across major global destinations. City Experiences represents a diverse portfolio of water-based experiences, including dining and sightseeing cruises, land-based experiences—including walking tours, food tours and excursions—and its ferry and transportation services. Through its vibrant, exclusively curated and personal connectively, all led by its renowned crew and tour guides, City Experiences delivers its guests an amazing experience that can only be found @cityexperiences.
SOURCE: City Experiences press release.