Eating My Way Through NYC's Chinatown and Little Italy

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If you follow along with any of my social media channels, you already know that my husband, Christian, and I just got back from a trip to New York City. He originally booked the trip back in April and he had been planning on surprising me with it for my birthday (which fell during the trip), but I cracked him and ended up finding out about the trip shortly after he booked it, I think he was relieved, though, because out of the two of us I am the planner and he just comes along for the ride – so it works out well.

The two of us are not strangers to Manhattan by any means. We go down several times a year, so we already got the big touristy things out of the way years ago. When we head down for a weekend now a days, I tend to look for more off the beaten path things for us to do. This time around, in addition to a couple of Broadway and Off Broadway shows, we ended up going on the Chinatown and Little Italy Food Tour from Ahoy New York Tours & Tasting.

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If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I have a love affair with food. I seriously love to eat and love expanding my palate whenever possible which is why I was so excited to take this particular food tour. I’ve been on food tours in my home city of Boston and really enjoyed them, but the Chinatown and Little Italy Food Tour from Ahoy was different from any of the other food tours I have ever been on. Their tour visits six different tasting locations in two unique ethnic NY neighborhoods and fuses the elements of history, culture, and food all in one.

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While Christian and I were on the Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest tour, we had the opportunity to visit several family-owned shops and off-the-beaten-path NYC locations.

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The tour lasts for three hours and it flew by. Our guide, Alana, was very knowledgeable and really brought the history, culture and cuisine of Chinatown and Little Italy to life. Along the way we learned a lot about each culture, including the history of how each one ended up in NYC and she sprinkled some fun facts and interesting stories throughout the tour.

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Here are the tastings you will experience on this tour:

  • Fresh homemade mozzarella paired with prosciutto
  • Delicious imported Italian cheeses and olives
  • An authentic Sicilian pastry, cannoli
  • A tasty Italian surprise
  • Sit-down dim sum experience
  • An authentic Chinese dumpling
  • A traditional Chinese pastry

Tour costs $51 per adult ticket and all food tastings are included. Each 3-hour tour starts at 10:30 am, but check-in time is at 10:15 am & it meets at Grand Street/Mulberry Street, in Little Italy (the exact meeting location information provided with ticket purchase).

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Right now you are probably wondering if you will be served enough food for lunch. Yes. I left the tour full, but not stuffed. It was just the right amount of food.

The tour is held rain or shine and if you are planning on taking this tour – and I think you should if you have some time in NYC – you should definitely wear comfortable shoes and clothing. You will have a few chances to sit along the tour, but most of the time you will be on your feet.

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Another thing I loved about this tour is that the groups are kept small. I’ve been on big tours before and it’s hard to hear when you are that far away from the guide, so I really appreciated that there were only 10 of us on the tour we went on. The website says that each tour can accommodate 12-13 people, which I think is a good amount for something like this.

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Before the tour started, we were all given a handout that includes a map, neighborhood recommendations and discounts so that you can continue the journey after the tour is over.

I had a really great time on this tour and would definitely recommend it to someone who is planning to visit NYC. It is a great way to try a variety of foods from two different cultures and learn some interesting historical information along the tour.

I especially liked Alana’s tip about where to get an entire meal in Chinatown for $6! If you take the tour, you’ll find out, too.

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**Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets for the tour, but all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

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88 comments

  1. Audrey McClelland

    OMG, that sounds so delicious! I would love to eat my way through Chinatown and Little Italy. I’d probably explode!

  2. Cathi C

    I. Love. Tours. Tours that have anything to do with a city but add food and it’s a WinWin!! It’s been said that if you you eat our in a restaurant 3 times a day in NYC it would take close to 25 years to give each NYC restaurant a go. I’m game!!

  3. Jeanette

    I love all sorts of tours you learn so much! My hubby thinks through his stomach so I know the store would be at the top of his hit list if we go out there.

  4. Tara

    This sounds like a fantastic tour to take. I love discovering new restaurants.

  5. Lisa Collins

    If I could eat my way through every foodie town I would. These stops look delicious by the way!

  6. Melissa Lawler

    I used to spend a lot of time in Chinatown. I really miss it.

  7. meagan

    Now this is my kind of tour! I’ve always wanted to visit Chinatown. Looks like such delicious food.

  8. Sarah

    Wow, an eating tour sounds so fun!! Sounds like amazing food.

  9. Amy Desrosiers

    I love fresh cheeses and pasta. I actually just made stuffed shells so this looks yummy!

  10. Lisa Favre

    New York’s Little Italy has some of the best restaurants, hands down. I love that first image of all the cheeses – my mouth is watering!

  11. milenabarrett

    For NYC I think that’s a reasonable price for the food tour! I love Chinetown and Little Italy! The hardest part is knowing what you want to eat!

  12. Pam

    I agree. I have seen tours in NYC that are outrageously expensive. For what you get in NYC, this one seems very reasonable!

  13. Kathy

    All of the food sounds really good. I’ve never even been to New York before. I think it would be nice to just visit there sometime. I would definitely check out these places if I were to be able to go.

  14. Liz Mays

    You had me at the fresh mozzarella! That is a tour I know I would absolutely love to take.

  15. Ann Bacciaglia

    I am in NY right now. I will have to check out the food in Chinatown and Little Italy. The food looks amazing and we have been looking for fun things to do.

  16. Winona Rogers

    I would love to go on a food tour. Chinatown and Little Italy would be a great place to try some delicious foods.

  17. Stacie V

    So much delicious food I would want to try everything. This looks like it was a fun tour. I will have to check it out the next time I am in NYC.

  18. Lindsey Paris

    Ohh the CHEEEESE! I would take the tour just for that cheese and meat!

  19. Theresa

    A food tour sounds right up my alley! I’ve been really enjoying seeing some of your NY trip on Facebook. Can’t wait to hear more!

  20. Melissa Potvin

    WOW Sounds like my kind of good time, I love to eat my way through things ha! In all seriousness… sounds fantastic.

  21. Alicia

    This sounds like such a fun tour. It’s a great way to explore all the different cultures in NYC.

  22. kristi

    I have never been on a tour like this (even in Boston). I am missing out. The food looks amazing. I see there are plenty of low carb options, but hey, that pasta – I couldn’t pass it up!

  23. Heather Lawrence

    I love it when I can read a post and actually have a picture of the area in my mind.
    The hubby and I were in NYC for Independence Day and did the hop on hop off tour so I know exactly where these locations are. We never got a chance to try any of the food in Little Italy but I wish that we did. Fresh pasta is such a treat!

  24. Azlin Bloor

    An interesting foodie tour! It’s definitely worth doing one of these to experience as much as possible. Looks like you guys had a delicious time!

  25. Catherine S

    This looks like a great tour and the food looks yummy. I will have to do this next time we go to NY.

  26. Carolyn

    I would love this tour. I used to live in NYC and next time I visit I will take my husband. He would love to see Little Italy and Chinatown.

  27. Pam

    I love food tours. I have been to NYC several times and I always try to get food in Chinatown. Little Italy also has great food.

  28. tara pittman

    I would love this foodie tour. My husband planned a surprise hotel stay this past May for our anniversary and I had no clue.

  29. Paula Schuck

    I could eat until I popped on a tour like that! NYC has the best ethnic food around. I’ve been there a few times, and I always make sure I try something new.

  30. Melanie Smith

    I love food tours in NYC and Chinatown is one of my favorite places there, I really have to go again.

  31. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    NYC Chinese food is the absolute best Chinese food in the country, bar none. I’ve had Chinese food in lots of different places, and none of them beat even one restaurant in NYC.

  32. Amy Jones

    Chinatown’s food is amazing, I’d love to make this tour

  33. Shell

    This sounds like such a great tour! I have a love affair with food, too, and am always on the hunt for something good.

  34. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    I would love to go back to NYC. I remember so many great time at Chinatown and little Italy. The food is always amazing. I love trying authentic cuisine from other places so these sections are always fun to visit.

  35. Toni | BoulderLocavore.com

    All these food sounds delicious! I would also love to try different authentic cuisines!

  36. Marcie W.

    I actually have a trip to Philadelphia coming up soon and I’m really hoping to spend at least one day in NYC. As a total foodie, this type of tour sounds fantastic.

  37. Val

    Looks like a great experience. NYC Chinatown and Little Italy really are great locations to enjoy!

  38. Kelly

    Finding spots to dine in NYC is always so thrilling! Gotta love Little Italy for their authentic restaurants!

  39. Melisasource

    I had the opportunity to visit NYC 1 time but it was a short visit. I would love to go back and explore as well as do one of these tours!

  40. Cindy Ingalls

    This looks like so much fun. I love Little Italy and Chinatown. There are some great culinary finds in that area.

  41. Elizabeth O.

    Food tours are always delightful and it’s great to learn more about the different cuisines/dishes you’re enjoying along the way. It sounds like a tour that I’ll enjoy! I like that they keep the crowd small.

  42. Chrishelle

    This food tour sounds like a must do when in New York. I love Italian food. I would just be in heaven with the homemade pastas.

  43. Rachel Langer

    Is that Gnocchi I think I see? Man do I love some delicious Italian food! And Chinese food – it is like this tour was designed for me.

  44. Bella

    My favorite part about visiting NYC is all of the high quality food! I could spend an entire day in china town (yes it has happened).

  45. Michelle Gwynn Jones

    Chinatown. I remember being a teen on Long Island – late at night (early in the morning) when the bars closed heading to Chinatown and getting something to nibble on. Nothing like a city that never sleeps.

  46. Jeanine

    I was looking at your snaps from your trip and I was drooling! All looks so good and so delicious. Would love to try it ALL!

  47. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane

    Oh gosh! I am such a fan of foodie testing and tours. This looks like so much fun. One of these days I will get to NYC!

  48. deynece

    I am going to NYC next week and I will definitely try these pt. Thank you.m

  49. Reesa Lewandowski

    I loved watching your tour on snapchat! We should meet up sometime in NYC!

  50. Rachel

    Wow! What great tours and the food looks delicious! If I ever get to NYC I will have to check these places out!

  51. Amanda Love

    What a great way to get to know more of the city! I love food tours especially when it’s focused on cuisines that I enjoy eating. This sounds like an awesome tour to join when you’re in NYC! Especially since it accommodates lesser people than your usual tour.

  52. victoria

    Looks like a great tour! I would love go there

  53. tp keane

    wow, what a trip. looks like you guys had an amazing vacation… even if you did wrangle the info out of poor hubby lol.

  54. Kristi

    What a fun adventure. I love that he tried to surprise you but that you ended up helping to plan it!

  55. Franc Ramon

    This is a tour I would surely enjoy because of the food involve. It would be really fun to explore the different treats in Chinatown and Little Italy.

  56. Nicole Etolen

    Wow, I never heard of this place. Will love to shop some cheese in this place, nice share!

  57. Jerzee Benavente

    That’s an awesome tour! I too love food. Lol! There’s something about food that perks me up. Hahaha! The round chinese food with sesame seeds is called “butchi” here in the Philippines.

  58. Kristen Dann

    Food is always a must for me when visiting NY. I think this tour would be awesome for anyone interested in the different cultural foods NY has to offer.

  59. Jennifer Henry-Novich

    I would love to take a food tour of Little Italy and Chinatown. Sounds like this was such an amazing experience to get to try out new things.

  60. Sara

    This tour looks like so much fun!! Next time I’m in nyc I’m going!

  61. Natalie

    Mouth watering! I love going on little foodie trips where my husband and I just goes on the hunt for good food or new restaurants/cafes to eat at. I love exploring Chinatown too, what a unique place!

  62. Krystle Cook

    I have always wanted to visit NYC and this looks like the perfect way to do it! I am a huge foodie so this is perfect.

  63. Jay Simms

    All of that food looks so delicious. I am glad to hear that the tour left you feeling satisfied but not too stuffed that you couldn’t try everything.

  64. Courtneylynne

    Omg!!! Now this is my kinda tour! Next time I’m in NY I know what I’m doing! Yummy!

  65. Ron Leyba

    The foods you featured looks really amazing and flavorful. I wanted to try them too.

  66. Erin

    Okay. I feel as though I need a food tour in my life like right now. I love food! lol!

  67. Kendall

    Everything looks soo good! I live in New York so I head to the city a lot since I’m only about 30 minutes away – Little Italy is my favorite spot! I could never pass up all the yummy food!

  68. Anosa

    I love when tour guides are knowledgable and can give a detailed explanations during the tours. The food tours sound really awesome

  69. Mary Edwards

    I would love to try out this tour with my teenage daughter. She is a foodie like me. Looks fun and delicious

  70. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    I’m a foodie and now I’m hungry with your post. They all look yummy! Nice shots you have there huh.

  71. Yvonne Sowell

    Oh that looks so fun! The best part about going on a holiday or a trip is the food. I don’t mind missing shopping but good food is a must! Will definitely need to look at this when we’re travelling to NYC. Thanks!| yvonnesowell.com |

  72. Christy Garrett

    I haven’t been to New York. I’ve heard the deep dish pizza is to die for. I hope I can make it up there one day.

  73. Rosey

    I think that’s about the right amount of people for a tour like that too. Sounds like a really fun thing to do!

  74. Travel Blogger

    Oh my gawd you had my at food tour. It all looks absolutely delicious.

  75. Karlyn Cruz

    Wow, I want to go to these places. I always wanted to try Chinese delicacies.

  76. rika

    I’ve never been to NYC! I want to visit those places. I love cheese and asian food

  77. anna nuttall

    That is my dream – to one day go to NYC chinatown as the one here in London is pretty damn lame. I will do it one day. xx

  78. Nicole Escat

    We have China town here but we do not have Little Italy.I hope I can find a place where to buy all kinds of Italian cheese!

  79. Toughcookiemommy

    One of my favorite things to do when I am on vacation is to sample the local eats. It’s a great way to get to know the local culture.

  80. Lisa Rios

    I always wanted to go for one such delicious food trip with my husband & it sounds like you have had a wonderful experience out there. It is really amazing to know that you get an entire meal for $6 in Chinatown!

  81. Courtney Gillard

    I like these places. The foods of different nations are definitely must-try!

  82. Beeb Ashcroft

    My husband and I lived in New York for a bit and it’s definitely nicer in short trips rather than living there haha Looks like you had a blast though!

  83. Denea Duran

    Im from San Fran and we have a Chinatown but not little Italy. I am addicted to cheese and past so I will have to visit when I go to NY!

  84. Marielle Altenor

    I haven’t been to NY since I was ten years old. We have a China Town and a Little Italy here in Montreal, but I bet it’s nothing compared to the one in NY.

  85. tauyanm

    i always love visiting chinatown in any coutry i go. those foods looks amazing and yummy! that mochi ball thats how we call it looks delicious!

  86. Shannon P

    I LOVE NYC! I used to go there on the train on the weekends and loved eating all the delicious foods!

  87. alissa a apel

    This does sound fantastically yummy! I love the pictures you got too! I’m a sucker for pasta and cheese.

  88. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

    My sister and I are planning to visit NYC this Fall. Thanks for sharing this. I will add to my list of places to check out!

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