Named one of the world's top destinations by Lonely Planet, Brooklyn has become a magnet for New York City's young up-and-comers and hot new businesses are popping up all over. But amidst all this flurry, the old Brooklyn still thrives. It's a place where you can travel the world in a day, a true melting pot where various ethnic groups have settled over the years, bringing with them the best of their culinary traditions. This 4.5-hour bus and walking tour puts you right in the middle of the tantalizing flavors and fascinating history of this storied borough. Your native-New Yorker tour guide will take you through Williamsburg and Greenpoint, where you'll get to sample delectable foods from authentic local ethnic eateries, get a sense of the thriving art community that has made this area home and drive through the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic neighborhood, where time seems to stand still. You'll also visit DUMBO, for scrumptious chocolate at the Jacques Torres chocolate factory, take a breather in Sunset Park while enjoying a picnic-style lunch featuring the famous Cuban sandwich that draws people to the Latin American restaurants in the neighborhood, and stop at Brooklyn Bridge Park for an excellent view of Manhattan's famous skyline. Save some room for an authentic New York pizza slice and cannoli in Carroll Gardens and Gowanus, and don't forget to bring your camera to take advantage of photo opportunities at every stop.
Aside from sampling delicious food, you will also experience life in the various neighborhoods that we visit. The tour is fully narrated by your guide, who will discuss the history, culture, architecture, entertainment offerings, and of course off-the-beaten-path food establishments.
The tour is about 4.5 hours long, but it can run a bit longer or shorter, depending on traffic.
Alcoholic beverages are not included but are available for purchase at some of the restaurants.
All of the vehicles used for tours have air-conditioning for the summer months and heating for the winter months.
Escorted transportation to Brooklyn via car or bus is included in the price of this tour. You’ll be met by your guide in Greenwich Village and then will be escorted to Brooklyn. Along the way, you’ll be passing through some historic areas of lower Manhattan which may include a surprise “bonus” food tasting.
A cold bottle of spring water is provided to every guest at the start of the tour.