WHY IT RATES: Launching its first food tour in the United States, in partnership with award-winning provider Devour Tours, City Experiences expands its portfolio of land-based sightseeing experience offerings in New York, introducing guests to the iconic neighborhood culture of Greenwich Village at through its authentic culinary scene. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Editor
City Experiences today announced its first U.S. food tour offered exclusively by award-winning international tour operator Devour Tours, further expanding the company’s portfolio of land-based offerings in New York City. The Greenwich Village NYC Food Tour takes guests on a culinary journey through Manhattan’s famed West Village, showcasing some of the best-loved family restaurants that have shaped the culture of this historic neighborhood. Tickets are on sale now at devourtours.com.
The Greenwich Village NYC Food Tour joins City Experiences’ existing portfolio of New York City offerings, including Statue City Cruises, ferry service to the iconic Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, City Cruises New York, dining and sightseeing cruises at departure from Chelsea, among others.
“Devour Tours has always been committed to bringing people together with a one-of-a-kind experience that is rooted in sharing local culture through its cuisine,” said Lauren Aloise, co-founder of Devour Tours. “The dining experience is part of the fabric of New York and we’re excited to bring our growing collection of offerings to the United States with the Greenwich Village NYC Food Tour. We’ve always believed there was no better way to connect with a city than through its cuisine and New York is the perfect place for us to create these new opportunities for our customers.
The 3-hour Greenwich Village NYC food tour includes nine food tastings at seven locally-run bistros and restaurants in Lower Manhattan’s West Side, from Washington Square Park to Bleeker Street. Learn about the region’s rich immigrant heritage and meet the families who have preserved their delicious traditions for generations, while sampling the best and most authentic Italian cuisine New York has to offer.
The tour begins in Washington Square Park, one of New York’s most recognizable landmarks. Guests will learn the story of this neighborhood’s rich Italian heritage, starting with the tour’s first taste: fried arancini from a favorite family store. From there, head to an artisan pasta shop run by the same family for over a century and sample their delicious cheese ravioli made by the same traditional manual pasta cutter used since 1906.
Next, enjoy a family-owned cafe renowned for importing high-quality Italian coffee before trying one of the village’s most iconic pizzerias. After that, head to the store that provided the arancini you sampled earlier, learn about the family that’s run the place for five generations, and pick up some of their signature Italian charcuterie and cheeses to taste along the way.
Then, try a meatball from a hot spot that opened in the 1990s—fairly new to Greenwich Village—and top it off with an olive oil tasting led by your expert guide.
And finally, since one Italian dessert is never enough, try two! Sample freshly baked pastries and Italy’s most famous delicacy: ice cream.
Devour Tours joined City Experiences in 2021 as part of the global experience provider Walks, further expanding the company’s portfolio of culinary offerings by offering unique food and wine tours in major tourist destinations around the world. Devour Tours covers 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. Devour Tours introduces guests to authentic local cuisine and vibrant culture through a variety of specially curated and exclusive excursions by the people and communities who know them best.
City Experiences is a leader in world-class travel offerings, redefining the way customers see the world with its one-of-a-kind experiential travel offerings in major global destinations. City Experiences represents a diverse portfolio of water experiences, including food and sightseeing cruises, land experiences – including walking tours, food tours and excursions – and its ferry and transportation services. With its dynamic, exclusively curated and personal connection, all led by its renowned crew and tour guides, City Experiences offers its guests an incredible experience that can only be found @cityexperiences.
THE SOURCE: City Experiences press release.