The Ethnic Enclave and Food
Tour of New York City
A visit to four unique neighborhoods
9:00am
$130
Excludes 5.5% Booking Fee
$65
/Person
  • Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York City
  • J. Americus S
  • 4 Hours

The Ethnic Enclave Tour of New York City starts with a 15 minute discussion of the "Cycle of Immigration" and the role of New York as the leading "melting pot" of the world. This label has defined the city since its founding as New Amsterdam by the Dutch.

On the tour, we will first explore the most visited of the ethic enclaves, the Little Italy-Chinatown Historic District. Here, we will see examples of Neapolitan cuisine and culture as well as the largest enclave of people with Chinese ancestry outside of China.

The tour group will next visit the Lower East Side, at one time the most densely populated place on earth. While here, the group will visit the Yonah Shimmel knishery, the inimitable Katz's Deli, and Rush and Daughters delicacy gift store, three places best appreciated by a personal visit. Food may be purchased at individual expense.

We will then travel by subway to Harlem, a well-known African-American enclave with great history in music, arts, politics, civil rights, religious history, and most recently, a place that has gone through a tremendous economic re-vitalization. We will dine for lunch at individual expense at the world-famous Sylvia's, stop at the African market, stroll down 125th Street (the historic Apollo Theatre and Teresa Hotel), and view some of Harlem's diverse architecture.

  • Good for layovers
  • Good for groups
This tour has a 50% refund up to 5 days prior to tour, no refund after that policy. The booking fee is non-refundable.

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J. Americus S
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I am business consultant who loves New York City and introducing this inimitable place to visitors. I am personable, patient, a good listener, and truly enjoy getting to know my clients (several o... Read More