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WHY CHOOSE US? - Sidewalks of NY Tours

Sidewalks of New York is the leading food-tasting walking-tour company in New York City. We are keenly attuned to every aspect of your walking-tour experience – on our tours, you can expect wonderful local insights, terrific customer service and a non-stop fun experience that will keep you smiling for days.

We structured our walking tours with one motto in mind. "People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel." -- Maya Angelou

We're in the business of giving unforgettable food tours and creating wonderful memories. Here is what you can expect on a Sidewalks of NY food tour:

  • All-Star Local Guides- An excellent guide is the key to your walking-tour experience, and our guides are the best in the business. Passionate, knowledgeable, fun, hip, in-the-know and friendly, our NYC licensed tour guides are true New Yorkers. They love what they do, with an enthusiasm that makes you feel like a neighborhood native in no time.

  • "This is my second Sidewalk Tour with a stupendous tour guide, Dante, in the West Village! As a native Brooklyn girl, his is the best tour guide/company you can go with. They are super friendly, informative and gracious to the whole group. I would highly recommend this wonderful company to both tourists and native New Yorkers." Dec 7, 2013, Marcelline L (Trip Advisor)

  • Award Winning Food - We are professional food tasters. Sidewalks of NY Tours owner, Joshua Hirsch, and Director of Development, Michael Morgenthal, have been eating in these neighborhoods for more than 50 years collectively, and we cover every inch of Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side, conducting delicious research to bring you the very best food each neighborhood has to offer.
  • Our collection of food stops is meticulously curated to give you a true taste of each neighborhood, from 100-plus-year-old neighborhood institutions, to award-winning newer establishments that continue to innovate and push the culinary envelope.

    A featured tasting on our Lower East Side food tour is Russ and Daughters, which was established in 1914. Like a fine wine, it keeps getting better and better – Anthony Bourdain described it as "occupying that rare and tiny place at the top of the mountain reserved not only for the oldest and last but also the best." Our dessert tasting, The Doughnut Plant, was established 80 years later, but has received just as much praise. Learn about Mark Israel's groundbreaking, award-winning shop, which kickstarted the artisanal doughnut craze in 1994.

  • We Uncover NYC's Hidden Gems- New York City is full of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path spots ideal for a photo. We guide you through some streets with no other people on them -- it's true, even in New York City. These hidden nooks aren't in most guidebooks. Many locals don't even know where they are, and those that do want to keep them for themselves. At Sidewalks of NY Tours, we want to share them with the world.

  • Whether showing you a rare treasure such as Grove Court, located on one of the most picturesque streets of the West Village, or guiding you to a hole-in-the-wall, mind-blowing dumpling shop on the historic Lower East Side, Sidewalks of NY Tours will make sure you have a unique and memorable experience. Our walking tours are the best way to see the city. With so much to see, do and taste in New York, people often walk right past the most amazing treasures. Let us point out all wonderful things New York City has to offer. We promise it will be the highlight of your visit!

  • We Live and Breathe Food Tours- After a decade as an equity trader on Wall Street, Joshua Hirsch decided in 2008 to leave that stressful life behind to follow his true passions- food, travel and history. That year, he founded Sidewalks of NY Tours to share that passion with others.

  • Sidewalks of NY Tours Inc. is a full-time job for Joshua and his colleagues. This isn't a part time gig or something we do just for fun. We love what we do and have a great time doing it, but we work hard to create the best possible tour experience. We work tirelessly to tweak and improve our tours – the dining scene in New York City changes constantly, and we stay on top of every single innovation.

    We pride ourselves on our stellar customer service. We respond to every e-mail within 24 hours. We pick up our phones. In the rare case someone is away from his/her desk, your call will be returned the same day. While we have policies and guidelines in place, we are much more flexible than other tour companies. We know things come up and people's itineraries change, and we want you to be able to enjoy our wonderful tours.

    Our ability to cater to specific needs and requests is one of the biggest factors separating us from our competition. Here is just one example: A Spanish Tour Operator was looking to set up a private food tour for their biggest client. He wanted to send a representative from Spain to New York City to coordinate logistics, but all the food-tour companies he contacted said they don't meet with customers in person, and the only way to book the tour was via the Internet. "It must be a cultural thing, but we don't do business like that," he said to us. That's not how Sidewalks of NY does business either, so one week later, we were meeting in our office. We put together the most wonderful private food tour for his clients -- he was most appreciative of the personalized attention to detail and the peace of mind we gave him that his biggest client would receive an AMAZING food tour.

    This is the kind of attention every customer can expect, whether you join us on one of our regularly scheduled walking tours, or book a special, private tour experience. Join us on a delicious food tour. Leave the NYC map at home or in the hotel. We've taken care of all the details, so you can soak up the energy of the streets and savor every bite of food.

  • Informative, Delicious and Fun Food Tours- We pride ourselves on giving unforgettable food tours. We're in the business of creating wonderful memories for people. A lot of our customers are repeaters, who had such an amazing experience on one of our food tours, they just had to come back for more. That is the ultimate sign that we're giving a better food tour than anyone else in New York.

  • You have options. New York City prides itself on setting high standards, in every industry. We are the industry leader in the food tour business, because we make the entire experience worthwhile. Our guides are witty, personable and full of fun tidbits about the city. Our tours are professionally run, leisurely, informative and full of delicious foods.

  • Our Tours are Different from the Rest- There are a myriad of tours and activities for you to do in New York City. It's amazing how many different things there are to do in NYC. It can be overwhelming. There are a lot of tour companies out there, who try to copy what others are doing. We like to say, "First come the innovators, then the imitators and last come the idiots, whose avarice undermines the very innovations they are trying to exploit."

  • At Sidewalks of NY Tours, we think outside of the box to create unique tours, which ensure a memorable and unique experience for you. Our Original Food Truck & Cart Tour was created to guide you to the best street food in New York City. We have been eating street food, since we were little kids. The food truck explosion in the past few years, has made it difficult to sift through the amazing and not so good street food. That's where we come in. We've tasted foods from most of the food trucks and carts in NYC and guide to the VERY BEST.

    Join us on the first and only Pizza, Beer and History Tour in Greenwich Village. Nothing quite goes together like pizza and beer, and when you combine the two while touring New York's most culturally historic neighborhood, you have a recipe for a magical afternoon.

    Are you a fan on the show Mad Men? We are huge fans. That's what gave us the idea to create the first and only Mad Men Cocktails Tour in New York City. Channel your inner Betty or Don Draper - if only for a day - with our Mad Men Tour. Your guide will reveal facts about Mad Men and the history of the NYC ad industry as you meander through show hotspots and maintain hydration, Mad Men-style, at some of the casts favorite watering holes.

    We are truly committed to making your New York City experience a memorable one. Our job is only complete, if you are screaming from the rooftops, for your friends and family to experience the same tour, you have just taken with Sidewalks of NY Tours.

  • Over 350 5 star Reviews - We love receiving positive feedback from our patrons. It gives us no greater pleasure than to read that our tours were the highlight of someone's stay in New York. We take every review to heart. The feedback we receive from our customers have helped us develop amazing and unforgettable food tours over the years. With over 350 5 star reviews on our Trip Advisor listing, we have solidified ourselves as the Food Tour you have to take a tour with in New York City.
  • Here's a sample of what people are saying in Trip Advisor:

    "AWESOME TOUR WITH DANTE!! GREENWICH VILLAGE IS A BEAUTIFUL GEM" Dec. 17, 2013 NatzApllz

    "FANTASTIC TOUR FOR TOURISTS AND LOCALS ALIKE" Dec. 16, 2013 Kobrans923

    "EXCELLENCE" Dec.7, 2013 Marcelline L

    "SO WORTH IT!" Dec. 6, 2013 Jessica B

    "BEYOND MY HIGHEST EXPECTATIONS" Nov. 10, 2013 James L

    "AWESOME TOUR!" Oct. 29, 2013 Peter D