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Lower East Side Tours

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Lower East Side
Once a hub for newly arrived immigrants, then later, a gritty part of New York City largely populated by struggling artists, the Lower East Side is now one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods. You’ll find unique boutiques, small galleries, and plenty of character in this district bordered by East Houston, Essex, Canal, and the Bowery.

The Basics
A good way to immerse yourself in the Lower East Side’s history, culture, or culinary diversity is to join a tour of the area on a topic that interests you—whether that’s street art, multiethnic cuisine, the immigrant experience, or the influence of organized crime groups. Alternatively, wander the streets on a broader walking tour that introduces you to the neighborhood’s landmarks and hidden gems.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Lower East Side is a must for New York City history buffs.
  • Unlike in much of Manhattan, the Lower East Side’s streets are numbered, making navigation slightly trickier.
  • Be prepared to wait in line to get into the long-standing Katz’s Delicatessen, recognizable from the movie When Harry Met Sally.

How to Get There

Manhattan’s Lower East Side is easily accessible via subway, 24 hours a day. Or, take the M15 bus, which travels along Houston Street.

When to Get There

There’s always something going on on the Lower East Side, but the neighborhood is generally liveliest after dark. On Friday and Saturday nights, New Yorkers hit the many bars, clubs, and music venues clustered around Ludlow and Orchard streets. Late Sunday is another popular time, when area restaurants serve brunch.

Lower East Side Museums
A handful of museums cater to different interests on the Lower East Side. Check out the Tenement Museum to see how Manhattan’s earliest immigrants lived, or view the current exhibition of contemporary art at the New Museum. And if you want to learn more about Manhattan’s Jewish history, don’t miss the Museum at Eldridge Street, housed in a synagogue that opened in 1887.
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NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group TourHalf-day Tours

NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour

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From stroopwafel to mozzarella to knishes; there are many amazing eats on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. On this small-group walking tour, discover the neighborhood's diverse cultural heritage and learn how its immigration history has influenced its dynamic foodie scene. Along the way, visit markets, bakeries, and restaurants, and sample delicacies from all around the world.
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  • 3 hours
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NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food TourHalf-day Tours

NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour

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Delve deeper into the food and multicultural history of Manhattan’s Lower East Side than you could alone on this small-group walking tour. Rather than guessing at eateries and foods to try, let a guide showcase local hotspots and specialties; and chart their European, Jewish, and other cultural roots. Taste snacks such as “knish” doughballs, “bialy” filled rolls, and more; and learn stories of 19th-century immigrant life that many travelers miss.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Lower East Side Eats Food TourHalf-day Tours

Lower East Side Eats Food Tour

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Foodies experience the diverse flavors of New York City’s Lower East Side on this culinary walking tour. Join your guide to begin your stroll, where you can uncover the immigrant history of the neighborhood, and learn how diverse cultures contributed to the rich culinary world of the Lower East Side today. Highlights include the tastings at six different shops, restaurants, and cafés, where you sample everything from traditional Jewish delicacies and bagels to old-fashioned candies, donuts, and more.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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NYC Stories from the Dark Side with an NYPD GuideCultural Tours

NYC Stories from the Dark Side with an NYPD Guide

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Learn tales of Manhattan’s historical organized crime that most people never hear on this walking tour. Meet your guide—a retired New York City police officer or detective—and walk to once crime-ridden locations in Chinatown, the Lower East Side, and Wall Street. Visit crime sites, hear stories of gang warfare, crime rings, and the Mafia; and discover how, and to what extent, today’s city has cleaned up its act.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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2.5 Hour Lower East Side Walking & Tasting Tour Walking Tours

2.5 Hour Lower East Side Walking & Tasting Tour

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The Lower East Side is one of the best places to eat in New York. Lengthy lines and large portions are commonplace at its most famous food venues, meaning many independent visitors only manage to make it to one or two at most. On this tour, sample food from six long-standing LES institutions, including the legendary Katz’s Delicatessen, and find out more about the immigrant history of the neighborhood.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Tastes of the Lower East SideCultural Tours

Tastes of the Lower East Side

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The Lower East Side can seem intimidating to explore on your own, but this Tastes of the Lower East Side food tour is a perfect introduction to the neighborhood, its history, and, of course, its food. Explore the LES on foot and learn about its rich immigrant past. Hear about the various groups who immigrated to New York City and sample some of the delicious foods that they brought with them.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off TourBus Tours

New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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A hop-on hop-off New York bus tour allows you to see the city at your own pace and provides easy transportation to top sights. Entertaining tour guides keep you informed when you’re on board, and you can hop off and on the distinctive double-decker tour buses when you wish to check out attractions like the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. There are several options and combos to choose from with access to the Uptown Loop, Downtown Loop, Brooklyn Loop and Night Tour, or upgrade to add attractions to your tour!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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East Village Walking Tour with Food TastingHalf-day Tours

East Village Walking Tour with Food Tasting

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New York’s East Village is a cultural melting pot of the classic and the contemporary. Enhance your experience of the Big Apple’s hippest neighborhood during this walking tour with a guide who knows all the cultural and culinary hotspots. See St. Mark’s Street and McSorely’s, the oldest Irish pub in East Village. Pleasure your palate with five food samples and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Manhattan Architecture Yacht CruiseDay Cruises

Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

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Avoid the mobs of people sightseeing on land, and opt for this Manhattan architecture yacht cruise instead. From the teak deck of the boat, learn about New York City's architectural landmarks as you circumnavigate the island and listen to the 'Around Manhattan' narration provided by members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). One beer or glass of wine is provided, as well as snacks and soda.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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Lower East Side Prohibition Pub CrawlCultural Tours

Lower East Side Prohibition Pub Crawl

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Experience what Manhattan’s Lower East Side was like in the roaring twenties on a three-hour prohibition pub crawl. Tour original speakeasies of the era and stop into hidden modern day examples that you need a secret password to enter. Learn about the notorious gangsters who ran the city decades ago and hear what Lower East Side parties were like during prohibition. Stop at various venues and enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne along the way.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Lower East Side Bagel TourFull-day Tours

Lower East Side Bagel Tour

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New York City’s Lower East side is home to many cultures and plenty of good food. Focus primarily on this area’s Jewish culture during this food tour. Start your tour with NYC’s most iconic food—the bagel—and follow your guide to bakeries, delis, candy shops, and markets that celebrate Jewish heritage. Visit synagogues, museums and local landmarks to hear stories about daily life and traditions in this colorful NYC community.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private New York City Lower East Side Food TourWalking Tours

Private New York City Lower East Side Food Tour

Explore the rich culinary history of the Lower East Side on this private half-day walking tour. With an informative local guide leading the way, learn about the waves of immigrants who settled this once impoverished strip of tenement houses. Visit some of the neighborhood’s landmark restaurants, delicatessens, and appetizing shops, including Katz’s, Yonah Shimmel’s Knish Bakery, and the Pickle Guys.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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NYC Alternative Street Art Tour: Lower East SideHalf-day Tours

NYC Alternative Street Art Tour: Lower East Side

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Admire the street art of two hip Brooklyn ‘hoods without the stress of finding them alone or figuring out NYC’s subway. With a guide to navigate and offer background you’d miss alone, explore Bushwick’s trendy streets to discover their murals. See and learn about the statement pieces here before hitting Williamsburg to admire even more. Finish with time at—and insider tips on— some of NYC’s coolest boutiques and eateries.
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New York Double-Decker Bus Night TourBus Tours

New York Double-Decker Bus Night Tour

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See New York City shine in all its glory on this illuminating night tour. From aboard an open-top double-decker bus, see the lights and evening activity of Times Square, Greenwich Village, SoHo, the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and more. Savor incredible panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline at night.
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New York City 1-Day or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing TourBus Tours

New York City 1-Day or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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Enjoy a full day of New York City sightseeing with this 24-hour hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus tour. Cruise the city with three neighborhood loops—including uptown, downtown, and Brooklyn—and hop off to explore top attractions like Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Empire State Building. Whether you pack it all into a 1-day adventure, or upgrade for the multi-day pass that includes a cruise, night tour, access to all three loops, and entrance to one of two museums you can be sure to see more and do more with this citywide tour.
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Private Tastes of the Lower East Side TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tastes of the Lower East Side Tour

On this private tour, get up close and personal with the Lower East Side: one of Manhattan’s most diverse and dynamic neighborhoods. Pick a departure time that works for your schedule, and meet your guide. You’ll see the Eldridge Street Synagogue, popular eateries like Katz’s Deli and Russ & Daughters, the Manhattan Bridge, and more. As you go, learn about the immigrants who shaped the area, the history of tenement housing, the Lower East Side’s rich culinary culture, and more.
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  • 2 hours
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A History of Housing the Poor: A Walk of New York's Lower East SideArchitecture Tours

A History of Housing the Poor: A Walk of New York's Lower East Side

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Enrich your understanding of New York as a city of immigrants, exiles, and refugees on this walking tour of the Lower East Side. With an informative guide leading the way, learn about the African burial ground beneath the city’s pavement, the Italian slum of Mulberry Bend, the Five Points neighborhood of “Gangs of New York” fame, and the waves of poor immigrants who called this corner of lower Manhattan home.
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New York City Lower East Side Walking TourHalf-day Tours

New York City Lower East Side Walking Tour

Go deep into a classic New York City neighborhood with a 3-hour walking tour of the Lower East Side’s historic landmarks and hidden gems. Learn the stories of the generations of immigrants that made their homes in the Lower East Side as you explore a pair of famous Jewish delis, a matzoh factory and a knish bakery. Visit the neighborhood’s most beloved spots, see the film locations of favorite NYC movies and television shows, and learn how a working-class enclave gave way to cutting-edge restaurants and exclusive boutiques.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Complete Lower Manhattan Bike Tour: 14 NeighborhoodsMountain Bike Tours

Complete Lower Manhattan Bike Tour: 14 Neighborhoods

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Explore the world of Lower Manhattan on this comprehensive tour of 14 neighborhoods. Fly by Wall Street, gawk in TriBeCa, window shop in SoHo, see the world in Chinatown/Little Italy, and strike a chord in the West Village. Sights include: WTC, High Line, Washington Sq Pk, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Murder and Mayhem East Village Gangster and Crime Private Walking TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Murder and Mayhem East Village Gangster and Crime Private Walking Tour

Explore the gritty and grisly history of Lower East Side and East Village on this private walking tour. Visit the boyhood home Lucky Luciano and a cemetery where one of New York’s most notorious grave robberies occurred. Stop by Manhattan’s oldest bar and Tompkins Square Park, which memorializes a 1904 boat fire that killed more than 1,000 people. Indulge your interest in the macabre with this darkly fascinating experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Downtown Street Art Tour With Guide/MuralistPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Downtown Street Art Tour With Guide/Muralist

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New York City has been a street art destination for close to 50 years. On a private walking tour through downtown neighborhoods, your guide points out hidden murals that visitors often miss. Along the way, learn about the evolution of Lower Manhattan, from the influx of immigrants to how it became the city’s first artist colony. Booking a private tour ensures a tailored experience and your guide’s full attention.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Tip of Manhattan Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Tip of Manhattan Bike Tour

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Traverse New York City's streets like a local on a bike tour of Lower Manhattan. Pedal along as your guide navigates the city’s numerous bike paths and side streets to the Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street, New York Harbor, and beyond. Learn about Manhattan’s top sights as you pedal through iconic neighborhoods, such as the Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, and Battery Park.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour and Harbor CruiseAudio Guides

New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour and Harbor Cruise

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Enjoy unobstructed views of NYC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour and ferry. Travel by double-decker bus and explore the streets of Manhattan, including Uptown, Downtown, and Brooklyn. With more than 40 stops around the city and three harbor ferry stops, you can design your own itinerary and set your own pace. Tickets are valid for 48 hours. Bonus: Museum of the City of New York admission is included! For more value, opt for the VIP Pass which upgrades your pass so you benefit from skip-the-line access or add one attraction to your your tour.
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  • 2 days
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Hudson River Bike RentalBike Rentals

Hudson River Bike Rental

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Spend the day exploring Lower Manhattan’s architecture, sites, landmarks, and coastal views with this convenient bike rental. Perfect for independent travelers, choosing a rental rather than a tour lets you go at your own pace and spend as long as you want at each stop. Plus, traveling by bike enables you to fit in more sights than you can on foot.
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  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 day
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