New York City

The Original Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Bus Tour

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From $149.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Take a bite out of New York City’s hippest borough on this half-day Brooklyn food and culture tour. From traditional ethnic eateries to culinary hotspots that spark national dining trends, your guide will show you where to eat like a local. Snack on kielbasa and pierogis in the Polish enclave of Greenpoint, satisfy your sweet tooth in DUMBO, and get a taste of farm-to-fork freshness in trendy Williamsburg. Vegetarians can be accommodated.
  • Bus, walk, and taste your way through Brooklyn on a food and culture tour
  • Explore four Brooklyn neighborhoods, and enjoy the views of the NYC skyline
  • Get a great value, with luggage storage, food tastings, and travel included
  • Meet-up in the West Village for hassle-free travel by air-conditioned coach

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour whisks you from kielbasa to Neopolitan pizza to chocolate with a side dish of culture and history.

Sample Menu

Starter

Falafel

A deep-fried ball or patty-shaped fritter in Middle Eastern cuisine made from ground chickpeas and spices.

Starter

Shawarma

A popular Middle Eastern dish that originated in the Ottoman Empire, consisting of meat cut into thin slices

Starter

Pierogies

Small dough dumplings stuffed with a filling such as potato or cheese.

Main

Kielbasa

Pork sausage from Poland and a staple of Polish cuisine.

Dessert

French chocolate bon bons

Main

Pizza

Made in a coal fired oven

Dessert

Cannoli

An Italian pasty consisting of a tube-shaped shell of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling containing ricotta—a staple of Sicily.

What's Included

  • Transport by climate-controlled bus
  • Licensed NYC sightseeing guide
  • Luggage storage available upon request; your luggage is stowed at the rear of the bus
  • Multiple Food tastings
  • Vegetarian options & other dietary restrictions can be accomodated with advance notice when booking
  • Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks (available for purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • We CANNOT make food substitutions for allergies/preferences (such as dairy-free, nut-free, vegan)
  • While there are food tastings included that are gluten free, we don't have gluten free substitutes.

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Marie Blachère Bakery & Café
    301-303 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014, USA

    301 6th ave & Carmine Street New York, NY 10014 BY SUBWAY: Take the A, B, C, D, E, F, or M train to the West 4th Street station; use the West 3rd Street exit Or take the 1 subway line to Christopher Street Station

Start time

11:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Learn to eat like a local on this fantastic, filling, half-day tour of Brooklyn’s trendsetting dining scene. Make your way to Manhattan’s West Village, where you’ll meet your local foodie guide and climb aboard a comfortable coach. 

After crossing the Williamsburg Bridge, begin by exploring Brooklyn’s hippest, hottest neighborhood. From acclaimed farm-to-table restaurants to third-wave coffee-roasting cafés, Williamsburg is a launching point for many popular culinary trends. It’s also home to many traditional ethnic enclaves, including an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community and deep Italian roots, so you can get an authentic taste of Italy with Neapolitan pizza and a creamy cannoli. 

Continue on to Greenpoint, Brooklyn’s traditionally Polish neighborhood, and pop in at a Polish restaurant to sample kielbasa and pierogis.

View the beautiful Prospect Park and have a big slice of Neapolitan Pizza in Park Slope for an authentic taste of Italy. Then explore the deep Italian roots of Carroll Gardens with a creamy cannoli. In the DUMBO neighborhood at the base of the Manhattan Bridge, take a digestion break with a short stroll to the newly refurbished Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you’ll want your camera to capture unbeatable views of the Manhattan skyline. Then indulge your sweet tooth with the famous Bonbons of the Jacques Torres chocolate factory. Your appetite sated, enjoy the urban views on the return drive to Greenwich Village, where your tour concludes.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Much of this tour takes place on a comfortable, temperature-controlled bus. While there is walking in each of the neighborhoods, this tour is comfortable even during the colder months
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please bring child seats for all children under 6 years of age. These are not supplied on the tour
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 23 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Best part of the trip!
Leah_F, Mar 2024
What a wonderful experience this trip was. The bus was a perfect way to see and enjoy the different parts of Brooklyn. It was nice that Laurie was so knowledgeable about so many things and e learned so much. The food was amazing as well. Well worth it. I would recommend to anyone.
You do not go hungry!!
Susy_C, Dec 2023
A great way to see Brooklyn and eat at great places. Thanks Laurie for a great day. We did not go back to the hotel hungry. Thanks to Luis for the safe driving.
Yum
Victoria_K, Dec 2023
Our guide and driver were amazing. Polite and on time and also very knowledgeable. The food was very good and we got a good sense of the neighborhoods at the same time.
Our tour guide , Laurie,...
Catherine_D, Dec 2023
Our tour guide , Laurie, made the trip even more fun. She’s the best!!!! She gave us so much history and side stories. She was a super host!
Yummy!
Ian_F, Nov 2023
This was a great tour of Brooklyn. We learnt so much about the culture and history from our amazing tour guide Laurie. And to top it all off, the food stops were absolutely delicious! Definitely recommend this trip...
Wonderful & highly recommend
Kylie_C, Oct 2023
Laurie was wonderful & knew so much about Brooklyn. The food was fabulous too. We walked back across the Brooklyn Bridge which is a must do.
Fun in Brooklyn Great time with Laurie
Sharon_M, Sep 2023
Learning about Brooklyn and enjoying the food. Comfortable ride, great driver, fun, friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. Great way to spend an afternoon.
Highly recommend this tour.
Tracey_H, Sep 2023
Great tour. Our guide, Laurie, was wonderful, very knowledge and personable. The food was fantastic with a great variety of different cuisines. I’ve never been to Brooklyn so it was a great introduction to the various neighbourhoods.
Definitely recommended.
Stuart_P, Jun 2023
It was fun and the guide did a great job! Got a real sense of Brooklyn. There really wasn't any walking, though.
Eat and learn.
Pamela_F, Jun 2023
Ate our way through the waterfront neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Learned a lot about the various immigrant neighborhoods as well as gentrification by the hipsters. A fun way to spend 4 hours.
Incredible and Memorable Tour!
Mark_M, Jun 2023
We were worried that we might not be able to attend because our group didn't have very many people signed up for that day. However, we were delighted that they still held the tour because that is one of our best memories from the trip! Rick was very personable and knowedgeable about Brooklyn and we were lucky to have Isaac be our driver. I loved how not only did we sample such DELICIOUS food, but we learned so much interesting history and background to the area. Speaking of the food, I cannot believe how incredible the food was! We tried all different types of foods, and it was the perfect blend of savory and sweet foods. I would go back in a heartbeat! Thanks for the amazing tour! :)
Enjoyable food and culture tour of Brooklyn.
Purisima_M, Jun 2023
Great tour. Fantastic guide, Rick. He was very excited to share with us his knowledge. Learned a few things.
Learning about the...
mamajo, May 2023
Learning about the cultural mix in Brooklyn. Rich was truly amazing and such a wealth of information.
Fun tour
Ronnie_B, May 2023
Viewing Manhattan from the Brooklyn waterfront near the carousel. Bus very comfortable, glad to ride to various neighborhoods rather than walking long distances.
Good introduction to Brooklyn
Leonard_C, May 2023
Laurie was enthusiastic, well versed , and really into getting out tour group involved and immersed in Brooklyn. I enjoyed the various food selection that was offered. There was enough to eat that I did not have to have dinner that day. I highly recommend this tour if you are want an introduction to this fascinating borough of New York.
Laurie was phenomenal...
Anjali_R, May 2023
Laurie was phenomenal with the historical information and anecdotes she shared making it a truly fun and memorable experience! It turned out to be much more than just a food tour.
Food Tour
Rolonda_G, May 2023
The tour guide was very well informed and very nice. I would recommend it. They give you just enough of each food to peak your interest but not so much that you are over stuffed.
Laurie knew Brooklyn...
David_J, May 2023
Laurie knew Brooklyn inside out and had loads of stories to tell and the foodspots were all amazing!
Tasty interesting tour of Brooklyn
Pauline_T, Apr 2023
The whole thing went very smoothly and Laurie the tour guide was great. All the food stops were very tasty and Laurie's commentary was interesting and very informative. It lasted about 4 and a half hours and after it we were dropped off so we could walk across the Brooklyn bridge.
Worth It
Christine_C, Feb 2023
Wonderful guide. Great people. Great food. Great photo ops. Van was very comfortable with a very capable driver. Overall a great day.
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