New York City; tour available Downtown or Midtown
May - November:
Thursdays & Fridays - 2:00 PM
December - April:
Fridays - 2:00 PM
Downtown (Financial District)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 12:00 PM
- Select from tours in Midtown or Downtown.
- Your friendly, knowledgeable guides have been featured in the New York Times, USA Today online, WNBC and Time Out New York.
- Enjoy six food tastings, which may include banh mi Vietnamese sandwiches, Korean short ribs, Mexican chocolate brownies, schnitzel, and more from a variety of the many delicious food carts in the area.
- Learn about these businesses from their proprietors and uniquely explore the neighborhood.
Discover the culinary creations of some of New York's best curbside kitchens!
This tour will take you on a strolling lunch in Midtown or Lower Manhattan to sample an international buffet of offerings, observe the constructive genius that cram full kitchens into improbably small carts, and hear the stories of their proprietors - from struggling immigrants to culinary school drop-outs, to former 4-star restaurant chefs.
Along the way, learn about the history of the neighborhood and the challenges of running these thriving but feverishly demanding small businesses.
This tour offers a rotating menu from day to day to represent the wide variety of delicious options that are available from the food carts and trucks.
Tastings on your tour may include (but are subject to change):
- falafel and vegetables
- chicken and rice with tamarind sauce
- Korean short ribs
- waffles with toppings
- banh mi Vietnamese sandwiches
- soul food
- kati rolls
- jerk or stewed chicken
- Mexican chocolate brownies
There are some blackout dates near holidays such as Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve. Please call Cloud 9 Living to check availability.
Price includes six food tastings, a bottle of water, a tour map of the neighborhood, and your knowledgeable tour guide.
Gratuity is not included, but is appreciated if you enjoyed your tour.
2 hours; .5 mile of walking
You will be accompanied by other tour participants, with a maximum of 16 per tour. For groups larger than 6 please contact Cloud 9 Living directly for pricing.
This experience is only for those on the tour.
Tours run rain or shine. There will be no cancellations due to weather unless experience provider cancels the tour due to safety concerns.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance of intended date.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given but rescheduling your experience is allowed up to 72 hours prior to the Experience for a $10 per ticket fee payable to the experience provider. Failure to appear on your booked date, cancel, or reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.
What happens in the event of inclement weather?
This tours rain or shine, so please plan ahead and dress for the weather. In extreme cases, however, the experience provider does reserve the right to cancel tours if the weather conditions are dangerous. You would be contacted at least 2.5 hours before your tour if this were the case.
How far will we walk on the tour?
This tour involves approximately one to two miles of walking.
Will there be opportunities to use the restroom during the tour?
Yes, there will be opportunities to use the restroom at least once during the tour.
Will there be opportunities to sit down during the tour?
Yes! There will be at least one opportunity to sit down during the tour.
Is gratuity included?
Gratuity for your guide is not included but is always appreciated.
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"Our guide (Brian Hoffman) was very friendly and knowledgeable, and made the interesting and tasty 2 hours fly by. One of the highlights of our trip to New York."
"I absolutely loved my walking tour of the street vendors in New York. I didn't expect to get so much food or gain so much knowledgce about how it all works. Very, very happy and would highly recommend to anyone."
"We will never look at a food carts the same, after taking the Financial District Food Cart's Tour within New York City. Brian was our guide, and did an outstanding job educating us on the various aspects of New York City's tastiest food carts! As one who knows his subject, Brian was witty, knowledgeable and friendly. His enthusiasm was infectious as he led us through the streets of New York's financial district, lending us some very tasty food cart cuisine! When you think of it, those food carts located within the financial district would likely be the very best, because they, unlike those in touristy Manhattan, survive on repeat/local business (you know...those white collar types who really know what good food is). Thus, our tour was one we'll remember, not only because of the tasty treats we were given, but because of the wealth of interesting facts Brian provided about the cart's history, what one must go through to even get a cart on the street, the cleanliness factor of the carts, and even the history of many of the characters who operate them. Our tour was one of the most fun things we did while in The Big Apple (and we visit annually and do lots of stuff). The food from the several carts was tasty (we're not talking hot dogs here), and Brian was the perfect guide, gentleman and entertainer! Plan to walk a bit...not a tour for those who have difficulty navigating the sidewalk. We heartily recommend this tour without abandon! "