Lower East Side Private Experience

  • 2-10 Hours
  • Walking Tour
  • Max Guests: 12
  • Private Tour
  • Daily

Lower East Side Private Tour Details

Highlights Tour

The skyline and Statue of Liberty of New York have long served as images of hope and promise to those immigrating to America, but few neighborhoods truly capture the stories of an immigrant people and their hard-wrought existence than the densely packed Lower East Side. On this 2-3–hour walking tour, we’ll delve into the stories of Eastern-European Jewish immigrants and understand their struggle to thrive in crowded early 20th century New York City.

Your local guide will show you what life was like in the often-squalid tenement buildings that still stand today. To fully immerse you in the scene, you’ll get to try out delicious foods that were brought here by these first waves of immigrants, from knishes and pickles to bialys and babka. You’ll learn about the origins of these traditional snack foods and the disparate Jewish communities with which they are connected.

Half-Day Tour

A half-day option (4-6 hours) allows us to really savor the neighborhood’s iconic foods. It also gives us the opportunity to explore a wholly different perspective of the Lower East Side, which has been a haven for speakeasies from the Prohibition era.

If you keep it on the down-low, we’ll sneak into a secret bar for a tasty custom cocktail in a mug as your guide explains how the LES became a hotspot for illegal alcohol during the 1920s. You’ll get to know a thing or two about Prohibition cocktails and the bootlegging scene thriving underground here in New York.

Full-Day Tour

On a full-day outing (up to 10 hours) with one of our local guides, we’ll have plenty of time to eat, drink, and explore the Lower East Side, with a chance to arrange admission to the Tenements Museum. Here, we’ll get an even deeper appreciation of the identity of the city’s immigrant groups and public policy and urban development during the turn of the century. You’ll see firsthand the interior of an original tenement and get an up-close and personal experience of how people slept, ate, and lived.

A visit to the Williamsburg Bridge will trace the movement of Jewish immigrants to the popular neighborhood of Williamsburg and allow us to explore East River’s past and its bridges as well as the fascinating history and stories of the buildings nearby. For a little escape from the confinement of city buildings, we’ll do as the locals do and enjoy a stroll along the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, a nearly 32-mile-long shared-use path that encircles the island.

After all that walking, you might want to top off your tour with a stiff drink in a cozy speakeasy at your guide’s suggestion: order a Roaring 20s classic or let the mixologist behind the bar whip you up something based on your personal palate!

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Souvenirs
  • Guide gratuity
  • Additional food & drink


Tenement Museum

Pre-arrange admission with our team to include a tour stop at this museum dedicated to preserving the history of the immigrant experience in New York’s Lower East Side.

Katz’s Delicatessen

Your food tour of New York City can include a stop at this legendary deli known for its delicious sandwiches and as a setting for several well-known movies.

Williamsburg Bridge

You’re bound to spot this suspension bridge connecting the Lower East Side of Manhattan with the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Your tour guide can share the history of the bridge, which has been around since 1903!

Lower East Side

Your customizable private tour of New York City will take place mostly in this neighborhood that has traditionally been home to the city’s working class residents, with a long history of immigration and resulting diverse food scene.

Community Impact

This tour purposefully supports businesses that strive to source their ingredients locally.

Our tour includes visits to generations-owned or -run food establishments that highlight the importance of families as well as immigrants in our community.

This experience offers the chance for our travelers to learn about the rich culture and history of Eastern European Jewish immigrants and their impact on this district.

Our private tour offers plenty of opportunities to feature and discuss the innovation of new green spaces and how they can revitalize a neighborhood.


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