Choose Your Favorite Bagel Tour
Iconic Tastes, Iconic Tours!
What better way is there to begin any walking tour of New York than with the most iconic food of New York? The genuine, New York bagel… fresh out of the oven! Getting hungry? Great, because you’re about to embark on a New York tour experience you’ll never forget. Select a fun-filled walking tour in the iconic neighborhood or landmark of your choice.
Lower East Side: The Eat Everything Bagel Tour
See it all and taste it all, beginning with the deliciously fresh everything bagel! Take in the sights, mesmerizing aromas, and mouthwatering noshes of the Lower East Side as Ben expertly guides you through this historic neighborhood where eating great food is a tradition. Since the early 1800’s, this area has been home to immigrants starting a new life in America who have made key cultural, economic, and epicurean contributions to New York City.
Now, a new wave of immigrants, the hipsters, not from across the sea but from New York itself, are moving in and dramatically changing the “scene” of the Lower East Side. Get a feel for the old tenements and the new lifestyles. Experience it all from yesteryear’s Yonah Shimmel’s Knish Bakery, Katz’s Deli, and Russ and Daughters appetizing to the latest bar, restaurant, and hot-spot trends!
Bagel Tour Tidbits:
Did you know? During World War II, Katz’s Deli was on a mission to send salamis to troops overseas to give them a taste of home, and this popular slogan was born; “Send a salami to your boy in the army!”
Did you know? Hundreds of small bagel bakeries, mostly in basements, once inhabited the Lower East Side. Today Kossar’s Bialys still remains on Grand street and continues to bake on premises.
The Lower East Side tour is about 2 ½ hours. Please wear comfortable shoes.
Meet in front of Yonah Shimmel’s Knish Bakery
Grand Central: The Open Sesame Bagel Tour
Treat yourself to a sesame bagel and an inside peak at the inner workings and behind-the-scenes secret treasures of one of the world’s top-ten touring sights — Grand Central Terminal. A triumph of architecture and transportation for its era, Grand Central has been renowned as a premier destination for more than 100 years. Trains such as the 20th Century Limited set the highest standard of luxury travel for its time.
These days, the terminal is also a destination for deliciousness exhibited at an exceptional range of top food establishments. A special variety of these yummy delights can be experienced at Grand Central Market® and at several eateries on the lower level dining concourse. Granted landmark status in 1976, Grand Central remains one of New York’s great tourist destinations with many stories to tell, and now many tastes to savor!
Bagel Tour Tidbits:
Did you know? The perspective of the zodiac painting on the roof of Grand Central’s main concourse is upside down. Even though you look up to see it, the point of view is as though you were looking down from the heavens.
Did you know? As part of the 1998 refurbishing of Grand Central Terminal, the lower concourse was converted into a lavish food promenade with a wide array of eateries including Zaro’s Bakery with fresh bagels baked daily.
The tour of Grand Central is about 1½ hours. Please wear comfortable shoes.
Meet at Information Booth on the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal
Chinatown & Little Italy: The Fresh Garlic Bagel Tour
Imagine going from a neighborhood with genuine dim sum and Chinese dumplings to one with authentic Italian cheeses, olives, and Sicilian pastry! Ben will show you the way to these delicacies and more delicious eats (including your own fresh garlic bagel) as well as the rich history of these adjoining landmark neighborhoods. Chinese and Italian immigrants first came to New York in the 1800’s and settled on these streets in lower Manhattan now known as Chinatown and Little Italy. Their cultural contributions are legendary and are still visible in these vibrant communities.
On this walking tour you’ll go from the largest Buddhist temple in New York City, a historic tea parlor, and the oldest street in Chinatown to America’s oldest cheese shop and oldest pizzeria still thriving in Little Italy (they’ve lasted this long for a reason). Come explore the historical, gastronomical, cultural and architectural sites of two of the most colorful neighborhoods in New York!
Bagel Tour Tidbits:
Did you know? In the early 1900’s, when Chinese Tongs, or gangs, needed to run from other Tongs or the police, they escaped through tunnels, which are still there today but are currently used as office malls.
Did you know? While the bagel was never a staple of the Chinese and Italian communities, Italy has its own version of the bagel — it’s called a Tarallo.
The Chinatown & Little Italy tour is about 2 ½ hours. Please wear comfortable shoes.
Meet at NYC Tourist Information Booth on Canal, Bayard and Walker Streets
Wall Street Egg Bagel Tour
Meet Ben Bagel, the ultimate New Yorker and a Wall Street veteran, having worked many years in the financial community, as he expertly guides you through New York’s, famous financial district, the national and international center of business.
Begin your experience at the New York Stock Exchange and learn about other key landmarks and institutions including the New York, Federal Reserve Bank the House of Morgan, Hanover Square, and the famous charging bull. And remember, all tours start off with a fresh bagel!
Bagel Tour Tidbits:
Did you know? The Buttonwood tree in front of the New York Stock Exchange is where the first security trades were made in 1792.
Did you know? The Federal Reserve Bank in New York holds almost as much gold as Fort Knox.
Did you know? The Charging Bull Statue by Bowling Green was modeled after a similar Statue in front of the Frankfort Stock Exchange.
The tour of Wall Street is about 1½ hours. Please wear comfortable shoes.