While New York City may be famous for its landmarks, modern museums, and fashion stores, it also has some of the best food in the world.

From fine dining to casual fare and food markets, there are plenty of options to tickle your fancy.

With the number of options available however, it can be overwhelming.

If you’re finding it difficult to know where to start, know that you’re definitely not alone.

To help make things a little easier and jumpstart your culinary and sightseeing adventure, we’ve curated some of New York City’s best food tours and dining experiences to whet your appetite.

1. New York Bateaux Cruise

Want to sightsee in comfort while savouring gourmet cuisine?

If so, this is the perfect cruise for you.

If you’re heading to New York City, soaking in breathtaking views of the city skyline is an absolute must.

Start off by boarding the modern European-style Bateaux as you float along the Hudson River.

During the tour you’ll get to see some famous New York landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Empire State Building along with live entertainment.

This isn’t just a normal sightseeing tour though, you’ll also be enjoying a delicious a la carte meal onboard.

While the lunch tour will provide you with spectacular views, you’ll get to see the sparkling city lights of New York during the dinner tour.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Two hours (lunch tour), and three hours (dinner tour)
  • Departure Point: Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011, USA

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2. Spirit of New York Buffet Cruise

If you’re looking for a dinner experience with a mix of dining, sightseeing and dancing, look no further than the Spirit of New York Buffet Cruise.

Take in amazing views of New York’s landmarks from this relaxing cruise, while learning more about the numerous attractions.

Thereafter, indulge in an all-you-can-eat delicious buffet that’s sure to satiate your hunger.

That’s not all, the cruise also includes DJ entertainment, so you can put your dancing shoes on and enjoy the beats.

This cruise has both a dinner and lunch tour – depending on what works best for your schedule.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Two hours (lunch tour), and three hours (dinner tour)
  • Departure Point: Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011, USA (lunch tour) and Pier 61 Chelsea Piers, 111C 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA (dinner tour)

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3. Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise

Brunch is absolutely key when you’re in New York.

What better way to experience New York brunch than on a relaxing cruise with live jazz music and unlimited mimosas?

Spend your weekends enjoying views of some of New York’s most iconic sights while sipping on a glass of mimosa.

After you’ve worked up an appetite from admiring the views, dig into the extensive brunch buffet, and enjoy the first-class service.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Two hours
  • Departure Point: Pier 40 at Hudson River Park, 353 West St, New York, NY 10014, USA

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4. Limo and Dining Experience at The View

While you’re in New York City, why not pamper yourself with a luxurious dining experience?

This amazing package, will have you feeling like royalty right from the very beginning.

Take a ride in your own private limousine as it escorts you to an incredible restaurant location.

Perched on top of the Marriott Marquis hotel, The View is not only a rooftop restaurant with gorgeous views of the city, it is also New York City’s only revolving restaurant.

The floor of the restaurant revolves and makes a complete turn every hour to ensure you see every part of this celebrated city.

You’ll also get the ultimate dining experience of course, complete with a three-course meal that serves up the freshest local ingredients.

To cap off an incredible evening, your private limousine will also drop you off at your hotel.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Three hour thirty minutes
  • Departure Point: 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, USA

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5. Empire State Building Grill & Bar Dinner

The Empire State Building is a quintessential New York City experience.

With the many tourists that flock to the sight, you can be spending a sizeable amount of time just waiting in line.

With this experience, that will no longer be a concern.

You’ll get an express pass to the Empire State Building’s main observatory deck complete with an elevator operator who manually controls the lift.

Finish off your incredible evening with a three-course dinner dining experience at STATE grill and bar.

Rated incredibly highly, you’ll be treated to impeccable service and delicious food.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Four hours
  • Departure Point: Empire State Building, 20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001, USA

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6. Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Evening Tour

While there are plenty of different neighbourhoods in New York, nothing’s quite like Harlem.

Known for its jazz scene and African-American heritage, Harlem draws a diverse crowd of visitors.

If you’re looking to check out the neighbourhood, this tour will take you to see a jazz show and also introduce you to soul food.

Not only will you get to see the original Cotton Club, you’ll also visit the world-famous Apollo Theatre, and take a peek at one of Harlem’s hottest clubs.

Your experience isn’t complete without some soul food as you dig into some spicy ribs and crispy fried chicken.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Five hours
  • Departure Point: 690 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA

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7. Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour

In New York, Williamsburg is known to be a hip neighbourhood that has chic boutiques, trendy cafes and buzzing restaurants.

With a huge array of food options available, this food tour will help introduce you to the incredible food available.

Taste ice cream crafted by an Iron Chef contestant, and then chow down on the best pizza in Brooklyn along with other delicious foods.

While the food is the highlight of the tour, you’ll also find out more about the history of the area, and have amazing views of the city skyline.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Three hours
  • Departure Point: The Mini Mall, 218 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA

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8. Lower East Side Food and Culture Tour

The Lower East Side has some of the best food in New York.

Known for its Jewish heritage, this area houses some of the best delis that New York has to offer.

If you want to taste some unique offerings in this neighbourhood, this food and culture tour will take you to the best spots.

From dumplings to bagels, you’ll be able to sample ethnic foods brought over to America by immigrants.

During this informative tour, you’ll also gain further insight into the history of the dishes, as well as sites passed along the way.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Three hours
  • Departure Point: City Hall Park Path, New York, NY 10007, USA

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9. Brooklyn Pizza Tour

An experience to New York isn’t complete without having a slice of New York pizza.

On this tour, you’ll be having more than just a slice.

In fact, you’ll be visiting two pizzerias!

Located in Brooklyn, Grimaldi’s in DUMBO and L&B Spumoni Gardens serve up some of the best pizza in New York.

You’ll have the privilege to go to the front of the line, and also visit some of Brooklyn’s popular landmarks.

What could be better than enjoying some of the best slices of pizza, strolling through Coney Island Boardwalk and getting picturesque photos at Brooklyn Bridge?

Tour Details

  • Duration: Four hours and thirty minutes
  • Departure Point: 145 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003, USA

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10. Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture

Brooklyn is growing in popularity with its array of delectable foods.

During this half-day tour, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in one of New York’s tastiest neighbourhoods.

After having some delicious Polish pierogies, you’ll also get to indulge your sweet tooth in some artisanal chocolate, and more.

It’s not just about the food though, you’ll also have a guide to take you around and dish out some local knowledge of the area.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Five hours
  • Departure Point: 205 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012, USA

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11. Chinatown Food and Historic Downtown

Chinatown is a vibrant area of New York that’s filled with innumerable culinary delights.

Not sure where to begin?

This tour will help guide you to numerous food gems, and satisfy your hunger.

You’ll be exploring not just one area, but two!

You’ll learn about immigrant history in Chinatown, and New York’s Dutch immigrant heritage at the historic downtown area.

While you’ll be tasting plenty of food along the way, with this tour you’ll also get to visit Manhattan’s oldest neighbourhood, along with St Paul’s chapel.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Four hours
  • Departure Point: 106 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013, USA

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12. Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest

New York City has a diverse community which also means that there’s plenty of different foods to be had.

This tour takes you to two ethnic New York City neighbourhoods – Little Italy and Chinatown.

A friendly local guide will show you around both neighbourhoods to sample some of the best foods, while learning about the history of the area.

While you’ll get to taste some homemade mozzarella, this tour will also provide you with an authentic Chinese sit-down meal experience.

If you’re looking for a tour that takes you off-the-beaten path, a glimpse into the history of these areas while satiating your hunger, this is the ideal tour for you.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Three hours
  • Departure Point: Silk Road Cafe, 30 Mott St, New York, NY 10013, USA

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13. New York’s West Village Food Tour

The West Village is known for its fashionable boutiques and trendy restaurants.

Just like the rest of New York City, it also has some incredible food.

During this tour, you’ll be able to experience some of the best that the West Village has to offer.

Savour a variety of delicious foods ranging from pizza to bagels and falafel while learning about the history of the area.

You’ll even get to see where famous writers and musicians lived as you walk through this beloved New York neighbourhood.

By the end of your food adventure, you’ll definitely be an expert of the West Village area.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Three hours
  • Departure Point: 201 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012, USA

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14. High Line Park and Greenwich Village Food Tour

Experience the best of both worlds in this incredible tour that takes you to both Greenwich Village and the High Line Park.

During this tour, you’ll be able to visit High Line Park – an elevated railway line that has been turned into a lovely park.

You’ll learn about the famous art in the area, and catch a glimpse of buildings by reputable architects from the high line.

After you’ve worked up an appetite, finish off at Greenwich village where you’ll immerse yourself in the food scene.

From Italian specialities to sweet delights, you’ll experience all of these amazing deliciousness while learning about the history of the area.

This is one incredible tour that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Three hours and thirty minutes
  • Departure Point: 500 W 30th St, New York, NY 10001, USA

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15. Chelsea Market, Meatpacking District, and High Line Food Tour

Are you a foodie that’s itching to try all the different foods that New York has to offer?

If so, you can’t miss this tour.

Not only will you feast on some delights at Chelsea Market, you’ll also visit the Meatpacking District, and enjoy the incredible views at New York City’s famous High Line.

Some foods that you’ll get to enjoy can include biscuit and jam from Sarabeth’s, a doughnut from Doughnuttery, a little ‘witch from Fat Witch Bakery, and more.

Your local guide will also give you a rundown of the history of these areas, and even take you to see the Vessel along with the new Hudson Yards.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Three hours
  • Departure Point: Buddakan, 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA

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16. Hell’s Kitchen Food Tour

Hell’s Kitchen is an incredibly popular area in New York City that’s known for some hidden culinary treasures.

During this small group tour, you’ll get to savour plenty of delicious food and find out why exactly this area is called Hell’s Kitchen.

If you’re a true food-lover, this is one tour that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Hell’s Kitchen is known to have world-class restaurants, along with some of the best ethnic eats.

On this tour, you’ll get to experience plenty of food from all over the world, and enjoy many of these incredible restaurants – all in a couple of hours.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Two hours
  • Departure Point: 321 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

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17. Grand Central Indoor Food Tour

While there are plenty of amazing areas in New York City, a lot of visitors tend to forget about Grand Central.

It’s one of New York City’s most popular attractions, and it does house over 30 food vendors.

During the course of this tour, you’ll eat your way through Grand Central Terminal while gaining further insight into the history of this beautiful building.

This tour will also take you into parts of Grand Central Terminal that you’d not normally wander to such as the Kissing Room, Whispering Gallery, and more.

The best part?

This tour is perfect for any weather, and you’ll even get a coupon book at the end of the tour to do some shopping.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Two hours
  • Departure Point: 90 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA

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18. Flatiron Food, Architecture and History Tour

Flatiron is another neighbourhood in New York City that’s named after an iconic building that’s shaped like a wedge.

Known for its mouthwatering food, architecture and history, this comprehensive tour will cover it all.

Either than feasting on delicious food offerings such as award-winning sandwiches, delectable cheeses, and more you’ll also learn more about the history of the area.

Flatiron also has some interesting structures, and architecture fans would definitely not want to miss out on this tour.

Tour Details

  • Duration: Three hours
  • Departure Point: Eataly NYC Flatiron, 200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA

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As shown above, New York City is full of dining experiences and food tours that’s sure to satisfy all foodies.

From luxurious experiences to cruises and walking tours around some of New York City’s best culinary neighbourhoods, there’s plenty to explore.

With such a diverse community, it also means that New York City has a variety of ethnic foods that’s sure to tantalise your tastebuds.

It’s not surprising that New York City has been rated as having some of the best food in the world.

Don’t forget to also check out the other amazing sights and experiences that the buzzing city of New York City has to offer!

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