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Lower East Side
Once a hub for newly arrived immigrants, then later, a gritty part of New York City largely populated by struggling artists, the Lower East Side is now one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods. You’ll find unique boutiques, small galleries, and plenty of character in this district bordered by East Houston, Essex, Canal, and the Bowery.

The Basics
A good way to immerse yourself in the Lower East Side’s history, culture, or culinary diversity is to join a tour of the area on a topic that interests you—whether that’s street art, multiethnic cuisine, the immigrant experience, or the influence of organized crime groups. Alternatively, wander the streets on a broader walking tour that introduces you to the neighborhood’s landmarks and hidden gems.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Lower East Side is a must for New York City history buffs.
  • Unlike in much of Manhattan, the Lower East Side’s streets are numbered, making navigation slightly trickier.
  • Be prepared to wait in line to get into the long-standing Katz’s Delicatessen, recognizable from the movie When Harry Met Sally.

How to Get There

Manhattan’s Lower East Side is easily accessible via subway, 24 hours a day. Or, take the M15 bus, which travels along Houston Street.

When to Get There

There’s always something going on on the Lower East Side, but the neighborhood is generally liveliest after dark. On Friday and Saturday nights, New Yorkers hit the many bars, clubs, and music venues clustered around Ludlow and Orchard streets. Late Sunday is another popular time, when area restaurants serve brunch.

Lower East Side Museums
A handful of museums cater to different interests on the Lower East Side. Check out the Tenement Museum to see how Manhattan’s earliest immigrants lived, or view the current exhibition of contemporary art at the New Museum. And if you want to learn more about Manhattan’s Jewish history, don’t miss the Museum at Eldridge Street, housed in a synagogue that opened in 1887.
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NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour

NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour

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From stroopwafel to mozzarella to knishes; there are many amazing eats on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. On this small-group walking tour, discover the neighborhood's diverse cultural heritage and learn how its immigration history has influenced its dynamic foodie scene. Along the way, visit markets, bakeries, and restaurants, and sample delicacies from all around the world.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.63
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NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour

NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour

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Delve deeper into the food and multicultural history of Manhattan’s Lower East Side than you could alone on this small-group walking tour. Rather than guessing at eateries and foods to try, let a guide showcase local hotspots and specialties; and chart their European, Jewish, and other cultural roots. Taste snacks such as “knish” doughballs, “bialy” filled rolls, and more; and learn stories of 19th-century immigrant life that many travelers miss.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.34
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Lower East Side Eats Food Tour

Lower East Side Eats Food Tour

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Foodies experience the diverse flavors of New York City’s Lower East Side on this culinary walking tour. Join your guide to begin your stroll, where you can uncover the immigrant history of the neighborhood, and learn how diverse cultures contributed to the rich culinary world of the Lower East Side today. Highlights include the tastings at six different shops, restaurants, and cafés, where you sample everything from traditional Jewish delicacies and bagels to old-fashioned candies, donuts, and more.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

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Avoid the mobs of people sightseeing on land, and opt for this Manhattan architecture yacht cruise instead. From the teak deck of the boat, learn about New York City's architectural landmarks as you circumnavigate the island and listen to the 'Around Manhattan' narration provided by members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). One beer or glass of wine is provided, as well as soda.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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$106.00
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$106.00
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 Private New York City Jeep Tour: Exploring the Urban Jungle of Lower Manhattan

Private New York City Jeep Tour: Exploring the Urban Jungle of Lower Manhattan

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Cruise around New York City like a VIP in a private Jeep Wrangler with a personal chauffeur. Cover far more ground than you could on foot as you drive the streets of the Big Apple and explore all of the city's most famous neighborhoods including Greenwich Village, SoHo, TriBeCa, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$399.00
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$399.00
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New York City Lower East Side Walking Tour

New York City Lower East Side Walking Tour

Go deep into a classic New York City neighborhood with a 3-hour walking tour of the Lower East Side’s historic landmarks and hidden gems. Learn the stories of the generations of immigrants that made their homes in the Lower East Side as you explore a pair of famous Jewish delis, a matzoh factory and a knish bakery. Visit the neighborhood’s most beloved spots, see the film locations of favorite NYC movies and television shows, and learn how a working-class enclave gave way to cutting-edge restaurants and exclusive boutiques.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00
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Tastes of the Lower East Side

Tastes of the Lower East Side

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The Lower East Side can seem intimidating to explore on your own, but this Tastes of the Lower East Side food tour is a perfect introduction to the neighborhood, its history, and, of course, its food. Explore the LES on foot and learn about its rich immigrant past. Hear about the various groups who immigrated to New York City and sample some of the delicious foods that they brought with them.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.00
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$48.00
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Private New York City Lower East Side Food Tour

Private New York City Lower East Side Food Tour

Explore the rich culinary history of the Lower East Side on this private half-day walking tour. With an informative local guide leading the way, learn about the waves of immigrants who settled this once impoverished strip of tenement houses. Visit some of the neighborhood’s landmark restaurants, delicatessens, and appetizing shops, including Katz’s, Yonah Shimmel’s Knish Bakery, and the Pickle Guys.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$255.00
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Lower East Side Bagel Tour

Lower East Side Bagel Tour

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New York City’s Lower East side is home to many cultures and plenty of good food. Focus primarily on this area’s Jewish culture during this food tour. Start your tour with NYC’s most iconic food—the bagel—and follow your guide to bakeries, delis, candy shops, and markets that celebrate Jewish heritage. Visit synagogues, museums and local landmarks to hear stories about daily life and traditions in this colorful NYC community.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tastes of the Lower East Side Tour

Private Tastes of the Lower East Side Tour

On this private tour, get up close and personal with the Lower East Side: one of Manhattan’s most diverse and dynamic neighborhoods. Pick a departure time that works for your schedule, and meet your guide. You’ll see the Eldridge Street Synagogue, popular eateries like Katz’s Deli and Russ & Daughters, the Manhattan Bridge, and more. As you go, learn about the immigrants who shaped the area, the history of tenement housing, the Lower East Side’s rich culinary culture, and more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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2.5 Hour Lower East Side Walking & Tasting Tour

2.5 Hour Lower East Side Walking & Tasting Tour

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The Lower East Side is one of the best places to eat in New York. Lengthy lines and large portions are commonplace at its most famous food venues, meaning many independent visitors only manage to make it to one or two at most. On this tour, sample food from six long-standing LES institutions, including the legendary Katz’s Delicatessen, and find out more about the immigrant history of the neighborhood.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$68.00
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Historical NYC neighborhood tour with a soccer focus, followed by a live match

Historical NYC neighborhood tour with a soccer focus, followed by a live match

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Our tours allow you to see the sites as well as the match. Soccer Walks NYC is the only New York walking tour that will introduce you to the history of the city through the eyes of the many immigrant groups that have arrived in New York with a dream for a better life and a love of soccer. Neighborhoods covered include the Lower East Side, Little Italy, Greenwich Village and East Village. After exploring the immigrant history of various New York City neighborhoods, we’ll stop in to one of NYC’s many soccer bars to experience what it’s like to watch your favorite team or league with a bunch of rabid football fans in New York City.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours
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$25.00
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Murder and Mayhem East Village Gangster and Crime Private Walking Tour

Murder and Mayhem East Village Gangster and Crime Private Walking Tour

Explore the gritty and grisly history of Lower East Side and East Village on this private walking tour. Visit the boyhood home Lucky Luciano and a cemetery where one of New York’s most notorious grave robberies occurred. Stop by Manhattan’s oldest bar and Tompkins Square Park, which memorializes a 1904 boat fire that killed more than 1,000 people. Indulge your interest in the macabre with this darkly fascinating experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$255.00
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Street Art & Graffiti Tour in NYC Private Tour

Street Art & Graffiti Tour in NYC Private Tour

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New York’s vibrant Lower East Side neighborhood has, in recent years, become a hub of some of the city’s most experimental and boundary-pushing street art. Go on a small-group, cultural walking tour of the neighborhood, and spot noteworthy works by internationally renowned artists. Meet your guide at the Houston Bowery Wall in Nolita—famed for its ever-changing murals—and then venture to the LES. You’ll admire pieces in the 100 Gates Project, will see work by Shephard Fairey and Space Invader, and learn more about the vibrant local street art community.
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  • 2 hours
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Hudson River Bike Rental

Hudson River Bike Rental

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Spend the day exploring Lower Manhattan’s architecture, sites, landmarks, and coastal views with this convenient bike rental. Perfect for independent travelers, choosing a rental rather than a tour lets you go at your own pace and spend as long as you want at each stop. Plus, traveling by bike enables you to fit in more sights than you can on foot.
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  • 1 day
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New York City Ultimate Nightlife Group Tour

New York City Ultimate Nightlife Group Tour

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If you’re not familiar with NYC, going out at night can seem pretty intimidating. This NYC nightlife tour puts your mind at ease by planning out your night for you. Be led by a guide who knows the downtown area better than most and visit four different venues from rooftop bars to speakeasys. Enjoy skip-the-line entry at each location and two drinks included.
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  • 3 hours
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$36.27
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New York Rooftop and Club Nightlife Tour

New York Rooftop and Club Nightlife Tour

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Explore the nightlife of New York City on a tour that guarantees skip-the-line access at top venues. You might visit a bar, speakeasy, live music hall, rooftop lounge, or dance club depending on what’s available that evening. Travel with a small group and guide who provides free admission and complimentary drinks as you meet new people during this worry-free night out in New York.
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  • 3 hours
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$38.00
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Private Downtown Street Art Tour With Guide/Muralist

Private Downtown Street Art Tour With Guide/Muralist

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New York City has been a street art destination for close to 50 years. On a private walking tour through downtown neighborhoods, your guide points out hidden murals that visitors often miss. Along the way, learn about the evolution of Lower Manhattan, from the influx of immigrants to how it became the city’s first artist colony. Booking a private tour ensures a tailored experience and your guide’s full attention.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$328.67
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