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Immigrant Food Tour

May 09, 20241 min read

Immigrants have enriched our culture in so many ways--including food!

The New York Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side is the place to go if you want to hear the compelling history of our city's immigrants, migrants and refugees. The bulk of the immigrants who came to the city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries settled on the Lower East Side, and the museum brings their stories to life: Germans, Italians, Eastern European Jews, Greeks, Hungarians and Poles just to name a few.

And, luckily for us, each of them brought over their native cuisine, much of which we can happily sample today.

The museum now has a walking tour, enabling visitors to sample the yummy treats while learning all about the folks who brought this food over and their assimilation into the US.

There are ten stops on the tour, and it includes five tastings. Cafe Katja is an Austrian restaurant that serves pretzels and beer. Que Chevere celebrates its Puerto Rican fare with tostone cups with pulled pork or rice and beans. The Pickle Guys, the last remaining pickle vendor in a neighborhood that was once swarming with them, doles out pickled pineapple and other treats. Essex Olive and Spice features olive oils from Morocco. And a tasty cone at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory provides the perfect dessert.

Tours are 90 minutes and cost $55 for adults (free for kids under 5). Reservations are a must!

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