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NYC Midtown Food Truck Tour

Indulge your hunger for authentic food and stories

Ask any New Yorker for food recs, and you’re almost guaranteed to hear the name of a food truck or cart. Before they inspired TV shows and became a nationwide phenomenon, food trucks and carts were–and remain–an NYC institution. Like our great city, they are fast, innovative and historic, full of character and personality, and represent diverse cultures and communities. Experience some of NYC’s best street food exactly the way the locals do: during the rush of lunch hour in Midtown Manhattan, one of the busiest districts in America.

We are able to accommodate some, but not all, dietary restrictions. Please see the FAQs section for more information.
This is a TOUR IN DEVELOPMENT that is only available for as a private tour.




On this tour, you will have the chance to enjoy more than what's on the menu. Get a taste of authentic NYC culture. Join our expert guides as they lead you on a 2-hr culinary exploration of NYC’s storied food truck scene, which includes mom-and-pops as well as franchises.

  • Enjoy 5 tastings (4 savory and 1 dessert), including a Vendy Award winner. Food trucks will include a mix of local and global cuisines for a full, true NYC experience.
  • Because food truck appearances change daily, every tour will be unique. Food tastings may include Indian street food, NYC Italian style sandwiches, Bengali chicken and rice, Israeli falafel, fusion tacos, Greek kabobs, Belgian waffles, and classic NYC hot dogs.
  • Immerse yourself in the history of the mobile food industry, which began in 1893.
  • Travel between worlds as you sample the eclectic array of ethnic food, and learn about the immigrant communities that make NYC one of the most diverse cities in the world.
  • Explore NYC in small groups (Max: 15).
  • Sightsee as you eat. Some sites that you will see along the way include Radio City Music Hall, Bryant Park, a Broadway theater, Macy's at Herald Square, among others.



Do you accommodate people with food allergies or dietary restrictions?

Please note that this tour IS SUITABLE for vegetarians, guests with nut allergy, shellfish allergy, dairy intolerance. This tour is NOT SUITABLE for vegans and guests with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

What happens if I am late and miss the group?

It is important to arrive at the tour starting location at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time, as we do start the tour promptly. It would be unfair for the others if we need to wait for those that are late. We cannot guarantee you’ll be able to find your tour group if you are late.

Does the tour happen during the rain or snow?

We only cancel the tour during extreme weather conditions. Otherwise the tour goes on. Please check the weather report and be prepared.

What is the tipping or gratuities policy?

Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done.

Is this tour included with a pass?

Yes, this tour is included with a pass. You’ll need to make a reservation with your credit card. No charges will apply IF you show up with a valid pass. You can cancel 48 hours prior to your tour without penalty. You can always reschedule your tour. This allows us to better manage our group size and make the tour experience better for you.

Important Restrictions

  • Please arrive 10 minutes early as the tour starts on time. You will not be able to catch up to the tour if late.
  • Just tell the guide your name. No need to print out the ticket or confirmation email.
  • ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE RAIN OR SHINE: The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability) or offered a refund.
  • ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE OUTDOORS: Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Passes are accepted for this tour.

Rescheduling Policy

  • We understand that your plans sometimes change. That is why we try to be as flexible and accommodating as possible with our Flexible Reschedule Policy.
  • Free Rescheduling Anytime: Reschedule your tour anytime without penalty even if you missed the tour.
  • Refund after rescheduling: Once you have been rescheduled, there can be no refunds if you decide not to take the tour.
  • Passes: For pass holders, you can always reschedule as long as your pass is valid for the day of the tour. If your pass is no longer valid on your rescheduled tour date, you’ll be charged for the full amount of the tour.

By Subway:

to 45th Street Rockefeller Center

By Car: Click here to view a map of nearby paid parking spaces. Not recommended due to unpredictable traffic which may cause you to miss the tour.

Tour Bus Loading/ Unloading and Parking: Click here for a list of DOT’s authorized bus layover locations.

Tour Ends: Macy's at Herald Square

Take a bite out of authentic NYC food and history. We will begin in Midtown Manhattan, then walk along the edge of the Diamond District and Bryant Park. You will see some world-renowned landmarks, such as Radio City Music Hall, once nicknamed the Showplace of the Nation because it was the top tourist destination in NYC. Gaze at the awe-inspiring tops of the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. Finally, the tour will end at Macy's Herald Square, one of the world's largest department stores, famous for its 4th of July Firework Show and Thanksgiving Day Parade.

As one of the world’s most diverse cities and a home to immigrants, NYC offers an international array of cuisines. And, as one of the busiest districts in the United States, Midtown Manhattan is the place where NYC food trucks and carts meet to serve millions of hungry New Yorkers. If food is the entry point to a culture, then consider yourself a global traveler on this tour. The food truck scene changes daily, which means that no two tours are the same. On one day, you may sample Bengali chicken and rice entirely homemade, aromatic and warm because it has been made to order. Or you may take a bite of some of NYC's best Israeli falafel, or try Korean/Mexican fusion tacos for the first time. As you experience new foods that will broaden your palate, immerse yourself in the stories of NYC's immigrants--the dreamers, the pioneers, the entrepreneurs who had the courage and grit to start their food trucks in NYC.



"'Food trucks are a rising tide lifting all boats in the local restaurant industry.' – Institute of Justice"

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