Tours

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.

Bens Bagel Tour - Classic Bagels

Choose Your Favorite Bagel Tour

Bens Bagel Tour - Lower East Side
Bens Bagel Tour -Grand Central
Bens Bagel Tour - Chinatown
Bens Bagel Tour -Meat Packing
Bens Bagel Tour -Lower East Side

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

Bens Bagel Tour -Grand Central

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

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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

Bens Bagel Tour -Meat Packing&High Line

Meatpacking & High Line: The Happy Poppy Bagel Tour

Once an industrial and dilapidated neighborhood, the Meatpacking District is now a very happy place as one of the most upscale and fashionable areas in New York City. A fresh poppy bagel will no doubt bring a smile to your face as you begin this tour and wind your way through the unique shops and treats of Chelsea Market. Span the globe in this one-block wonder with a wide array of imported gourmet and specialty foods, local dairies, fine eateries, and tantalizing baked goods. After all, this is the landmark location where the Oreo cookie was born.

Next, get ready to move out and up to an idyllic, linear park in the urban sky. The High Line is New York’s only elevated park. Why is this perfect pathway with lush greenery located above street level? Because it was ingeniously built on a section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad that had been abandoned for years. This one-mile long, sightseeing adventure offers spectacular views of the Hudson River as well as the architecture and street life below. From the Meatpacking District through Chelsea, explore fashionable shops, restaurants, and hotels in addition to the sights, sounds, and tastes of this unique area!

Bagel Tour Tidbits:

Did you know? The High Line was originally built in the 1930’s to elevate freight trains and eliminate traffic congestion. It also kept the horses from being spooked by the steam locomotives that pulled the trains.

Did you know? While this district was originally known for wholesale meat markets, some of which are still there, retail markets abound today. Chelsea Market is now a destination for fresh food and baked goods, even fresh bagels.

The Meatpacking & High Line tour is about 2 ½ hours. Please wear comfortable shoes.

Meet at Northwest Corner of 9th Avenue and 14th Street

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Make & Taste Bagel Tour

What is the secret to the warm chewy crust and dreamy dense interior of this extraordinary bread we call a bagel? It’s all in the kneading, rising, boiling and baking (yes, boiling – for just the right amount of time to lock in the unique texture and flavor). And you’ll get to experience it all, and taste it all, at one of the city’s landmark bagel shops!

This magnificent mid-town walking tour begins and ends with true New York icons! Before exploring the ins and outs of the bagel, we make our way through some of New York’s premiere architectural treasures and Grand Central Terminal. For the tour finale, you’ll be welcomed into the kitchen where you’ll hear bagel history dating back to the 1600s. Talk about incredible feats of engineering, you’ll be amazed at how these mouthwatering bagels are constructed! As the fresh, hot bagels emerge from the oven, you’ll top off the tour with a variety of toppings and tastes from poppy, sesame & onion to oat bran, cinnamon raisin and everything, so bring your appetite!

Did you know? Bagels are the only bread that are boiled before baked. Once the bagel dough is shaped into a circle, the bagels are dipped in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes on each side.

Did you know? July 26th is National Bagelfest Day.

[Grand Central & Waldorf–Astoria can be deleted or replaced depending tour locale]

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Cost: $50 per person including tastings.

Meet at Grand Central Terminal – Information Booth (New York, NY)

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Create Your Own Bagel Tour

Which area of Manhattan or other boroughs of New York City would you like to explore? Ben will tailor a tour specifically suited to your tastes (including your choice of fresh bagel).

Tell Ben what you want and he’ll make it happen

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