Frequently Asked Questions

More details to help you prepare for your tour of Chinatown and Little Italy

Tickets must be purchased in advance. This is because tickets are limited and our tours typically sell out quickly. For a better chance of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, Discover AMEX, or MasterCard either online or by phone. Cash is not accepted.

Yes, all of our guests must purchase a ticket whether or not they plan on participating in the food tastings. Non-paying individuals will not be able to join the tour for any reason(s). The ticket fees not only cover the food tastings, they also pay for your tour guide(s) wages. Tour guides offer valuable information throughout our tours regarding history, architecture, culture and restaurant recommendations.

Unfortunately, we do not have a waiting list. If the time slot you’d like is sold out, we suggest you check another date/time for availability!

The tours are held in rain, snow or shine. We ask that you make sure to check the weather on the day of your tour and dress appropriately (bring an umbrella if necessary). On days of inclement weather, we will do our best to use indoor space as much as possible.

Yes, private tours may be booked by visiting our Private Food Group Tour page. From there, we ask you to fill out our Private Food Group Tour Form. An Ahoy New York Tours & Tasting staff member will contact you within one to two business days. You may also phone us at 518-332-4386.

Private tours may be booked by completing this form. An Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting representative will be in touch within one business day.

Yes, food and walking tour gift certificates are available. Please visit our Gift Certificate page, or call (646) 681-3994

While we offer reduced tickets for children, our tours are mainly for a mature audience in that we taste ethnic cuisine and dive deeply into history and culture. Sometimes we find that children of a young age may become easily disengaged. Although we are a family-friendly tour company, please take care in knowing if your child will enjoy the experience prior to booking. We find that children 10 years old and older enjoy our tours more than those of younger ages. If you have questions about bringing young children, please feel free to contact us.

The seven tastings on our tour are enough for a meal. We do encourage a light breakfast before the tour, as the tour is not intended to replace both breakfast and lunch. Most participants leave our tours feeling comfortably full.

We will be on our feet and outdoors for most of the tour, so please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Please dress appropriately for the day’s weather including bringing an umbrella on rainy days, wearing warm layers on cold days, and cool clothing on hot days.

Gratuities are graciously appreciated, though not mandatory. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%.

Ahoy New York Tours & Tasting does its best to accommodate any dietary restrictions and allergies (i.e. diabetic, vegetarian, gluten). Please alert us upon booking your tour. If you prefer you may also reach us at 518-332-4386.

On our Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest tour, we walk no more than ½ a mile, and at a moderate pace. During the three hours, there are many standing breaks, so we aren’t always walking. There are a few opportunities to sit throughout the tour.

We taste foods from the oldest Italian cheese shop in America, an Italian specialty shop over 100 years old, an Italian pastry shop, a tasty surprise in Little Italy, an authentic Chinese dumpling shop, and the oldest tea parlor in Chinatown. Food-tasting locations can change without notice.

During the sit-down portion of the tour, we will provide you with water. We recommend bringing a bottle of water/beverage to compliment the other tastings along our tour. Water/beverages may also be purchased at the starting location before we begin the tour.

Not a chance. Our goal is that you not only taste delicious food, but become immersed in the history and culture of the neighborhoods visited.

Yes! Many of our tour-goers are from the NYC area and we constantly hear that the Ahoy New York Tours & Tasting experience puts the whole city in a new light. We’ve seen many natives learn more about their own backyard and with many of them being so close; it gives them opportunities to tour with us over and over and bring their friends and family.

We recommend taking our tour early in your NYC agenda. We believe our tours enhance your NYC visit. Throughout our tours, we recommend more dining experiences and off-the-beaten path locations for you to try once the tour concludes.

Yes, Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting will do their best to work with you to customize and personalize your private tour.

The tour ends about a few blocks away from the starting location. After the tour ends, you can easily retrace your steps and revisit the places we experienced. You will be given an information sheet that will also help guide you along.

We ask that you please wait to shop until the end of the tour so that we can stay on our food tasting schedule, and keep the tour running in a timely manner. The tour is designed so you may easily visit any of the locations once the tour concludes. You will be provided with an information sheet which lists all the locations and addresses along with a map.

Parking can be difficult in New York City and therefore we encourage people to use mass transportation. If you are driving, we suggest parking in one of the nearby parking garages. Specific parking information will be provided after purchasing your tickets in your tour reminder email sent 48 hours before your tour.

Although we would like to try to cater to your wheelchair and stroller needs, it takes time for us to coordinate due to the geographic limitations of the area. With notice, sometimes we can accommodate your needs.

Yes, there is a restroom at our first tasting location and at our sit-down tasting (about half way through the tour) there will be a restroom available.

While the majority of our tours are conducted in English, we do have a French and Spanish speaking guide available to conduct tours. Please contact us if interested.

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