Looking for a unique food tour in NYC? In Jackson Heights, Queens, we offer small group walking food tours, food tours specifically for families/kids, and team-building/work food tours.
Papri chaat in Jackson Heights. Photo: Sam Kolich
Eat Your World founders Laura and Scott have proudly called Jackson Heights, Queens, their home base for the past 10 years. They have long loved the incredible diversity of the neighborhood, with many first- and second-generation immigrants hailing from South Asia and South America, and, not surprisingly, the food that has followed. (They’re not alone—right before they moved, The New York Times published a piece by Seth Kugel about moving to Jackson Heights “for the food.”) Now they want to share it with EYW readers!
Photo: Sam Kolich
For years now, we have taken people on informal and formal food tours of Jackson Heights and nearby Elmhurst that offers tastes from many of the countries represented here: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Thailand, and more. It’s all been for the love of the food and the love of the neighborhood, but for a few years now we’ve made the tour publicly available for any food lover who comes to New York City (or lives here!) and finds us. If you want to get off the beaten path for a truly local perspective of a decidedly non-trendy, super diverse part of Queens—a slice of authentic NYC, if you ask us—then you’ve come to the right place!
What: Food tours of Jackson Heights and parts of Elmhurst, Queens. During the tour we’ll hit up anywhere from five to 10 of our favorite local spots, depending on which tour you book, that best represent the neighborhood’s unique diversity. Think papri chaat and patra (India), arepas and obleas (Colombia), momos and sel roti (Tibet and Nepal), and much more.
Where: Jackson Heights is easy to get to from midtown Manhattan via the E, F, 7, R, or M train (stop is 74th St./Roosevelt Ave.). It’s about a 15-minute ride from midtown. Detailed directions will be provided.
When: We have a few tour options. Email [email protected] to book!
1. Weekday tours. These are offered on weekday afternoons (beginning around noon): $60 for 2 hours, 6 stops, minimum 2 people. Includes all food.
2. Weekend tour: Select weekends only! 2.5 hours (1pm-3:30pm), 7 stops, 4-person minimum. Cost: $65 per person, including all food.
Want to go it alone? We won't be offended! We also have a self-guided food tour of the original 10-stop, three-hour tour we used to do for large groups, available for $29.99 on our NYC Food Itineraries page. There's plenty of room for you to pick and choose from those 10 stops if it's too much food!
1. Team-building/company tours: Bring your small work group (8-12 people is ideal) out to Jackson Heights for a one-of-a-kind shared eating experience! Get in touch for details.
2. Food tour for families/kids: This tour is best suited for kids age 5 and up (with a parent). We'll hit up four eateries representing four different countries and learn a little bit about each one as we go. There's a scavenger hunt and prizes! Parents eat too. $40 per adult; $30 per kid 2+.
New! Gift certificates are available! Give the gift of an incredible food experience to someone you know. Get in touch to request this; we can email or mail it out.
**PLEASE EMAIL [email protected] FOR AVAILABILITY.** And if you don't see what you are looking for here (i.e., an evening tour), please ask. We can often accommodate special requests.
Good to know: As part of our Feed Your World initiative, a portion of all profits is donated to Make the Road New York, a nonprofit org with local offices that we've marched alongside with in area protests. Make the Road works to protect the rights of immigrants and working-class families here and across NYC, including in the areas of: workplace justice, tenants' rights, immigrant civil rights, language access, LGBTQ justice, public education, health care access, and immigration reform.
Special requests: Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated; we've worked with vegetarian, halal, gluten-free, and dairy-free guests. Children are welcome on the regular food tour, but a lot of the food is at least a little spicy—we recommend booking our family food tour for a better experience that engages everyone. Strollers are recommended for young kids; we walk down some crowded streets.
Stuff we have to say: By purchasing an itinerary or food tour from Eat Your World (EYW), you (i) understand and agree that EYW is not responsible for anything consumed (e.g., food or beverages) on your tour, or any accidents, injuries or other loss that may occur during your tour; (ii) waive any and all claims of liability against EYW and its owner-operators, for any reason; use of the itinerary and/or participation in an EYW tour is at your own risk; and (iii) grant EYW a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free fully paid license to use any photographs or other likeness of you taken while you participate in a EYW tour.
“In a little over two hours, we felt like we had traveled with our guide, Laura, around the world. Jackson Heights is Laura's neighborhood and happens to be one of the most diverse neighborhoods in NYC. Laura loves it all and is a student of its people, culture, and history. What a beautiful mosaic smorgasbord of food! From India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tibet, Colombia, Thailand—and some I may be missing. We ducked into small restaurants, eating dumplings, chaats, fresh-baked bread, Thai dessert, chatting with the cooks and owners, watching street musicians and local dancers, and soaking up all the festive neighborhood vibes. It was a fabulous time—and delicious. Laura is a great teacher and travel companion. One of the best food tours EVER. Highly recommended!!” —Joy from Cincinnati (May 2019)
“Laura is absolutely amazing. Not only is she just a great person, but she knows the neighborhood inside and out. The food selection was perfectly varied and she knew based on speaking with us exactly what we would appreciate the most. If you have the chance I would highly recommend spending time with Laura. Thank you.” —Holly from Delaware (Dec. 2018)
“We had a wonderful experience with Laura. She knew the places, the people and the best things to eat. She was able to adjust the tour to accommodate dietary restrictions. She is knowledgable about the neighborhood, has a lively manner and good sense of humor and adventure. We would highly recommend any tour she put together.” —Jude from Philadelphia (Nov. 2018)
“We loved to experience this wonderful trip. Laura is an exceptionally good and fun guide, giving us an insight into other cultures that we would otherwise never have experienced. Laura, thanks, we went home to Iceland with wonderful memories.” —Sigríður from Iceland (Nov. 2018)
“If you’re looking to see a side to NYC that’s off the grid, this is the perfect experience. Laura was a great host and knows all the top spots to try authentic diverse food. We went to areas in Queens that as a tourist, you would never know about. And the food was sensational!!!” —Jasmine from Australia (Sept. 2018)
“Our work team thoroughly enjoyed the food tour led by Laura and Scott. In addition to wonderful food, we were provided interesting details of each country's cuisine. We tried so many different things, I wouldn't be able to pick a favorite dish! Laura and Scott were also very flexible—they were more than happy to add a beer stop to our tour upon a last-minute request. We left feeling full and happy. I plan to recommend the tour to friends and other work groups.” —Ann Kane, charity: water (Oct. 2017)
“We had an amazing and at the same time cosy tour with Laura and Scott! As we only landed on US ground the day before, soon we felt like real locals, strolling through the melting pot of Queens. The journey along the different countries, cultures and flavours was worth it every minute. Bites from India, Bangladesh, Tibet, Nepal, Colombia, Mexico and many more surprised us time after time. Laura and Scott are professional tasters, good storytellers and friendly locals, chatting with us as a group and the neighbours in their hood. Definitely a perfect way to explore and taste some New York off the beaten track!” —Martje and Lotte, from the Netherlands (Oct. 2016)
“Thank you for taking us to eat different kinds of food. We all appreciate how much you helped us. You inspired me to try new things. You opened our eyes and now I'm never afraid to try new things." —Ethan, age 9 (Oct. 2015)
“Scott and Laura treated a group of friends and me to a unique, delicious, and, most of all, fun food tour of the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens. The selection of foods was impeccable and ranged from Indian-inspired street food to Thai desserts and so much in between. They brought an authenticity and a passion to the experience that we never could have captured with a self-guided tour. In addition, their personalities were such that we felt like we were spending the day with friends (admittedly, really cool, well-traveled, funny, and hospitable friends) as opposed to taking a tour with formal guides. I am already planning to take another group of friends back to visit Scott and Laura and try even more of the awesome food in their neighborhood.” —Anastasia from NYC (June 2015)
“What an incredible experience in Queens! Laura and Scott were informative, passionate, and enthusiastic tour guides. I would never have known about these cultural hidden gems in Jackson Heights if it were not for them. The food was insanely good and the perfect portions per stop. We never felt overstuffed, and the cuisine was downright delicious. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting NYC because it's like transporting to a different country. I've already set up my second tour with these two, and I am salivating with anticipation! 5 stars." —Nicole from NYC (May 2015)
Digging into some Nepali food.
Tibetan momos in Jackson Heights