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Lonely Planet Experiences: Neighbourhood Eats: Brownstone Brooklyn

You may not immediately compare Brooklyn to a small town, but the hippest borough is made up of distinct community-oriented neighborhoods that thrive and blossom because of the local mom-and-pop businesses, many of that have been here for generations.

Brooklyn’s Smith and Court Streets and surrounding neighborhoods have a vibrant mix of small, locally-owned, and artisanal food shops unlike almost any other neighborhood in America. On this Brooklyn food tour, you find out how these unique spots came to be, and with a local guide you discover just what it is that makes them special. From Italian to Middle Eastern, New American to everything artisan, this NYC food tour shows you the best bites Brooklyn has to offer, from the people who make cuisine an art form.

You will visit both old school haunts and new culinary entrepreneurs to experience an exciting menu of both traditional flavors and daring dishes. You will stop by Italian and Middle Eastern shops that have long been the staple of the neighborhood, and explore the growing scene of cafes and restaurants specializing in New American cuisine. While you enjoy their delicacies, you learn about the neighborhood’s rich history and changing character.

From artisan cheese and bread shops, Italian pastry stores, cafes with coffee roasters, the oldest Middle Eastern bakery in NYC, and a modern soda fountain, this corner of Brooklyn couldn’t get more unique if it tried. The shops and food in this area have been featured in press and TV all around the world, from Australia to France. Some of the original businesses in this neighborhood are facing challenges common to many small business owners in New York.

Some of the original businesses in this neighborhood have succumbed to the many challenges facing small business owners in New York. Learn about those challenges and how you can continue to support them to keep the neighborhood vibrant and delicious. Your ticket price includes a donation to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce's Bring Back Brooklyn Fund.

Experience Includes

  • Discover some of the mom and pop businesses that make Brooklyn so desirable.
  • Visit family-owned food stores to get the local lowdown on food in Brooklyn.
  • Stroll down the beautiful tree-lined streets of Brooklyn with a local.
  • Explore the many faces of Brooklyn cuisine, from New American to Italian, the Middle East, and beyond!
  • Contribute with an included donation to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce's Bring Back Brooklyn Fund, an organization dedicated to supporting neighborhood businesses!

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Additional refreshments
  • Optional gratuities


Monday to Sunday

Departure location

Outside of 61 Bergen Street (near the F/G subway entrance), Brooklyn, NY 11201

Start times

12.00 PM


3 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Advanced reservations are required. Please select your chosen tour date at the time of booking.
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Infants under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge, but must be included on the booking.
  • CANCELLATION POLICY: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.