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We are keenly attuned to every aspect of your walking tour experience — on our tours, you can expect wonderful local insights, terrific customer service, and a non-stop fun experience that keeps you smiling for days. We structured our walking tours with one motto in mind. As Maya Angelou said, “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” We’re in the business of giving unforgettable food tours and creating wonderful memories.



An excellent guide is the key to your walking tour experience, and our guides are the best in the business. Passionate, knowledgeable, fun, hip, in-the-know, and friendly, our licensed tour guides truly know their city. They love what they do, with an enthusiasm that makes you feel like a neighborhood native in no time.

“This is my second Sidewalk Tour with a stupendous tour guide, Matt, in the West Village! As a native Brooklyn girl, his is the best tour guide/company you can go with. They are super friendly, informative and gracious to the whole group. I would highly recommend this wonderful company to both tourists and native New Yorkers.” Marcelline L, TripAdvisor


We pride ourselves on giving unforgettable food tours. We’re in the business of creating wonderful memories for people. A lot of our customers are repeaters who had such an amazing experience on one of our food tours, they just had to come back for more. That is the ultimate sign that we’re giving a better food tour than anyone else in the city.

You have options. All of our cities pride themselves on setting high standards in every industry. We are the industry leader in the food tour business because we make the entire experience worthwhile. Our guides are witty, personable, and full of fun tidbits about the city. Our tours are professionally run, leisurely, informative, and full of delicious foods.


We love receiving positive feedback from our patrons. Nothing gives us greater pleasure than reading that our tours were the highlight of someone’s stay. We take every review to heart.

The feedback we receive from our customers has helped us develop amazing and unforgettable food tours over the years. With thousands of five-star reviews on our TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Google listings, we have solidified ourselves as the food tour you have to take in each of our cities.

Check out our review pages to see a sample of what people are saying on TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Google!


We are professional food tasters. Sidewalk Food Tours owner and self-proclaimed “foodie”, Joshua Hirsch has been eating in these delicious cities for years. He conducts delicious research to bring you the very best food the neighborhoods in each city have to offer.

A featured tasting on our Lower East Side food tour in NYC is Russ and Daughters, which was established in 1914. Like a fine wine, it keeps getting better and better — Anthony Bourdain described it as “occupying that rare and tiny place at the top of the mountain reserved not only for the oldest and last but also the best.”

Our dessert tasting, The Doughnut Plant, was established 80 years later but has received just as much praise. Mark Israel’s groundbreaking, award-winning shop, kickstarted the artisanal doughnut craze in 1994.


Each of our food tour cities is full of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path spots ideal for a photo. We even guide you through some streets with no other people on them. These hidden nooks aren’t in most guidebooks. Many locals don’t even know where they are, and those who do want to keep them for themselves. At Sidewalk Food Tours, we want to share them with the world.

Whether showing you a rare treasure or guiding you to a hole-in-the-wall, mind-blowing dumpling shop in a historic neighborhood, Sidewalk Food Tours makes sure you have a unique and memorable experience.

Our walking tours are the best way to see the city. With so much to see, do, and taste, people often walk right past the most amazing treasures. Let us point out all the wonderful things each city has to offer. We promise it will be the highlight of your visit!


After a decade as an equity trader on Wall Street, Joshua Hirsch decided in 2008 to leave that stressful life behind to follow his true passions — food, travel, and history. That year, he founded Sidewalks of NY Tours to share that passion with others.

Sidewalk Food Tours, Inc. is a full-time job for Joshua and his colleagues. This isn’t a part-time gig or something we do just for fun. We love what we do and have a great time doing it, but we work hard to create the best possible tour experience. We work tirelessly to tweak and improve our tours — the dining scene changes constantly, and we stay on top of every single innovation.

We pride ourselves on our stellar customer service. We respond to every e-mail within 24 hours. We pick up our phones. In the rare case that someone is away from their desk, they return your call on the same day. While we have policies and guidelines in place, we are much more flexible than other tour companies. We know things come up and people’s itineraries change, and we want you to be able to enjoy our wonderful tours.

Our ability to cater to specific needs and requests is one of the biggest factors separating us from our competition. This is the kind of attention every customer can expect, whether you join us on one of our regularly scheduled walking tours or book a special private tour experience. Join us on a delicious food tour. Leave the map at home or in the hotel. We’ve taken care of all the details so you can soak up the energy of the streets and savor every bite of food.


There is a myriad of tours and activities for you to do in big cities, and it can be overwhelming. There are a lot of tour companies out there who try to copy what others are doing. We like to say, “First come the innovators, then the imitators, and last come the idiots, whose avarice undermines the very innovations they are trying to exploit.”

At Sidewalk Food Tours, we think outside of the box to create unique tours, which ensure a memorable and unique experience for you. As an example, we have been eating street food since we were little kids. The food truck explosion in the past few years has made it difficult to sift through the amazing and not so good street food. That’s where we come in. We’ve tasted foods from many of the food trucks and carts and created tours that guide you to the VERY BEST.

We are truly committed to making your experience a memorable one. Our job is only complete if you are screaming from the rooftops for your friends and family to experience the same tour you have just taken with Sidewalk Food Tours.