Nothing gives you a truer sense of New York City than a good old-fashioned walkabout. And though it’s gratifying to explore the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the city on your own, sometimes you need a little guidance to appreciate the finer details. To help you find your perfect match, Elliman Magazine has rounded up some of our favorite NYC walking tours, guaranteed to take you deeper into a few of the things this surprising city has to offer.
Williamsburg could be the hippest place on earth. And though this small group tour is essentially a booze cruise on your feet, you’ll also have a chance to soak up a slice of cool Brooklyn’s architecture, street art, waterfront views and culture. The first leg yields craft brew from the famous Brooklyn Brewery and a few more stops on Brewer’s Row. But you’ll do much more than just drink. Shop at Williamsburg’s popular Artists & Fleas market for an eclectic mix of vintage fashion, antiques and artisan crafts; revel in Texas-style barbecue at Mable’s Smokehouse & Banquet Hall; choose an exotic scoop at Oddfellows Ice Cream Co.; participate in a hot-sauce tasting at Heatonist. And though you may be full, you can’t leave Brooklyn without a taste of house-made, high-end chocolates at Mast Brothers Chocolates. A sweet deal, indeed.
Price: $55 through Like a Local Tours
Tourists and New York City natives alike will be enchanted by this stunning 90-minute tour of the city’s largest museum. Because the numbers are capped at 25 guests, you’ll be able to inspect and admire everything from the Impressionists to the Renaissance and Egyptian collections without the incessant crowding of regular hours—but with incisive commentary from an expert guide. Take a selfie with a sphinx, investigate theTemple of Dendur, and luxuriate in the empty rooms packed with more than 5,000 years of art history. Plus, you’ll have access to special exhibitions and, of course, serious bragging rights. Tickets also include same-day admission toThe Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters.
Price: $175 through Viator
Long Island City is a cutting-edge, fast-evolving neighborhood awash in contemporary high-rises, industrial warehouses and stunning views of Manhattan. Partly because of its convenient location directly across the river from Midtown, it’s become a popular destination to explore. Natives of Queens, husband-and-wife team Elissa and John Garay specialize in tours that offer a completely unique—and local—perspective on the area.You’ll be guided through the neighborhood’s thriving art, food, and shopping scene and enjoy such NYC cultural experiences as a craft beer tasting and a visit to LIC Flea and Food, where you can browse, nosh, and chat with vendors. The three-hour tour finishes with a glass of Prosecco on the rooftop bar of the Z NYC Hotel.
Price: $65 through BQE Tours