Nat Geo Day Tour: Flavors from the Melting Pot
People & Culture

Nat Geo Day Tour: Flavors from the Melting Pot

Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Do this because
  • Experience the rich diversity of Queens through the lens of flavor, gaining insights into immigrant families' contributions that shaped the borough's unique identity
  • Meet the local immigrant families behind each of the restaurants and shops visited for a rare behind-the-scenes perspective on their life, their culture, and their cuisine
  • Try a variety of tasty, handmade, fresh dishes, from Mexican sandwiches to Colombian hot dogs, Chinese dumplings, Tibetan momos, and Taiwanese durian treats
  • Travel the world through gastronomy in one neighborhood as you grasp the extent of Queens' diversity and comprehend the life of local immigrant families

Based on our commitment to sustainable tourism, all National Geographic Day Tours meet the Global Sustainable Tourism Council criteria, and a portion of the proceeds from these tours goes back to the National Geographic Society to fund research and sustainable programs around the world.

What to expect

Queens, New York, is known for its remarkable cultural diversity. Historically recognized as an immigrant hub, the area boasts a rich blend of heritages to the extent that it's possible to encounter over 300 distinct languages on a single street. The exceptional variety of cuisines available within the borough is a great introduction to the diversity of its people.

With your National Geographic-trained guide you’ll explore the legacy of immigration in the city. As you walk through the areas of Corona and Elmhurst, you'll meet the families that run authentic family-owned restaurants, each with their own stories and cultural backgrounds. These local eateries not only serve dishes from all corners of the planet to their neighbors, but also foster cultural ties, community bonds, and livelihoods.

You’ll start with a traditional Mexican sandwich from a family-owned bakery, then sample a Colombian twist on the iconic New York hot dog. Next, it’s off to Asia with tasting sessions of Chinese dumplings and Tibetan momos. The last stop is a Taiwanese café where you'll learn about the enigmatic durian fruit and taste it in its natural form and in a pastry.

So prepare your tastebuds for a treat on this culinary journey, a gastronomic experience which stands out as a unique opportunity to grasp the extent of Queens' diversity and to understand the immigrant stories that make this borough the cultural mosaic it is today.

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What's included
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77-17 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY, USA

Meeting point:
Please be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes in advance.
What to remember

Know in advance:

  • terrain type is flat
  • you'll walk approx. 1.5km
  • you'll experience a food tasting at each stop
  • this tour runs with a min. of 6 people and a max. of 20 people
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Booking fee
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Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the experience begins.

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