New York City Mafia Tour with Food Tastings: the Insider’s Story

Travel CuriousMeeting Location: East Village Theatre (in front of the main entrance)New York, 10003
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Overview

Ready your shoes and taste buds on this guided walking and food tasting tour! Walk the streets where famous New York City Mafias have partied and hung out and learn more about the Mafia business– from its origins, to their secret hangout locations, and to famous mobsters. Guests will also indulge in local favorite dishes in between stops!

up to 3 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Discover the East Village neighborhood where the Mafia was born on this walking tour!
  • This entire tour is approximately 3 hours in duration.
  • Tour is suitable for culture vultures of all ages, but parental guidance is advised.
  • Two sit down tastings and a Sicilian cannoli are included on this tour.
  • Drinks are not included on this tour.
  • This is not an exclusive guided walking tour. Other parties may join this group.

Description

from New York City Mafia Tour with Food Tastings: the Insider’s Story
Get the insider's perspective on the infamous Mafia crime families of New York City on this walking tour with two sit-down tastings included, through the vibrant and fascinating gangland area of New York’s East Village and Little Italy. On your tour, you will:
  • Enjoy the attention of your local guide, an NYC Mafia expert who will regale you with personal inside stories of our 'guy in New York', a former Mafia associate turned NYPD Detective and now retired.
  • Uncover Crime Family member hang-outs, where they ate, partied and ran their elusive "family businesses".
  • Visit the locations most don’t even know exist. From Prohibition-era bootlegging operations run by the Mafia to the former Gambino headquarters "The Ravenite Social Club", while hearing about Mafia business dealings from money laundering and racketeering to narcotics and assassinations.
  • Tour the East Village where you will learn the complex origins of the Mafia in New York City, and learn the hierarchies within each crime family from the foot soldiers, to the captains and the ‘Boss’.
  • Walk in the footsteps of famed mobsters like Lucky Luciano, Joe ‘the boss’ Masseria, John Gotti – the Teflon Don, “Vinny the Chin” and “Crazy Joe” Gallo, as you hear about their lives, and their crimes.
  • Learn about the Mafia ‘omerta’ blood oath initiations for recruits, the ‘unwritten rules’ and ‘sit downs’.
  • Visit local, historic food joints --including the room where the Mafia was formed -- for Italian style dinner tastings, including a "primo" and a "secondo piatto". Any drinks you wish to have, you may purchase on the day of the tour.
  • End your tour with a delicious ‘dolce’, a cream-filled Sicilian Cannoli, at the best pastry shop in town.

The stories of the violent and elusive underworld of the Mafia have captivated each of us – with a whole genre of movies and novels dedicated to New York’s gangsters. On this tour, you immerse yourself in that world, become familiar with the characters, their history, the places, and the unbelievable real-life events thanks to the insider information shared with our small team of expert guides, by a retired Detective and former associate of the Mafia.

On this tour, you will learn about the Mafia’s origins in the early twentieth century, from their inception of factional wars with one another. That bloody power struggle ended in 1931 when ‘Lucky’ Luciano and fellow Mafia bosses formed the ‘Commission’ of the five New York crime families. ‘Cosa Nostra’ was born, in a discreet back room – where you will eat your first course and begin your journey through New York’s gangland.

Learn about the most notorious gangsters and their crimes at the very places where they lived, worked, parties were murdered or arrested. Hitmen like Umberto Valenti ‘the Ghost’ (because he was so quick at disappearing after a shoot out), crazy Joe Gallo, Vinny the Chin – who walked around town in his pyjamas and dressing gown muttering to himself, faking madness to avoid arrest for decades – and John Gotti, known as the ‘Teflon Don’ for his long evasion of the police. Hear about the highest-ranking Mafia turncoat: Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, Gotti’s under-boss, whose confession finally landed Gotti in jail.

If you’re into criminal history, the Mafia, or gangsters, then this larger-than-life tour will more than deliver. You’ll hear about the spying, the escapes, the hitmen, drug running, double-crossing, criminality and all the drama of this most sinister yet riveting world of gangsters, while also indulging in delicious Italian food at some of Little Italy’s best joints.

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Frequently Asked Questions about New York City Mafia Tour with Food Tastings: the Insider’s Story

Where is the meeting point for this Travel Curious tour?

You will be meeting your guide for the New York City Mafia Tour with Food Tastings at East Village Theatre, 181-189 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, or as advised on your e-ticket. Please be at the location 10-15 minutes prior to your tour.

How long is this Travel Curious tour?

You will be given two sit down tastings and a Sicilian cannoli , a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. This tour is suitable for culture vultures, adventure enthusiasts, and foodies of all ages. Their tours are all given in English, but numerous guides may speak other languages. Please contact the number provided on the e-ticket to see if they can accommodate any special requests!

What landmarks will we be on the New York City Mafia Tour with Food Tastings?

You will be seeing and touring the following areas during the tour: (1) Little Italy, where you will sample food from the guide-certified best joints (2) New York’s East Village, home to eclectic restaurants, lively nightlife, vintage shops, and a deep rooted connection to the Mafia families (3) Crime Family member hang-outs where most tourists and locals don't even exist (4) Other locations that are a trade secret when walking in the footsteps of famed mobsters and mafia families, including historic food joints where the mafia group was formed. Note: You can ask the guide for the

Is transportation included?

This is a family-friendly, guided walking tour. Transportation is not included in the New York City Mafia Tour.

Is parking provided?

No, but there are multiple parking garages and street parking available near departure point. Two of which is the Bowery First Parking (Garage) and the Lafayette Street Parking service (Valet). Both charge according to length of stay, time of the day, and day of the week. You can also contact the phone number on your e-ticket to ask for advise on how to get to the departure point via car or public transport.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

This tour is suitable for all ages, but parental guidance is advised. All guests must be at moderate physical fitness as the majority of the New York City Mafia Tour will be spent walking.

What should I bring?

Bring your camera and cash on hand for any other purchases or gratuities(optional)!

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing on this Travel Curious tour. Wearing casual clothing and comfortable shoes is recommended.

How many people are on a tour?

This tour group can have up to 12 guests.

How does Travel Curious ensure the quality of their guides?

All tour guides currently active go through a vetting process in which they carry out interviews, check previous reviews and employers references if applicable. More importantly, they make sure that these guides provide an excellent experience for the guests.