NYC Mafia and Food Tour: Authentic Insider Experience
303 Ratings
New York
Embark on an authentic NYC Mafia and Food Tour guided by retired NYPD Detectives and Police Officers born and raised in Little Italy. Discover hidden locations, meet locals, and indulge in delicious food while hearing captivating crime stories. Book now!
Duration: 3 hours, 5 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • New York City - Experience the notorious Mafia crime families of New York City on this walking tour, which includes 4 food stops for a FULL DINNER, through the lively and intriguing gangland areas of the East Village and Little Italy. With decades of residency in Little Italy, we provide an insider’s view that no other tour company can match.
  • East Village - The tour kicks off in the East Village, where you’ll delve into the complex origins of the Mafia in New York City and understand the hierarchies within each crime family, from the foot soldiers to the captains and the ‘Boss’.

Walk in the footsteps of legendary mobsters like Lucky Luciano, Joe ‘the boss’ Masseria, John Gotti – the Teflon Don, ‘Vinny the Chin’ and ‘Crazy Joe’ Gallo, as you learn about their lives and crimes.

  • St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery Church - Discover the prohibition history of Second Avenue as we explore this famous street, visiting spots most tours overlook.
  • Liz Christy Bowery Houston Community Garden - Learn about this remarkable urban garden and its ties to the New York Mafia.
  • Nolita - Explore Elizabeth Street, once lined with crime family ‘social clubs’ and the hub of Mafia drug activity known as The French Connection.
  • St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral - Uncover the history of this church, including its appearances in the Godfather and Mean Streets movies.
  • Little Italy - Savor local, historic food spots – including the room where the Mafia was formed – with Italian-style dinner tastings, featuring a ‘primo’ and a ‘second piatto’. Drinks can be purchased on the day of the tour.

Conclude your tour with a delightful ‘dolce’, a cream-filled Sicilian Cannoli from the best pastry shop in town.

What's Included
  • Headsets provided for an immersive experience.
  • Savor iconic Italian-American dishes including Spaghetti and Meatball, Cheese Stop, Eggplant Parm, and Sicilian cannoli.
  • Insider stories shared by retired NYPD guides and a NYC Mafia expert.
  • Vegetarian options available upon request.
What's Not Included
  • Drinks are not included, but can be purchased on the day.
  • Gratuities are not included.
  • Transportation on the day (if required).
Additional Information

The unique tour of New York’s notorious underworld is conducted by ex-NYPD detectives, who have lived amidst the enthralling mob world. This fascinating peek into the Mafia’s life includes visits to local historic establishments for delectable Italian cuisine.

The tour is led by an NYPD detective turned guide, who spent his formative years in Little Italy and shares a genuine ‘insider’s perspective’ on East Village NYC mafia tales. His close encounters with New York’s infamous families, coupled with his advisory roles for crime and law enforcement in TV and high-profile films, make this tour one-of-a-kind.

Former NYPD detectives and police officers guide this tour through the East Village & Little Italy, tracing the paths of famed New York mobsters! Expect visits to infamous criminal hotspots, hearing about real-life crime events, and savoring delicious neighborhood food.

302 E 12th St
East 12th Street
We will meet INSIDE the restaurant called "John's of 12th Street" 2nd Ave and E 12 street Manhattan
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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May 30, 2024
Forgetta bout it - Four guide was knowledgeable & was a good story teller. Enjoyed checking out all the old stomping grounds.
Review provided by Viator
May 27, 2024
great tour - great knowledgeable guide who knows his stuff . Dan has great first hand insight and is enthusiastic in his tales of Cosa Nostra.
Review provided by Viator
May 26, 2024
Great tour, phenomenal food! - This was such a great tour. Our guide Dennis was very knowledgeable. He answered all our questions and gave us so much background information on the different buildings, neighborhoods and businesses. The food was also fantastic and they were able to accommodate my sisters vegan diet. Highly recommend.
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May 26, 2024
A must do when you visit New York! - Myself and my husband took the tour this week as part of our trip to New York. We have visited the city before and wanted something a bit different to do. I can say that we weren’t disappointed! Dan was very knowledgeable having grown up in the area, and was able to give a personal perspective and details that you wouldn’t get on a regular tour. He has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject and was able to point out so many locations that had either been the scene of a crime or a film/tv shoot (or sometimes both). We spent three and a half hours walking, talking and eating, starting at John’s and ending on Mulberry Street. The food was fantastic, real Italian cooking and generous portion sizes. Make sure you don’t eat before you go on this tour as you really do get a full meal. I would absolutely recommend anyone visiting New York to take this tour. Thanks Dan!
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May 26, 2024
Best day of my life - Learning all the Mafia stuff and getting to sit in the places where it started. And the food was great too
Review provided by Viator
May 24, 2024
Highly recommend - Dan was the best tour guide! So informative from growing up in New York. Took his time, answered dozens of questions And showed us some of the best Italian food, if not the best in the city. My fiancé, Phillip, and I had a wonderful time. Highly recommend.
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May 24, 2024
Number one experience in New York - Dans first hand experience on the subject and in the community give you insights you don’t get from the movies! Great time, great food, experience. Bonus …can’t beat the price for the experience
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May 24, 2024
Best NYC tour - Our guide was awesome. His knowledge of the real history made this the best kind of tour. The food stops were fun and the eggplant dish was fabulous (& I don't usually like eggplant). I recommend this as the best NYC tour experience one can have.
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May 24, 2024
Amazing trip - Amazing journey through old school Manhattan Great story telling and historical mafia spots We Come to New York twice a year and this was a highlight for us Wokkd highly reccomend
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May 24, 2024
fabulous :) - This was a truly fantastic tour from a very knowledgeable ex-NYPD serving officer. He knew the area very well and had some of the most authentic and fascinating stories to tell. The food provided from both restaurants was really lovely. A fabulous few hours spent in little Italy with a great guide. I'd highly recommend this tour. thanks again Gail
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up to 15 guests
July 2024