In my opinion one of the best ways to engage with a culture is through it's food. Therefore when a friend of mine, Lin Keech, suggested that I go on the Food of New York Tour I was on it!
The tour has something for everybody.
A bit of culture: Cafe Wha and the site where the Beat Movement started.
Plenty of opportunities to take photos: think Washington Square Park. Also known for I am legend (the movie)
And of course great food: Pasta, handmade Mozzarella, bread, meat, tarts etc etc.
To check out these tours. Go to: http://www.foodsofny.com/
Left: This guy was lifting Mozzerealla out of scalding hot water.
Right: Our fearless leader: Raheem