Scavenger Hunt Food Tours in New York City

The Munch Around Chinatown Scavenger Hunt

  • public
  • private
  • adults
  • outdoor

Treat your taste buds to an exotic adventure…

…in this downtown culinary wonderland. Discover the most unusual and enticing restaurants, cafés, markets, and even food carts in Chinatown and neighboring Little Italy. You’ll not only answer our usual array of tricky questions with your team to try to win the hunt’s top prize—you’ll also be challenged to find and taste such foods as dumplings, roti canai (Malaysian fried bread), popcorn chicken, mini cakes hot off the grill, bubble teas, Zen Butter ice cream, pizza, cannoli cupcakes, egg custards, banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches), rice balls, stone chocolate, and yummy bread.

Your team will be offered a variety of optional food stops, and you get to choose which treats work best for your diet and taste buds. We’ll recommend our favorites, but you get to make the final decision. 

The Munch Around Grand Central Scavenger Hunt

  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

You can almost taste victory…

…on this team-building tour that combines the hidden history of this landmark terminal with samples of its many treats. On teams, you’ll follow a trail of clues to answer fun and funny questions about what you find. You’ll also discover that Grand Central has become a bit of a gourmet destination, and you’ll be challenged to stage “photo ops” to prove that you’ve indulged in the delectables along the way.

Highlights of the hunt might include…

  • The Grand Central Market, bustling and bursting with fresh food vendors
  • A view of the Oyster Bar and its magnificent tiled ceilings
  • Li-Lac Chocolates, where teams that make a purchase get a free treat
  • Magnolia Cupcakes, enjoyed by the ladies on Sex and the City
  • Mendy’s, a classic New York Jewish deli with a famous tie to Seinfeld
  • Murray’s Cheese, New York’s premier provider of amazing and exotic cheeses
  • The new Great Northern Food Hall, featuring Nordic foods in a stunning setting 
  • Jacques Torres Ice Cream, with its colorful and enticing array of flavors
  • Financier Patisserie, with delicate French pastries
  • …and the proverbial “so much more”

Time to take your buds, and your taste buds, on a tantalizing tour! There’s no better way to bring people together, get them relaxed, and have fun than by sharing an adventure with great food. 

The Munch Around Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt

  • private
  • adults
  • kids
  • outdoor

If you literally hunger for adventure…

…this is the scavenger hunt for you! Nosh your way through the gooey, chewy center of New York City, better known as Greenwich Village. You’ll discover the neighborhood’s best restaurants, cafés, bars, and food shops—all while tackling tricky questions and collecting delectable treats. Starring: cannolis, paratha, pizza, exotic cheeses, chocolate, croissants, gelato, kebabs, and more.

Highlights include…

  • Hangouts enjoyed by 19th-century hipsters
  • Locations from movies and TV shows
  • The bars and restaurants that were the stomping grounds of Ernest Hemingway, e.e. cummings, Tennessee Williams, Jackson Pollock, Billie Holiday, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and other artists
  • The saucy Italian-immigrant streets of Fiorello LaGuardia’s childhood
  • A fruity remnant of a building said to have been owned by Aaron Burr
  • A century-old coffee shop featured in movies

You’ll also be challenged to take creative Team Photos to document your food stops. And this is all just a taste of the fun you’ll have! (See what we did there?)

A Kids Edition is also available, in which kids and adults team up on their search for snacks.

What are players saying about the Munch Around Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt?

A 5-star review on Yelp: “I did a Watson Adventures scavenger hunt at a management meeting last year and it was so much fun I decided to do The Greenwich Village Munch Hunt for my birthday….It was a real blast!!!!!  We got to eat at some great places and found out a lot about Greenwich Village….It was a great ways to make wonderful memories!!! Thanks so much to everyone at Watson Adventures! It couldn’t have been a better experience!!”

Join us for a weekend hunt for the public, or contact us to learn how you can enjoy a private Greenwich Village scavenger hunt for your group—and find more fun in NYC!

The Munch Around Manhattan Scavenger Hunt

  • private
  • adults
  • outdoor

For teams that want to literally taste victory

This culinary adventure will take you to some of the city’s most unusual and exciting cafés, restaurants, and food stores as you search for answers to tricky, humorous questions. Best of all, your team will also be challenged to find and taste delicious treats along the way in three neighborhoods of your choice, such as Chinatown, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, SoHo, and Grand Central Terminal. Your quest may include pizza, pierogies, cannolis, chocolates, dim sum, gelato, exotic spices, mango chutney, bialys, bagels, and blintzes.

As on the Conquer New York Scavenger Hunt, you’ll also tackle Team Photo Challenges, combine your brains on a fun trivia quiz, and meet with the Hunt Host for a surprise challenge.

Do you have dietary concerns? Don’t worry: the hunt is structured so that you have almost countless choices of things to eat and places to visit. The possibilities are only as limited as your appetite!

Contact us to learn more about delightful, delicious food scavenger hunt—and find more fun in New York City!

The Munch Around the Lower East Side Scavenger Hunt

  • private
  • adults
  • outdoor

From pickles to knishes, a munch for every mensch…

…awaits you on this tasty tour of the vanishing Lower East Side. You’ll discover the best eats of the neighborhood before they go bye, bye, bagel.

On teams, you will follow a train of clues that take you to the neighborhood gourmet hotspots. You’ll need to search for answers to fun questions about what you discover.

Even better, along the way you’ll have to take creative photos of your team enjoying snacks and noshes you purchase along the way. We’ll provide you with the locations and recommended treats; you decide which ones deserve the favor of your taste buds.

To win, you don’t need to know a bialy from a bagel, or a jot of Lower East Side. You just need sharp eyes, good teamwork, and an appetite for adventure.

Along the way, your team might…

  • Take a licking at Economy Candy
  • Visit the brand-spanking-new Essex Market, a foodies’ nirvana
  • Let a hefty ice cream sandwich melt your resolve
  • Fish for New York’s finest lox
  • Pick your favorite pickles
  • Hole up with famous doughnuts

This slice of New York calls out for hungry explorers.

Book a scavenger hunt for a private group anytime—and find more fun on NYC’s Lower East Side!

The SoHo Chocolatey Scavenger Hunt

  • public
  • private
  • adults
  • outdoor

The perfect hunt for adventurers with a sweet tooth

While finding answers to tricky questions, you will visit a variety of chocolate shops, bakeries, and specialty food stores throughout SoHo. Your team’s carb-craving quest will include tropical-fruit caramels, bacon candy bars, lavender macaroons, spiced hot chocolate, yummy cupcakes, and rice pudding in more than 31 flavors. You’ll also uncover the secrets of dramatic landmarks, surprising street art, eye-popping cast-iron architecture, and more.

Highlights include…

  • Rice to Riches, with a profusion of exotic varieties of rice pudding
  • A café said to be haunted by an 18th-century woman whose body was found there, leading to a murder trial in which both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr defended the accused man
  • The magnificent Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, scene of 19th-century riots
  • A giant trompe l’oeil mural, imitating the side of a cast-iron building
  • An artist’s actual landscape meant to re-create what Manhattan was like when it was inhabited only by Native Americans

Along the way, your team will have a wide variety of places to purchase scrumptious snacks. We’ll make suggestions of what to get, but ultimately you get to choose what suits your tastes and diets. 

The SoHo Chocolatey Scavenger Hunt for Kids

  • private
  • kids
  • outdoor

The perfect group activity for young chocoholics

If you can’t get enough of the sweet stuff, this is the hunt for you. Kids and adults work together to explore SoHo and indulge in some of the most decadent food Manhattan has to offer. While finding answers to tricky questions that combine treats and the area’s rich history, you’ll visit chocolate shops, bakeries, and specialty stores. Warning: hunting may make you work up an appetite!  

This kid-friendly version of the adult hunt features easier (but still fun) questions and a bit less walking. It’s suitable for ages 8 and up and makes for a great birthday-party activity.

A 5-star Yelp review: “The Soho Chocolatey hunt was the perfect activity for my daughter’s 10th birthday party! The clues were clever and fun for the adults as well as the kids, and our hunt guide was super organized and energetic. (The ‘mandatory’ chocolate sampling along the way was not bad, either.) Such a great way to get out and enjoy the city.”

Contact us to learn more about our Soho scavenger hunts—and find more fun with kids in NYC!

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