Testimnials

We're here to create a memorable and enjoyable orientation tour for you to experience the sights, and sounds of the city in first-class comfort and style! Take a look at what some of our clients have to say about MY KIND OF TOWN NEW YORK!

"Dear James, I just wanted to tell you how much my family enjoyed our tour with John. In our group, we had a few people that had been to New York before and some people new to the city. John taught all of us things about the city.

He was such a special tour guide, he kept the attention and interest of a bus load of women and one man ranging from eighty to fifteen and was able to point out all the parts of the town that everyone would enjoy. He went beyond the call of duty by helping us select the restaurants locals go to for our trip. My whole family would recommend John to anyone who was interested in a New York City tour."

Thank you so much, The Marcello Crew.
"Merry Christmas (oops we are behind in wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!) When we got your e-mail we wanted to jump on a plane and spend Thanksgiving in New York with you! We enjoyed our trip and can't wait to spend more time in the Big Apple with you. You are wonderful, you made us feel like we had been on vacation with a wonderful relative! Have a wonderful Christmas Cousin Jimmy, we hope to see you again soon! xoxo"

Martha, Tony, Adriana and Carina Piazza, San Jose, CA
"After seeing the Red Bus tour that would have been my site seeing fate, I'm glad I took a chance on James and his My Kind of Town New York Tour. I had the best time and didn't get caught in the usual tourist traps. James was able to show me around in a very personalized and informational way. He was also helpful in taking my picture in front of the sites. What's more, he was able to clue me in on the shopping hot spots. Thanks James!"

Robin Hart, North Carolina
"Hey James. Just wanted to let you know we are back in Kentucky. We had a wonderful time on your tour and I have recommended it as a "must" to several people. We hope to get back in May when it's a little warmer."

Jeanne Kentucky
"I just wanted to let you know how awesome it was to spend the day with you and your intense knowledge of NYC!!! It was an experience that Josh and myself will never forget. Thank you for making our time together so memorable."

Susan C. Daniel, Greensboro, NC
"Hi James! - We had a great time in the limo and we also gave your name to another Ca. Grp. at our hotel.I want to go back to New York and really hope that you are there, too!. I think that the girls regretted that we didn't engage you longer, and they all raved about it to everyone. We had a fabulous time at the Empire State Bldg. Clear and sunny!! It was the first time I felt sun on my face and it felt bright and beautiful.

Thank you so much, I really enjoyed meeting you, and you made the tour very interesting. Your passion for your work and friendliness comes through with every verbal description.

Thank you again, and God bless you and all the friendly New Yorkers that we met."

Sharon O, Southern California
"Thank you for the Greatest Vacation Memories!"

Kendust Family, Florida
"Thank you so much for the pictures of our trip to New York. Looking back, it was one of the best memories that Jay and I have shared. You helped to create that memory and now it is preserved in pictures. Your Tour is really wonderful and personalized, and we feel so fortunate to have spent the afternoon seeing New York through your eyes."

Angie Fisher, Del Mar, California
"For a guy not really excited about going to New York in the 1st place, I had a great time and it was in a large part due to "My Kind of Town Tours" and James Smythe. The tour James gave to my wife, daughter and I was very personalized. We were introduced to people he knew that ran the restaurants and shops he took us to. We really got a great feeling of the city from a New Yorker's perspective. When I tell our friends what we saw on the tour they don't believe that the tour was only one day long. What we saw would take a week to see if we tried to see the city ourselves!"

Peter Vanderhoof, San Jose, California
"Imagine the daunting prospect of arriving in such a place with no idea where to start, where to stay or how to get around. Then imagine being whisked away in comfort by a warm hearted, smart, enthusiastic and fun tour guide who knows the Big Apple inside and out and will show you more of New York in a day than most New Yorkers have seen in years. This was our recent experience with My Kind of Town Tours and one we are looking forward to repeating soon! Our wish was James command. He obliged us in every way possible and made us feel comfortable and secure. Our tour with James was a rich New York experience, complete with more than we could have imagined possible. In recounting our experience to local New Yorkers we realized that we had seen more of the Big Apple’s 24 square mile urban jungle than many of them had seen in their lifetime. My Kind of Town Tours allowed us to become New Yorkers overnight! Need we say more? You won’t be disappointed, and in fact I’m sure you will go home and tell everybody you know, as we have, that My Kind of Town Tours is the only way to experience New York! "

Kathy and Matt Bothwell, San Jose, California
"it was a great tour. Very much appreciate your personal approach."

Leigh Cousins
Melbourne, Australia
"Being our first visit to New York both my wife and we were nervous about navigating around the city to see all the wonderful sites. Thank goodness a friend recommended James Smythe and My Kind of Town to us. We were able to see everything we wanted to see and so much more. James has a unique way of making his guests feel comfortable and was really tuned into making the experience one we'll never forget. His personalized approach and knowledge of the city was truly remarkable!! Believe me, this is not your typical everyday tour guide service, so fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. This tour was most definitely the highlight of our trip. Thanks James, we'll be back"

Jeff and Doreen Ramona, San Jose, California
"Thank you for the wonderful, informative Tour of New York. We all enjoyed it so very much. Many thanks for the Empire State tickets. As you can see we did go. Have a wonderful Holiday Season and again many thanks!"

Mary Cerati, Diane Freeman, Sandy Jacob, Carolyn Schreiber
Bartow, Florida
"Dear James, My wife and I wanted to thank you once again for the awesome tour of NYC!! We were only in town for a few days but in just a few hours with you it felt like we were treated to a week's worth of attractions! Museum Row, The Plaza Hotel, Trump Tower, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Time Square, Soho, Greenwich Village, Little Italy, China Town, Ground Zero, Battery Park, Wall Street and the Brooklyn Bridge! I'm exhausted just typing it!! The highlights though were the times we actually stopped, got out and took the time to interact with the locals. I'll always remember Frank and his mozzarella store, or the bakery in Little Italy where we stopped for a canolli, or the authentic NY pizza lunch we had in Little Italy. And Ground Zero was so moving, thanks for suggesting we go through the church first before visiting the actual site, that made the experience that much more profound. So thank you again, I give you my highest recommendation. Unlike many other city tours I've been on, yours was so much more personable and "hands on". Anyone would be mistaken to choose another tour guide!!

Dave & Kathy Smith, Woodland Hills, CA
"James' tour showed us the "real" New York! I felt comfortable and at ease in the city after the tour. I would recommend a tour with James to anyone!"

Leslie De Rose, Watsonville, California
"Awesome! James provided the most personal and exciting "local" view of New York City. He showed me how genuinely friendly the people in Manhattan are. **** Four Stars!"

Greer Barnes, Scotts Valley, California
"If you want to get to know the real city of New York in a pleasant way, minimizing the usual tourist traps while taking time for the quaint aspects of the city like the villages - Tribeca, Little Italy, Wall Street, the real heart of New York, you could not ask for better than the four hour tour you so graciously accorded us. It would have taken us 2 months on our own to find out everything you showed us - and then - we would have probably missed some!"

Ingrid and Gary Fust, Santa Cruz, California
"We learned more, saw more and had more fun with your expert guidance. We never could have accomplished any of those things on our own."

Dick O'Donnelt Warrenton, Virginia
"Dear James! Thank You very much for a much appreciated tour of New York on the 27th of November with us four Swedes!! I enclose a picture of us. We will be in touch well in time when we come back next time. Hopefully it will be around Thanks Giving 2005"

Per Tidehag, Sweden
"Thank you so much for the incredible Tour you gave us! It was the highlight of our trip. My Mom would never have been able to see New York without it, New York is definitely a walking City which I love, but not for wheelchairs. I now have a whole new list of places I can explore. First on the list is lunch of soprasata from Pino Meats and dessert from La Bella Ferrara followed by dinner at I Coppi. When I come back I may call you for a Tour of Harlem. Have a wonderful Christmas and Good Luck to you. Your business needs no luck because you are doing such a great job! You Love New York and it shows!"

Rebecca, California
"Dear James, - Having been New Yorkers 30 years ago and today only tourists, we hired James for a Tour of the 'new' New York. We were with him for 4 hours. We started out in Lower Manhattan and it was up from there. Sights we never knew existed when we lived here, yet they were here. We ended the Tour in Harlem. His patience with tourists and N.Y. traffic is to be commended and his knowledge of New York was tremendous!

And thanks for telling us about all the out of the way restaurants, clubs, people.... James is most anxious to please his clients and did."

Lorraine & Roland De Angelo, Rocklin, Ca.
"This is not your typical 'cattle call' type tour, where the 'driver' barely speaks English, sticks to a set list of locations (and only drives by them). This is the ultimate tour in comfort, luxury, flexibility and fun where the tour guide is personable, genuinely knows the city and cares about his clients.'

We loved how much background and history you knew about each site we went to. Also, we appreciated your flexibility to allow impromptu stops for shopping or when we saw something we wanted to investigate. For us, another big plus was that we were allowed to pick exactly what we wanted to see, the personalized tour.

We have taken tours all over the world and have never had such a thorough tour, such personalized service and great memories of the entire day. To your prospective clients we say, 'go for it, you won't be sorry! We'd recommend your tour to anyone who really wants to experience New York City! It was the highlight of our trip and well worth the price. James, my wife and I haven't stopped talking about the highlight of our New York trip, your tour! Thanks again! "

Joe and Sheri Sharino
Sharino Productions and The Joe Sharino Band
"Hi James!!
I realy thank you for all your help in our visit to Beautifull New York! We realy enjoyed the tour with all the interesting things and places. We had a great time.... Many Thanks again for everything, We definitely will do it again !! "

Juan Maldonado & Family
Monterey, Mexico
"We can't say enough about your service. We have both been bragging to friends and family about this wonderful tour we had and how it is the only one we would recommend. You see so much with your personal service. Unlike larger tours, we spent all of our time on just the things that interested us. We had a wonderful time and Bob enjoyed his Birthday in New York.

Del Frisco's was the best! When you have customers looking for a good steak, this is definitely the place to recommend. The service was exceptional and the food was terrific. We would give it a 10!

Our next New York trip will definitely include another tour with you to see more of New York and dinner at Del Frisco's. Once again, thank you for making our trip special."


Colleen & Bob Taylor
Fall River, Massachusetts

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