These are the best locations for cooking classes NYC has to offer. Yes, it’s the city that never cooks, but a small kitchen is no excuse for being clueless when it comes to baking the best pies or cooking pasta. In the city’s best kitchen classrooms, you can master anything from the best Italian dishes to the intricacies of sausage making worthy of butcher shops.
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Best cooking classes in NYC
Hands-on French Macarons Class
Could you be the next Dominique Ansel? Maybe! But before you create the next Franken-dessert, master the art of the French macaron. The experts at the Mille-Feuille Bakery in Greenwich Village break down the process as you make 25 of the scrumptious French dessert during this two-and-a-half–hour class.
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Counting New York powerhouse chefs like Dan Barber and David Chang as graduates from its professional division, it’s no wonder that the amateur classes here are unparalleled. Whether you’re keen to learn how to make an intricate, decorative birthday cake or master the essentials of Japanese cuisine, ICC has a program for nearly every cooking technique or style of cuisine.
“Naked cakes” may be everywhere now, but it was pastry wizard Christina Tosi who first introduced them at Milk Bar. With her bakery’s Bake the Book classes, master the original multi-tiered confection or try your hand at cake truffles and gooey crack pie. Bonus: You’ll even get to wear your own headscarf, just like the professional bakers at Milk Bar do.
Revered chef Lidia Bastianich curated the classes here herself, which means that both the content and the food is top-notch. Hands-on classes include making fresh gnocchi or Italian cheeses, while observation classes encompass topics like the history and techniques of savory baked pasta. And, to encourage you to make your recipes at home, students receive a 10 percent discount on purchases made in Eataly’s market.
ICE is home to the largest program of recreational cooking classes in the world, so if you can’t find it here, it’s probably not even worth learning. With 14 kitchen classrooms and 1,500 classes per year, you’re also not fighting for counter space. Besides basic introductory classes, ICE also has themed programs like All About Pumpkin, where students cook everything from ravioli to spice cake.
From learning basic knife kills to becoming a master of breakfast classics, this Williamsburg store hosts classes that are not only educational but very entertaining. Check out the couple’s dinner class for an out-of-the-box date idea: students prepare a romantic feast that includes Artic char en papillote, Israeli couscous risotto with mushrooms and apple tarte tatin.
Do you fancy yourself the next Ben or Jerry? Or maybe the ice cream you make at home always ends up more ice cube–like than, well, creamy. Beloved parlor Ample Hills teaches dairy lovers the delicious basics in their Ice Cream 101 class: from making your own base to churning it in an old-fashioned hand-cranked ice cream maker.
Chocoholics can take their addictions to the next level with classes held at Valrhona’s new Dumbo kitchen. Aside from learning how to actually make chocolate, students can also take courses in sweet studies like Caramel 101, Choux Pastry 101 (where you learn how to make éclairs and profiteroles) and even a seminar on the best Italian desserts like tiramisu and chocolate rum cake.
This homey Chelsea spot is all about the education of the whole chef. Not only do you learn the basics of cooking here, but you’ll also receive lessons on how to eat mindfully and make your meals environmentally friendly. Classes are often themed to one country’s cuisine: Recent programs have included Japanese home cooking, Middle Eastern mezze and Neapolitan pizza.
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It’s not always scary to find out how the sausage is made. This Lower East Side German restaurant offers a range of Teutonic-themed classes with chef Daniel Kill, from making strudel to an intensive sausage workshop that has students doing everything from grinding the meat to linking the finished sausages. And, of course, freshly brewed beer is on hand to complement every meal.
In this sustainable meat shop’s Red Hook headquarters, hands-on classes include the popular Pork Butchery 101, where students learn how to break down large cuts, how make sausage from scratch and even the secrets to curing meats at home. For the more intrepid cook, Poultry 101 covers everything from animal husbandry to practicing knife skills on certified-humane chickens.