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The best cooking classes in NYC

These cooking classes in NYC will help you brush up on the basics or master a culinary skill

Annalise Mantz
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Juliet Izon
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Annalise Mantz
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New York City is a culinary wonderland, with some of the best restaurants in the world, amazing bakeries, delicious desserts, fabulous ice cream, and the skilled chefs that make them tick. Even better, takeout and delivery options bring the best of NYC delicacies right to your doorstep. So why would you want to take a cooking class? Because it’s fun! Plus, everyone should know how to cook for themselves, and we think a home-cooked meal is a great date idea to impress your sweetie. Whether you’re a newbie who’s clueless in the kitchen or a home cook looking to learn a new technique, check out these cooking classes in NYC.

These kitchen classrooms offer a range of courses, from basic knife skills to pasta-making 101 to butchering. Tackle classic Italian fare, brush up on your pie-baking skills, learn how to properly sear a steak or dive into the details of sausage-making. You can even learn how to make iconic treats like cookies from Milk Bar or croissants from Mille-Feuille Bakery. You’ll be well-equipped to make a meal at home after taking one of these classes, and trust us — it feels good to know you can get by without takeout for one night (feel free to rely on grocery delivery for ingredients).

If these NYC cooking classes pique your interest, check out these couples cooking classes in NYC next time date night rolls around. They’ll open up a whole new culinary world for you and your boo.

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Best cooking classes in NYC

Want international fame and notoriety for being the brains behind one of the most delicious franken-desserts this century (cronut, we’re looking at you)? Well, first you’re going to have to start at the bottom – and make sure it’s not a soggy one! The chefs at Mille-Feuille Bakery in Greenwich Village will help you with all the essentials to get you going on a path to pastry righteousness. In just over two hours you’ll learn how to make croissant dough from scratch (lots of butter and layering involved), resulting in 15 chocolate and almond crescents that you can take home to show off to kith and kin.

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  • Battery Park City

The Institute of Culinary Education is legendary. Not only do they have 1,500 classes every year, but they have loads of kitchens to work from, so you’ll never be battling for elbow room. ICE also has the largest program of recreational cooking classes in the world, so if you can’t find it here, it’s probably not worth learning. Students can learn to cook everything from dim sum to surf and turf here, but beginners might want to start with a basic knife skills course. Practice your slicing, dicing, chopping, julienning and other knife cuts to help grow into the most impressive, efficient and safe chef that you can be.

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  • Flatiron

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. Afterwards, shop the store for all the amazing ingredients to cook at home.

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If the thought of cooking with a big-wig chef makes you weak at the knees, opt for a more laid-back cooking class like the BYOB options at Taste Buds Kitchen. Thanks to an easygoing attitude and casual environment, these classes feel more like cooking in a friend’s kitchen than formal training. Watch attentively as the instructor demonstrates the proper technique for making fresh pasta, then replicate the steps at your personal cooking station. At the end of class, you’ll share a feast of homemade ravioli and fettuccine with your fellow students—and wash it down with plenty of wine, of course.

Ice Cream 101 at Ample Hills Creamery
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  • Ice cream parlors
  • Prospect Heights

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, from making your own base to churning it in an old-fashioned hand-cranked ice cream maker. Tastings are included, of course. 

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When the expert butchers at this Chelsea Market shop aren’t busy breaking down a whole hog or slicing beautiful filets, they’re spreading the gospel of humanely raised meats in their classes and demos. Carnivores should sign up for the sausage-making intensive, where students learn to mix, season and fill their own links. Not only will you get to make the freshest wurst you've ever tasted, but you'll get to sip complimentary wine and beer all the while.

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  • Chocolate and candy
  • DUMBO

Chocoholics can take their addictions to the next level with classes held at Valrhona’s Dumbo kitchen. Aside from learning how to actually make chocolate, students can also take courses in sweet studies like Seasonal Desserts and Bon Bons. And since each course is taught by a working pastry chef, you know you're getting top-notch instruction. 

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