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The best couples cooking classes in NYC

Instead of dinner reservations, learn to cook for date night at the best couples cooking classes in NYC

Annalise Mantz
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Annalise Mantz

More often than not, date night involves food. With so many amazing restaurants in NYC (not to mention romantic restaurants), it’s not hard to find a new spot to take your main squeeze for a meal. But if you’re a foodie in search of unique date ideas to shake things up, a cooking class might be right up your alley. More specifically, check out the best couples cooking classes in NYC to brush up on your culinary skills while having a fun night out.

From basic culinary skills to cooking with wine to rolling sushi, these couples cooking classes aim to entertain and educate. You’re sure to grow closer as you mix ingredients with your special someone. Just make sure it doesn’t turn into a kitchen competition — these classes contain knives!

Whatever the focus of the class, you’ll learn something new and taste something delicious. Plus, you’ll have the skills you need to cook a fabulous meal for a stay-at-home date night. If you’re looking for more ways to develop skills while kindling a romance, consider one of NYC’s pottery classes — fun, functional and you might even get to recreate that scene from Ghost.

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Best couples cooking classes in NYC

  • Things to do
  • Cultural centers
  • Chelsea

What romantic dinner would be complete without a glass (or three) of wine? Oenophiles and casual drinkers alike will enjoy this cooking class that incorporates vino into each recipe. Prep dishes like salmon en papillote, bacon and leek risotto and red wine-poached pears while sipping your favorite vintage. Though this BYOB class isn’t exclusively for couples, we can’t think of a better reason to check it out than date night.


As if Eataly weren’t already the temple of all things delicious and Italian, you can also learn to cook pasta, pizza and more at the Flatiron location. Bring someone special for a hands-on lesson in Italian cuisine. A resident chef will demonstrate how to prepare dishes and a sommelier will walk you through the accompanying wine pairings.

  • Shopping
  • Chocolate and candy
  • Lower East Side

At this Lower East Side chocolate shop, the artistic design of each truffle, bar and confection is just as important as the flavor. Take a 90-minute lesson from the master chocolatier to find out how to mold and decorate your own candies. The one problem? You won’t be able to get away with lackluster drugstore chocolates anymore after your sweetheart tastes the good stuff.

Consider this 2.5-hour class the prep work for your next anniversary or celebration. The instructors will demonstrate the techniques, then allow you to try at your own workstation. You’ll prepare hanger steak, pommes anna, dark chocolate mousse and a champagne cocktail to enjoy at the end of the class, and leave with all the recipes and skills you need to recreate the meal at home.

  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • East Village

It’s all sugar and spice and everything nice in this baking class at a gourmet cupcakery in the East Village. You’ll learn to mix three different batters, whip an ultra-fluffy frosting and ice the cakes neatly. The dozen cupcakes you create with your partner are yours to take home. Actual sweets always beat whispering sweet nothings in their ear, if you ask us.

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