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The best couples cooking classes in NYC

Instead of making swanky dinner reservations for date night, just book one of these couples cooking classes in NYC
Written by
Annalise Mantz

Looking for unique date ideas in NYC? Instead of sticking with the usual dinner and a movie combo, why not try out one of these couples cooking classes in NYC? You’ll learn to cook a new cuisine, taste some incredible food and prepare for future date nights at home. After all, cooking for one another is one of the most romantic things to do. Whether it’s your first date with someone new or your umpteenth anniversary together, these couples cooking classes in NYC will certainly leave you smitten.

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Best couples cooking classes in NYC

  • Things to do
  • Schools and universities
  • Battery Park City

The Institute of Culinary Education offers a wide variety of cooking classes from its Brookfield Place kitchen, including a special series just for couples. Pair bourbon with pork chops and steaks in a boozy steakhouse course, taste chile-infused dishes and cooling cocktails in a fire and ice class or sample four different burgers with Irish car bombs in a beer and burger extravaganza.

  • 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 this hands-on lesson in Italian cuisine. A resident chef will demonstrate how to prepare three 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.

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Sweetheart Cupcakes at Butter Lane
  • 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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