Wonder what it takes to be the next Michael White? Gain knowledge and mastery of the kitchen at cooking classes that will have you making fresh pasta, sushi, dumplings and cupcakes—even learning knife skills. Opportunities abound for dabblers, date nights, serious home cooks and anyone who aspires to take on another culture’s cuisine. We’re highlighting 10 of NYC’s best venues to find your inner chef, make new friends, share delicious food and just plain have fun.
Who’s it for? Beginners, skilled home cooks and date-night adventurers.
What to expect: Daily classes in an assortment of fields at both locations—Williamsburg and Sunset Park’s Industry City—that generally last two hours as well as another done in conjunction with Great Northern Food Hall that focuses on Nordic cuisine. Students, in groups of 12 to 16, actively participate and then sit down for a communal meal, enjoying the fruits of their labor. Some classes include drinks.
What you’ll master: Knife skills, fresh pasta making, dumplings, French pastry and doughnuts, depending on the class.
Cost: $100 per adult; $65 for kids cooking classes; $20 for one-hour lunch sessions at Industry City location.
Who’s it for? Baking enthusiasts celebrating birthdays, showers and romantic milestones.
What to expect: Cupcakes 101 lasts two hours, featuring step-by-step instructions on three different cakes and icings made from premeasured flour, sugar and butter. The casual, intimate workspace can fit a dozen people.
What you’ll master: Working a mixer and swirling frosting so it looks pretty and professional.
Cost: $75 for individuals; “Sweetheart Class” is $140 per couple.
Who’s it for? Novices and fans of celebrity chefs.
What to expect: A culinary theater on the 8th floor of Macy’s Herald Square hosts audiences of up to 60 at long communal tables. World-renowned and rising-star chefs perform cooking demos, encourage interactive discussion, offer multicourse samplings and wine tastings and provide recipes to take home. Classes generally last two-and-a-half to three hours.
What you’ll master: Depending on the guest chef, anything from tricks of classic French technique to the American art of grilling and smoking meats.
Cost: From $100 per person; $570 for six classes; $900 for 10 classes.
Who’s it for? Anyone who takes pleasure in cooking and mingling with other people.
What to expect: Classes that focus on using fresh and seasonal ingredients with an eco-conscious twist. Held in a state-of-the-art charming kitchen on the upper floor of a 19th-century carriage house in Chelsea, classes generally last two-and-a-half hours. Downstairs is a stylish café and shop selling curated pantry items.
What you’ll master: Gluten-free baking, cocktails 101, classic beef bourguignon and Korean vegetarian home cooking, among other objects of study.
Who’s it for? Adults of all ages intent on upping their culinary game.
What to expect: Recreational cooking classes offered day and night, lasting from 90 minutes to five hours. Most involve a brief lecture, full-participation cooking and eating, with maximum class size of 16 students.
What you’ll master: Molecular mixology, sushi, dim sum, butchery, vegetarian mezze, shellfish techniques and knife skills are a fraction of the catalog’s curriculum.
Cost: $120 for most hands-on cooking sessions; $650 for five five-hour classes.
Who’s it for? Career-oriented culinary, pastry and wine students as well as ambitious newcomers.
What to expect: One-day and multiday recreational courses, taught by esteemed professionals, held in the heart of Soho. Classes generally accommodate 12 students and cover many of the basics (knife skills) as well as cuisine that’s a little more challenging (eclairs, for example). The dress code includes long pants, long-sleeved shirts and non-slip close-toed shoes. Aprons and skull caps are provided.
What you’ll master: Secrets of perfect croissants, baguettes, bagels, advanced cake decoration and essentials of charcuterie and Japanese cuisine, are just a slice of the school’s wide-ranging curriculum.
Cost: $195 for one-day classes; $625–$1,625 for multiday courses.
Who’s it for? Families, singles, couples and anyone passionate about Italian food.
What to expect: Nearly every day at both Eataly locations there are interactive classes and food demos. At La Scuola, the most popular course is “Chef’s Workshop,” taught by Eataly’s own chefs as well as acclaimed guest chefs. At Foodiversità (Food University), look for family-friendly classes and higher-level intensives on pasta, pesto, pizza and wine. Most last from 90 minutes to two or three hours and on certain days are free.
What you’ll master: Fresh filled pasta, shaping gnocchi, layering tiramisu.
Cost: $25 for store tours for kids; $95 for a demonstration class and three-course dinner with wine or beer pairings (Foodiversità); $165 for hands-on fresh pasta workshops (La Scuola).
Who’s it for? All levels of proficiency and those desiring deeper knowledge of international cuisines and cultures.
What to expect: A warm welcome in an immigrant’s home that’s immersive and inspiring and includes cooking instruction, sharing stories and a meal plus a recipe booklet to take home. Classes accommodate six people and take place on weekends mostly in Brooklyn and Queens.
What you’ll master: Anything from complex Bengali dishes to Lebanese hummus and tabbouleh.
Cost: $175 for full-day (five-and-a-half hours) workshops; $110 for two-and-a-half-hour “taste of” workshops.
Who’s it for? Vegetarians, vegans, raw food devotees plus health-minded chefs pursuing a certificate.
What to expect: Well-equipped teaching kitchens in the Flatiron District, limited class sizes (reserve two weeks in advance), teachers proficient in health studies and holistic cures. Hands-on classes that last three hours.
What you’ll master: Fresh almond milk, Moroccan-spiced falafel, comfort food classics made vegan, vegan and gluten-free baking.
Who’s it for? Pizza lovers of all stripes, no prior skills necessary.
What to expect: Hands-on dough stretching, combining toppings in creative ways and baking at least two pies during an interactive four-hour workshop. Classes max out at 18, or 24 for private events, and should be booked at least two weeks in advance. Beer, wine and soda are available for purchase for the pizza party at the end.
What you’ll master: Thin-crust pizza made from scratch.
Cost: $195 for one; $295 for two working as a team.