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The 6 Best Group Cooking Classes in New York City

Some of the best restaurants in the world, amazing bakeries, and talented chefs that whip together deliciousness—the food scene in New York City is fabulous with a capital F. If you’ve been to the city, you know you’ve got to try out its culinary bites. 

But what’s better than paying to devour its delicacies just once?

Enrolling in a cooking class to learn from NYC’s skilled chefs—and take the recipe back home to enjoy for years to come. Not only will this save bucks… it also makes for a great date night idea to impress your boo.

Keep reading to learn about the 6 best group cooking classes in New York City. Whether you’re looking to brush up your basics or master a culinary skill, you’ve landed the right spot!


Sidewalk Cooking Classes

Enjoy experiential learning with hands-on cooking classes at Sidewalk Food Tours—perfect for experiencing NYC with a group. Your crew will be assigned an NYC chef who will guide you throughout the process and will answer any questions you may have. They will help you build confidence and learn more about the local cuisine along the way. Your professionally-led class will contain plenty of icebreakers, challenges, tips—and, of course, tons of cooking.

You can sign up with your details (including the number of people participating and desired group), and will later be reached out with a proposal. 


a close up of a person cutting a piece of broccoli

Fresh ingredients, loads of flavor, professional chefs


NY Cake Academy

Who doesn’t love dessert? And if it’s homemade—pass it over! Become a baking wizard at the NY Cake Academy: an all-rounder baking class. From putting together textured buttercream cakes to piping beautiful floral cupcakes, you’ll learn everything under the supervision of pastry experts. Several classes are designated for each day and may also be seasonal. For example, December is full of classes for holiday cupcake and cookie decorating. There are also plenty of events for kids and teens.

The next time you have a special one’s special moment coming up—you’ll be the one baking some homemade goodness to celebrate their joy 😉


a man and woman preparing food in a kitchen

Which dish will you learn to make?


Brooklyn Kitchen

Master knife skills and Japanese street food at the Brooklyn Kitchen cooking classes—great for beginners and skilled cooks alike. Daily classes are conducted in an assortment of fields (typically held at Sunset Park’s Industry City complex). Once you’ve participated in the cooking session, you get to sit down for a communal meal and enjoy the fruits of your labor. That is, dumplings, pizza, French pastry, and more!

If you’re a date night adventurer who loves experimenting with something new for your better half—this cooking class will give you exciting ideas (and skills) for your next date.


a group of people standing around a table

Beginners welcome!


Haven’s Kitchen

Hosted in an 18th-century carriage house in Chelsea with a stylish cafe in front—plus a state-of-the-art kitchen at the back—your cooking classes will be hosted in a sociable setting you’ll reminisce about for years to come. You’ll be using fresh ingredients with an eco-conscious twist. Their select classes led by professionals from across the country are popular (and aim to teach you how to cook recipes from certain books).

If you want to learn about some plant-based food combining, Korean homecooking, and Southeast Asian suppers—Haven’s Kitchen class awaits your arrival.


a group of people preparing food on a table

Who is your crew will have the best skills in kitchen?


Taste Buds Kitchen

Nervous to work with a big-wig chef? How about a more laid-back environment at one of the BYOB options at Taste Buds Kitchen? Their specialty is an easy-going, casual atmosphere—so you feel like you’re cooking in a friend’s kitchen instead of a formal training class. You first watch the instructor demonstrate the recipe and then carefully replicate it at your own cooking station. In the end, you enjoy the feast you prepared with fellow students.

This class is especially great if you’re looking to whip up pasta—or an affair of homemade ravioli and fettuccine—and take the recipe back home. They also offer children’s classes and are a great option if you’re looking for a mommy-and-me project.


a group of people standing in a kitchen preparing food

Take home a new skill!


De Gustibus Cooking School

If you’re a fan of celebrated and emerging star chefs, the cooking classes at De Gustibus are for you. The experience is at a culinary theater where visiting chefs perform multicourse demos (also projected on large screens). You are encouraged to interact and have discussions with your chef throughout the class—and will learn plenty of cuisines depending on the chef. For example, classic French techniques and Kosher concepts in cooking.

You will be offered samplings, wine tastings, and recipes to take back home. However, these demos as well as hands-on classes are lengthy—so you’ll need some good stamina there 💪


a group of people preparing food with a chef

Chef it up!


Final Words

So… Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and tie an apron to sharpen your cooking skills? Gain experience and knowledge with one of the 6 best group cooking classes in New York City—they’re fun and super rewarding! Case in point: the edible goodness you get at the end of each class, perfect to enjoy with loved ones in the city (and sometime later back home!) 🪄