food & drink ·
Published January 10, 2024
The Best Cooking Classes & Food Experiences in NYC
From couples cooking classes to themed brunches, here are some of the most unique dining experiences in NYC. 👩🍳
by New York Bucket List
One of the best parts of living in New York City? All the food options. From Indian Butter Chicken for lunch to Bolivian salteñas for dinner to middle-of-the-night cookie deliveries, living in NYC means having a world of cuisine at your fingertips. If you ask us, though, the best way to enjoy the food scene here isn't from your living room couch.
Dining in New York can be an experience in and of itself. Whether you want to learn how to make handmade dumplings or attend a grown-up pizza party, there's no shortage of options when it comes to unique food and drink experiences. We rounded up some of the coolest dining experiences in the city—perfect for date nights or group outings—from the top cooking classes in NYC to secret sushi dens, curated wine tastings, and more.
13 Unique Dining Experiences & Cooking Classes in New York
Private Omakase Experience
Sushi Suite 1001 offers the world's first hotel room turned restaurant experience. When you arrive, check in and receive your room key to unlock your unique food experience featuring a 4-seat sushi counter with your very own private chef for a 90-minute, 17-course progressive Omakase.
Pro-Tip: Plan to get there early to enjoy a cocktail or two at the outdoor Terrace Bar.
Fresh Handmade Pasta-Making Class
In this class, you'll learn how to knead, shape, and cook Italian dumplings. Guided by an Italian Chef Instructor, you'll delve into the secrets of choosing the best potatoes and ingredients and master the recipe for Gnocchi alla Salvia in the most authentic way. No prior experience is needed, and all the necessary equipment and ingredients are provided!
Sip & Shuck at Seamore's
Become an oyster aficionado and get ready to break out your new party trick after taking this oyster shucking class. Instructors will provide a hands-on demonstration, taking participants through a journey of shucking, tasting, and pairing four types of oysters to learn about the various flavors and textures of each. Enjoy wine pairings along the way, and take home the skills and tools you need to prepare a platter of oysters on the half shell at home.
Buy Me Dinner First at City Vineyard
Buy Me Dinner First is a family-style dinner party with a 3-course meal followed by an evening of live jazz and stand-up comedy. You'll start the night with a welcome espresso martini followed by a delicious menu (think hot honey pizza) and flowing beer and wine. Then, settle in for music and laughs.
Ultimate Beatles Brunch Concert
Whether you're a Beatles aficionado or just someone who likes good music, this unique brunch experience is one you'll remember for a long time. Strawberry Fields is a Beatles tribute band and the closest you can get to seeing the Beatles perform live. These four acclaimed musicians take audiences of all ages on a chronological journey through the Beatle's timeless catalog—all while you get to enjoy an unlimited breakfast buffet, coffee, tea, and juice!
Pizza & Pasta Making Parties
These pizza and pasta-making classes aren't really a class—they're more of a cooking party. Choose between making fresh Neopolitan-style pizzas or cavatelli and tagliatelle pasta from scratch. Both events kick off with an aperitivo, have an open wine and spritz bar, and music playing throughout the night.
Elevated Eats at the House of Cannabis
Sushi with a side of cannabis, anyone? Located in the decedent penthouse of The House of Cannabis, this handroll bar offers handcrafted rolls with the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. What really sets it apart, though? You can choose to enhance your evening with a curated marijuana experience presented by The House of Cannabis. The Green Room Lounge provides a safe and inviting space for enthusiasts to explore the world of cannabis and order additional cannabis products while you enjoy your sushi.
Wine & Chocolate Tasting at MarieBelle
MarieBelle in SoHo offers a wine and chocolate tasting experience with two wine flights—each with two red wines and two white wines—paired with passion fruit, lavender, milk chocolate, and salted caramel ganaches, plus complimentary cheese and grapes. Pro-Tip: this experience makes for a great date night!
Hand Rolled Sushi Class
Learn how to spread, layer, tuck, and roll your way to sushi heaven. In this fun, hands-on social cooking class, you’ll learn all the skills needed to make sushi rolls at home, including how to prepare sushi rice, select sushi-grade fish, and add additional tasty neta (ingredients) to enhance your dining experience. You’ll learn to make three types of sushi rolls: a vegetable maki roll, a spicy tuna roll, and a salmon avocado sushi roll. Guests will also make their own ponzu sauce.
Asian Dumpling Class
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to make dumplings! In this hands-on and interactive class, you will be guided step-by-step through refining your knife skills, making dumpling fillings (ground beef and veggie or a vegan option), and learning the art of folding dumpling dough into various traditional shapes. Your chef instructor will also demonstrate how to make dumpling dough from scratch so you can practice making it at home. After steaming and deep frying, you'll get to plate up and enjoy your creations!
Dos Hombres Cocktail Lab
Dos Hombres Mezcal (founded by actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame) has teamed up with Sushi by Bou in the restaurant’s acclaimed omakase cocktail program. Watch their world-class bartenders concoct science lab-themed cocktails with hazmat suits, goggles, gloves, smoke machines, beakers, and Instagrammable Breaking Bad moments. Choose from five different cocktails, and enjoy one complimentary cocktail with your ticket.
International Wine Destinations Pairing Dinners
Indulge your senses in a five-course meal led by a keynote speaker celebrating the wine and cuisine of international destinations like Sicily, France, Germany, and Argentina at City Winery. Each dinner will showcase a curated tasting menu paired with the region's finest wines.
Boy Band Brunch at City Winery
Transport yourself to a time when the boy band phenomenon dominated pop culture, and TRL was appointed television. Enjoy breakfast while jamming out to your favorite hits from the Backstreet Boys, N*Sync, One Direction, and more.
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