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The 9 Best Cooking Schools in NYC - CourseHorse

By Rebekah Yahoves | Published 7/6/2012

Learn to braise, simmer, and fricassee in some of the finest cooking classes NYC has to offer.

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Whether you're throwing a dinner party or impressing a date, it helps to have a few classy recipes in your arsenal. If you're looking for a cooking school, NYC has no shortage of options. The best courses will enchant your taste buds, captivate your interest, and complement your social life. Here are some of the top schools we found, where classes include take-home recipes and culminating meals. One afternoon will arm you with skills for a lifetime of culinary bliss.


Taste Buds Kitchen

Chelsea, Manhattan

Since opening its flagship station on 27th St. in 2007, Taste Buds Kitchen has opened 12 other delectable locations. It is known for its elegant atmosphere, patient instructors, and reasonable prices. The New York school is a kids’ kitchen by day that hosts BYOB adult classes at night. Learn to make your own dumplings, dipping sauces, and fortune cookies at a Chinese Takeout Course. Or learn to make Pineapple Chicken Satay or Summer Rolls and sauce at a Tasty Thai class. Your teeny chefs might enjoy an Emoji Movie Cupcake Workshop or creating Garlic Knots and Babka at All You Knead Is Love. And don’t forget the birthday parties and summer camps.

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The Institute of Culinary Education

Financial District, Manhattan

ICE is a private culinary school offering degrees in Culinary Arts and Hospitality. Founded as Peter Kump’s Cooking School in the 1980s, the institution’s famous guest instructors included Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. In addition to a world-class education, it also offers one of the largest recreational cooking schools New York has to offer. Enjoy the Hudson River views while learning Knife Skills, Dim Sum recipes, or Essential Skills like roasting, sauteing, or pan sauces. Classes here are engaging, group-focused, and chock full of information and yummy food to take home.

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Home Cooking New York

SoHo, Manhattan

Home Cooking New York offers a value of a 2 ½ hour class for $100. The courses are BYOB and include a sit-down meal at the end. All classes are hands-on in a family-style kitchen. Learn how to make homemade Gnocchi at a Fresh Pasta Workshop or master knife skills and sauces at Six Basic Cooking Techniques. Other sophisticated offerings include How To Cook Duck, a Dumpling and Dim Sum Workshop, and Cheesemaking. Classes at Home Cooking are known for being hands-on and educational. Guests leave knowing how to shop for their own fine ingredients. Be ready to take notes!

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Abigail's Kitchen (formerly Camaje)

Lower East Side, Manhattan

Abigail’s Kitchen offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy unique culinary experiences in a restaurant kitchen. Classes include Shop and Cook Chinatown for Fish and a Roman Dinner paired with music and wine. Customers rave about Dinner in the Dark, a blindfolded experience full of sensory delights and endless wine refills. Abigail’s is also a unique backdrop for celebratory dinners and team-building events.

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Le Pain Quotidien's Bleecker St Bakery

Greenwich Village, Manhattan

The Bleecker St. Bakery presents a warm, rustic atmosphere where you can watch bakers kneading artisan loaves of organic bread by hand. Pop in for some Skillet Eggs with Salmon or Strawberry Toast Forever. Or take a walk back into their clean, spacious kitchen for a world-class baking experience. Learn how to make flaky, seasoned breads at Biscuits and Scones or Artisan Pizza Making. The focus is on baking with fresh, organic ingredients. Former students recommend that you bring a bag to take all of your creations home in at the end!

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The Brooklyn Kitchen

Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Located inside a huge market in Industry City, this cooking school wants to teach you to “cook like a grown-up.” The Brooklyn Kitchen is known for its passionate instructors and spacious classrooms. Sign up for a class in Canning Basics course that includes jams, pickles, and Krauts. Or learn how to toss BiangBiang noodles in a spicy vinaigrette at the Hand-Pulled Noodles Class. Sample your creations and some delicious vino once your hard work is complete.

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Mukti's Kitchen

Kensington & Parkville, Brooklyn

When it comes to cooking classes, New York is in a league of its own. Mukti’s Kitchen offers hands-on Indian cooking classes in a homey atmosphere. Go on a savory Indian Spice Tour of Brooklyn, or learn to make Classic Chicken Tikka Masala. Known for being “The Real Deal,” Mukti explains all the spices and elaborates on the reason behind her techniques. A scientist at heart, Mutki is also a warm, friendly host and a wonderful teacher. Many who know their Indian food take valuable lessons home from their experience. Those who don’t are introduced to a delightful new world of fragrant cuisine.

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Cook Space

Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Each class in Cook Space’s artsy, open space is designed to inspire you and help you to break recipes down into their finer parts. Grab ten of your friends and sign up for a Donut Making event to create powdery confections with chocolate icing, raspberry filling, and custard. Or relish in French Bistro fare with oven-baked cheese and vegetable Quiche. You'll leave with a full tummy that is hungry to keep cooking!

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Pels Pie Co.

Lefferts Garden, Brooklyn

Pels Pie Co creates flaky, buttery crusts all day long in its rustic Victorian setting. Savory fruit pies, homemade ice cream with the works, and satisfying coffee are all a part of the customer experience. A course in pie-making will teach you how to create a crust by hand. A beverage is included in the price of a class, as is enough pie crust to allow you to build your own creation at home. You'll remember the shop for its piquant flavors and wonderful hospitality.

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