It’s common knowledge among New Yorkers that the best moments of summer in the city tend to take place on a rooftop. Amid our usual urban claustrophobia, there’s something incredibly freeing about the breezy, open space of a rooftop garden, or the view of the Manhattan skyline from a 17th-story bar. So this summer, when you feel like you need a little elevation, check out one of these incredible top-floor destinations:
New York City is home to some of the world’s top chefs, as well as a vast array of high-quality ingredients for every type of cuisine. Even if you feel comfortable in the kitchen, there’s always something to learn from taking a cooking class. Here are some classes available in NYC for amateur cooks and seasoned chefs alike:
25 1st Ave 5th Floor, Lower East Side
Fees: $100 – $125
The Bhakti Center’s cooking classes are based on the Ayurveda tradition, a 5,000-year old practice of holistic medicine with roots in India. Intro classes run for one session and serve as an introduction to Ayurvedic cooking. The more advanced seasonal classes run for two or more sessions and focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients for detoxification. The Bhakti Center will teach you how to craft meals that are delicious and beneficial to the mind, body, and soul.
Institute of Culinary Education
Brookfield Place at 225 Liberty Street, Financial District
Fees: $115 – $605
Every year, more than 26,000 people learn from 1,500 classes in techniques, skills, and tasting at the Institute of Culinary Education. While ICE is famous for training world-class chefs, anyone is welcome to take their hands-on recreational cooking, baking, and wine classes. Available classes include The Art of Ceviche, Tuscan Cooking, and an Introduction to Fine Cooking.
109 West 17th Street, Flatiron
Fees: $95 – $150
What started out as a small cooking school has expanded to include a cafe, catering services, and culinary consulting. Haven’s Kitchen teaches not just about technique and ingredients – their classes include instruction on eating mindfully, tips for cooking with seasonal ingredients, and understanding the environmental impact of what you eat.
Julie Sahni Indian Cooking
101 Clark Street, Brooklyn Heights
Fees not listed
Chef Julie Sahni’s teaching kitchen looks out over Lower Manhattan from where it’s nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge. Classes are available in two formats: a 2-day Intensive program or a 3-1/2 day Comprehensive program. Since class sizes are limited to three students, you’re guaranteed to get personalized instruction. Offerings include Classic Indian cooking, Ayurvedic Healing, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-free courses. You’ll visit an Indian grocery to learn how to pick out the best ingredients, and then learn historical and cultural background along with cooking techniques and the proper use of spices.
International Culinary Center
(Formerly French Culinary Institute of NYC)
462 Broadway, SoHo
With famous alumni like Bobby Flay, David Chang, and Wylie Dufresne, the International Culinary Center is known for cultivating world-class talent. The New York City campus offers hundreds of classes to the general public, including a French Classics course that teaches you how to make coq au vin, petatou, chocolate souflée, and more. If baking is more your style, try the Macarons & Madelines class and learn how to make delectable French desserts.
The League of Kitchens
Fees: $110 – $175
The League of Kitchens has a non-traditional but enriching and rewarding take on culinary classes. Immigrants residing in NYC open their home kitchens to a group of 6 New Yorkers, and share their culture and stories while teaching their students techniques and recipes from their home countries. You leave the workshop with a booklet of family recipes, a detailed shopping guide, and an incredibly unique experience. These classes tend to fill up fast, so The League of Kitchens suggests joining their email list or following them on social media to be the first to see when new classes are posted.
Natural Gourmet Institute
48 West 21st Street, Flatiron
The Natural Gourmet Institute offers interdisciplinary culinary education to support physical and spiritual health. With thoughtfully and ethically sourced ingredients, you’ll learn how to make “health-supportive” meals to support Paleo, Vegetarian, and Vegan diets. All classes come with recipes to take home, and some include lectures by culinary experts.
Whether you’re looking to learn the basics or hone your gourmet skills, NYC has plenty of classes to choose from.