Discover the Best Couples Cooking Classes in NYC
For millennia, humans have been finding new ways to mix ingredients and apply heat in different ways to transform basic foods into mouthwatering delights. From enjoying Sunday meals at home to eating out at a Michelin-star restaurant for an anniversary, people have also developed thousands of traditions around enjoying food together. Couples cooking is one popular tradition that is often selected as a date-night activity thanks to its tendency to spark romance and curiosity.
Cooking with an intimate partner can be a fun team-building activity that involves hands-on creativity in a small space. Couples cooking brings together fun and flavor into one activity that can be savored for years to come.
Why You Should Learn Couples Cooking in NYC
For many cultures, memories are made in the kitchen, and this is no less true of partnered relationships. As cheesy as it is, it’s often said that “couples who cook together stay together,” and it’s true. As partners take responsibility for different elements of a meal, they’re able to draw upon each other’s unique strengths as team members, which pays dividends in other aspects of their lives. Many couples find that cooking together not only improves their communication but adds spice to their relationship through hands-on intimacy.
In addition, couples cooking can also be a fun shared hobby. Learning with a partner can often be less intimidating, and can even turn into a way to relieve stress. Cooking is both a creative and a social activity, which makes it the perfect way to enjoy connecting with new people. For social butterflies, local couples cooking classes can also be an especially great way to get to know other couples in the area who enjoy cooking.
In-Person Couples Cooking Classes & Schools in NYC
Many couples enjoy getting out of the house and learning about the huge variety of cultural foods planet Earth has to offer. Typically, in-person classes provide materials and ingredients, making them a budget-friendly way to tap into new cooking skills. Thanks to their popularity as a romantic outing, couples cooking classes are plentiful throughout New York City and can be easily booked through CourseHorse.
Take a Romantic Dinner for Two class at Home Cooking New York in SoHo, Manhattan. Along with quality time with romantic partners, enjoy allergy-friendly meals, hands-on demonstrations, and a full recipe package at the end of the course. Learn how to cook a classic duck breast with string beans, and dark chocolate mousse for dessert.
For the globe-trotting foodie, Miette offers Classic Bistro Dishes from Around the World. Situated in Little Italy, Manhattan, the course dips into classic dishes from France, Italy, and Switzerland. Learn international techniques for cooking delicious spaetzle dumplings and crispy mushroom chicken while building teamwork and creating romance. Before saying goodbye, enjoy mixing up a tart fruit sorbet for dessert.
Alternatively, Taste Buds Kitchen offers a wide variety of classes for foodies who love to explore cultural foods from around the globe. Trot on down to Chelsea, Manhattan (near Koreatown) to explore A Taste of India (BYOB) and learn key distinctions between ground and whole spices. In the course, couples toast a Garam Masala spice blend and make dishes like Tikka Masala and veggie samosas. In addition to a partner, all couples are invited to bring their favorite drink along for the ride to liven things up at every Taste Buds Kitchen class.
In Mediterranean Favorites (BYOB), make an assortment of traditional eastern entreés and appetizers, including hummus. After learning how to fold dolmades (or stuffed grape leaves), build authentic kofta kebabs from scratch, and churn out the tastiest tzatziki. This class’s menu is not only delicious but easy to follow, making it a great place for beginners to start.
For a taste of Italian classics try the Incredible Handmade Pizza (BYOB) course where couples learn how to make, knead, and shape thin-crust pizza dough from home ingredients. Never be intimidated by yeast again, and learn to hand-craft three delicious pizzas, including a classic Margherita, Pizza alla Bismark, and a mushroom lover's Pizza.
Can’t afford a romantic getaway to Italy? Join A Tour of Tuscany (BYOB) couples cooking course and learn to make homemade classics right in Chelsea. Along with several different melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi dishes, learn to prepare tomato confit and luxurious chocolate-dipped biscotti.
Captivated by Asian cuisine? Swing by Taste Buds Kitchen for a Tasty Thai (BYOB) class and learn to cook summer rolls, satay, and other Thai classics. Thanks to the completely nut-free pad Thai recipe, this class is a great option for cooking enthusiasts who want to explore Thai cuisine without accidentally triggering an allergy attack.
For a full menu of dairy-free Asian delights, check out the Chinese Takeout (BYOB) course. Couples in the class have a blast exploring Chinese classics such as chicken dumplings, and soy dipping sauce. In addition, couples get to surprise and delight each other with handwritten fortune cookies.
Also on their Asian menu, Taste Buds Kitchen offers a unique two-hour course featuring popular Asian Street Foods. Grab a partner and get creative making fried rice, sriracha tacos, tangy pickled veggies, and delicious coconut banana rice cakes.
To satisfy that empanadas craving, why not learn how to make them at home in Taste Buds Kitchen’s two-hour Tapas Españolas (BYOB) class? Spice things up with Spanish dipping sauces and traditional small plates created with love. The class covers everything, right down to making a perfectly flaky dough for the empanadas.
Interested in learning more niche cooking skills? Taste Buds Kitchen’s Handmade Pasta Twist (BYOB) course teaches couples how to make the Italian staple from scratch. Learn all the secrets to kneading, forming, and rolling homemade pasta to make sure that it tastes and looks amazing. In addition, students get free access to the course’s simple pasta recipe.
For another class that looks specifically at pasta, try the romantic Handmade Pasta (BYOB) course. Get the full low-down of easy-to-follow recipes and tips for how to create a variety of different pasta shapes. Partner-up for a romantic knead-along experience of learning how to fill and fold ravioli.
Alternatively, beer connoisseurs can learn how to add their favorite alcohol to their cooking with a two-hour Cooking with Beer (BYOB) class. Alongside a partner, stir up a variety of beer-flavored dishes, both savory and sweet.
For even more date night options, check out upcoming couples cooking classes in NYC on CourseHorse.
Virtual Couples Cooking Classes & Schools
If getting out of the house is nearly impossible, don’t fret—there are still a variety of live online options that are just as interactive and fun as attending an in-person class. Simply purchase supplies ahead of time and tune into the class from any kitchen to enjoy learning from instructor demonstrations in real-time. Working in a familiar space can also make the experience even more intimate and fun as it allows you to make more positive memories right in your home.
With more wine-tasting classes on trend than any other topic, many couples are likely to enjoy the NYC Wine Company’s Wine 101 course. Available live online through Zoom, the class is designed to help couples feel less intimidated by learning about this venerable drink. Together, couples get the opportunity to explore which wines they like best, along with more daunting topics, such as reading wine labels, talking about flavors, and making wine purchases. The class will take a close look at six different wines that couples can pre-order before the course for preparation.
For a more erudite look at how wines are created, down to the acidity and nutrient content of the soil where grapes are grown, check out NYC Wine Company’s Islands and Volcanoes, also available live online. Like the school's other classes, this course zooms in on six unique wines, giving couples plenty of opportunities to enjoy tasting as part of the learning process. In particular, the course focuses on delicious wines brewed from volcanic soils in locations like the Canary Islands, Corsica, Mount Etna, Monte Vulture, New Zealand, and Santorini. Book a couples seat to find out what makes these wines spectacularly flavorful.
In addition to wine-tasting classes, New York City also has a Plant-Based Milks course available through Teaching Table’s virtual classroom. With a three-step technique, couples in the class will prepare their choice of plant-based milk, along with almond pastry cream and plant-based bechamel. While most people can find plant-based milks such as cashew and almond at the store, learning this method can open doors to many other flavors, including amaranth, hazelnut, pumpkin seed, and sunflower seed.
Private Group Couples Cooking Classes in NYC
Add excitement by making private couples cooking classes an activity at your event. Along with fostering team-building, private couples cooking classes can be a fun way to stimulate creativity, curiosity, and closeness. Now, it’s easier than ever to book couples cooking classes for private groups in NYC through CourseHorse.
Resobox’s onsite Japanese Vegan Couples Cooking class puts a fun spin on healthy eating, making three delicious meals that all support mindfulness and detoxification. Enjoy cooking with high-quality traditional ingredients that are sourced organically and 100% free of gluten, animal products, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In addition to contributing to three succulent dishes, these ingredients are selected for their health benefits which include digestive balance and immune defense. Hosted in a beautiful Japanese cultural center, the class is full of creative inspiration both in the cooking and in the surrounding art.
For $80 per person, private groups of up to 25 people can enjoy Japanese Vegan Cooking by easily booking a session through CourseHorse. There are no extra fees for booking through CourseHorse, and they’ll even send a confirmation in 24 hours or less. In addition, groups who need more flexibility can easily change their party size after booking, saving the hassle of canceling and rescheduling.
Looking for a different type of couples cooking course for your event? Some schools offer personalized courses upon request. Message CourseHorse to learn more about custom couples cooking classes.