Around the World in New York Cuisine: 11 Classes to Try
Can’t afford a trip around the world? We’ve got the next best thing! Lucky for New York natives, this city is home to world-class cuisine from cultures all over the globe. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up our favorite introductory, international cooking classes that will take your tastebuds on a trip you’ll never forget. Grab your friends, leave your passport at home and try one of these 11 fantastic classes.

A fiesta for the senses.

Mexican food is way more than just tacos and burritos. In fact, it’s more than just beans, tortillas and rice too. In this Mexican cooking class, you’ll learn how to make eight different traditional dishes including homemade salsa, guacamole, fish tacos and tres leches cake. Sip on a complimentary glass of wine and let the flavors of our neighbor to the south transport you to a culinary fiesta. Buen provecho!

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Cumin around to Indian cooking, are you?

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Indian cuisine is beloved for its vast array of spices and healthy ingredients. For those of you who can’t afford takeout 24/7, immerse yourself in this Indian cooking class. Using ingredients and spices like cumin, turmeric, ginger and coriander, you’ll prepare Indian dishes such as coastal shrimp curry with coconut and mung lentil curry with peas and coconut. Scared by spice? Make your dish exactly how you like it, from mild to very, very spicy.

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Time for your favorite Thai.

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Lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaves, galangal, palm sugar, fish sauce and curry paste—these are the Thai ingredients that leave even the most experienced cooks confounded. Don’t be one of them. Embrace the flavors of Southeast Asia with this Thai cooking class. You’ll combine these ingredients and more to create classic Thai dishes like shrimp tom kha gai, chicken satay, chicken green curry, coconut rice and pad thai as you sip on a glass of complimentary wine.

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Do as the Greeks do: cook healthy.

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If it’s all Greek to me, is that really a bad thing? The Mediterranean diet is considered one of the healthiest diets in the world, and for good reason. It’s loaded with wholesome ingredients like fruits, nuts, legumes and olive oil. Once you’ve taken this class, you’ll make never struggle to make healthy, affordable and delicious food again.

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Konnichiwa to Japanese cooking.

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Stop getting your sushi at bodegas and sharpen your knives because this Japanese cooking class will teach you the ins and outs of cooking and enjoying the country’s signature food from home. You’ll discover tons of new information about common Japanese food products and how to pair them with food in your pantry to make miso soup, white rice and, of course, veggies and fish. Domo arigato, gozaimasu!

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TGIF: Thank goodness for Italian fridays.

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Is your homemade Italian food routine limited to Chef Boyardee, pasta and chicken parm? In this cooking class held after work on Fridays, you’ll explore the nuances of northern and southern Italian-style cooking to create an authentic menu. Learn how to make recipes like pork chops with olive, tomato and raisin sauce, saffron risotto, broccoli rabe and zabaglione over seasonal fruit. The class changes every Friday, so it’s never too late to jump in on the chance to cook real Italian food.

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How do you say, ‘Ayurveda’ again?

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Ah-yer-vey-duh. Duh! Considered one of the oldest sciences of cooking in the world, Ayurveda cooking is the ancient Indian health science which first introduced the idea of “personalized” cooking. And get personal you will in this class where you'll learn to cook food that soothes your digestive system using spices and ingredients like cumin, coriander and red chili. Say it with us now: Ah-yer-vey-duh.

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Take me to church: Southern style brunch.

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You think Brooklyn hipsters have a monopoly on a brunch? Think again! Other than Sunday church services, nothing quite says “the South” like a delicious, hearty brunch. This bold cooking class asks you to make dishes like shrimp and grits, crab cakes eggs benedict with a spicy hollandaise sauce, home fries and bananas foster French toast. You and your friends sure as heck won’t go hungry during this two and a half hour class, which encourages participants to bring with them a bottle of their favorite vino.

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Ride the train to soul food nation.

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Fact: soul food is synonymous with comfort food. But if you’re not comfortable making comfort food, it’s time to take a class to embrace the flavors of this traditional American cuisine. Cook up a menu filled with fried chicken, ribs, mac ‘n cheese and more under the guidance of an acclaimed chef. These delicious recipes will have you feeling soulful in no time.

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Ditch the Cuban cigars and cook some Cuban cuisine.

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Now that Americans can directly enter Cuba again, famous Cuban cuisine is what’s on everybody’s minds. But if you can’t trek down to Cuba just yet, take this cooking class to tide you over. Combining African spices and Caribbean flare, you’ll create dishes like avocado salad, picadillo, rice and beans, flan and mojitos—perfect for sipping on during those long “Havana Nights.”

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French toast, French fries, French cuisine...

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There’s a reason why so many of our favorite foods come from France. If you’re ready to scale up your French cuisine routine from fries to flambé, we give you the go-ahead to splurge on the cooking class that will change your life. Under the guidance of an experienced chef, you’ll prepare quintessential French dishes including escargots à la bourguignonne, coq au vin, haricot vert and tarte tatin while mingling with fellow French foodies. How very Parisian of you.

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