Learn to Cook in NYC
Dining in New York is almost like dining in every country around the world - in one night! If you want to take that culture with you, either to your teeny tiny apartment or to family gatherings, then it's time to take a cooking class or two. Luckily for you, NYC is home to some of the greatest cooking classes in the world. Here are our top picks.

Mexican cooking

Mexican food is more than breakfast burritos, tacos and a healthy amount of guac. Like any rich culture, its cuisine has finesse to it. This cooking class guides you through a crash course in Mexican cooking, where you'll make eight different dishes combining tortilla, meat, cheese, rice, fruits, vegetables, meats and beans to prep fast food and fancier dishes. Also: you'll learn the secret to making good guac, so isn't this class already worth it?

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A taste of Thai

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Asian cuisine is probably a staple in your New Yorker takeout diet, from Indian to Chinese food, but it's time for a taste of Thai food. Skip the takeout just this once and instead take a Thai cooking class, where you'll learn to pair Southeastern spices to bring out delicious Thai flavors. In a small class size, you and your fellow chefs will learn to create classic Thai dishes, including Shrimp Tom Kha Gai, Chicken Satay, Pad Thai, Cucumber Tomato Salad and Coconut Tapioca Pudding from an esteemed chef and sommelier.

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New England

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Two things come to mind when you say Maine: Stephen King novels and delicious seafood (lobster, anyone?). The sleepy state up north is home to a New England menu of seafood, hearty potato-based dishes and fruity cakes. If you're looking for finger-licking fun and a chance to wear your best New England wear, now's your chance.

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Care to make kids

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Kids' eating habits are fickle. They like broccoli one minute; they hate it the next. And don't get us started on how healthy it should be. In this Greek cuisine cooking class, you'll learn how to make cheap, healthy Greek-inspired meals for the little ones that their taste palettes are guaranteed to find satisfying. The menu includes Greek-style fries and scrambled eggs with tomatoes, Greek aroma meatballs, meat sauce pasta, Greek beef burger with potatoes and milk and rice pudding and experimenting with leafy greens to sneak into certain dishes. There will be no more finicky eaters in your household after this.

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chocolate-baking

Chocoholics welcome: cooking with chocolate

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You never know when your chocolate craving might strike next - the middle of the night, a rainy afternoon in. When those urges call, you need to be ready to make something delicious that will hold you over. This chocolate-based cooking class introduces you to tons of recipes and teaches you the art of tempering and melting chocolate for your heart's desires. You don't have a problem; you're just a chocoholic who can cook.

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Konichiwa to Japanese cooking

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Japanese culture has made its way into the American mainstream for decades; we can thank them for introducing us to Godzilla, anime and their delicious sushi and cuisine. Say Konichiwa then to learning how to make Japanese cuisine in this SOY NYC cooking class. Here, you'll prep and execute a menu of traditional Japanese dishes, including miso soup, perfect white rice, fish and veggies and enjoy a night away from burgers and fries.

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At last… Cuban food

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Summertime...and the livin' is easy. If you can't make your way to Cuba's newly opened borders just yet, then try out this Cuban cooking class, where you'll learn why Havana Nights are so enjoyable. Fusing Spanish, African and Caribbean flavors, Cuban cuisine is known for its caliente flavors that send your taste buds into overdrive with dishes like avocado salad, black bean soup, flan, picadillo and mojito. Afterward, can we recommend a good Cuban cigar or two?

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Lunch is underrated, so why not take this Bistro Lunch class?

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Is it just us or is lunch underrated? We're not talking lunch meats and egg salad, but French bistro cuisine. If you're looking to spice up your lunch menu, why not try this lunch bistro class, where you'll prep a three-course meal, including an entree, a ravishing main course and a delectable, creamy French dessert to explore the rich and subtle flavors of your better-than-average lunch food.

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Chicken soup for the soul, soul food for the stomach

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BBQ ribs, fried chicken, smoked mac & cheese, hushpuppies - if you're gonna do soul food, you betta do it right. For one night, indulge in that Southern-styled soul food by learning how to make it. With a menu filled with fried chicken, ribs, and the creamiest mac 'n cheese of your life, you'll have the best barbecues around for summers to come.

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You may know how to season a dish with salt and pepper, but if you're itching to add some unique spices to the dish, now's your chance. This Moroccan-inspired cooking class introduces you to flavorful (and lesser known) spices that will complement your flavor palette and make you comfortable cooking with spices once more. It looks like the beginning of a beautiful...you get the idea.

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