If you’re looking for a new way to spend a fun night out in the city, check out our list of BYOB cooking classes in NYC.
If you want to get the same amount of fun, but without the booze or the price tag, also check out our list of 5 Free or Cheap Cooking Classes in Brooklyn.
I am not much of a cook. I have been known to burn things while simultaneously undercooking them; which is quite a feat, if I do say so myself. Sometimes I could really use a drink after a nightmare kitchen debacle, and it would be really encouraging to have friends with me in the kitchen. Here enters a beautiful concept: cooking classes with alcohol built in. What could be more fun than learning how to not mess up preparing a delicious meal that you get to eat, while enjoying a little something to take the edge off? BYOB cooking classes are difficult to find, but not impossible. We have done the hard part for you, and compiled a list of everywhere you can go to bring a bottle of something bubbly to enjoy while becoming a master chef.
In looking for the cooking classes in New York City that offered a BYOB option, we consulted several sources: Guest of a Guest and Class Curious. These sites were extraordinarily helpful, and offered a wealth of information on numerous great options. Our list offers a variety of themes, price points, and locations.
Without further ado, here is our list of BYOB cooking classes in NYC.
For $79 and a trip to the chic Chelsea and Flatiron border, you can take part in a number of awesome class offerings at Taste Buds Kitchen. Bring a few friends, and work in a small group to whip up 3 to 4 fun and delicious recipes within the class theme. Doors open 10 minutes prior to the start of class, and you are welcome to break open your booze to enjoy before the instruction even begins. They even provide bottle openers and glasses!
We are starting our BYOB cooking classes in NYC list with a class that specializes in making pasta from scratch, from the dough to the no-fail tomato sauce. Instructors will teach you how to form, cut, and fill any type of pasta you can think of, once your batch of dough has been whisked up.
A Taste of Italy
Who needs to save up for a trip to Italy, when you can just save up for a trip to this cooking class? Prepare classics from risotto with mushrooms and truffle oil, to eggplant parmesan, and even cannoli for dessert!
An under-explored food experience in America, the Spanish tapa is sure to be a hit with any adventurous crowd. Learn to make Albondigas, empanadas with butternut squash, and Patatas Bravas with spicy sauce.
If you tend to always default to Pad Tai, and you’ve been meaning to branch out in your knowledge of Thai cuisine, come to this class. Students will, of course, be taught to make not only the staple Pad Thai, but also pineapple chicken satay, summer rolls, and a Thai sauce.
Sushi and Dumplings
Love sushi, but too nervous to try your hand at making it? How about learning to fold dumplings, as well as rolling perfect temaki and maki rolls? Come on down to this class that’s ended up on our list of BYOB cooking classes in NYC, and bring your favorite bottle of Sake.
A Taste of India
Any vegans out there? This menu is free from animal products, and bursting with delicious Indian spices. Whip up some garam masala, tofu and chickpea tikka masala, warm naan, and veggie samosas in this interesting course.
If you want all of the delicious decadence without the steakhouse prices, learn to make some classic dishes to make at home for your next special dinner. Not only will you learn all about choosing and cutting steak, you will also make a red wine sauce, wedge salad, and mashed potatoes with truffle essence to go with your steak. Let’s see what’s next on our list of BYOB cooking classes in NYC.
Nothing says fun and bubbly like brunch! To accompany your creations of sweet spicy bacon, french toast sticks, and eggs florentine, bring a bottle of champagne to enjoy with the unlimited orange juice, provided for making some killer mimosas.
Modern French Pastry
Dream about the City of Lights while making some delicious classic pastries. Instructors will teach students to make croissants, eclairs, and other French specialties. The best part is, you can take home a box full of your handmade treats, making this one of the best BYOB cooking classes in NYC.
Instead of actually ordering takeout for the third time this week, try your hand and making some of your favorite Chinese dishes yourself! General Tso’s chicken, chicken and chive dumplings, sweet and spicy sauce, and veggie fried rice are on the menu for this course. Don’t forget the best part: you get to make and take home fortune cookies with special messages for your family and friends.
Cooking with Wine
If the presence of a bottle of wine that you got to bring from home isn’t enough to get you excited about taking a cooking class, then perhaps the presence of even more wine in the food will do it for you. Learn to make classic wine-infused dishes like salmon en papillote with veggies, risotto with bacon and leeks, and poached pears with cream.
2. Pizza A Casa
For $195 (or $295 per couple) and a trip to Manhattan’s bustling Lower East Side, you can enjoy an extremely entertaining pizza-making class! Learn to make and properly stretch the “best dough anywhere”, craft delicious sauce, combine toppings flawlessly, and make the most of whatever oven you have to work with at home. This class can be taken solo, as part of a couple, or with a small group of friends or family. Don’t forget a nice bottle of red wine or a couple of beers to go along with your creations.
If you’re able to get out to Borough Park in Brooklyn, check out some of the unique classes offered at Green Apron Kitchen, our number one on the list of BYOB cooking classes in NYC. According to their website, most adult classes are BYOB. Score! Be sure to check before booking to see if the particular class that you have your eye on allows you to bring some bubbly. Class offerings include things like Donuts!, PizzaPizza!!, Summer Baking Bootcamp, Parisian Cafe Camp, and Celebrity Chef Special. Classes range from $50 for the simplest course, to $500 for camps that last multiple days.
We hope you enjoyed our list of BYOB cooking classes in NYC. No matter your dietary restrictions, level of expertise, or favorite type of food, there is at least one great option on the list for you!