One of our favorite Manhattan-based rom-coms is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Our favorite scene? When Ben Berry (Matthew McConaughey) invites Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) over to his apartment for a home-cooked, cherry-glazed lamb dinner with a side of the Knicks on TV for their third or fourth date. Sweet gesture, but sorry, that date is kind of…passive? Good sir, you live in New York City; there are so many things you can do on a date!
If you’re looking to do something that’s more hands on than dinner and drinks, look no further. Why not get both your hands dirty in the kitchen and try a cooking class together? We’ve got just the recipe (two, actually) for you.
Share Your Passion for Cheese and Macarons in Greenwich Village
Become curd and Cabernet experts with a Wine and Cheese 101 course. Opt for an earlier class so you can stroll over to Mille-Feuille Bakery and spend the rest of the afternoon tasting and making French macarons in an intimate baking class.
Wine & Cheese 101 at Murray’s Cheese
Price: Classes start at $75 per person
Length: 90 minutes
Time: Times vary; weekend classes usually start at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Murray’s Cheese Shop, 254 Bleecker Street (between Morton and Leroy Streets), Greenwich Village
French Macarons Class at Mille-Feuille Bakery
Length: 2–2.5 hours
Time: Times vary; weekend classes usually start at 9:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Where: Mille-Feuille Bakery, 552 LaGuardia Place (between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets), Greenwich Village
Dessert Before Dinner in Williamsburg
Every New Yorker knows that Milk Bar serves up the perfect postdate desserts. Why not bake the sweets (its cake and truffle balls) that you know you’ll both love? Follow up your cake making with a class at The Brooklyn Kitchen, focused on making delicious dinner staples like chicken and waffles or homemade dumplings.
Bake the Book at Milk Bar
Length: 2 hours
Time: Times vary; Saturday classes usually start at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday classes are at 11 a.m.
Where: Momofuku Milk Bar, 55 Hope Street (between Havemeyer Street and Marcy Avenue)
The Brooklyn Kitchen
Price: Classes range from $85 to $250
Length: Class length ranges from 2 to 5 hours
Time: Times vary; check website for class schedule
Where: The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street (between Meeker and Manhattan Avenues)