Haven’s Kitchen is a recreational cooking school, specialty food shop and event space in Chelsea. For me, this hidden gem in Chelsea is a perfect spot for a coffee break and maybe a light bite to eat, as their focus on the preparation and enjoyment of delicious, sustainable and seasonal food is very much in line with my philosophy and interests.
With my food background and passion, I find it very inspiring to join classes and learn new skills. When I begin cooking dishes that are new to me, from ethnic palettes I haven’t worked with before, I find it’s necessary to learn how to combine the spices and textures to get the authentic feeling of that tradition. Some of the classes they offer at Haven’s Kitchen I’m interested in are the Mexican Kitchen, how to make Thai street food and mastering the classic cassoulet. You can also bring a taste of New York back home by learning how to cook dishes from the NYC restaurant Momofuku. It’s easy to book in advance if you want this unique experience when visiting New York.
If you’re a happy cake baker, this is paradise. Everything you can think of for your masterpieces of baking can be found here. The store looks more like a stock room than a shop, but that’s part of the attraction, and it’s great fun to take a stroll and explore the toppen af kransekage supplies.
NY Cake Shop offers classes in cake decoration and you will probably be surprised at all the thing they teach you to make. If you’re very lucky, you might even learn how to make high heel stilettos in fondant!