New Yorkers are gluttons for productivity. Maybe it’s because even scoring dinner reservations and bar seats requires hustle here, we’re constantly angling for ways to make our precious free time pull double duty. And NYC is full of courses and workshops that split the difference between fun and informative.
Many of these opportunities, however, cost more cash and time than we can afford. While it’d be nice to be able to devote weeks to a cheese board building apprenticeship, we’re busy working our day jobs, night gigs, and side hustles. Fortunately, there are also plenty of one-day classes designed to build cocktail party-worthy skills that might also save you time on your next night in. These are the best places to learn how to brew your own beer, create unique gifts, hand make pasta, butcher a fish, improve your knife skills in the kitchen, and yes, build a better cheese board in NYC.