Whether you’re stopping by the Chelsea Market or cruising the flower district, there are so many reasons to love Chelsea. The art galleries may be the biggest draw in the area, but we know the great restaurants, iconic nightlife, and old bones of this borough are what makes it really special. If you’re looking to step outside the norm in Chelsea, check out its innovative escape rooms–some of the best in New York City–or its awesome painting lounges were you can create a masterpiece while having a tipple or two. Check out these awesome things to get up to in Chelsea.
#1 – Pick up a cooking class at Haven’s Kitchen
This is a must-visit for anyone who adores good cooking and elegant design–not to mention a cooking class or two! Haven’s Kitchen located on 17th near 6th Avenue is heaven on earth for foodies and culinary dreamers alike, with its bright interior and darling rustic design. Here you can enrol in a cooking class with your partner or friends and pick up some new skills in the kitchen, travel in taste from Japan to the Middle East, all the way to Italian home cooking.
#2 – Check out laser tag at Bowlmor Lanes at Chelsea Piers
Bowlmor Lanes may have begun its life in the 1930s as the hottest place to bowl in Greenwich Village—or indeed anywhere—but today its notoriety has only grown, newly boasting a full arcade, laser tag, and some truly swish bowling lanes. Now located at Chelsea Piers, this is a great spot for a game of laser tag with your pals. Enjoy the bar food and drinks in the lounge and tackle the Urban Mission laser tag experience, jam-packed with challenging obstacles and hiding spots.
#3 – Make a masterpiece at Painting Lounge
When you combine painting with wine you get the most creative results. Just make sure you don’t accidentally drink from the cup you’re cleaning your brushes in! At the Painting Lounge near Chelsea you can pop in for a two-hour painting workshop and create your very own work of art from scratch. They supply all the tools and the guidance—you provide the wine. Workshops hosted almost nightly! Must be legal drinking age to imbibe.
#4 – Eat better, cook better, and feel better at Natural Gourmet Institute
If you love picking up fresh produce at the Chelsea market, you’ll love turning those crisp leafy greens into delicious meals at the Natural Gourmet Institute in the nearby Flatiron District. This modern professional studio located on 21st near 6th hosts regular cooking classes that focus on healthy, holistic eating. What you put in your body affects your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, and after a few sessions at Natural Gourmet you’ll see what they mean. From bright dishes with lots of fresh ingredients to fun gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian, they have it all.
#5 – Join a BYOB cooking class at Taste Buds Kitchen
Have a fun night out with great food and great wine at the beautiful, bright studio of Chelsea’s own Taste Buds Kitchen. These classes are all BYOB so you can pop open a bottle of your favorite vino while also learning how to make scrumptious pineapple chicken satays or how to sear a steak to perfection. Cooking classes here ring in at $79 per person, one of the more affordable options in the city, and they’re designed around the concept that anyone can learn to cook. Book a class here if you want to demystify spices, exotic cooking and enjoy a delicious meal with friends.
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