The Goal: Cook a romantic dinner for your sweetheart. The Problem: You can barely boil water. The Solution: A visit to the Brooklyn Kitchen. With quality equipment and top-notch instruction, this one-stop kitchen shop in Williamsburg will turn you from cooking zero to culinary hero in one fun-filled afternoon. From the moment you walk in, you’ll marvel at a massive array of knives, pots, pans, and gadgets that you’ll want to put into action right away. Fortunately, you can do exactly that—without cutting yourself or ruining dinner—thanks to an impressive roster of on-site cooking classes.
Start with Knife Skills, since it’ll teach you how to safely use your new Messermeister knife set to do everything from slice steaks to julienne vegetables. Then move on to the style of food you hope to prepare for your significant other. “Vietnamese Street Food,” for example, will familiarize you with the spices and techniques of Southeast Asia, while “Low & Slow BBQ Rib Dinner” will take you on an All-American taste adventure that winds through North Carolina, Kansas City, and Texas before ending up back in Brooklyn. And to complement the gourmet meal you’re preparing, you might want to take “Cocktails,” where you’ll learn the tricks behind ten classic drinks (and you can’t learn without sampling). Armed with your new kitchen stuff and a head full of cooking knowledge, a delicious, romantic evening at home is all but guaranteed. Now who’s going to wash all these dishes?