New York City has, undoubtedly, some of the best places to eat on the east coast, making it a great choice to wine and dine loved ones. However, a good time doesn’t have to begin or end with dinner. Forget being a tourist for a little while and experience the essence of the city through experiential tours like culinary classes, mixology, and even interactive dinner parties. Step outside a typical night out and deign to choose something that offers an experience!
Private Culinary Experience
Catering and private dining can provide guests with a unique and exceptional experience. Smaller and intimate dining areas offer a close and personal approach to dining. Many locations are designed with a view into the restaurant kitchen so guests can watch their food being prepared. Certain restaurants prefer to have small dining spaces for guests who enjoy a VIP dining experience.
Experiential tours can be more than walking and observing. Guests who want to be immersed in an experience can try their hand with a private culinary class. Guests are invited to a whimsical studio in Little Italy, where they will be instructed by a classically trained chef in the creation of a three-course meal with seasonal and fresh ingredients. After the class, all the food is up for grabs, allowing guests to enjoy their gastronomic work.
The Golden Spork – A Traveling NYC Dinner
The West Village is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan that has gained a reputation as an ‘urban bohemia.’ The community is full of colorful personalities and sprinkles of charm that fill streets and sidewalks with character and history. Restaurants range from classy and pricey to more homey, relaxed environments, all of which serve fantastic fair.
Want an experience that combines history, a little intrigue, companions, and gourmet food? Try an interactive dinner party that brings guests to different locales in the West Village. The Golden Spork is a traveling dinner party that provides a three-course meal and a dinner theater experience to die for. Diners are invited to join a secret dining society, but to get there, they must solve clues to earn such an important invitation. Full of interesting characters and complex puzzles, this dining experience is a delicious treat!
Private Mixology Class at an NYC Speakeasy
A new and exciting experiential tour is an antique speakeasy tour featuring a prohibition-bar-crawl. Enjoy classic drinks while listening to lively and smooth jazz and swing music. Stepping into old speakeasies is like stepping back in time, all the unique aspects of the era with the modern amenities we’ve grown accustomed to.
So, embrace the inner flapper or gangster and enjoy a night of cocktails and bands. While there are plenty of speakeasies in NYC, there are several worth mentioning: The Dead Rabbit in lower Manhattan, Apotheke in Chinatown, Fig 19 in lower Manhattan, The Back Room on the Lower East Side, and Bathtub Gin in Chelsea.
If creating classic drinks is of interest, try a private mixology class held on a hidden street behind an unmarked door. Choose from four mixology classes: Market Fresh (working with unique and fresh ingredients), Prohibition Era (learning the history of classic cocktails), Agave Master (modern use of agave), and Absinthe Minded (the rise, fall, and resurrection of absinthe). The three-hour class uses old and new techniques, teaching individuals how to create specialty cocktails.
Sometimes treating ourselves just feels right. Splurging on someone else often offers the greatest reward, showcasing just how much care went into the preparation of the event. Experiential tours offer so much more because guests get to be hands-on and interactive, which means more memories and skills that carry over into everyday life.