Fairway Market has renovated the second floor of its Upper West Side flagship and added a well-equipped cooking school. Laura Licona, the executive chef of the adjoining cafe, is running it and offering a wide variety of classes, covering topics like knife skills, Southern cuisine, Chinese takeout and fresh pasta. Most of the classes are in the evening (except on weekends); there are also afternoon sessions for children. Cooking stations can accommodate up to 16 students for hands-on classes, 24 for demonstrations.
The Cooking Place, Fairway Market, 2131 Broadway (74th Street), thecookingplace.com.