Professional chefs are not made but born, their second tongues and onion-impervious third eyelids marking them for future culinary glory. Learn from naturally gifted gourmands with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a professional cooking class and dinner at Park Avenue Bar & Grill (a $50 value) in Union City.
Park Avenue Bar & Grill's monthly cooking classes enlighten diners to the behind-the-scenes secrets of the professional kitchen, with executive chef Todd Villani demonstrating how to forge delectable dishes out of disparate ingredients, giving even the most hapless kitchen cadet pointers to enliven their home cuisine. During the lesson, up to 40 students of all skill levels watch Villani at work and participate in food prep, cutting, and dicing. Once brains brim with knowledge, guests feast on the fruits of Villani's efforts while sipping on complimentary glasses of wine. Instructional materials and recipe cards serve as personal professors that do not test students' garnishing abilities or require payment in elbow-patched blazers. Classes are held on Saturdays, with a different menu featured at each session; upcoming tutorials include fish dishes on March 26, Greek Easter meals on April 16, and traditional barbecue on May 21. Additional classes will be added to meet demand.
The beautiful brick building holds six distinct dining areas, including a chic cocktail lounge, a rooftop patio with unobstructed views of Manhattan, and a non-Euclidian dining room for avant-garde geometry buffs.
Fifteen Yelpers give Park Avenue Bar and Grill a three-star average:
Park Avenue Bar & Grill
Guests could dine at Park Avenue Bar & Grill multiple times, and yet leave each visit feeling as though they'd never been there before. Behind the restaurant's historic façade of red brick and arched windows await six distinct areas, each welcoming diners into a different experience. Downstairs, bartenders mix drinks at a traditional wooden bar, and upstairs, a modern lounge fills glasses amid tomato-red walls and zebra-patterned tile. After they dine on white tablecloths in the refined second-floor dining room, patrons can wander out to the private courtyard for drinks, or head up to the rooftop to watch New York's mayor give the skyline its nightly spit shine.
To match the atmosphere of each space, chefs prepare fusion cuisine that is American continental. Meticulously prepared entrees cater to guests seeking evenings of fine dining, and lighter fare, such as tapas and empanadas, facilitates socializing.
3417 Park Ave.
Union City, New Jersey 07087Get Directions