Mandala Café: NYC Cooking Class: Prepare a Meal and Fight Homelessness

NYC Cooking Class: Prepare a Meal and Fight Homelessness

New York, United States

Mandala Café

Non-profit organization

3-4 hours
From$25 USDPer person

Pamsula Zen Center, located in West Harlem, is a nonprofit organization that offers meditation alternatives such as walking meditation and dharma talks as well as more traditional, seated meditation.

Tour Highlights

  • Participate in a fun cooking class while helping provide job opportunities to displaced and underserved individuals in New York City.
  • Improve your cooking skills while preparing a tasty meal to help feed people in need.
  • Enjoy a meal with local neighborhood residents.

Tour revenue will be invested in providing culinary job training and part-time jobs to individuals who are undocumented, veterans, refugees, formerly incarcerated, or have experienced homelessness.

Tour Details

  • Frequency


  • Start Time

    4 PM

  • Duration

    3-4 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Youth

  • Languages


  • Weather

    Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 6

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Comfortable clothes

Tour Description

Embark on an immersive culinary adventure with Mandala Cafe! Join cafe founder Daiken and a veteran who has experienced homelessness for a unique cooking class. Discover a new recipe and prepare a tasty meal to be served to local people in need. Then, sit down and enjoy the meal you prepared alongside guests from the neighborhood. Through this experience, help foster compassion in your community while honing your cooking skills and fighting the stigma of homelessness.

Tour Start Address

88 St Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY, United States

How To Get There

The tour start address is 5 minutes from the 116th Street stop on the 2/3 or B/C lines.

More About Mandala Café


To provide meditation instruction and opportunities to everyone, and to provide access, dignity, and mutuality around issues of food and employment.

Main Programs

  • Culinary training and job development

  • Proving part-time employment through catering

  • Weekly meal offering

Awards & Recognition

Columbia Community Service
Grant Winner
Huffington Post
Network Partners
Repair the World