Haven’s Kitchen is a recreational cooking school, specialty food shop, and event space. Located in a charming carriage house two blocks from Manhattan’s Union Square, our business is dedicated to the preparation and enjoyment of delicious, sustainable, seasonal food.

Haven’s Kitchen has quickly become a celebrated neighborhood café and gourmet shop, a one-of-a-kind event venue, and an ideal place to learn about cooking and sustainability. Most importantly, we have become a place to reconnect with food, our community, and each other.

We believe that personal wellness and the well-being of our planet are intricately and permanently connected. We hope to nurture that connection in as many ways as we can, and share our enthusiasm with everyone who walks through our front door.


Like a great menu, our team has developed organically with a balance of skills, sweetness, and creativity.

Alison Cayne

While working towards a Masters in Food Studies in the fall of 2010, Alison imagined a food community where people could learn about, prepare, and share delicious food that sustains people, our environment, and our local economy. Her hope was to build a business that educates people, and in doing so, increases the demand for locally and sustainably grown produce. This demand would ideally help small and mid-sized farmers make a good living, grow more food, and feed more people.

Upon finding our carriage house, two blocks away from the Union Square Greenmarket, Ali knew it was the perfect space to build the dream – a true haven of sustainable eating.