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In 1984, The French Culinary Institute was founded in a little known neighborhood called Soho. Today it is known as one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Manhattan and is still home to the International Culinary Center. The New York campus is also surrounded by some of NYC’s best restaurants—Balthazar, Jean George’s Mercer Kitchen, Bobby Flay’s Gato, Hundred Acres to name a few.

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In the heart of Soho, you won’t have to go far to find upscale boutiques like Chanel, Proenza Schouler and Gucci, quirky vintage treasures like The Vintage Twin and Broadway Market Co and fashion powerhouses like Topshop and Bloomingdale’s. After an afternoon of shopping, stop by La Colombe for a caffeine pick-me-up, Taiyaki for their famous Japanese fish-shaped cake and ice cream, or Dominique Ansel Bakery for the original Cronut (Chef Ansel is also a member of ICC’s advisory board!).

The historic neighborhoods and cooking of Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side are all within easy walking distance of ICC’s Soho campus. ICC is two blocks from the major Canal Street subway station, and a few more blocks to other subway stations and Citi-bikes sharing stations.

The school is steps away from some of the hottest restaurants and bakeries, many owned by our grads! Find inspiration at any of these Manhattan establishments where our alumni flourish:

  • Balthazar—Sommelier Rebecca Banks, ’05
  • Ed’s Lobster Bar—Owner Ed McFarland, ’95
  • Gato—Chef/Owner Bobbly Flay, ’84
  • Momofuku Milk Bar—Chef/Founder Christina Tosi, ’04
  • Stick With Me Sweets—Head Chocolatier/Founder is Susanna Yoon, ’10
  • Pinch Chinese—Owner Sean Tang, ’16
  • Seamore’s—Owner Michael Chernow, ’08

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ICC provides housing assistance for students relocating to the New York City area for their education. We encourage you to discuss your needs with us as soon as possible and to review our recommendations for alternative housing. Please contact Robin Hom, Associate Dean of Student Services, at 646.254.7511 or email with your housing inquiries.

Types of Alternative Housing

Direct Housing Options –Companies that operate and rent apartments or dorm style apartments that specialize in student housing for anywhere from more than 30 days to 1 year.

Secondary Direct Housing Options – Short Term Real Estate companies that manage and rent their own apartments. There are various amount of listing per company for all budgets and locations. Most of the listings are short-term rentals for 1 month to 1 year. There are both furnished and unfurnished listings.

Housing Search Engines –Search listings all over New York City. Use filters to narrow your search. Some will accommodate leases under a year and some will not.

Click here to view our Alternative Housing Guide with full list of recommendations.

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