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Kitchen island in NYC
March 3, 2013 7:43 AM   Subscribe

I'm about to move to a new apartment that doesn't have a kitchen counter or much cabinet space, so I need to buy a cart with cabinets and a countertop (like this). I'd like to buy it from a store in Manhattan. Any suggestions?

I've found lots of these online, but haven't had any luck finding them in a brick-and-mortar store. (I've asked at Home Depot on 23rd St. and CB2 without any luck.) I'm also open to online suggestions if you've bought one online that you've been satisfied with. Thanks in advance.
posted by John Cohen to Home & Garden (12 answers total)
 
Well, this place is pretty high end, but it is brick and mortar. Maybe go there and see if they have anything that is within your budget.

Most kitchen-related places in Manhattan are going to focus on the high end out of necessity.
posted by dfriedman at 7:49 AM on March 3, 2013


Gothic Cabinet? There are several branches around the city. This is similar to the one you linked to, but they also do custom work.
posted by essexjan at 7:51 AM on March 3, 2013


The Container Store on like 18th/19thish and 6th.

You may end up cobbling something together out of Metro Shelving or some other modular system they sell, but it's all high quality stuff commonly used for what you want.

Ikea also has multiple variations on that theme, though it's not strictly in Manhattan.

Are you married to that Pottery Barn aesthetic? If so, uhh, try Pottery Barn, too. Also maybe Williams Sonoma, though I don't know that they do furniture or kitchen fixtures so much. You will probably pay more than you would if you went with the Ikea/Container Store equivalent, but it will look more like what you're envisioning.
posted by Sara C. at 8:05 AM on March 3, 2013


It doesn't need to fit any particular aesthetic.
posted by John Cohen at 8:09 AM on March 3, 2013


Crate and Barrel has a nice one. It's very solid.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:56 AM on March 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Head down to the restaurant supply stores on the Bowery and you can find similar work tables in stainless steel, with either steel or butcher's block tops.
posted by nicwolff at 11:52 AM on March 3, 2013 [2 favorites]


Just went to Crate & Barrel and I'm leaning toward getting theirs.

The restaurant supply store suggestion is a clever one, but I do need at least one drawer for silverware, since my apartment has nothing like that. It looks like a restaurant supply store would have something with a steel top for chopping food, but not quite enough storage space below.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
posted by John Cohen at 12:58 PM on March 3, 2013


The restaurant supply store suggestion is a clever one, but I do need at least one drawer for silverware, since my apartment has nothing like that.

Wanting drawers is a totally legitimate desire, but if you really do just need one for silverware - have you considered just keeping silverware on the counter, by the wall, in a couple of jars or other containers? My kitchen's pretty small and has these maddeningly narrow drawers that no dividers fit into, but I just toss my forks and knives into a set of containers that keep their handles pointing up and exposed, and it's quite easy to grab them.
posted by Tomorrowful at 1:36 PM on March 3, 2013


Bowery Kitchen Supply in Chelsea Market offers an entire range of design it yourself kitchen islands.

You can spec it pretty much anyway you want.

It looks like they outsource fabrication to these guys though.
posted by JPD at 1:51 PM on March 3, 2013


Wanting drawers is a totally legitimate desire, but if you really do just need one for silverware - have you considered just keeping silverware on the counter, by the wall, in a couple of jars or other containers?

Well, the island from Crate & Barrel would give me one drawer for silverware, and another drawer for other cooking items like measuring spoons and spatulas. True, I could always find somewhere else to store that stuff, but that would take up space somewhere else in my very small kitchen. If I get anything without a silverware drawer, every day, I'd be thinking, "Oh, I wish I had gotten the kitchen island with the silverware drawer so I didn't have to deal with this other thing."
posted by John Cohen at 2:22 PM on March 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was on my phone when I posted before; I'm glad you like the Crate and Barrel one. We have ours in black in the double-size variety. We keep it up against the wall--note that because of the folding panel, the countertop won't be flush against the wall if you want to do the same. There is about a two-inch gap. We don't mind; it helps to keep chopping boards vertical. We've moved it to the living room as a bar for parties. The drawers have a good depth. We use one for miscellaneous kitchen tools, and the other for spices. The drawers are tall enough that a standard size spice bottle stands up with no problem.

Before you buy, be aware that the piece is phenomenally, colossally heavy. My wife and I thought we could pick it up in the store and carry it up the three flight of stairs to our apartment. We nearly died trying to put it into a zipcar. We paid for C&B's delivery service, and two big guys struggled to get it up the stairs. Even if you have an elevator building, call for reinforcements.

That said, we've had it two-plus years, have used it every day (often for kneading dough, so it's seen some rough use), and it looks great and feels solid. A++ would buy again.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 3:53 PM on March 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


There is about a two-inch gap. We don't mind; it helps to keep chopping boards vertical.

That's a great idea — thanks for the tip.

We've moved it to the living room as a bar for parties.

Yeah, that's a plus. I'm not going to have any kind of conventional "dining table" or "bar" in my apartment, so this will be the closest thing.

Before you buy, be aware that the piece is phenomenally, colossally heavy. My wife and I thought we could pick it up in the store and carry it up the three flight of stairs to our apartment. We nearly died trying to put it into a zipcar. We paid for C&B's delivery service, and two big guys struggled to get it up the stairs. Even if you have an elevator building, call for reinforcements.

Thanks for the heads-up. I don't think this will be a problem. My apartment is on the ground floor, and I'm going to pay for shipping and then pay an extra charge to have it assembled. (The instructions say it can't be assembled by one person alone.)
posted by John Cohen at 7:25 PM on March 3, 2013


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