News & Press

December 23, 2016


The New York Times

Not everyone wants guests to see the cooking: Enclosed kitchens are coming back.

During a New Year’s Eve dinner party several years ago, fun and laughter quickly turned to anguish for Jennifer McAllister Nevins. The pipes in her kitchen were suddenly blocked. And because she lived in a TriBeCa apartment with an open kitchen, all the guests got to witness each chaotic moment as the sink backed up.

It’s no surprise that Ms. McAllister-Nevins who loves to entertain, now lives in a different TriBeCa loft, one with an enclosed kitchen.

Closed kitchens also work well for those who entertain a lot and hire caterers and private chefs. “You don’t want your dinner party guests to walk through the kitchen and see what’s being served,” said Phillip Mendlow, a senior vice president of Bluerock Real Estate, which developed the Charles, a 27-unit condominium on the Upper East Side where all apartments come with closed kitchens.