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The kitchen is traditionally the heart of the home, and that has especially been the case over the past several months, when many New Yorkers have found themselves cooking and eating at home more often than they might have ever imagined. The kitchen can also be the make or break factor for certain buyers, and smart developers and designers have come to recognize this by incorporating high-end appliances and finishes into their buildings.

In the open-plan layout favored in recent condo construction, open kitchens allow an apartment to have essential appliances (think refrigerator, oven, microwave, and dishwasher) and counter space without disrupting the light and flow of the home. However, some favor a separate kitchen to allow for some space between preparing and serving a meal; moreover, in these days of working and studying from home, a separate kitchen can function as a makeshift office or classroom.

Eat-in kitchens are defined as those that comfortably provide seating, whether at a breakfast bar/nook or with enough square footage for a full dining table, and windowed kitchens offer ready ventilation of both smoke and odors. Finally, with many listings touting "chef's kitchens," we present a short checklist of what must be found for this to be an accurate description. We also take a look at some of the most attractive kitchens on the market today.
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Chef's kitchen luxuries

• Layout and square footage conducive to more than one person cooking at a time

• Abundant counter space and cabinetry

• Appliances from brands like Viking, Sub-Zero, Wolf, Miele, Gaggenau, Bertazzoni, and Jenn-Air

• Multiple sinks and/or ovens

• Center islands, wine fridges, pot fillers, and/or built-in espresso machines in more upscale units

From the Listing: Located at 119 Fulton Street, a boutique condominium, this sprawling 1 BR / 1.5 BA home is both sophisticated and functional. Featuring both northern and southern exposures, the home is cloaked in natural light. Brand new wide plank oak floors and soaring ceilings create a loft-like feel. The generously proportioned floor plan allows versatile dining and living possibilities, and with the bedroom separated by a hallway, feelings of suburban living are conjured, whilst offering the conveniences of a condominium.

The windowed open chef's kitchen boasts classic white Carrera marble counters, oak Poggenpohl cabinets, Viking refrigerator, dishwasher, and a breakfast bar, the perfect place to start the day. The refined bathroom with soaking tub by Neptune, separate glass shower, beech wood vanities and Robern bathroom cabinetry, compliments the king-size master bedroom, with room enough for additional furniture. The home features a half bath for guests, and is punctuated with thoughtful storage options throughout, and a stackable washer & dryer.
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From the Listing: Noho Dreams, welcome home to your tranquil one bedroom, one bathroom located in the heart of Noho. Featuring soaring 10ft+ ceilings in the living room, spectacular oversized windows facing west overlooking tree-lined Mercer Street and Sasaki Gardens. Other highlights include recessed LED lighting throughout, an open chef's kitchen with an island and dining area, an oversized bedroom completely outfitted with a custom closet, and a renovated bathroom. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Welcome to The Morgan Lofts. A prewar, 1911, terra cotta building located in Murray Hill, just off 5th Avenue. Step inside this Loft like home with 12'6 ceilings, wide plank espresso oak floor, and 8 ft. windows facing south. Direct views of the empire state building separate this apartment from others. The apartment features open kitchen into the living room, Bosch washer and dryer and central AC and heat climate control.

The open kitchen features top of the line appliances, Keppersbusch dishwasher, range and stove. Miele exhaust and a Sub Zero fridge. The well proportioned primary bathroom has a separate Kohler soaking tub and glass shower .
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From the Listing: Bright and airy with three exposures including skyline views northward, this classic two bedroom home is newly renovated while still highlighting the best of its vintage, pre-war stylings. Exposed beams throughout, restored parquet floors, and crafted baseboard moldings, pair seamlessly with the brand new kitchen featuring custom cabinetry, quartz composite countertops, stainless appliances, and direct sunlight from an eastern facing window. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Spectacular Brooklyn and Manhattan views await you as incredible light comes streaming in the 12 oversized windows in this spacious designer two-bedroom apartment. With over 1,400 square feet of chic and elegant space, this move-in-ready apartment is ready to impress. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: With New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan in picture-perfect view, this one-bedroom, one-bath plus home office at One Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights affords a unique and elegant living experience. Soaring 13' ceiling heights, a bright ambiance and incredible western exposure -- with vistas that take your breath away -- make this gem a must-see. Beautiful living space is complemented by solid oak floors, custom Italian kitchen by Dada with Sub-Zero and Bosch appliances, laundry closet with Asko washer & dryer, terrazzo-tiled bath with glass-enclosed shower and separate soaking tub plus a private, on-floor storage space. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Stunning, flawless,elegant, interior designed one of a kind home!! This dramatic two bedroom two bath home is nestled in the Sutton / Beekman area on a quiet cul de sac with spectacular city and river views. The living room boasts a loft like feeling with custom mahogany cabinetry and oak flooring, tilt and turn windows offer stunning views and perfect natural light. The apartment flows seamlessly to the kitchen which has granite counter tops, Miele, Viking and Sub-Zero appliances includes custom mahogany kitchen cabinets. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Residence 3 occupies the entire third floor of the building. It has an oversized full-width living room with ample room for true entertaining. The large U-shaped chef's kitchen is a true showpiece with waterfall counters and integrated Bosch appliances. The two bedrooms are spacious and sunny, with the master bedroom opening onto a large private balcony overlooking the rear yard. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Looking for value in the heart of Chelsea? Look no further! This beautiful spacious 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom loft is one of a kind apartment, due to the fact that it was a combination of two apartments in the building. Masterfully designed by a well known NYC architect and designer, this apartment has soaring 11-foot ceilings and oversized windows that bring in natural light from its South and West exposures.

The open kitchen features Carrara Marble countertops, stainless steel appliances, custom solid wood cabinets, Tom Dixon lighting, wine cellar, built-in drawer microwave, subway tiles. A corner living room, with original whitewash wood floors, features a beautiful Marmorino brick fireplace and an acoustic insulation throughout.
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From the Listing: Sophisticated 3-bedroom home in quaint Carnegie Hill coop right off Central Park! This bright and airy apartment, with nearly 1,500 square feet of interior space, boasts open concept living, allowing for seamless entertaining throughout the living area and kitchen with southern exposures. The kitchen is outfitted with custom designed wooden cabinetry, stone countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Flooring throughout the apartment is white strip oak. This is one of the only apartments in the building with a washer/dryer. Charm and character resonate throughout - from the tall, beamed ceilings to the pocket doors. Plus, there is storage everywhere you turn. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: LUXURY AT ITS FINEST. This gorgeous 1 bedroom has 2 full bathrooms, chef's kitchen, spacious living room, dining room and foyer. Separate dining room can easily be converted into additional bedroom. Beautiful solid oak floors and wall of windows in entertainment space create warm, inviting atmosphere. Special features include in-home year round climate control, Sub-Zero stainless steel refrigerator and wine cooler, Bosch large-capacity washer and dryer, Poggenpohl high-gloss white lacquer cabinets, Gaggenau stainless steel convection and steam ovens and a range hood with vented duct system. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Oversized sunny two bedroom home with a renovated kitchen and baths, in a pre-war co-op in the heart of the Upper West Side. Enter through a gracious entry foyer into a south facing large, living room with beautiful bay windows. The open chef's kitchen features top-of-the-line appliances including a Sub-Zero Refrigerator, wine fridge, Thermador range and vented washer/dryer. The large dining room, which faces west, is perfect for entertaining. There are two renovated windowed bathrooms, each tastefully restoring the prewar charm. Other features include high beamed ceilings, tons of built in storage and closet space, and beautiful hardwood floors throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Apartment 15E is a fully renovated 2-bedroom, 2-bath that blends the best of prewar charm with postwar dimensions and comfort. Situated on a high floor, it offers tranquility and stunning natural light with eastern views over Park Avenue from all windows. A split bedroom layout also provides privacy.

Through an elegant foyer you are welcomed into the great room encompassing an open chef's kitchen with ample space for a dining/seating area and a connected living/media room. The kitchen is equipped with a center eat-at island, in-unit Miele washer/dryer, Calacatta marble counters, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf 9-burner gas range with vented hood and microwave drawer, custom cabinetry, and Waterworks fixtures.
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From the Listing: Measuring 2,000 square feet and featuring open city and river views to the south and east, this bright, fully renovated four-bedroom, three-bathroom home offers brand new wood floors, open kitchen, tremendous storage, spacious corner living/dining room, enormous primary bedroom with lavish en-suite bathroom, and three additional full-size, south-facing bedrooms. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Open, airy and bright, this massive and loft-like four bedroom/three bathroom home is truly a seamless combination that is not quite like any other. Upon entering, you know this home is unique. The open feel is palpable right away with its large entryway that expands to an enormous living/entertaining space with multiple south and west-facing windows that allow the sunlight to flood into the home. The ample dining area allows for large-scale dining and opens to the well-designed and sun-drenched kitchen. The chef's kitchen features an island/breakfast bar, glass tiling, stainless steel appliances and custom wood cabinetry. Off of the dining area is an additional area for lounging or a home-office. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Chic and stunningly renovated loft of your dreams perfectly positioned in the heart of NoHo. Located in a pre-war cast-iron building, 10C was masterfully curated to maximize the flexible space allowing for two bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, and a seamless flow throughout the living areas. Soaring 12' ceilings are ideal to showcase your art collection and are accentuated by oversized windows with custom electric shades that fill the home with light while offering incredible open views. Original details flawlessly blend with modern finishes throughout.

The pristine state-of-the-art kitchen delivers on both beauty and function. Custom cabinetry tastefully compliments the impeccable marble countertops and backsplash while offering top-of-the-line appliances including a Bertazonni range, Bosch dishwasher, and GE Monogram glass-front refrigerator. The dedicated dining area opens into the gigantic living space ideal for entertaining, relaxing, or working from home.
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From the Listing: Easily the most unbelievable offering currently on the market! Not a single detail overlooked in this immaculately gut renovated sprawling 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom penthouse with terrace, fireplace and sensational bridge, river and downtown city views designed by NYC based Architect Gregory Colston.

Enticed by the massive open chef's kitchen boasting magnificent Calacatta countertops and giant center island with plenty of seating, handmade Moroccan tiled backsplash, Miele 6 burner range enhanced with river and bridge open windowed backdrop, Bosch ultra-quiet dishwasher, Subzero refrigerator with icemaker, separate wine refrigerator and an integrated stainless steel sink counter. Plenty of storage cabinets and an unreal giant walk-in pantry with thick solid oak shelving for maximized storage capacity. Ample dining area sits in its own perfectly fitted space with room for an easy 10-12 person dining table.
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From the Listing: Stunning handmade iron art nouveau gates open directly into the apartment, to the right is a large eat-in kitchen with two oversized windows facing south and west, custom white calacatta countertops and high-end appliances. To your left is an oversized living room with picture windows (triple exposures - N, E & S), a woodburning fireplace outfitted with a custom Onyx Mantle, and a planting terrace. This floor also has a perfectly placed powder room. The upstairs has two bedrooms, each with En-suite baths. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Enter into the unit from your own private street entrance or through the attended lobby, with a 24 hour doorman/ concierge.The 14' high ceilings on the main floor of the home provide a loft-like modern feel to the space while allowing light and air to move throughout. The living room boasts a beautiful stone surround wood burning fireplace with custom wood storage, a wall of windows facing south which bathes the main floor in natural light, a custom window seat and built-in shelving. The spacious room is perfect for entertaining and flows perfectly into the dining area, which can easily accommodate a comfortable table for 8.The open chef's kitchen features stainless steel Miele appliances, dishwasher a large island with space for stools, ample cabinet space, a vented hood and a massive pantry to help shape out the space. See floor plan and full details here.

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From the Listing: An true artistic collaboration between the accomplished architect Stephen Wanta AIA (of Wanta-Architect PLLC) and the world-renowned photographer, director, and conceptual artist, Michael Somoroff, resulted in one of the most singularly unique lofts to ever come to life in SoHo. Now, for the first time in over 25 years, this work of art is available for purchase. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This over sized 2,399-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom residence offers great light and sensational city views. Featuring 10' ceilings and 6 inch wide-plank white oak floors throughout, expansive south and east facing panoramic city views of One World Trade Center, historic SoHo, and the downtown Manhattan skyline.

The kitchen offers a rich mix of materials and textures with custom designed solid fluted white oak cabinets, center island breakfast bar, Balsatina lavastone countertops, and Zucchetti fixtures. Included are state-of-the-art Miele appliances include a four-burner gas cooktop with built in fully vented hood, 24 inch microwave/ speed oven, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, and wine cooler.
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From the Listing: A full-floor 4 bed, 3.5 bath sprawling home, Residence 3 at 12 Warren is a unique opportunity to own a state-of-the-art condominium in the heart of Tribeca. A private, keyed elevator opens into a gracious foyer with bluestone, 7.5 inch-wide plank Austrian white oak floors and 10' ceilings throughout the home.

The kitchen opens conveniently to the living and entertaining areas adorned in custom white lacquer cabinetry with Austrian white oak accents, a honed black Saint Laurent marble center island, countertop and backsplash, Gaggenau appliances, a wine refrigerator and a fully vented range hood. The kitchen also has a separate eat-in area/ den/playroom perfect for whatever is needed.
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From the Listing: This 4,000 SF duplex loft is a stunning 3 bed, 2.5 bath which boasts palatial living spaces in every corner of the apartment. No detail was spared in this thoughtfully designed space. With 10' oversized windows, 12" solid white oak flooring, and wood cuffed ceilings, this apartment underscores its size in every detail. The exposed redbrick and solid iron columns and details accentuate the loft's features, nestled in the heart of Flatiron.

The grand living space is punctuated with an impressive wrought iron and floating wood staircase, separating the main living space and kitchen/dining area. The kitchen is a chef's dream, with a magnificent island and custom fabricated steel-aluminum and glass cabinetry. Features of the kitchen include a double-wide Sub-Zero refrigerator, an eight-burner double oven Viking stove and double grill, Viking microwave, a built in Miele coffee-espresso machine, double sink, and a dishwasher. You will not run out of space with a 150 bottle Viking wine storage appliance. Additionally, you'll find an industrial Viking hood that vents out and enormous storage and pantry space.
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From the Listing: A private key-locked elevator transports you directly into a sprawling light-bathed loft, where you have the opportunity to enjoy the home as-is or customize the interior to create an incredible one-of-a-kind 5,800 sqft dream loft space a rare offering in Greenwich Village. With voluminous living quarters spanning over 57 feet wide and 92 feet long, plus 2 outdoor terraces on the south side of the apartment, there is truly no place like this in the entire neighborhood!

Soaring 11' ceilings throughout are complemented by expansive windows facing south and north that flood the space with air and natural light. Currently configured as a 4 bedroom with 2 home offices and 3-1/2 bathrooms, Residence 6 provides unparalleled comfort and versatility. Entertaining is exceptional in the amazing 80 foot long great room with gallery, graced by tall beamed ceilings and a wall of glass with doors leading out to the large southern terrace.
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From the Listing: At the top of the renowned River House cooperative, this private tower residence spans two full floors with stunning panoramic views of New York City and the East River. The grand-scale rooms are accented by high ceilings, beautiful wood flooring and full-height windows. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This impeccable, GRADE Architecture + Interior Design gut-renovated condominium presents a rare ownership opportunity in the West Village. Spanning an airy approximate 3429 sq. ft. comprised of 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, this home boasts spectacular, unobstructed 360 degree views. Thoughtfully laid out, no detail has been overlooked in this full-floor, classic, sun-drenched loft-like home.

Serviced by a second elevator and renovated to the highest degree, the chef's kitchen features Arabescato marble counters and custom kitchen cabinetry, as well as SubZero and Miele appliances, crowned with a Viking Tuscany range. A built-in banquette with custom Molum upholstery graciously and ample pantry storage round out this perfect kitchen.
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From the Listing: This four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom, loft-style apartment combines a bright and modern design scheme with understated yet distinctive original details. Featuring exposures to the North and West, original exposed wooden beams and high ceilings lend a beautiful warmth and patina from the moment you enter and throughout the entire apartment. The open chef's kitchen is appointed with state-of-the-art Wolf, Miele and Subzero appliances (including a large wine cooler), and Christopher Peacock custom cabinetry, with a Calacatta marble island that acts as a lovely counterpoint to the reclaimed wooden beams. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This luxurious urban residence, in a Pre-War Beaux Art building in a very special part of SoHo, was designed by the internationally recognized interior designer Ken Fulk, a member of the Architectural Digest 100.

On the lower level, the great room offers an informal living area and eat-in kitchen, with warm, wirebrushed oak millwork, wide plank floors, and richly hued botanical fabrics. On this level, three family bedrooms have light, happy tones, each with a private bath and copious closet space.
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From the Listing: This stunning contemporary duplex is the wonderful result of a collaboration of John B. Murray's amazing talent and timeless aesthetic and Jennifer Post's brilliant and sophisticated modern design. The attention to detail in the creation of this home's elegant, clean lines is unrivaled.

The fabulous windowed and bright chef's eat-in kitchen has custom cabinetry and a vented stove. There are 2 of everything- ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and sinks and there are open views facing north and west all the way to New Jersey. Endless counter space and cabinet and storage space as well as an office area and huge dining area make this kitchen a hub of the home. This kitchen is a true testament to timeless contemporary design and functionality.
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