While New York is often known for its on-the-go lifestyle, sometimes entertaining at home is just what the doctor ordered — especially in dreary weather. But you have to have the right space.

Life at home often orbits around the kitchen island. Long a place to prepare meals or mingle over cocktails, the island is arguably one of the most practical kitchen design elements. Now, designers are giving islands a serious upgrade, creating sleek platforms with built-in features that make smart use of space—without sacrificing style.

If the cold weather has sparked the urge to entertain indoors, get inspired by some of the latest and greatest kitchen islands, found in a few of the city’s most sought-after luxury residential developments.

 

Jardim

Tucked away in Manhattan’s West Chelsea neighborhood, Jardim is the first U.S. residential development by Isay Weinfeld, the world-renowned Brazilian architect and interior designer. With Jardim, Weinfeld has elevated its kitchens to the realm of finely crafted furniture. Doors and walls are wrapped in honey-hued American oak, with matching Italian-made cabinetry by Molteni. The islands also feature extra-deep double sinks, as well as built-in dishwashers and wine refrigerators—creating a professional-grade workspace that is as practical as it is striking.

 

152 Elizabeth Street

Photo: Paul Warchol Photography

Situated in the heart of Nolita, 152 Elizabeth is an ultra-luxury condominium designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Tadao Ando, in collaboration with Gabellini Sheppard Associates. The boutique seven-story building features seven meticulously designed homes with a number of special details, including stunning custom marble countertops by the Italian brand Minimal. The island countertops boast an incredibly unique feature—each slides back to reveal a hidden sink with a faucet that pulls up, seamlessly designed to make the most out of your counter space.

 

150 Wooster

Photo: Courtesy of 150 Wooster

Inside the spacious lofts at 150 Wooster in Soho’s Historic Cast-Iron District, developer and designer KUB outfitted the kitchens with Imperial Danby marble, which was used for the islands, countertops and cabinet faces. The marble was sourced from the largest underground marble quarry in the world, which happens to be in Vermont, and is the same quarry used for some of Washington D.C’s most famous monuments—including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial—as well as Martha Stewart’s very own kitchen! With an island like this, your guests will be flocking to it just for the design alone! Appetizers and cocktails will just be an added bonus.

 

252 East 57th Street 

Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson

Anchoring the eastern corridor of Manhattan’s Billionaire’s Row, 252 East 57th Street is a 65-story ultra-luxury condominium designed by the internationally recognized architectural firm SOM with interiors by AD100 interior architect, Daniel Romualdez. Romualdez’s interiors feature carefully curated fixtures including kitchen islands with 33” Kohler Stages Collection sinks. Surrounded by glass quartz, the Kohler sink comes with a full array of integrated accessories like a walnut cutting board and prep bowls. The design offers a wide basin to accommodate large pots and pans, as well as a stepped, side platform for prepping food; perfect for entertaining guests and preparing them a homecooked meal at the same time.

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