Thomas and Gitesh took it upon themselves to be preservationists rather than 'destructi-ists' in their new pre-war apartment. They loved the potential they knew this apartment had — deep down.
The kitchen required another level of care and attention, however, because it had been renovated in the 70's. Gitesh and Thomas decided to gut it completely, putting in IKEA cabinets, high-end appliances, a poured concrete counter, and a restored oak floor that had been buried under three layers of linoleum.
Other owners in the building who felt that such a big kitchen was superfluous for their lifestyle, turned into a second bedroom and built a galley kitchen along the apartment's narrow hallway! But Gitesh and Thomas are committed to the idea of a full size kitchen — ready to take on the cooking skills and responsibilities such a preference implies.
Thomas and Gitesh's Answers to the Kitchn Questionnaire
What's your cooking style?
We try to cook healthy — lots of fish, vegetables, and traditional Indian dishes (Gitesh's mother's recipes).
What inspires your kitchen?
We experimented with a mix of old and new — the restored original hardwood floors and classic subway tiles and pendant lamps + the modern poured concrete countertops and commercial appliances. It's rare for a mid-sized apartment in NYC to have an eat-in option and the natural light of a window, so we wanted to maximize the space without overwhelming it.
What is your favorite kitchen tool or element?
I love the oven. For anyone trying to decide if the commercial range is worth the investment (a struggle I had), go for it. It's not just the visual impact of it, the cooking power is incredible.
Best cooking advice or tip you ever received:
I'm hardly one to give advice as I'm just learning my way around the kitchen now, but I guess the best is to be willing to experiment (spices, elements, etc.) and to take the time to present food well. Don't just use your nice dishes and things for company, enjoy them even when you're cooking for one!
Biggest challenge in your kitchen:
Going with the commercial appliances in a relatively small building was hard. They didn't fit in the elevator or easily down the hallway. Also, incorporating the stacked washer/dryer — it obviously dominates the room from some vantage points but there was no where else to put them (unless we wanted to give up closet space).
Again, the commercial appliances.
Dream tool or splurge:
I would have loved to do custom cabinetry… but think the low-cost Ikea solution ended up looking okay (right?).
What are you cooking this week?
We cooked a curry on Monday, swordfish steaks on Wednesday and will be hosting a family brunch on Sunday.
What cookbook has inspired you the most?
I'm a big fan of Jamie Oliver… also like the Dean and Deluca cookbook (although it lacks pictures!)
What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen?
We have yet to even host a housewarming… so that special meal is yet to come!
• Viking appliances
• Ikea cabinetry
• LG washer/dryer
• Concrete countertops were custom
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