Itâs no surprise that Charlie Palmer, a celebrity chef and restaurateur, doesnât cook often at home. But when he was shopping for a new apartment in New York last year, he found himself instinctively focusing on the floor plansâ kitchen and dining areas.
âI like open layout in the kitchen/dining area for entertaining and social gathering. Of course, high-end appliances are also important,â said Mr. Palmer, a former chairman of the board of Culinary Institute of America who runs several restaurants and wine stores throughout the U.S.
It didnât take long for Mr. Palmer to find his dream pad. In fact, 70 Charlton, a brand new luxury condominium nestled between Soho, Tribeca and the West Village, offers exactly what he was seeking. On top of that, itâll be an easy commute to his restaurant, Aureole near Bryant Park. The closings at 70 Charlton began in February; Mr. Palmer said he planned to move in this May.
Like Mr. Palmer, many top chefs in the city choose to reside close to their restaurants, or even in the same buildings. It makes sense, of course, when you consider how many late hours they spend at work.
In February, the Food Networkâs âIron Chefâ Marc Forgione bought an apartment on Tenth Avenue in Chelsea for $2 million. The new dwelling, one of only two units in the building, isnât far from his eponymous farm-to-table restaurant in Tribeca and âhis officeâ in Chelsea Market, where the âIron Chefâ cooking competitions are filmed.
World-renowned French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten lives in an apartment in one of the three Richard Meier-designed steel-and-glass towers in Greenwich Village, according to The Wall Street Journal. His restaurant, Perry St, is located right downstairs and provides service to residents in the building and its neighboring condos.
The internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur Laurent Tourondel is a big fan of the ever-changing NoMad neighborhood, which encompasses the blocks between Lexington and Sixth avenues. and 25th and 30th streets. Both of his New York City restaurants, L’Amico and The Vine, are located in the neighborhood.
âThe NoMad neighborhood has changed and really developed its own identity over the years, with new developments and restaurants constantly opening,â said Mr. Tourondel, who also owns restaurants in Miami, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico and Kazakhstan.
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Just last summer, he bought an apartment on W. 29th Street, a co-op building built in 1924 that is across from his restaurants. The apartment has an industrial feel, with original iron windows, 11-foot ceilings and views of the Empire State building, according to Mr. Tourondel.
âThe building has a lot of original details that add character to the apartment, Â such as the original iron letter box and mailbox shaft,â he added.
Though Mr. Palmerâs namesake steakhouse in New York isnât in the same building as his new residence, he is currently in talks with Extell Development, the developer of 70 Charlton, to bring his dining and wine tasting service to the building.
âThe building has a residentsâ lounge with catering kitchen and a landscaped courtyard,â he said.âI will be able to use those venues for entertaining residents and guests.â
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