Kitchen islands that make meal prep—and more—a pleasure

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With Passover and Easter fast approaching, chances are you'll be logging extra hours in the kitchen. A center island—one at which you can pore over cookbooks, lay out ingredients, prep a recipe and even serve a meal—is a practical and stylish addition to one of the most trafficked rooms in the home. No room for one in your own cramped quarters? Imagine yourself cooking at one of these:

For $38,000/month, you get a granite-topped center island with a built-in Wolf cooktop in this two-bed, two and a half-bath rental at 15 Central Park West. 

The oversized marble island in the custom kitchen of this 2,104 square foot doorman condo at 212 West 18th St (yours for $34,000/month)  can multi-task as a meal-prep station, dining table, home office, art studio and homework surface—all at the same time. 

This just-renovated corner two-bedroom loft in the historic MSI Building at 644 Broadway has a 12’ marble-topped kitchen island complete with its own built-in dining table. But if you prefer to eat away from the Gaggenau and Poliform-equipped space, there’s plenty of room for that set-up elsewhere in the 48-foot main room.

The island of this NoMad two bedroom, two bath loft, on the market for $2.995 million, is home to a six-range Viking stove, not to mention lots of storage cabinets. Best of all, it’s topped with maple butcher block for convenient slicing and dicing.

Scarf down breakfast or lunch at the marble-topped center island of this two-bedroom, two and a half-bath Park Slope condo triplex, then just wipe the crumbs directly into the set-in sink.


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