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Aldea George Mendes

Aldea Restaurant, New York City: Located on W 17th. St in NYC, Aldea features a menu with a modern take on traditional Portuguese cuisine. Set in a modern elegant simple design, featuring an open kitchen

Challenge: Design an open-feel kitchen in a narrow, windowless Manhattan space

George Mendes, a noted star New York chef, spent two years locating a site to operate his 1 Michelin star restaurant. George occupied his time cooking at Maverick Consultants test kitchen during the planning of his new space. A working team was created to tackle a design challenge for the space Mendes had selected in Manhattan, which was long, narrow and deep to the back without windows.

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Additionally, Mendes desired an open kitchen with counter seating for his innovative cooking style. Given the extremely limited storage space, Maverick Consultants challenge was to design and install an open kitchen into a space with little storage capacity.


Solution: Use a compact suite and create hidden spaces to allow the process to shine

Maverick Consultants sourced a small and compact French cooking suite to occupy the center of the kitchen for preparation and cooking. Maverick designed small counters around the suite with one pass and pick-up counter. Hidden nooks and spaces were created to house all the support products for the Chef’s mise en place. Maverick configured a kitchen space that produced 1 Star food with less than 30 square feet, leaving the balance of the space to the guests at the seating bar and the Chefs with their preparation.

Result: Three chefs are on display in a bright, gleaming stainless steel kitchen

The kitchen is visible from the front glass door entry and wall of glass. One passes all the way down the very narrow space, which opens into a breath of light and gleaming stainless steel in the open kitchen, which can be seen by all guests – The lucky few are seated at the bar to watch the chefs in action. The efficiency of the center island suite allows each of the three chefs to have their own stations. The kitchen is quiet and the meals are prepared in full view, from preparation to final cooking.

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