Best Kitchen Gadgets

the anti-granite
The thing about granite is that it’s nearly ubiquitous. Pyrolave, a French countertop material made from basalt glazed with colored porcelain, is as strong and crack-resistant as granite, but without the busy patterning that marks many stones. It comes in standard and custom colors, matte or gloss, and in a variety of thicknesses.
Pyrolave Glazed Volvic Stone countertops ➤ $350 to $650 per square foot
341 Central Ave, Scarsdale
(914) 740-1800;

drinks to go
This sexy, Mad Men-era accessory is ringing up triple cherries in the trend department. Not only does it satisfy today’s passion for mixology, but it’s also a 1963 classic designed by heavyweight Verner Panton. The sculptural black barrel rolls to wherever you need it, while its drawers pivot out to offer storage for bottles, glasses, bartools, and ice. Use it in the living room, dining room—or, go ahead, wheel it right beside your bed.                                       
 “Barboy” mobile bar cart by Verner Panton ➤ $1,850
711 Canal St, Stamford, CT
(203) 614-0787;

an icon updated
How do you improve a classic? You can start by adding more function. The latest version of KitchenAid’s iconic 5-quart mixer offers a clear glass mixing bowl with a handle and spout. The bowl is marked with easy-to-read measurements, but the coolest part is that this muscular kitchen workhorse comes in a totally rockin’ empire red.
KitchenAid “Artisan Design” Five Quart Tilt Head Stand Mixer ➤ $440
175 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains
(914) 684-6300;

shear perfection
At first, we were dubious. Why buy shears when we already have knives? But it turns out that these things are indispensable for all sorts of tasks. Use them whenever you don’t want to dirty a cutting board beneath a blade. We especially love them for severing reluctant slices of pizza right at the table. The blades unhinge for easy sharpening and pop into the dishwasher for cleaning. Plus, there’s a handy bottle opener built into the handle. Wüsthof Come-Apart Kitchen Shears ➤ $19.99
45 S Central Ave, Hartsdale
(914) 328-1376;

hipster drinking bible
The recipes in The PDT Cocktail Book are made even more desirable when paired with Chris Gall’s illustrations (with a style falling somewhere between that of R. Crumb and the J. Peterman catalog). Mimicking the implied exclusivity of the East Village speakeasy PDT, the unmarked entrance of which is behind a phone booth at the back of a hot dog stand, the book sold out immediately when it hit the shelves in November. Don’t be left without a copy: order now.
The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender’s Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy by Jim Meehan ➤ $24.95
96 Chatsworth Ave Suite A, Larchmont
(914) 834-6900

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classic chic
Fashions in light fixtures last only about 10 years, and, even then, those cool, pricey pendants start to look dated. Choose fixtures that have already stood the test of time—like these re-wired, vintage, and mid-century beauties from Rewire in LA. We especially love this trio straight outta 1960s Denmark.
Louis Weisdorf pendants for Lyfa ➤ $3,200

Bonmac Dripper Clay McLachlan/

cult coffee
Show off the fact that you buy your beans from Blue Bottle, the cultish Brooklyn coffee roaster, or fill this pretty ceramic drip system with Folgers and lie right through your smile.
Bonmac ceramic dripper ➤ $20

organic elements
Food always looks better when it’s presented on natural materials, which is a fact that has not escaped the keen minds at Blue Hill. When you dine at that landmark, you’ll see a lot of wooden serveware—but you’ll also find these elemental slate slabs made by Brooklyn Slate Company. They’re dishwasher-safe, and just the thing for, well, anything.                                      
Slate Tray from Blue Hill Market ➤ $65
630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills
(914) 366-9600;

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Slate Tray Photo by  Jonathan Young

we’ve got an app for that
When you’re designing a kitchen and buying a roomful of new appliances, Consumer Reports can be your sagest advisor. But where are the magazine’s ratings when you need them most—when you are out shopping? Problem solved with Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper: Appliances 2012. This brand-new iPhone/iPad app offers instant access to the unbiased ratings that you find in the publication along with analyses of all sorts of kitchen equipment, including the big-ticket stressors: dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines. Don’t build your home without it.
iPhone/iPad app ➤ $2.99/one-year access

true blue
St. Charles’s coveted steel cabinets just got even better. While we’ve always been huge fans of its modernist stainless cabinets (which are available in colorful enamels), we’re wild about its newest model, whose fronts are paneled in iridescent glass. We think it’s like looking at the most beautiful cabinets in the world through a clear piece of sea glass.
Iridescent Blue/Sea Glass stainless steel cabinets from St. Charles Cabinetry
564 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck
(914) 381-7734;


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