Kitchen & Bath
Albano Appliance & Service, LLC
83 Westchester Ave.
Back when Albano Appliance & Service opened its doors in 1952, Roper ranges were the rage and Westinghouse was widespread. Today, you’ll find a slew of state-of-the-art brands such as Viking, Wolf, Sub-Zero, Bosch, LG, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid (to name a few), including the commercial-style appliances de rigeur in today’s high-tech kitchens. As a factory-authorized service center, the company dispatches its own service people for all of its products, a boon well appreciated by anyone who’s ever gotten lost in a big manufacturers’ automated telephone system. Despite the expert service staff and knowledgeable sales team, the most sought-after staffer may be Chef Jehan de NoÃ¼e (formerly of Pound Ridge’s North Star restaurant), who teaches classes in the showroom and gathers area chefs not only to demonstrate their own talents, but the talents of Albano Appliance’s cooking equipment.
951 E. 233rd St.
In business since 1994, Appliance Connection says it’s committed to making customers happy. And that it does. The sales showroom is open and staffed six days a week, and a fully equipped, radio-dispatched service department trained in the latest technology stands at the ready every single day. The uniformed delivery staff uncrates your new appliance, inspects it for defects and damages, and then hauls away your old appliance as well as the packing from its replacement. Most items are delivered within two days. What’s not to love?
Appliance Sales Plus
Route 202 &
After years as field servicemen for General Electric appliances, Karl Thimm and his brother-in-law, Lenny Losito, knew one thing for sure: top-rate appliances and great service go hand in hand. Their store, Appliance Sales Plus, which sells General Electric (but also Sub-Zero, Viking, Thermador, General Electric, KitchenAid, and more), banks on that philosophy. Backing up service for the major appliances it sells, the company has a well-staffed department, responding speedily to customer’s calls.
Atlantic Appliance Co.
255 N. Bedford Rd.
50 Triangle Ctr.
Atlantic Appliance guarantees that it sells its wares at the lowest prices. Period. You’ll find major-brands (think Sub-Zero, Wolf, Viking, Thermador, GE Monogram, and Miele) refrigerators, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, gas and electric ranges, and washers/dryers, with some models discounted at up to 50 percent off retail price. As a factory-authorized parts and service department, one call and a factory-trained serviceman is at your door. And, if you find a product you bought at
441 Commerce St.
(914) 769- 2300
If you want big, P.C. Richard is nearby (wherever you live). If you want manageable, informed, and courteous service (plus fast, free delivery), Berger Appliances is in Hawthorne. Winner of Westchester Magazine’s Best Appliance Store in 2004, Berger stocks major brands—including Amana, Frigidaire, GE, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Maytag, and Whirlpool. One satisfied customer told us that after having trouble with an appliance, Berger replaced it with a more expensive product without charging a penny. Try that at a Big-Box store.
1900 Central Park Ave.
(914) 793-5600/(800) 966-2878
You’ve heard of Curto’s (who hasn’t heard of Curto’s?): it’s a 6,000-square-foot Central Park Avenue institution, which debuted the same year as The Ed Sullivan Show and Kiss Me, Kate (and, in its own circles, to nearly as much acclaim). Its salespeople boast an average of 18 years experience selling appliances and electronics (but their employer continues to send them for intensive product training). Our question to Curtos’s: how can an independent, family-owned business compete with all of those oversized retailers along the strip? The answer: it buys appliances with a group of 700 other dealers, so the steep discount it receives due to its multi-billion-dollar buying power is passed along to customers.
Viking’s Professional High-Speed Convection Oven combines intense heat circulation with microwaves to cook up to 80 percent faster than conventional ovens. For information, call Delia, Inc. at (800) 39-DELIA or visit www.deliainc.com. $2,299
An exclusive distributor of Viking products, Delia is the authoritative resource for premium kitchen appliances in the Northeast. The company’s midtown Manhattan showroom offers a full line of products, including ranges, range tops, ovens, refrigerators/freezers, ventilation hoods, dishwashers, wine coolers, ice machines, and outdoor products including barbecues. Delia’s also offers the staff, parts, and expertise to provide support for high-end appliances. For information about where to purchase Viking appliances, contact Delia, Inc. at 1-800-39-DELIA or visit www.deliainc.com.
Leiberts Royal Green Appliance Center
228 E. Post Rd.
Don’t ask us what you’ll find at Leiberts Royal Green Appliance, ask us what you won’t find. (Okay, you’ve got us: you won’t uncover jackhammers and curling irons.) But you will hit upon a jackpot of refrigerators (Sub-Zero, Viking, Thermador, GE, Whirlpool) dishwashers (Bosch, Miele, Asko, Maytag), ranges and cooktops (Wolf, Viking, Thermador), wine coolers (Marvel, Sub-Zero), washer and dryers (Bosch, Miele), air conditioners (Friedrich, Frigidaire), TVs (Sony, Panasonic, Mitsubishi), and audio-equipment (Niles, KEF, Denon). This pick for Westchester Magazine’s Best Appliance Store 2007 boasts more than a century of combined experience that the owners—Ron Serafin, Stuart Royal, and Jay Greenspan—have in the appliance business.
Prisco Appliance & Electronics
247 Tarrytown Rd.
Whether you’re addicted to cyber shopping or like to check out the real thing before whipping out the credit card, Prisco Appliance & Electronics gives you options with its extensive website and showroom. Brands offered include LG, Lynx, Magic Chef, KitchenAid, GE Profile, and others.
Village Appliances Inc.
120 North Main St.
One of the largest selections of nationally advertised brands, Village Appliances has been serving Westchester for more than a quarter of a century. And we mean large selection: Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, LG, Maytag, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Sharp, Sony, Jenn-Air, Amana, Haier, Frigidaire, Magic Chef, Sony, Sharp, Hotpoint…the list goes on and on.
Bath N’ Bagno/BNB Hardware Ltd.
365 Central Park Ave.
Wondering if your master bath can be transformed into one of those luxury spa spaces seen in the glossy shelter mags? Sure can. Bath N’ Bagno’s well-edited selection is a lifesaver because someone else has done the arduous work for you: the pros have picked out the best of the best, so finding the just-right faucet (or tub or vanity) for your bathroom doesn’t require a filing cabinet and a bottle of Zantac. That’s why Bath N’ Bagno was Westchester Magazine’s Best Bath Shop pick for 2007.
Bee and Jay Plumbing & Heating Corp.
719 Route 6
When you’ve got a leaky sink or busted hot-water heater, a solid plumbing and heating company is akin to a winning lottery ticket. Bee and Jay Plumbing & Heating Corp. has been helping out the helpless for more than 40 years, coming to the rescue with installation and repair of well pumps, hot-water heaters, storage and pressure tanks, sediment filters, reverse osmosis systems, and water softeners. It’s a veritable pipe dream come true.
Best Plumbing Tile & Stone
830 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale
3333-1 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights
1989 West Main St., Stamford, Connecticut
If you haven’t seen Best Plumbing’s fleet of trucks driving around your neighborhood, you’re probably living in a bastion of new construction. The store has become a veritable institution for bathroom renovators for its vast selection of stylish products: showers (including bases and doors), whirlpools and tubs, lavatories, faucets, lighting and accessories, cabinets and mirrors, and, of course, tile and stone. And, best yet, the staff can expertly guide you when you answer the question “What are you looking for?” with a blank look and a helpless shrug. They’ve seen it all before.
Central Plumbing Specialties
550 Saw Mill River Rd.
Looking to add glamour to the powder room? The Brizo RSVP lavatory faucet with crystal finial (shown here in chrome) is a gem. Available at Central Plumbing Specialties in
Westchester’s largest distributor of American Standard products, Central Plumbing Specialties has walls and walls of faucets—from Eurostyle’s sleek chrome faucet to Lefroy Brooks’ traditional bathroom brass fixtures modeled on looks plucked from history. Don’t just come by for American Standard picks, though; the company stocks other top brands too, including Porcher, Robern, Grohe, Franke, Geberit, Cifial, and Lacava. The array of shower systems, whirlpools, tubs, toilets, pedestals, vanities, faucets, and steam baths can make you believe that a sumptuous bathroom isn’t beyond reach.
Consolidated Plumbing Supply Co., Inc.
121 Stevens Ave.
Step into Consolidated Plumbing Supply Co.’s 3,500-square-foot-showroom and you’ll find one of the most established family-owned businesses in Westchester—80 years young this year—that still does business the old-fashioned way, one client at a time. (It also happens to be the oldest Kohler distributor in the county, but who’s counting?) There’s little old-fashioned about its offerings, however. More than two-dozen current brands of faucets, fixtures, shower doors, vanities, boilers, and heaters are proof that this octogenarian operation is still on top of the trends.
Davis & Warshow, Inc.
369 Lexington Ave.
Founded in 1925, Davis & Warshow is New York City’s oldest kitchen and bath supply distributor, so we feel pretty honored to have a showroom in our own Westchester backyard. The company has exclusive distribution rights in the area for scores of product lines, from hand-crafted bronze sinks to custom stainless-steel and copper Japanese soaking tubs. Think your tiny powder room is a challenge? Davis & Warshow has outfitted some of the toniest residences in Manhattan and the Hamptons, with projects running the gamut from the Empire State Building to Trump Tower, making your project seem like child’s play.
Dunn-Rite Shower Doors, Inc.
1785 Blossom Ct.
We’ve all bought products for the house that seem just right in the store and all wrong once we get home. Never happens with Dunn-Rite, where the pros design your shower door under your own roof. The Dunn-Rite folks bring samples of glass, shower frames, and hinges with them and design the shower enclosure using a special software program right there on the spot. Voila! Perfect style, perfect fit.
Fenimore Plumbing Supply and Showroom
313 Halstead Ave.
Fenimore Plumbing Supply is a full-service showroom armed with a huge selection of well-designed, high-end products—pedestal sinks, custom countertops, vanities, toilets, tubs, whirlpools, shower doors, water filters, faucets, and accessories. Brands on hand include Toto, Grohe, Kohler, American
Standard, Jado, Hansgrohe, Porcher, Jacuzzi, Franke, Vitra, and Delta; customers can also order products from Fenimore’s extensive library of catalogs.
Harbor Plumbing & Heating Supply
1020 Mamaroneck Ave.
This year will mark eight years since plumbing-industry veteran Bill Morea went the entrepreneurial route by establishing Harbor Plumbing & Heating Supply, a wholesaler of plumbing and heating supplies. Since then, the company’s gained a reputation for a heating staff that knows its stuff.
205 Old Route 9, Fishkill
43 Old Route 6, Brewster
25 Dederick Street, Kingston
During the Great Depression, N&S Supply founder Louis Nussbickel had the foresight to start a business to meet the plumbing- and heating-supply needs for customers outside New York City. The company is still doing just that with four showrooms stocking a whopping supply of whirlpools, tubs and showers, kitchen and bath sinks and faucets, toilets, and vanities. You’ll even find steam rooms and towel warmers (which, no doubt, would have had young Louis Nussbickel’s jaw dropping).
40 East Pkwy.
Waterworks offers a Made-to-Order program, a special customization service that spans its product offerings, including metal finishes, washstands, sinks, stone mosaics, glass mosaics, and ceramic tile. And who would expect anything less from this leading luxury brand for the bath that points to water as its muse? The showroom, calming as an Asian spa, offers classic design inspiration for the American bathroom, including stylish fixtures from vintage interpretations to more contemporary forms, marble, stone, and mosaic tile.
45 Central Park Ave.
Epicurean magazine called Chef Central “a 15,000-square-foot paradise for cooks…” If the editors were impressed with that, they should high-tail it to Westchester, where the sister store looms even larger at 21,000 square feet, a mecca for established culinary artists and Rachael Ray wannabes alike. Its thousands of offerings—cookware, bakeware, serveware, utensils, appliances, storage solutions, gourmet foods, gizmos, and gadgets—make ideas start to simmer, and Chef Central’s great wall of kitchen utensils provides an education unto itself. (A citrus sectoner? A shrimp deveiner? You bet). In-store services include knife sharpening, free gift wrapping and a gift registry.
Design & Remodeling
Amazing Spaces LLC
30 Fountain Rd.
Jason Landau, owner and chief designer of Amazing Spaces LLC, likes to push the envelope when it comes to creativity and innovation. That’s because Landau, who specializes in kitchen design, interior-space planning, and custom cabinetry, not only brings more than 20 years of experience to the table, but also boasts an education in architecture (he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the applied art from Tulane University). Landau’s membership in ASID is the icing on the cake.
564 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck
175 East Main St., Mount Kisco
525 North State Rd., Briarcliff Manor
150 E. 58th St., 9th Fl. New York City
(212) 486 6338
Bilotta believes that you wouldn’t buy a new car without test-driving it, so why would you undertake a high-end kitchen redo without checking out the goods? With five showrooms filled to the brim with kitchen displays (including a working one at MacMenamin’s Grill in New Rochelle, where cooking classes are held), you can put the gears in spin. Setting the benchmark is a family matter at the company, where second-generation co-owners Regina, Jim, and Maria Bilotta, who learned about the custom cabinetry business by working in their father’s mill shop, are adamant about high-end design and quality. This is apparent in the company’s cabinetry, from the most traditional (Rutt, Wood-Mode, and its own Bilotta Collection) to the ultra-contemporary SieMatic and Artcraft. Perhaps that’s why Bilotta’s reputation has spread far beyond the tri-state area, and the company’s kitchens can be found in places as far-flung as Bermuda and Spain (and in kitchens used by clients such as Emeril Lagasse).
15 Kensico Dr.
(914) 666-2029/(800) 244-5432
So many countertop choices, so little time. At least, that’s what it feels like at Brooks Custom, which has been making countertops of wood, stainless steel, concrete, zinc, glass, pewter, and bronze since 1977. (Pewter or bronze countertops…what could be more cutting-edge?) For those going green, Brooks Custom only purchases its wood from government-licensed loggers and avoids using threatened species. A team of 30 master craftsman do it all in a 30,000-square-foot facility with modern fabricating, drafting, and finishing systems.
Christopher Peacock Cabinetry
2 Dearfield Dr.
Know Christopher Peacock’s work? We’ll buy that you saw his stunning, detailed cabinetry in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, House & Garden, and on HGTV. But no matter what you tell us, we don’t believe you’ve been invited to the Clinton’s Chappaqua home, where the British-born Peacock has also showcased his work. For more than 15 years, Peacock’s name has been synonymous with gorgeous furniture-like cabinetry (only the best for our former First Family), and his lines have transformed upscale kitchens in