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Best Stainless-Steel-Kitchen Builder

237 Randolph St., Ridgewood, Brooklyn

Few laymen can match Gray Kunz’s surgical standards in the kitchen, but you can install a measure of Café Gray’s crisp Swiss sophistication by calling Commercial Kitchen Design. As the name suggests, the fifteen-year-old Brooklyn company started out in the restaurant business, where owner Greg Rowehl had been well connected since his dishwashing days. Today, he’s an expert in stainless-steel-kitchen design, fabrication, and installation, and has racked up heavyweight clients from Jean Georges to Masa. His client base has expanded from restaurateurs to include serious home cooks, who now turn to Rowehl for his mastery of planning from the mechanical and design end. Unlike many top-shelf firms, CKD doesn’t thumb its nose at smaller projects—in Manhattan, it’s installed sleek designs starting at $5,000.

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