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New Neighbor: Bouley Test Kitchen

The Bouley Test Kitchen, the brainchild of famed New York Chef David Bouley, is a unique event space located in the Flatiron District. Quietly opening on 21st Street in 2017, the multifunctional Test Kitchen serves as an elegant event space, an interactive classroom, and a state-of-the-art culinary laboratory.

"After 32 years of operance in Tribeca, we have been so welcomed to the Flatiron District with all its excitement and creativity," says Chef Bouley. "We bring to the neighborhood Bouley Test Kitchen, an events space for personal and corporate celebrations, a place to buy a coffee and organic croissant in the morning, and a special valued lunch venue focused on the values of nutrition, healthy calories and nutrient density. Bouley Test Kitchen also operates as an educational center where we regularly have leaders in their fields present an hour lecture sharing their success followed by a tasting menu corresponding to their presentation." 

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As a cultural culinary center and interactive classroom, the Bouley Test Kitchen serves as an educational venue for guests to learn techniques from visiting chefs through lectures and demonstrations. Instruction encompasses all aspects of on-hand cooking – selecting the right ingredients, creating dishes that complement one another, and assembling a nutrient-dense meal which can be recreated at home. One recipe can inspire 13 additional sub-recipes. Chef David Bouley’s goal is to help guests become better acquainted with their own signature in developing menus, the dish’s health components quantified with special dietary needs and allergies in mind. The Test Kitchen also allows the Bouley team to develop and advance gastronomic approaches. Organic and bio-dynamic ingredients further new techniques driven by health and flavor.

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Bouley Test Kitchen can host seated events for 120 guests and cocktail receptions for up to 180 people. Its unfolding layout blends the sophistication of a ‘Chef’s dream’ with a library of more than 8,000 cookbooks of inspiration; it serves as a reception area for passed canapes or small plates. The main dining room’s Steinway Concert Model B piano resonates under an 18th century Murano glass chandelier. To personalize anniversaries or corporate events, state of the art color LED projection is available. The Test Kitchen also features audiophile A/V equipment with projection. Full video conferencing capabilities make this space perfect for private events, corporate/media events, photo/video shoots and, of course, cooking demonstrations.

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Bouley Test Kitchen is open for private events, classes, and by appointment. You can also stop by its adjoining coffee counter and enjoy a meal at their adjacent restaurant Bouley at Home. 

Bouley Test Kitchen, 31 West 21st Street, (917) 237-3205