For foodies who love to create their own culinary masterpieces, the kitchen is where themagic happens. In New York, the upscale kitchens in the condos at The Astor, a collection of luxury condos on the Upper West Side, make for an impressive stage, indeed. Each sleek, integrated suite is outfitted with the most state-of-the-art appliances on the market from brands such as Gaggenau, Miele, and Sub-Zero. As for serving up your feast, each condo at The Astor also comes with a custom-millwork tabletop by interior designers Pembrooke & Ives.

Of course, a chef won’t get far without the finest ingredients. Fortunately, The Astor’s Upper West Side neighborhood is flush with stores selling farm-fresh produce, choice cuts of meat, and a diverse selection of products:

The Gourmet Garage at 155 West 66th Street is a well-turned-out grocery store with an impressive seafood section, mountains of fresh fruit and produce including specialty items like radicchio and Asian cucumbers, and a strong focus on local sources.Whole Foods Market at 808 Columbus Avenue is another dependable foodie depot with its organic selections ranging from collard greens and onions to premium olive oil and fresh cream.

Fairway Market on 74th Street is the very first of its kind, and has been a neighborhood standby for decades. Their meats, cheeses, and bevy of imported delicious goods are as good as it gets, and it stays open until 1AM on weeknights. Convenience and quality are a rare combination, but Fairway comes by it naturally.

Zabar’s at 2245 Broadway is beloved by locals for its staggering range of cheeses, cured meats, prepared foods, and pickled herring, and its famous selection of cured, smoked, baked, and raw salmon. Take the stairs behind the wall of cheese cases and you’ll also find one of the city’s best cookware shops.

Try this local recipe Looking for cooking inspiration? There’s no lack of it in this part of town with its many renowned restaurants. Perhaps the most famous restaurateur with a stake in the Upper West Side is Daniel Boulud, whose Boulud Sud restaurant dishes up Mediterranean deliciousness by the plateful at 20 West 64th Street. If we were to recommend one of his dishes to create in your own kitchen at The Astor, we’d suggest the Chicken Tagine. This hearty, one-pot dish is a mouth-watering jumble of North African spices, tomatoes, preserved lemons, and tender chicken that is sure to warm up anyone who tastes it. The full recipe can be found here.