Take a tour through the colorful Lower East Side loft of Cooking Channel host Eden Grinshpan, which is dominated by a massive vintage kitchen (of course)
One woman’s industrial living space is another woman’s dream loft. And in this case, it’s like an episode right out of House Swap, complete with a happy ending. Eden Grinshpan, 27, host of Cooking Channel’s Eden Eats and Log On & Eat with Eden, found her Lower East Side loft through a friend, who turned out not to be keen on living in New York City. “About five years ago my friend Emma bought this space,” Grinshpan says. “But she quickly realized that she didn’t want to stay in New York. My family just happens to own an apartment in Tel Aviv. She wanted to move to Israel. So we decided to swap apartments. It was an even swap — I got New York, and she got Tel Aviv.”
And a sweet deal it was: 2,500 square feet, railroad style, with a giant, eat-in kitchen, right in the center. There, Grinshpan displays hand-painted pottery, imported from Israel, including crushed mother-of-pearl pieces from famed designer Samy D; a cinnamon Jewish Star; and an ox yoke that doubles as a pot rack. She’s proud of the collection she’s been able to pick up from around the world. “I have such a steep passion for travel and exploring and I love being able to bring back something that tells a story or just acts as a piece of knowledge,” she says.
It seemed natural for Eden to move into the Lower East Side, where hipsters hang out among the vestiges of traditional Jewish culture (schmaltz hub Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse is around the corner, for example) and an ever-expanding Chinatown. “The Lower East Side was always the neighborhood where my friends and I would go out because it was really up and coming,” she says. “It’s really convenient. Every subway stops here. And we’re steps away from Chinatown, the East Village, Nolita, Little Italy and SoHo. And every time my husband and I go for a walk we notice something new popping up.”
Their favorite spots in the neighborhood include Brooklyn Taco, Saxelby Cheesemongers and Pain d’Avignon in Essex Market. They also frequent Vanessa’s Dumplings, Pho Bang, Café Katja, Barrio Chino and Attaboy, a bar run by her good friend Sammy Ross, who makes the “best cocktails in the city.” When shopping, Eden loves to pop in to McNally Jackson bookstore in SoHo. “I could spend hours in the cookbook section,” she says. That is evident in her own cookbook collection, proudly showcased in her kitchen, from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem to Baked by Brooklyn’s own Matt Lewis.
As a celebrity chef, the kitchen is obviously Eden’s favorite room in the house. It is outfitted in olive green and cherry red, an emblematic blend of her Mediterranean roots and new Chinatown-adjacent home. There’s an island which allows her ample workspace for recipe testing for her upcoming cookbook. When not developing recipes, she and her husband, Ido Nivron, love to cook mostly Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. “I like to use a lot of herbs, a lot of spices and a lot of olive oil in whatever I cook,” she explains. Grinshpan feels that the kitchen is the “heart of the apartment.” She adds that the look of the kitchen, and its colors, are “very vintage, if you think about it.”
Speaking of vintage, Grinshpan and Nivron are avid antique collectors. The apartment includes an old-fashioned Coca-Cola machine that she envisions becoming a handy beer chiller when she throws a party at the loft. “Wouldn’t it be cool if people could just grab a cold beer out of here?” she says.
Their antique destination of choice: Brimfield Antique and Collectibles in Brimfield, Massachusetts. That is where they picked up that vintage Coke machine, some beautiful leather easy chairs and a shiny coffee table made from Brazilian wood.
Ido especially has an eye for art. The day he proposed to Eden, at the nearby Essex market, “in front of the eggplant,” as she says, he “showed up with the ring, a set of dishes and two pieces of artwork” that now hang over her bar.
She and Ido got married at the Gramercy Park Hotel, about a year and a half after that proposal. Guests shared in the day by feasting on grilled branzino, lentil and bean salad, rack of lamb and eggplant (naturally). They will soon be celebrating their first anniversary.
Eden and Ido now share their loft with Yummy, their papipoo and the trio live happily among the playful and worldly, yet industrial and urban space. “Our space is open in every way,” she says. “Our clothes are out in the open on racks. Our shoes are out. There’s nothing hidden. And that’s very much who I am. I am an open book.”
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