Review from David D.
Source: Yelp | Jan 28, 2019
With a referral to MCK+B, we stopped in during the early planning stage of our extensive remodel. We were so lucky to do so. The showroom held about 8 high-quality, demonstration kitchen cabinet layouts complete with counter tops, handles, appliances and plumbing fixtures. We were very impressed by the range of products to view and the quality of construction that was demonstrated. This was when we met Celia Reiss, a designer with MCKB. Working with Celia turned out to be the most enjoyable, productive and satisfying parts of our project.
Cabinet design challenges came and went with Celia's knowledge, skill and guidance. Celia kept us informed in advance and followed up to help keep us on schedule. She was always patient and helped us make up our minds while fielding our seemingly limitless questions. MCKB also provides the installation of their cabinets. This is the only way to do it. Giovanni was an expert installer and a true professional. Everything fit or was made to fit perfectly. Our kitchen is both very functional and beautiful to look at. We love it!
We cook everyday and believe that our MCKB kitchen adds to the pleasures of cooking for us. Every element is perfect and it could not be more convenient. We believe the convenience is reflective of Celia's design skills.
Review from Dave S.
Source: Yelp | Dec 25, 2018
We highly recommend MCKB!
We did our new kitchen (and more..) with them. Project included removal of a wall, all new floors + ceilings + doors, a huge amount of re-piping both for the plumbing and the steam heat, and also new cabinets and appliances. Also renovated adjacent powder room and refurbished and painted all the other rooms on the first floor of our nearly 100 year old townhouse.
Start to finish, and step by step, the MCKB team helped us with every aspect of the project. From the oh-so-difficult decision making process at the start all the way to cleaning the fingerprints off the new fridge at final completion, we found a level of professionalism and helpfulness from everyone on this staff that is quite rare.
Before we started, our friends who had done a similar job on LI told me that the worst part of their renovation project was when, in the middle of the project, no one from the contractor showed up on any given day and they were left wondering what's going on as the days slipped by and the kitchen seemed to be on hold... THIS NEVER HAPPENED! NOT EVEN ONCE!! Construction crews were scheduled perfectly, arriving every day at 8:30 sharp with the right guys for what needed to be done that day.
The American made Rutt cabinetry we purchased from MCKB is absolutely beautiful, well designed and built with quality materials throughout.. even the inside parts you never see. No particleboard here! Fit and finish is perfect. And there is a definite 'wow factor' with these cabinets when people see them for the first time:)
We ordered our new appliances from Drimmer's, which is located inside the MCKB showroom. (They also have a larger location in Brooklyn.) Pricing was great and customer service was totally on point. Appliances were delivered and installed on schedule (except the fridge, which was backordered by the manufacturer. Drimmer's delivered a loaner fridge for us to use and when ours finally came in, they swapped it out:) Nice!
Our quartzite countertops also came out beyond our expectations. We chose our slab at the stone yard. The fabricator came to measure, and then did a flawless installation. Perfect.
As you may have seen mentioned in other reviews, MCKB is not the bargain basement of builders, but like many things in life, here you really do get what you pay for.
So to sum up:
-Great design team.
-Incredible consistency and quality in all aspects of demo/construction/finish work.
-Never missed a day - not one day - for the entire duration of the project.
-Amazingly helpful attitude from all employees.
-Beautiful, show-stopping end result.
Review from Arlyne B.
Source: Yelp | Aug 6, 2018
I had a great experience working with Celia Reiss for my kitchen renovation a few months ago. Her design help was invaluable, because while I knew the look I wanted, I didn't know the technicalities of how to achieve it. She worked within my tight deadline, offered invaluable expertise, drew up plans, and consulted with my contractor, supplied custom cabinets and installed them, helped in choosing appliances, and made sure everything was installed properly. When there was a slight issue with one of the cabinet doors being too tight, she corrected it immediately. I appreciated her patience with my seemingly endless questions throughout the process.
Review from Frank L.
Source: Yelp | Jul 13, 2018
We redid our kitchen with Hany Gerges and could not recommend strongly enough. From the design to post installation adjustments/corrections, Hany showcased why you want a reputable company to do a major renovation like kitchen.
We own a brownstone and wanted to redo our galley kitchen, since the cabinets are starting to show signs of aging. The kitchen was converted from a butler's pantry, not big, about 15'x5'. One of the major requirements we had was to maximize storage, since we wanted to keep as much of the kitchen cookware and pantry inside the kitchen. We shopped around different designers and found MCKB's showroom to be impressive. But the real winner is Hany, the designer.
Hany was very patient in listening to our functional requirements (storage maximizing), design requirements (matching traditional interior design theme), cost considerations (we wanted good quality, but not magazine center folds), etc. Since this was our first kitchen renovation, we shifted and changed requirements often during the design phase and Hany was very accommodating. More impressive is that he was able to respectfully interject with suggestions that we would not have considered. Practicality was something that he brought to the table. The fee required for the design work was well worth it, even if we decided to not use MCKB.
Ordering and installation was a breeze, with Hany also able to guide us on how the appliances may have implications to the cabinetry layout. The installation team was part of the MCKB crew and you can tell they have tight communication and work experiences together. Hany remained the primary point of contact throughout the process, including when we wanted cabinet door adjustments. Work was done on time and on schedule.
But to me, the real strength to going with a reputable firm like MCKB is that they stand behind their work. About 2 weeks after the full installation, I noticed a hairline fracture on the refrigerator panel. A quick email to Hany and replacement was ordered and reinstalled. It was quite the relief to know that when you run into issues, MCKB is there.
Review from Silvia J.
Source: Yelp | May 14, 2018
I only have great things to say about MCKB. The designer we worked with, Celia Reiss, was absolutely amazing. She's extremely talented, very helpful, and was always there to answer any questions we had. Always got back to us in a timely manner. She really took the time to make sure we were happy & satisfied with their service from start to finish. She made what is usually a grueling process (renovating a kitchen & bathrooms), pleasant and stress free. We used MCKB to do our kitchen cabinets, and three bathroom vanities, which all came out beautiful. Highly recommend!
Review from Marack O.
Source: Yelp | Apr 2, 2018
Celia was wonderful! She was very helpful, professional and knowledgeable. Thank you for making the experience a good one!
Review from Michelle S.
Source: Yelp | Feb 19, 2018
I cannot recommend Sol and his team more highly. The workmanship, attention to detail, project management, and creative problem solving for a very quirky west village apartment reno was top notch, and Celia Reiss (our kitchen/bath design pro) was a delight to work with throughout. Having done quite a few major renovations in the past, this was our first-time navigating the complexity of Manhattan building codes, co-op boards, and century old plumbing. Sol, Celia and the rest of the team made the whole process impressively doable, and we are more than happy with the results. Hands down, the best design/build team I have ever had the pleasure to work with.
Review from Judith W.
Source: Yelp | Sep 15, 2017
Being a long time New York City resident ...30 years in my apartment..it was time for renovation of Kitchen and 2 Baths and all plumbing and electric wiring ... very fearful of this project I searched for a group who could actually perform - the old dream of quality within a time and budget I could anticipate. Never would I have believed things could go so well. First I met with Hany Gerges who walked me through the possibilities and expenses with various choices, he then came to the apartment and measured (accurately) .. following this there were contracts with SGC Contracting - owner Sol Kassorla . The contracts were clear and payment schedule precise. I did everything within their group - tubs/tiles with Gus in the basement and appliances with Drimmers appliances in the same location. My reasoning was that if they all worked together then delivery or problems in scheduling or measurements were all with them - not me!! Each and every worker who came to the building was professional and polite to everyone and not one complaint from my neighbors. The contract was for 6/15 to 9/15 TODAY !! And they are finished !! And I could not be happier.
Review from Mary S.
Source: Yelp | Mar 31, 2017
Siaw Boen designed our kitchen and we love it! Siaw is a brilliant designer, who cares deeply and is prompt and responsive. He held our hand every step of the way. We will only use Siaw for future projects.
The MCK+B showroom is a great resource and it is very helpful to be able to see actual kitchen layouts and customize to taste.
Review from Marty M.
Source: Yelp | Feb 2, 2017
MCKB made things very easy for my renovation. From choosing a countertop to installation, everything went as promised and as ordered. Couldn't ask for a smoother interaction or a better result.
Review from Dan D.
Source: Yelp | Oct 17, 2016
The showroom is nothing short of spectacular! And what's better is the workmanship that they produce is just as perfect. I had MCKB completely renovate my entire apartment from the kitchen, 3 bathrooms and all the flooring. I am so happy every time I walk in because it feels like perfection! I absolutely recommend MCKB if you are looking to do any home renovations!
Review from Michael V.
Source: Yelp | Oct 17, 2016
I must have been living under a rock my adult hood or depended on my ex girlfriend for taste. Recently walked in to Manhattan center for kitchen and bath to try get inspired to redecorate my recently moved into apartment. Staff was not only helpful they were patient with me. They recommended the right kitchen that was within my budget. At first I was apprehensive about the investment I have no ties to quality installers or most importantly how to decorate the other 75% of my apartment. Long story short when people come over now they are mesmerized on how great my apartment looks, especially my kitchen. Thank you so much for everything. I wish I came in earlier.
Review from B & C
Source: MCKB Email | Sep 22, 2016
“Charming” and “luscious” were the first words someone used to describe our apartment following our recent renovation. We credit MCKB for the results.
We loved working with MCKB. Here are some the of reasons.
Most contractors give a price and a timeline and miss on one or both. MCKB was accurate on both. MCKB told us our renovation would take 3-3.5 months after the permits were issued by the City. They hit this deadline exactly. They also provided accurate cost estimates up front.
Our tick list for items that needed adjustment/fixing/etc. consisted of one thing: a minor change to a floor outlet to ensure the receptacles matched the faceplate. That’s it.
Innovation is hard to come by no matter where you are and what you do. We were very impressed that MCKB offered some ideas that truly improved our layout and use of space. We’re talking ideas that we would NEVER have come up with on our own. And this is par for the course with them. They have good taste and the work with top flight people and providers.
The workmanship was top flight. The materials are grade A. We love our apartment and the work performed by MCKB. And they are very easy to work with. We found all of the people at MCKB and the companies under their umbrella to be straight forward, honest and direct. They made each step in the process simple and approachable.
One last candid word. We could have renovated our apartment for less money. However, we would not have gotten what we wanted and what we have. We got great value, an honest deal and we could not be happier with our choice to work with MCKB for our apartment.
Wishing all of you the best – B (&C)
Review from Julie C.
Source: Yelp | Apr 21, 2016
My experience working with Hany Gerges from MCKB on remodeling my apartment was absolutely excellent from start to finish. I had just begun a gut renovation of my 350 square foot studio, and was looking to achieve a unified décor so that my kitchen area, built-in wall unit, and windowsill/radiator cover would all compliment each other without being overly "matchy-matchy."
After several weeks of exploring every kitchen showroom I came across and browsing through countless design magazines, I was overwhelmed with options. Then one day strolled into MCKB. I was instantly wowed by one of the kitchens in their showroom. The charcoal brown cabinet doors were sophisticated and elegant, the aluminum handles and steel appliances gave it a modern edge, and the fresh marble-ish quartzite countertop/backsplash exuded a light yet luxurious vibe. It was love at first sight. I spoke with the owner Sol and made an appointment to come back for a consultation with their lead design specialist. To my surprise, I was quoted a price that was quite reasonable given the high quality of the cabinetry manufacturers they carry.
Through every step of the process, I relied on Hany's design expertise, as well as his exquisite taste, to help steer me in the right direction. He made sure that the end result would be ideal based on the size and layout of the space he was working with. Hany provided detailed drawings of the project and took the time to go over every detail with me until everything looked perfect. He was extremely helpful and diligent about making all of the necessary revisions. By the time we finalized the plan, I felt comfortable that I had considered every option available.
The project manager (Lori), the cabinet installer (Geovanny) and the countertops/backsplash installer (Ori) were all extremely competent and everything was handled in the utmost professional manner. Working with the entire MCKB team was truly a pleasure and I am extremely happy with the final result.
It has been a year since the project ended and I am still in awe of how beautiful the finished product is! I am so grateful for all of the hard work that went into helping me make all of my studio renovation dreams come true and would highly recommend MCKB to anyone looking to upgrade their home!
Review from Andrew
Source: Judy's Book | Apr 6, 2016
Undertaking a full gut renovation can be a daunting task, especially in NYC. It is without exaggeration to state that our decision to engage MCKB for our kitchen remodel was the best decision we made across the entire project. Your team was extremely skillful from design perspective, maximizing every last inch of space. The firm represents quality brands/solutions, and provided us with impeccable customer service. Like with all renovation projects, we did encounter some minor hurdles, which most importantly, were dealt with empathetically, and rectified swiftly. The end result is something we are very pleased/proud of. I highly recommend your service to anyone – we will definitely look to use you for our next project. Thank again, ~ Andrew, New York
Review from Max B.
Source: BuildZoom | Apr 5, 2016
At MCKB, I had the good fortune to come into contact with designer Hany, who interacted patiently with me over an extended period, always carefully balancing what I wanted (or thought I wanted) against what he knew from his experience would and wouldn’t work. This collaborative approach was what helped me arrive at the comfort level I personally needed in order to go ahead with the project. Once design was finalized, I chose to go with SGC Contracting, to get the benefit of the close association and communication between the design function and the construction function.
Review from Alice C.
Source: Yelp | Mar 31, 2016
I had a great experience working with MCK+B designer Hany on remodeling my daughter's kitchen and creating custom built-in furniture for her Tudor City Manhattan studio apartment.
Immediately after signing the contract, Hany stopped by the apartment to not only measure the area but to also get a feel for what will work best for the space. He took his time, made sketches and put together detailed notes.
The project was unique. From the beginning, we had strong opinions on how the cabinets should be put together. However, during the design phase, we were easily convinced by Hany about the number of changes that needed to be implemented vs. what we initially had in mind. At the end, the new options proved to be the best ones that worked for the space.
As part of the project, we needed to incorporate some custom cabinetry features, such as large hanging jewelry box, keyed file cabinets, computer desk with hidden space for outlets and wires, radiator covers, etc. They were all tastefully designed and properly constructed. The stone for the kitchen counters and the backsplash style and texture were carefully selected to work well with the cabinetry. Hany also made sure that the new hardwood floors were not clashing with the finish of the cabinetry and that the appliances, cabinet lighting, glass doors and handles complimented the design. The work between the designer, installer and the stone contractor was coordinated smoothly, and the entire project was completed within a few days after the cabinets were delivered, without any delays.
Now that the work is finished, everyone absolutely loves the newly designed space! The custom built-in wall unit works great with the new kitchen cabinetry creating a conducive environment for spending time in the kitchen area, as well as in the office /personal space area. It is amazing to see how a good designer can incorporate so many functions in custom built-in furniture of a relatively small studio.
I also want to acknowledge Geovanny (installer), Ori (stone contractor), Lory (project manager) and Sol (MCK+B owner). They are a truly professional team and nice people to work with, and they definitely deserve five shining stars!!
Review from J.K.B.
Source: Judy's Book | Mar 22, 2016
Hello everyone at Manhattan Center for Kitchen and Bath, thanks to all who have worked together to get us to the grand finale of our kitchen renovation. While there have been a few minor bumps, we are so pleased with all the craftsmanship and hard work that has gone into making our new kitchen so beautiful. Much appreciated! Best, J.K.B. NYC
Review from A.H.
Source: Judy's Book | Mar 10, 2016
It's been a pleasure working with all of you, but especially you, Meryl! When it's all finished- banquette cushions, lighting fixture & all, perhaps you may want to photograph!! Beautiful kitchen, very happy. A.H. – Manhattan
Review from Cabinet Making Service
Source: Angie's List | Sep 19, 2015
We recently undertook a complete gut renovation of our small kitchen by MCKB (Manhattan Center Kitchen and Bath). This was one of many renovation projects for us, so we have had extensive experience with other contractors. This was our second project with MCKB. Every aspect of the project, from planning with Hany, to its execution with Meryl and Lori, was flawless. Hany listened carefully to our ideas and helped us design a kitchen to expand our storage space dramatically while respecting our own sense of design. He thoughtfully planned every detail.
There were no “surprises” at any point in the project. The timeline was met and communication was excellent. The tradesmen who worked in our apartment were considerate of the building regulations and were very careful to protect the work area. All of their work was done beautifully and was up to code. Our input during the project was always considered and a few punch list items were corrected. The result is a beautiful and functional kitchen. We could not be more pleased with the result and we highly recommend MCKB.