‘Milk Bar’ cake queen and hubby find buyer for NYC penthouse


This Chelsea duplex penthouse couldn’t be any sweeter. The two-bedroom, two-bath co-op at 139 W. 19th St. is currently in contract at its original asking price of $4.49 million — and it seems its culinary-world owners helped give it a recipe for success.

The sellers are cake goddess Christina Tosi, of the Milk Bar empire, and restaurateur William Guidara who, together with chef Daniel Humm, turned Eleven Madison Park into one of the world’s most famous restaurants. (Humm bought Guidara out of their Make It Nice hospitality group in 2019.)

The spread is in a former button factory that dates to 1909.

Tosi and Guidara bought the unit for $3.7 million in 2016, the year they married. Since then, their family has expanded. The couple had a daughter, Francis “Frankie” Ray — named after Tosi’s grandfather — last year and outgrew the space, a friend said.

Tosi and her restaurateur husband William Guidara bought in the 19th Street building back in 2016.
Tosi and her restaurateur husband William Guidara bought in the 19th Street building back in 2016.
Robert Miller

The loft’s pièce de résistance is a 1,600-square-foot landscaped terrace. Think outdoor dinner parties and, as the listing notes, an “urban Zen garden in the sky.”

Inside, the home has its own private elevator. Design details include 13-foot-plus ceilings, 10-foot-high windows, exposed brick walls, a woodburning fireplace and restored white oak floors. It opens to a 31-foot-great room and, aptly, an eat-in chef’s kitchen.

The main bedroom comes with a custom walk-in closet and a windowed bath. The terrace is paved in bluestone and comes with a mahogany lattice dining pavilion along with mature specimen trees, wildflowers, grasses and skyline views.

The listing broker is Mike Lubin of Brown Harris Stevens. 



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