Shared Kitchens



Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of City
Shared Kitchens are food preparation facilities that are designed to provide fledgling food retailers or preparers with an opportunity to grow their businesses by providing them with kitchen space and access to professional equipment. The "operator" of a shared kitchen should be permitted by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) as a Non-Retail Food Processing Establishment.

Shared Kitchen Entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs wishing to prepare food that may be served or sold to the public, but who are not ready to open a restaurant or operate a commercial kitchen on their own, may contract with a permitted "shared kitchen" to rent space for that purpose. Shared kitchens provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to develop their skills and create products without committing to the expense of operating a commercial kitchen on their own. The rates for renting space at a shared kitchen may be more affordable.

Shared Kitchen Entrepreneurs must obtain a Food Protection Certificate and a Food Service Establishment (FSE) permit from the DOHMH if they are planning to sell ready-to-eat food at street fairs or any type of catered event in New York City.

An alternative to renting space in a shared kitchen is renting space in the kitchen of a permitted restaurant, in which an entrepreneur would operate under the permit and supervision of the restaurant's operator.
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NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH)
Bureau of Food Safety and Community Sanitation
125 Worth Street
Customer Service Window, Room 1020
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 676-1600

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