Luke's Kitchen

As seen in Bon Appetite


New York Times names Luke's Kitchen Top Ten Highlights for 2009

The New York Times rates Luke's Kitchen "Very Good"

"The happy surprises do not let up...deft, original touches let you know there's a sharp culinary mind at work...his philosophy is that 80 percent of the cooking is done at the grocery store...If so, the other 40 percent is intangibles like talent and brio, commitment and originality.  If that adds up to 120 percent, that's what Maplewood is getting from this fine restaurant."- David Corcoran, New York Times, January 11, 2009.
"...the food is absolutely top draw."The Artful Diner,8/18/08
The Artful Diner rates Luke's Kitchen TOP TEN in 2008. " Luke's Kitchen is surely a restaurant that should be high on everyone's dining agenda... It is on mine. " December 20, 2008
"Luke's Kitchen is a welcome arrival
in Maplewood." Cody Dine,The Star Ledger
2.5 Stars,
January 28, 2008


Luke's Kitchen is no longer an a la carte restaurant in Maplewood Village. We have become an off premis catering kitchen serving delicious food for a quiet night at home with family and friends or the Event Planner you need for large receptions and parties. If you are interested in having us cater your event or maybe you would like to have one of our tasting parties at home, regardless of how small or large you can contact us by email or the same phone number you've been making reservations on since we first opened in Maplewood Village.

Our  menu changes regularly with the best, freshest ingredients available on the market on any given day for any given season. We serve contemporary cuisine with global accents with as few boundaries as possible.  And although the underlying technique in the kitchen is French, our influences come from everywhere.


Le Cirque 2000 PreOpening Party, circa 1998
From left to right; Rod Hernandez, Julia Child, Chef Sotha Kuhn

You can reach us at 973-763-4005 or by email at

Updates on LK can also be viewed on Facebook and Twitter @Lukeskitchen.

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     One of the newest additions to the LK line up is our line of  freshly roasted coffees that are done in house. By roasting our own beans that are brought in from around the world, I can ensure the freshest tasting, most full bodied coffee you will ever experience.  With every new bean that I bring in, I try to find the best roast to maximize the flavor without burning off too much of the essential oils that give the coffe bean alot of its characterAlso, by selecting particular beans I can do my best to get only Fair Trade, Organic and Bird Friendly when purchasing from parts of the world where these considerations are necessary.
     All of the coffee we serve in the restaurant is also available in whole beans for you to enjoy at home. Most of the beans are priced between $15 and $18 per pound. And if you want, I can always break off a $10 bag of anything you'd like to try as well.  Just be careful.  It's very've been warned.
     Currently, we have Costa Rica Honey Tarazzu "Minilla", Brazil Fazenda Joao de Campo, Colombian Huila Valencia, Colombian Premium Tolima Gaitana,Guatamalan Peaberry Reserve, a Grade 1 Jamaican Blue Mountain Mavis Banks Peaberry Reserve and a Royal Nicaraguan Decaf Reserve. If you're interested in any of these coffees and would like to know more about them or get some tasting notes, email me and I'll tell you anything you want to know.

You can contact us at 973-763-4005 for reservations.  If you are interested in booking us for a private function, please contact us at

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All special events are released to our email subscribers first and then to the general public. 
If you are interested in having Luke's Kitchen cater your event, leave a message for Rod with as much detail as possible
at 973-763-4005.

Ferran Adria and Rod Hernandez
1st NY Culinary Summit

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