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Café Boulud chef selling Diamond House condo

Gavin Kaysen looking to raise enough scratch to start his own restaurant
April 03, 2014 01:32PM

Gavin Kaysen, the chef at the famed Café Boulud, is unloading his penthouse condominium at the Diamond House on the Upper East Side — all in an effort to relocate to Minneapolis and open his own restaurant.

Douglas Elliman brokers Shannon Dunne and Tristan Harper have the listing, at 170 East 77th Street between Lexington and Third avenues. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit, which spans 1,100 square feet, is asking $1.8 million. There are two terraces, one of which is on the roof.

In 2008, Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff’s niece, Shana Madoff, and her husband, Eric Swanson, put a $4.195 million bid on a condo at the building, but withdrew the offer on December 11, the day Madoff was arrested, saying one of the bedrooms was too small. [NYP, 2nd item]Mark Maurer