Yes, but maybe you want to live in Manhattan because it's central, while still being able to make your own dinners.This isn't affordable housing, it's a luxury building for millionaires. People who bought these units probably own multiple homes, they can cook big dinners at their weekend home. They will be eating out the majority of the time. They have thousands of restaurants to pick from. This building reminds me of something you would see in Manhattan. Lots of buildings in NYC have micro kitchens. If you can afford to live in Manhattan, you can afford to eat out.
I'm no longer living with my parents, and there's lots of things that I CAN do, if I go back to my parents, but it would certainly be nice if I had those same options available to me where I live.
It's not a perfect comparison but even if you are a millionaire, maybe you don't want to congregate with all your friends 2+ hours north in Muskoka. Maybe you want to invite people over for a dinner at a nice central downtown location. Maybe you were willing to spend a little extra money to buy a unit here for convenience but arent a multi millionaire with several other homes.
My point is spaces should be comfortably livable unless explicitly meant to be otherwise. A luxury unit like this should have a kitchen at least with some decent counter space and storage.