Slices of NYC: Your Guide to Hell’s Kitchen
Probably the neighborhood in New York City with the coolest name, Hell’s Kitchen is the home of world-class restaurants, energetic and LGBTQ-friendly nightlife, and people from all corners of the world. You might know it best as the Marvel superhero Daredevil’s stomping ground, but Hell’s Kitchen is much more than just a comic book backdrop in real life. If you find yourself in midtown Manhattan, Hell’s Kitchen is the place to be for food, culture, and partying.
Hell’s Kitchen’s greatest strength might be its vast array of fantastic restaurants for all tastes, which is fitting given its name. For one, Hell’s Kitchen is home to one of only 5 restaurants in New York City that boasts 3 Michelin stars, The Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare on 37th St. While this certainly isn’t for everyone and may be out of your price range, it illustrates just how incredible the cuisine in the neighborhood can be. You can find something to eat from just about every part of the world, and much of it is actually more affordable than many other spots in Manhattan.
Some of my personal favorites include Empanada Mama on 9th Ave between 51st and 52nd St, and The Meatball Shop on the corner of 9th Ave and 53rd St. Empanada Mama serves its signature empanadas 24 hours a day, and at The Meatball Shop, you can find just about any dish featuring meatballs of all kinds. If you’re looking for a fun night out and a place to get drinks, you will find a bar or club on just about every block of Hell’s Kitchen. The neighborhood also provides a haven for queer nightlife and one of the greatest concentrations of the LGBTQ community outside of Greenwich Village. There truly is something for everyone here, and I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed with a day, night, or both spent in Hell’s Kitchen!