Once known as a rough neighborhood, Hell’s Kitchen has shed its tough exterior. Gone are the turf wars that inspired “West Side Story” and reputation for organized crime in the 1970s and 80s. Instead this area just a few blocks from Times Square and bright lights of Broadway has become a haven for foodies and creatives. You don’t have to be an actor to enjoy this nabe. Check out our Hell’s Kitchen must-dos.
You’re bound to find mouth watering fare along restaurant row
Not to be confused with celeb chef Gordon Ramsey’s show with the same name, Hell’s Kitchen is definitely Midtown’s shining star when it comes to restaurants. Along West 46th street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues is a restaurant row, but there’s plenty of great eats off the beaten path as well. High-end and budget-friendly restaurants abound, so there’s something for everyone.
Helmed by acclaimed chef Julian Medina, Tacuba serves up delicious latin fare from tacos to tortas. They also have a wide variety of tequilas and mezcals.
Known for their pollo a la brasa (rotisserie chicken), Pio Pio has some of the best chicken in the city. The peruvian restaurant has multiple locations, but the Hell’s Kitchen one is worth a stop when you’re in the area.
handmade noodles and flavorful Thai dishes inspired by shophouse-style cuisine? Sign us up. This small restaurant cranks out some of the best authentic Thai food in the city.
There are tons of Italian restaurants in the city but Il Melograno is the real deal. This Sicilian style restaurant turns out delectable homemade pasta and breads that will have you salivating for more.
There’s plenty of action off Broadway
Hell’s Kitchen is a stone’s throw from Manhattan’s many Broadway theaters but there are plenty of cultural and performing art spaces off the main theater strip to check out.
This venue is actually a three-theater facility designed by renowned Gehry Architects. Its budding playwright-in-residence model ensures that there’s never a shortage of great programming. Anna Deavere Smith has multiple scheduled performances this season you won’t want to miss.
BAC supports artists of all disciplines from dance to music to digital installations. Due to the pandemic, the organization has been showcasing robust virtual offerings. Check their website for more details on upcoming performances.
This theater complex has five stages with numerous productions to entertain visitors. In addition to that there’s also an art gallery and green room where guests can enjoy drinks and hang out with friends before and after the show.