Hell's Kitchen is a neighborhood in western Manhattan very close to the Theater District and Times Square. It's a lively place where people of all identities live. The restaurants reflect that, and you can find food for every taste. There are intimate wine bars, sports bars, fine dining establishments, and plenty of international cuisine. You could spend weeks here and never run out of options. To make it easy we listed the best restaurants for you to check out.
This New York City gem is located in the heart of Hell's Kitchen. It's small and intimate, making it the perfect place for a date or a heart-to-heart with an old friend. It also serves some of the best Mediterranean cuisine in the city. Don't miss the famous melted cheese dishes like the Kashkaval fondue that is made with both Bulgarian cheese and sheep's milk cheese. The restaurant also has a great wine list to pair with the flatbreads, skewers and tapas.
Pure Thai Cookhouse
New York City has no shortage of mouth-watering Thai cuisine. But this Hell's Kitchen establishment is one of the most authentic and the most popular. The chefs make homemade noodles from a prized family recipe. They make entrees you would find in Thailand (and some say they are even better here than in the home country!) The steamed beef buns and Ratchaburi crab & pork dry noodles are not to miss. There can sometimes be a line to get in, but don't let that deter you. It's worth the wait.
When a restaurant gets to take the name of its neighborhood, we know it must be legendary. This upscale Mexican eatery has been around for almost two decades, and it's still packed and lively seven days a week. After work you'll find locals sipping spicy margaritas and chowing down on tacos in the colorful setting. On the weekend it's the place to be for a boozy brunch. The guacamole bar comes with crispy corn tortillas and is a crowd favorite.
In a neighborhood full of cozy wine bars Ardesia stands out with its casual yet elegant atmosphere. It has an extensive wine list - there are 20 wines by the glass and over 100 by the bottle — so there is something for every budget and taste. Those not in the mood for wine can get a local, craft beer or cider on tap or try one of the creative cocktails. The homemade N.Y. style pretzels and deviled eggs are perfect snacks to enjoy while savoring your beverage. A bonus is that Ardesia boasts an outdoor patio so you can enjoy it all outside during warmer seasons.
Beer Culture is one of those places that does a lot of things well at the same time. It's a beer shop, where you can buy hard-to-find international brands or limited releases. It's a bar (with beautiful exposed brick walls) where you can cozy up with a loved one or pull a chair up to the bar and chat with the bartender. And it's also a cafe serving hot sandwiches, bratwursts, sliders, tater tots and other comfort foods. Be careful — It's one of those places where you go in for one drink and end up spending the whole night there.
This contemporary Korean restaurant may be tiny and casual, but don't let that fool you. It serves an array of Korean specialities. For a quick lunch you can order regular bibimbap or modern variations. A special treat for dinner is the $55 per person tasting menu. You'll get to try everything from sashimi to spicy chicken wings to soy-poached black cod. If you're feeling adventurous order off the extensive soju and sake menu. Even the most experienced drinkers may find concoctions they've never tried in New York City.
Totto Ramen is one of the best known ramen chains, with top-notch eateries located all over the world from Taipei to Flushing, Queens. The location in Hell's Kitchen is one of the best. At this no frills, cash-only restaurant you sit around wooden table and sip your soup. One of the local favorites is chicken paitan, a soup topped with scallions, onions, nori, char siu, and kikurage. On a cold winter day, or even a rainy summer day, the place is packed. But don't be scared off by the line. Turnover is quick, and the soup will fix any problems you have that day.
In France rotisseries are commonplace; locals don't think twice about going into the shop to buy an entire chicken, roasted to perfection, on the spot. The owners of Poulette wanted to bring this concept to NYC, and they've succeeded. At this eatery diners can choose from a 1/4 chicken, 1/2 chicken, or a whole chicken. There are also sides galore from roasted red potatoes to quinoa kale. All options are healthy, delicious, and perfect for dining-in or taking away. The space is casual, fun and feels a lot like Paris.
The Marshal is one of those restaurants that everyone in New York City believes is their secret, a favorite restaurant no one else knows about. It specializes in American food and everything — from the homemade bread to the mac 'n' cheese to the mussels — is cooked in a wood-burning brick oven. The restaurant also uses local ingredients from New York State like Hudson Valley burrata and Greenane Family Farm pork from the Catskills.
Method Japanese Kitchen & Sake Bar
This modern Japanese restaurant is full of surprises. The restaurant projects videos on its wall that diners can watch while they eat. It has a sake bar that includes varieties not just from Japan but Brooklyn. It's menu includes eclectic items wasabi flavored potato fries and oil-pickled oysters. While it's certainly quirky, it also has a serene, cozy vibe. It's a perfect spot for a date (with someone willing to try new things of course!)
Hell's Kitchen can get loud and rowdy (in a fun way!), and 44 & X is a respite from it all. The atmosphere is simple and peaceful with white tones and perfectly placed flowers. The menu changes by the season but expect to find choices like goat cheese and pistachio soufflé and Maine lobster and Maryland crab meat ravioli. The restaurant is very close to the Theater District and occasionally puts on themed specials. For example, right before the Tony Awards it themed its cocktails after the nominees.