When Scott Hart and Bruce Horowytz moved to Hell’s Kitchen 15 years ago, they couldn’t find a fun bar nearby, so they opened Xth Ave Lounge. Later, they thought the neighborhood lacked fine dining, so they built 44 & X. You can guess what happened this year when they wanted a local café: It’s called 44. Like 44 proper, the space is bright and modern. You can grab a seat at the bar and down a breakfast pastry or a chocolate-and-caramel tart with malted-milk-ball ice cream, or fill up on a lunch of a roasted garlic-glazed chicken breast with Swiss chard and home fries. When warmer weather arrives, you can dine in a tranquil Japanese garden.
|Venue name:||44 1/2||Contact:|
626 Tenth Ave
|Cross street:||between 44th and 45th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 10am–11pm; Fri, Sat 10am–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority|
|Price:||Average main course: $15. AmEx, DC, MC, V|