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Hell’s Kitchen guide: The best of the neighborhood

Hell’s Kitchen is a hot gayborhood and prime budget-dining destination, but which places stand out? Here’s our guide to the best restaurants, bars and shops.

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The precise origins of Hell’s Kitchen’s trouble-stirring moniker are unclear, but they undoubtedly arose from its emergence as an Irish-mob-dominated neighborhood in the 19th century. Today, the area is becoming the city’s queer hot spot—it’s the site of about a dozen gay watering holes and New York’s first luxury “straight-friendly” hotel, The Out NYC, which houses the sprawling XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge. Ninth Avenue’s constantly shifting array of multiethnic eateries draws theatergoers who shun Times Square’s tourist traps. As gentrification takes hold, new apartment blocks are springing up in the former wasteland near the Hudson River—and development will kick into overdrive when the long-delayed mixed-use complex Hudson Yards and the last phase of the High Line finally come to fruition.

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Ray C
Ray C

Hell's Kitchen is a diverse and gentrifying neighborhood, filled with off-Broadway theaters, ethnic restaurants, independent shops and bakeries, and tree-lined streets filled with traditional brownstones (often used in TV and film to depict “authentic” New York City). Proximity to Midtown and to the theater district means that the neighborhood is home to many actors and young professionals in banking and finance.


To find out more about Hell's Kitchen, check out the neighborhood guide on RentHop (renthop.com), a nationwide apartment rental website: https://www.renthop.com/nyc/hells-kitchen-apartments

joshmackey
joshmackey

Found the site www.welleto.com that helps you understand new york from neighborhood/zip angle. Seems new... but cool if you don't know the neighborhoods / costs in NYC.