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Hell’s Kitchen, NYC neighborhood guide

Our guide to Hell's Kitchen, NYC includes the best restaurants, bars, shops and hotels and things to do in the nabe

Written by
Jennifer Picht
&
Time Out New York contributors
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The precise origins of Hell’s Kitchen, NYC are unclear, but they undoubtedly arose from its emergence as an Irish-mob-dominated neighborhood in the 19th century. Today, the area is a LGBT hot spot—it’s home to about a dozen gay bars—and it the site of one of the best flea markets in town. In terms of Hell’s Kitchen restaurants, Ninth Avenue offers various multi-ethnic eateries which draw theatergoers who want to escape the crowds in Times Square. Read on below to find more things to do and where to go in the area.

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Things to do in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Restaurants in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Esca

Esca

  • price 3 of 4

Esca is the area’s slickest and most creative choice

Kashkaval Garden

Kashkaval Garden

  • price 2 of 4

Warm woods and soft lighting evoke a turn-of-the-century general store at this midtown eatery

Bars in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Réunion

Réunion

  • price 2 of 4

From after-work drinks to killing time around Times Square, this subterranean surf shack is a solid card to play 

Bar Gonzo

Bar Gonzo

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

When you go to a place named for Hunter S. Thompson’s signature style of strange, the bizarre will happen

Hotels in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Hudson Hotel

Hudson Hotel

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

What's that they say? Location, location, location. The Hudson Hotel has that going for it in spades

Yotel New York

Yotel New York

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

Located in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, YOTEL is a quirky, one-of-a-kind find for the tech-savvy traveler

The OUT NYC

The OUT NYC

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

Built in the husk of a 1960s motel, the OUT NYC offers more than mere accommodation

Shops in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

  • price 1 of 4

Vendors tend to compensate for the out-of-the-way location by offering lower prices than found in the Chelsea lots, which makes it worth the trek. 

Delphinium Home

Delphinium Home

  • price 2 of 4

This popular neighborhood boutique is a treasure trove for kitschy housewares 

Fine and Dandy

Fine and Dandy

  • price 2 of 4

Following the success of several pop-ups around the city, owner Matt Fox opened his first brick-and-mortar shop for the sharp e-commerce menswear brand