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

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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

Your Perfect Day in Hell's Kitchen, NYC
Things to do

Your Perfect Day in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

The next time you visit Hell’s Kitchen in NYC, do it right by using our list of the best spots 

Restaurants in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Don Antonio by Starita
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Don Antonio by Starita

While tourists bumble into Sbarro looking for a New York slice, pizza aficionados have been busy colonizing this pedigreed pizzeria

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4 out of 5 stars
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Esca
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Esca

Esca is the area’s slickest and most creative choice

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Kashkaval Garden
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Kashkaval Garden

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

Pure Thai Cookhouse
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Pure Thai Cookhouse

This small Hell’s Kitchen canteen by husband-and-wife team David and Vanida Bank of Land Thai Kitchen is a gem 

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5 out of 5 stars
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Bars in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Réunion
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Réunion

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

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4 out of 5 stars
The Polynesian

The Polynesian

Enter the Polynesian, a handsome tiki bar in Hell’s Kitchen

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3 out of 5 stars
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Flaming Saddles Saloon
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Flaming Saddles Saloon

City folk can party honky-tonk-style at this country-western gay bar

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4 out of 5 stars
Bar Gonzo

Bar Gonzo

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

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3 out of 5 stars
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Hotels in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Ink48, a Kimpton Hotel

Ink48, a Kimpton Hotel

Right on the Hudson River waterfront, you will find views that are to die for

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Hudson Hotel

Hudson Hotel

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

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4 out of 5 stars
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Yotel New York

Yotel New York

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

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4 out of 5 stars
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The OUT NYC

The OUT NYC

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

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3 out of 5 stars
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Shops in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Hell's Kitchen Flea Market
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Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

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. 

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3 out of 5 stars
Delphinium Home
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Delphinium Home

This popular neighborhood boutique is a treasure trove for kitschy housewares 

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4 out of 5 stars
Fine and Dandy
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Fine and Dandy

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

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5 out of 5 stars
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