Hell’s Kitchen

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Hell’s Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen

You might expect a Mexican place invoking hell in its name to deliver some strong heat, but the approach is more sophisticated here. Your introduction is a complimentary steaming crock of black beans, corn and cilantro drizzled with a creamy poblano sauce. It’s perfect as a dip for thin triangles of sweet corn bread. Plantain empanadas filled with goat cheese swim in a pool of tomato coulis. Entrées are sauced up too: Try the ancho-crusted tuna and yucca cake with smoky peanut sauce. Reservations are recommended; scoring a pretheater table without a wait is about as likely as hell freezing over. That may be moot, since at press time a move was being planned.

Venue name: Hell’s Kitchen
Address: 754 Ninth Ave
New York
Cross street: between 50th and 51st Sts
Opening hours: Mon, Sun 5–11pm; Tue 11:30am–3pm, 5–11pm; Wed–Fri 11:30am–3pm, 5pm–midnight; Sat 5pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority
Price: Average main course: $20. AmEx, MC, V
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