Hell’s Kitchen, in Midtown Manhattan, was a gritty neighborhood until the 80s, with a gritty history to back it up and with a name like that, who can really mess with people from there!?
Fast forward a few decades, Hell’s Kitchen has become a desirable area to live in; a fair share of high rises and glass walled condos have moved in, co-existing in an area that stays true to the New York spirit with its original housing architecture and streetscapes. The most exciting part for us is their growing number of options for local good eats; we ‘re warning you now, get here before everyone does!
21 places that we recommend in the nabe, so you don’t have to make any wrong choices:
Je & Jo – Jennifer and Jonathan started their ice-cream making as an experiment and with success on their side, Je & Jo Organic Cookie Dough Ice cream is available in many outposts around the city, but if you are in Hell’s Kitchen, their adorable shop is a must-visit!
Sullivan St Bakery – Best for Bread, especially the Green Olive bread. Jim Lahey, the creator of the revolutionary no-knead techniques has taken the dough-makers by a storm. Writer of the books: My Bread, and My Pizza, Jim also offers pizza-making classes on location. The Village Voice named Sullivan St Bakery #1 in their round-up of top ten loaves of bread in NYC!
Kahve – A tiny Turkish coffee shop with free wifi and delectable pastries. One of our favorite spots to take a break and mingle with fellow coffeestas.
Bis.co.Latte – Hand-made Biscottis – this is the only place where you can get over 60 flavors of biscottis to try!
Poseidon – A greek bakery that has been here since the 1920s, it is THE place to get any kind of dough-y phyllo-y desserts. Great ambiance, great stories, this bakery reflects upon the 75 years of history of HK.
Mud, Sweat & Tears – Bring a bot of vino and take the pottery wheels for a spin! Great alternative plan for a Friday night and a superb place to meet local friends who are creatively inclined. It’s also a professional Pottery studio to learn the art of ceramics. And a good place to buy local artisans work.
Framing on 9th – If you need to frame your rare finds for affordable prices, look no further. Framing on 9th is our favorite frame shop – expect speedy service and free delivery. For out of towners, it’s one of the best places to score some ready-to-hang local artwork.
The Brooklyn Kitchen at GW Market – Interested in cooking? Shopping for artisanal cookery products? Brooklyn Kitchen is THE place to get culinarily excited. If that’s not enough, participate in one of their classes where you can learn to show off the next time you are around a kitchen.
Casellula – A cheese bar – with over 40 kinds of cheese and pairings from brittles to jams to chutneys – nothing can go wrong here. Cozy, Romantic, Gourmet popcorn, and the best of wine to go with your cheese. Now say Cheese~
Ardesia – The best selection of wines, amazing space and a crowd to match, Ardesia may be the fancy smanchy wine place you are looking for in HK. Their patio during the warmer months is a great place to start the evening.
Briciola – Small, cozy Italian bar serving Cicchetti and wine from the streets of Venice. Best for a date or go by yourself and chat the night away with the host. ‘iTs a neighborhood favorite.
Vintner Wine Market – A craft beer store, artisanal cheeses, low nitrate protein, and a wine market. This place is truly a local gem!
Pure Thai Cook House – Authentic Amazeballs Thai Food. Listen to the eclectic Thai radio in the background while you chow down wok-fried noodles or slurp some broth-based dishes. The space is beautifully designed even though it is tiny. There is usually a wait – but you can munch on some thai snacks (Pork rinds – 75c) while you do! – this place does lives up to the hype!
Totto Ramen – If the lines could tell it all.. There are two locations within a block, the brand new Totto Ramen lies one block west which opened a few weeks ago and we have heard that there is no wait there, yet.
Tabata Ramen – Alternate place for Ramen in the neighborhood. Still pretty good and pretty real decor.
44 & X – An all-American restaurant with a fun brunch to match.
Danji – New and popular, Danji is a few steps ahead of some of other Korean establishments in the city, best for groups, most yummiest small Korean plates you will ever taste!
Yakitori Totto – If the names Izakaya and Yakitori excites you, then this place is a must-go for you. The best cocktail here is a grapefruit sochu ‘tail, where you are given a grapefruit and juice strainer to make the rest yourself. Well, what follows as Chicken yakitori will also blow your mind.
Ivan Ramen at GW Market – Ivan started his Ramen shop in Tokyo and was well successful in his sojourn. We should be lucky that he decided to join hands with GW Market to start a small outpost here in Hell’s Kitchen. The Classic Shio is beyond amazing.
Nook – Tiny spaces usually deliver big. This is true for Nook. Very popular among the weekend brunch crowd.
Claw – Lobster rolls, Crab Beignets, Lob.. mac and cheese — you get the idea. With daily shipments of lobsters and crabs from Maine, you can expect a slice of New England freshness here.
Not-so-much hellish don’t you think!
Opening Image Credit: Casellula