Spend a Day in NYC's Hell's Kitchen

Check out some cool spots to explore in Hell's Kitchen, Midtown’s neighbor on the waterfront.

Hell’s Kitchen went from crime pit to hipster hub starting in the 1990s. Running alongside the Hudson River, this neighborhood features galleries, coffee shops and food for all hankerings. Check out our essential list of what to do in this fun neighborhood.

Eats

Two Boots Pizza is an off-beat popular spot with tarot card wall tapestries that offers cornmeal-crusted pizzas with quirky Cajun toppings in a kid-friendly space. The Marshal is an intimate American resto with a wood oven firing farm-to-table New American menu, plus a full bar with industrial decor elements. For a more healthy option, visit Blossom Du Jour, a hip vegan eatery with cold-pressed juices, sandwiches, soups and salads presented in tranquil surroundings.

Shop

If you are looking for classy gentleman’s duds, funky knickknacks and of course, Broadway memorabilia—Hell’s Kitchen is just steps away from the city’s famous Broadway theater district—this neighborhood has it all. Fine and Dandy is a gentlemen's clothing store selling custom shirts, plus accessories from ascots to suspenders. Domus is a small store offering a carefully curated international selection of handcrafted home goods and gifts. Theater lovers must visit Theatre Circle for sheet music, programs, books and T-shirts from past and current Broadway shows.

Drink

Starting a day in Hell’s Kitchen? Plenty of options for great coffee and tea. Later in the day, if you are ready to wind down with a refreshing cocktail, this 'hood has got that covered, too. St.Kilda’s, a subterranean minimalist artisanal-coffee bar, is a known hot spot for leaf lattes, drip coffee, bakery items and growlers of cold brew. VIVI Bubble Tea boba/bubble tea café with a variety of tea flavors. A favorite of Broadway actors, Reunion Surf Bar serves up fish tacos and Creole pub grub pair with rum drinks in a French-accented bar with surfing decor.

Play

Reserve some time in Hell’s Kitchen for a gallery or museum, or simply some time to chill at a park, complete with water sports and views of New Jersey. Last Rites Gallery surrealistic and haunting paintings for the offbeat collector. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an American military and maritime history museum with a collection of museum ships. Hudson River Park is a 550-acre riverside park and estuarine sanctuary with a boathouse, play areas and restaurant.

Sarah Smith
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