New York City is a melting pot, and few corners of the city blend such a wide array of cultures, styles and tastes quite like the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood does. It also has some seriously cool spots to explore. Here are 10 places that give Hell’s Kitchen its energy and its character.
Rudy’s offers its patrons complimentary hotdogs with each drink order. Formerly a speakeasy that has since been frequented by some of New York’s most famous residents, this dive is easy to spot for its iconic pig statue, which has served as the bar’s vigilant bouncer for two decades. Rich with history, booze, and hot dogs, Rudy’s Bar is a must for tourists and New Yorkers alike.
Rudy’s Bar & Grill, 627 9th Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 (646) 707-0890
With a beer list sent from the heavens, it’s no wonder this beer hall on 9th Avenue gets its name from Viking place of eternal rest. Beer lovers will swoon at the wall-to-wall taps, serving up the best brews for all seasons. Valhalla also takes bar food up a notch as well, with savory sliders and buffalo wings packing a unique kick. Valhalla amplifies the average bar experience by putting an emphasis on quality flavors. Beer fans from far and wide will all tell you: Valhalla is nothing short of paradise.
Valhalla, 815 9th Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 (212) 757-2747
Those looking to indulge their sweet tooth look no further than Holey Cream. Conveniently located amid a sprawl of bars, this snack shop lets you construct a dessert of legendary proportions. First, you build your donut, complete with frosting and toppings. Then, you pile on the ice cream of your choice and smother it in whatever you like. Some may find it hard to finish even one, but this sugary delight unlike any other will have you returning in no time.
Holey Cream, 796 9th Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 (212) 247-8400
In a stretch of Thai restaurants, Pure is without a doubt one of the surest bets. The ambience of this tiny gem has an authentic charm that is sometimes absent from many of the spots in the neighborhood. Along with their quiet, tasteful aesthetic, Pure’s number one priority is flavor and they deliver. Accessible to both the novice and even the most experienced foodie, Pure stands out among its local rivals and lives up to its namesake of pure, quality taste.
Pure Thai Cookhouse, 766 9th Avenue #2, New York, NY, USA,+1 (212) 581-0999
Whether you come for the scantily clad waiters or the rooftop bar, odds are you leave Boxers remembering some unforgettable sights. In addition to the eye candy and hard-to-beat happy hour deals, Boxers’ famous roof offers guests a chance to hang out and enjoy the sights and sounds unique to Hell’s Kitchen. If heights are not for you, the basement offers up an arcade complete with many favorites. Even if you’re just looking to enjoy a drink and watch the game, Boxers has you covered too.
Boxers Sports Bar, 742 9th Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 (212) 951-1518