The 10 Best Restaurants In New York's Hell's Kitchen

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9 February 2017

Hell’s Kitchen is home to some fantastic restaurants serving cuisines from around the world. Whether you’re in the area to see a Broadway show, just got off the bus at Port Authority or are a seasoned New Yorker, Hell’s Kitchen has something you’ll love. Here are our top 10 picks for dining in Hell’s Kitchen.

Hell’s Kitchen | © Caitrin Sneed

Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen has a Williamsburg-style menu with a Manhattan atmosphere. This Mexican restaurant brings an exciting new twist to Mexican food while curating a fun, upbeat environment. The taco menu alone provides diners delicious new options from crispy brussel sprout tacos with chipotle cashew salsa to pork carnitas tacos with grilled pineapple and kale.

© Kashkaval Garden

Kashkaval Garden

Restaurant, Food Court, Mediterranean, $$$
For the best tapas and lamb skewers in Hell’s Kitchen, look no further than Kashkaval Garden. This is the perfect place to stop by and enjoy a late-afternoon glass of wine and cheese plate with a friend. Their lunch special is also notable with its wonderful, perfectly portioned options that come at a great price.

The Marshal

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
The Marshal uses seasonal ingredients from local farmers to create a healthy and environmentally responsible farm-to-table dining experience. The Marshal’s menu may favor carnivores but vegetarians can easily find some delicious and varied options here as well.

Queen of Sheba

Restaurant, Ethiopian, African, $$$
This gem on 10th Avenue serves up authentic Ethiopian food and a vibrant atmosphere to match. Served family style, the dishes offer new conquests for the adventurous eater and safer choices for those more wary of eating a fish with the head still on it. Be forewarned (or get excited) that your food will be spicy.

Island Burgers and Shakes

Restaurant, Bar, American, Vegetarian, $$$
Island Burgers and Shakes may seem like your run-of-the-mill burger place. However, try anything from the spicy Pop & Top’s – a burger topped with Thai sauce, jalapeno and roasted peppers – to the milder Route 66 burger with avocado, blue cheese and bacon, and you’ll know that this place is anything but standard. With plenty of innovative and delicious burger combinations to choose from, an equally varied salad menu and expertly-made milkshakes, Island Burgers and Shakes is a must-try in Hell’s Kitchen.


Restaurant, Asian, $$$
If you want a kitschy atmosphere, Asian-fusion food and a place to kick-start a night out, try Vynl. With loud music, small plates that are great for sharing and a bathroom that also serves as a conversation starter for those who have never been there, Vynl is great for pre-show festivities if you are seeing Kinky Boots or Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Alfie's Bar & Kitchen

Bar, American, $$$
Empanadas | © Stu_Spivack/Wikimedia Commons
Alfie’s menu highlights include gourmet burgers, fish & chips, fried pickles and Lobster ‘PLT.’ The food alone is enough to merit a recommendation but what sets Alfie’s apart is the hospitable neighborhood bar environment and beer list.

Empanada Mama

Restaurant, American, $$$
If you are short on cash or are looking for a casual quick bite to eat go to Empanada Mama. This place serves amazing empanadas, plantain chips and sangria. It is also open 24/7 and is a perfect pitstop for dinner with friends.

and X

Restaurant, Diner, American, $$$
44 and X’s has mastered the New York brunch atmosphere. This elegant ‘respite from a stressful New York day,’ as their website touts, boasts a menu of reinvented classics with sleek decor for a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience.

Hallo Berlin

Restaurant, German, $$$
Hallo Berlin is the place to go if you love beer. To accompany that beer, Hallo Berlin also has great German food (Wurst, Schnitzel, Goulash, you name it) and a outdoor garden for the warmer months. If drinking out of a beer boot is on your New York to-do list, this is a great place to do it. Hallo Berlin also has great beer flights for a fun way to try multiple beers.

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