Located in the shadows of Times Square, Hell’s Kitchen stretches from 8th Avenue to the east and the Hudson River to the west between 34th Street and 59th Street. While there are countless things to do in the neighborhood, here are some of the best places to visit in Hell’s Kitchen.
TO EAT & DRINK: Hell’s Kitchen is filled with countless restaurants, but Añejo stands out among them. As people enter the Mexican hot spot, they will be welcomed to a rustic atmosphere that brings the vibrancy of Mexico to the streets of Manhattan. Opened for brunch, lunch and dinner, Añejo offers a large menu with flavorful dishes, including tacos, chicken chilaquiles with shredded chicken, salsa verde, cotija cheese and fried egg or esquties with sweet butter poached corn, chipotle mayo, cotjia, lime and cilantro. With a large assortment of tequilas and mezcals, Añejo is a tequila lover’s paradise. Besides sipping on their signature Añejo Margarita made with tequila, Cointreau, lime and agave, people can experience a tequila or mezcal tasting. Offering notes on each spirit, the restaurants gives people the opportunity to taste brands that are not normally found in the city.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
TO DISCOVER: Once a battleship during World War II and the Vietnam War, the USS Intrepid has been transformed into a museum that has educated and impressed millions of people since 1982. As people enter the massive ship, they will see 28 restored air crafts and learn about how servicemen lived on the massive ship. Docked near next to the Intrepid is the Growler, an 18,000-square-foot American submarine where visitors can have an interactive exploration and learning experience.
Fine and Dandy
TO SHOP: After numerous successful pop-up shops throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, Matt Fox and Enrique Crame III decided to open Fine and Dandy’s first permanent location in Hell’s Kitchen. Fine and Dandy is a unique boutique that specializes in men accessories to create a classic look with a flair. Whether people are shopping for themselves or for a gift, some of the made-in-America items that can be found, include bow ties, handkerchiefs, scarves, suspenders, tie bars, cuff links and many more items. The duo credits their grandfathers for their style influence, and encourage men to add color to any outfit.
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TO DANCE: Spending a day in Hell’s Kitchen would not be complete without visiting a gay bar. The Ritz brings the gay community together for a night out filled with drinks and dancing. With themed nights on a regular basis, there is constantly something happening at The Ritz. Whether people enjoy watching drag queens put on a show, or seeing DJs mix beats — the night is filled with high-energy fun and a must-visit when exploring Hell’s Kitchen.
TO STAY: After a long day of discovering the wonders of Hell’s Kitchen, people can relax at Yotel New York while views of 42nd Street and beyond. Contemporary and sleek blend together to create a comfortable hotel room, which are known as cabins. Inspired by a luxury aircraft, Yotel offers self check-in and check-out and YOBOT, an energy-efficient luggage storage robot. Before retiring to the cabins, guests can enjoy cocktails on the terrace at Social Drink and Lounge. They can also enjoy a meal from Green Fig, located on the fourth floor of the hotel, which serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes filled with unique flavors and spices from the region.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.