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A Local’s Guide to Hell’s Kitchen

Broadway Inbound

You already know that no trip to New York is complete without a Broadway show. But where do you go to grab a bite and a drink after that’s not one of the usual touristy spots?

Luckily not far. Hell’s Kitchen, the neighborhood just west of the beating heart of Times Square, is hands down your best bet for post-show fare. Whether you’re looking for fine dining or a sports bar, Hell’s Kitchen is where you’ll find a spot to sit and sip—and talk about the amazing show you just saw.

What started a century or so ago as a rough and tumble neighborhood populated by the dockworkers and stevedores working the piers, has grown into one of the best dining districts in the city. So much so that the stretch of 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues is referred to as “Restaurant Row,” which is really saying something since 9th Avenue itself is practically wall-to-wall restaurants.

With so many spots to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming. Which is why we’re giving you some highlights.

Hit up Pio Pio (604 10th Ave) for some stellar Peruvian food or the legendary theatre haunt Joe Allen’s (326 W. 46th St) for more all-American fare. Ardesia (510 W. 52nd St) is is a great go-to for upscale wine and bites, but if you’re looking for a classic dive bar, Rudy’s (627 9th Ave) has been serving  drinks (with free hot dogs) since 1933.

Beer drinkers will be in heaven surrounded by Valhalla’s (815 9th Ave) 48 taps, just around the corner from Wicked and Jersey Boys, but if you’re looking for something a little harder head down to On The Rocks (696 10th Ave), an easy-to-miss whiskey bar on 10th Ave. From there it’s a straight shot down 48th St to The Band’s Visit at the Barrymore Theatre.

If mixed drinks are more your speed, Hold Fast (364 W. 46th St) will take good care of you, and you can catch Kinky Boots just a few steps away.

And if you’re just looking for something sweet, don’t miss grabbing a cookie at Schmackary’s (362 W. 45th St) or a frozen treat at Amorino Gelato (721 8th Ave), perfect for a late treat after The Phantom Of The Opera.

If none of that strikes your fancy, go exploring for yourself; despite the name, Hell’s Kitchen is safe and friendly. It’s hard to go wrong just a stone’s throw from Times Square and with so many amazing options.

But first things first, which show are you seeing?

Author: Christine Nyland