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Apr 20, 2011 05:56 AM

Place to eat in Hells Kitchen

Hi everyone,

I'm going to New York this summer for a weekend and I'm looking for a good place to grab dinner. I'm staying in Hells Kitchen (Skyline Hotel on 49th and 10th) but I don't mind traveling for grub. I'm looking to spend around $25 - $35/plate preferably in a restaurant that doesn't require anything fancier then business casual (dress shirt and slacks, etc). I'm not particularly picky when it comes to the type of food. I'm not a big fan of "fancy" italian so I'd like to avoid that, but otherwise I'm open to anything. I appreciate any help you can give.

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  1. You might want to try Marseille (44 St. & 9th Ave.).

    630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

    1. If you mean $25-$35 for the main course (excluding appetizers, desserts, drinks, tax, & tip), try La Sillhouette.

      A bit further but still within reasonable walking distance from your hotel: Toloache, Benoit, Ma Peche, The Modern Bar Room.

      251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

      The Modern
      9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

      60 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

      Ma Peche
      15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

      La Silhouette
      362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: peter j

        Yeah, $25 - $35 for main course only is what I meant. I know I'll sound like a total tourist with this one, but how safe is it to walk around that area at night? Honestly, all I know about the area I learned from Taxi Driver and Bringing out the Dead.

        1. re: doperry

          You'll be perfectly safe. Just don't make eye contact with anyone. (Just kidding!!)

          Do a search on this board for "hell's kitchen" since the topic has been extensively covered.

          To get your started, very inexpensive places I like: Empanada Mama, Tulcingo del Valle

          Moderate: Kyotofu

          Higher-end moderate: Hell's Kitchen restaurant

          705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

          Hell's Kitchen
          679 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          Tulcingo del Valle
          665 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          Empanada Mama
          763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: michelleats

            No eye contact is generally the best approach for any city! I figured it was an okay area, but you immediatly think "bad" when you hear "Hell's Kitchen".

            1. re: doperry

              Just focus on the "kitchen" part of "Hell's Kitchen". :) It really is a delicious part of town with a huge, wonderful array of cuisines, especially along 9th Ave. Other than scary Fordham students and possibly a drunk frat boy or two, there isn't much to be afraid of.

              If you don't find what you're looking for through searching, why don't you just throw out some cuisines you like and see what people come up with? Your criteria right now could land you at least a few dozen suggestions. You can afford to narrow them down to a few favorite cuisines.

              1. re: michelleats

                I am but a simple visitor to NYC, but I agree with michelleats, from my jaunts, Hell's Kitchen is quite safe, nothing to be worried about.

        2. re: peter j

          +1 on La Silhouette. Very good service and dishes.

          La Silhouette
          362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

        3. We visited NYC about a month ago and ate at Becco on 46th. Italian, but not "fancy", dishes in your range, and a large $25/bottle wine list (other list >$25 as well).
          We had a great time with good food and service. Bar hopped on the way there.

          Note: quite a few restaurants, including Becco, offer "Open Table", an on-line reservation service. The times and seatings offered by Open Table is different from a call direct to the restaurant. In this case, we would have sat down at 8:00pm with Open Table, but a telephone call got us a reservation at 7:00pm.

          355 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10010

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          1. re: porker

            I was being goofy with the "fancy" Italian. For me (I had an Italian Grandmother) the joy and beauty of Italian cooking is the simplicity of it all. It's really fresh, great tasting, simple foods - something I can make at home and so I'm not a big fan of eating out Italian. I hope this makes sense.

          2. I second Empanada Mama. They're always busy and the food always seem to be fresh. There is a bit of a "scene," too. The empanadas are great (we've tried everything from the kielbasa w/saurkraut to the guava/cheese), but the arepas are spot-on. They remind me of Flor's, but better. I love their mozzarepas.

            Empanada Mama
            763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

            1. @michelleats -> I think I can handle that (I live in Baltimore after all).

              As for food I like, if I'm going for a fancier meal, I prefer rustic French, but that's usually a bit more then $35/plate (though I'll be honest La Silhouette has caught my eye). Outside of that, I'm not looking for anything in particular. I eat a lot of Mexican cuisine already due to the area of Baltimore I live in so I'd like to avoid that (I'll probably hit Empanada Mama for lunch). Thai and Indian food is also a big favorite of mine. This one will be a bit "out there", but we've got a fantastic Ethiopian restaurant here in Baltimore. A quick search of Yelp shows a couple of them in New York too. Does anyone have a favorite they'd suggest?

              Empanada Mama
              763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

              La Silhouette
              362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

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              1. re: doperry

                Ember Room... Great food, cool atmosphere and a one of a kind oven behind the bar.

                Ember Room
                647 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                1. re: doperry

                  There are quite a few Thai spots in the area: Pure Thai Shophouse is new but has been very popular; other spots include Wondee and Pam Real Thai.
                  Also, if you're interested in a different twist on Thai and don't mind traveling a bit, you can head down to West Village to Kin Shop, with a modern take on Thai with some excellent dishes.
                  For Ethiopian, I think now there is only one remaining spot in Hells Kitchen, Queen of Sheba. Have not been, but on this board it has gotten solid reviews generally. There was a spot called Meskerem but I believe it is closed right now; perhaps someone can confirm whether this is still the case.

                  Pam Real Thai
                  404 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

                  Queen of Sheba
                  650 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                  468 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

                  Kin Shop
                  469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                  Pure Thai Cookhouse
                  766 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                  1. re: doperry

                    For French, you're not far from Bar Boulud, which has lots of lovely charcuteries (including rustic pates), as well as a wide selection of main course options under $35. It's business casual.

                    And I have not been, but I know the less expensive, casual Petrossian Boutique and Cafe arm of Petrossian restaurant is also in your area. They are best known for pastries and caviar, but there are other things on the dinner menu:

                    Orthorunner's suggestions are good ones.

                    Bar Boulud
                    1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

                    182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

                    1. re: doperry

                      "I eat a lot of Mexican cuisine already due to the area of Baltimore I live in so I'd like to avoid that (I'll probably hit Empanada Mama for lunch)."

                      Empanada Mama isn't a Mexican restaurant.

                      Empanada Mama
                      763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                      1. re: foodiemom10583

                        "Empanada Mama isn't a Mexican restaurant."

                        Sorry, I should have been less specific and said we have a lot of Latin/South American food here. We've got a gauntlet of Restaurants in my neighborhood (Mexican, Salvadorian, Peruvian, Brazilian, etc) and I eat it quite frequently so I'm searching for something different.