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Hell's Kitchen Area

Hi, my husband and I will be arriving in NY Sunday 9/29 for 3 days, we are looking for some good and reasonable price places to eat at in the Hell's Kitchen area. We are staying at the Hampton Inn North, and taking in a show Sunday night.
Any suggestions would be appreaciated. We like Mexican, Italian, etc, also any good places for breakfast.

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  1. Price point? And any reason for just Hell's Kitchen, NYC is easy to get around and you might want to expand your horizons.

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    1. re: Spiritchaser

      I strongly agree that limiting yourself to the hells kitchen area you will miss some great nyc food that is an easy ten min subway ride or cab away....

      1. re: Ttrockwood

        Than please give me some suggestions as to places to go. Thank You
        I thought the HK's area had a good amount of good places to eat , I guess I'm wrong so I would love to hear other suggestions. Thank you to all that answered me.

        1. re: Skateboardmom

          Have you spent any time searching this board? Have you gone through all the links Kathryn provided?


          1. re: Skateboardmom

            You are not wrong. Lower Manhattan is a food mecca and no other neighborhood in the city can compare, but it doesnt mean there's nothing good to eat in HK.
            The area has transformed in the past 5 years. When I first started working here 12 years ago I was really bummed about the food situation (moved from 5th and 23rd) but nowadays there are plenty of interesting options.
            The places mentioned here like Pure, Mercato, Danji, Ippudo, the Bodegas, the bakeries (sullivan), the pizza, middle eastern (taboon, gazala's) and more can rival with some of the better ones in town.
            I wouldn't mind being "stuck" here for a week or 2 at all.

      2. Hampton Inn North is on 8th and 51st, correct? You're within easy walking distance of many places, including those near Columbus Circle, Times Square, and Rockefeller Center.

        Toloache, Pure Thai Cookhouse, Danji, Shimizu, Don Antonio, Totto Ramen, Ippudo, etc. are nearby.

        Where is your show?

        1. Price point is just reasonable nothing too outrageous. The only reason I said Hell's Kitchen is that it's just a very short walk from the hote. and the last time we were there (maybe 5 years ago we loved that area. Please feel free to suggest other areas or places. I didn't want anything in Times Square only because I feel it's too pricey and too touristy. The show is at the Gershwin Theatre West 51st St.Monday is open all day for taking in the sights and maybe a little bit of shopping any suggestions for that? Thank You all so much

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          1. re: Skateboardmom

            > I didn't want anything in Times Square only because I feel it's too pricey and too touristy.

            There are actually some worthwhile places near Times Square these days.

            Where to Eat Near Times Square:

            Best coffee in Midtown:

            > Gershwin Theatre West 51st St.

            Toloache is very close & a popular pre-theatre spot on CH. Make a reservation.

            > Monday is open all day for taking in the sights and maybe a little bit of shopping any suggestions for that?

            Making suggestions for sightseeing and shopping is outside the scope of Chowhound. The moderators tend to prefer we stick to food and drink discussions.

            1. re: Skateboardmom

              Sorry, I didn't see that you wanted to avoid Times Square. That was a "first night in New York" thing for us because it is so close to the Hampton Inn. I'm going again in November (Hilton Club) and I feel like a veteran New Yorker now.

            2. I live in Hell's Kitchen myself but seldom eat in the nabe unless I absolutely have or am just ordering delivery.

              I'll second kathryn in that Pure Thai Cookhouse, Danji, Ippudo West, Totto Ramen, Don Antonio are all good options within walking distance of your hotel. I'm personally not a huge fan of Toloache, it's a little tacky and touristy as you may expect. For breakfast and snacks, I'd also recommend Sullivan St. Bakery, and Je & Jo (ice cream). There is also a Shake Shack near on 44th and 8th ave.

              If you're looking to explore other areas in the city (since you're staying for 3 days and it would really be a shame if you never left Midtown), then you can wander down to West Village, East Village, LES, or even out to BK and Queens.

              I think hounders would be better able to make suggestions if you name specific types of cuisine you're looking to have, style/ambiance of the overall experience, and a more concrete budget.

              1. Oh just realized you mentioned Mexican and Italian. Honestly your options are not that great in the Hell's Kitchen area unless you're okay with hole in the wall bodegas for Mexican and very touristy Italian (Becco, Carmine's, etc.). Esca is good but quite pricey...

                Again if you're wiling to venture out of the area, you have a plethora of options for both cuisine.

                Italian: Babbo, Scarpetta, L'Artusi, Torrisi, Barbuto, Charlie Bird, Dell'Anima, Perla, Osteria Morini, Otto & Lupa (cheaper and more casual of Mario Batali's restaurants)

                Mexican: Empellon Taqueria, Los Tacos no. 1 (inside Chelsea Market). A lot more authentic choices in Elmhurst, Woodside (Queens).

                1. For dinner maybe around 80-85.00 We will be their 2 nights for dinner. We like Chinese, Italian, Mexican, American, and seafood. I don't mind going out of the area just tell me what the area is.
                  We were thinking of having an early dinner Sunday before thye show, and than after drinks and appertizers, close by if possible.

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                  1. re: Skateboardmom

                    Is that $80-85 per person or for two? Is that including drinks, tips & tax, or for food only?

                  2. The 80-85.00 is for 2 does not include tax or tip (drinks maybe)

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                    1. re: Skateboardmom

                      For Italian, you can venture down to West Village. Otto and Lupa are both within your price range and will not be too crowded on Sunday. Barbuto could be within your budget if you order wisely. Of course if you decide to get a bottle then you're looking at another $40+ on top of food.

                      If you're looking to have good Neapolitan pizza, check out Don Antonio, Keste, Luzzo's or Motorino.

                      For Chinese, you can check our Cafe China and Szechuan Gourmet, which are both in midtown in the 30's. If you like other Asian such as Korean and Japanese, Danji and Ippudo West are great options and in Hell's Kitchen.

                      For Mexican, you may want to consider Suenos, Empellon Taqueria for a sit-down meal. Again I'd strongly recommend Los Tacos No. 1 inside Chelsea Market for awesome tacos at very cheap prices, perfect for a mid-day snack. In fact, you can check out many other food vendors in Chelsea Market, such as fresh seafood from The Lobster Place since you mentioned liking seafood. They also own Cull & Pistol next door which serves up good raw oysters with wine.

                      For American, you can try walking into Gramercy Tavern for an early dinner before your show. The tavern room is typically busy but quite relaxed on Sundays, as long as you go before 6:30pm - therefore perfect for pre-theater dinner.

                    2. Second all of kathryn's suggestions except for Shimizu which I havent visited yet.
                      Ive been to Pure about 40 times over the years and I'm still discovering new dishes. Its far from elegant however. You may sit on stools a notch above the stools used in the local kindergarten, but I think its a fun place

                      Toloache is right there. Ippudo's waits are getting crazy lately so call before you go. Same goes for Totto

                      Don Antonio is a nice option. You can have a full meal there. Try the Diavola and the fried pie

                      Lately I'm really enjoying Mercato which is probably the best Italian in HK. Il Melogrnao is another nice option, both arent very close to you.

                      For breakfast I frequent pick a bagel on the corner of 53rd and 8th. Citi Sandwich has nice egg sandwiches but they dont open till 10. There are many diner-like eateries on 9th that serve breakfast. My favorite there is Georgios Country grill on 53rd.
                      You got more ideas here...

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                      1. re: Ziggy41

                        +1 for City Sandwich's breakfast sandwiches, though I could have sworn they opened earlier...

                        Amy's Bread is also a neighborhood institution, if you like down home pastries and breads for breakfast.

                        Just remembered that Tulcingo Del Valle on 10th Ave makes a cheap Mexican breakfast daily. Their huevos rancheros were pretty good the last time I checked.

                        1. re: Ziggy41

                          Ippudo West now takes your info and text you when your table is ready, you can go walk around or grab a drink or a beer.

                        2. My daughter and I stayed at the Hampton Inn North last summer and we loved it! It isn't fancy, but our room was huge (for New York City.) Someone (maybe on the hotel's comments site) recommended that we ask for a mini-fridge and a microwave when we check in. By the time we got upstairs, they were both already in our room and set up!
                          We found that it was easy to get anywhere from that location. If you walk west along the south perimeter of the hotel, you'll land on 9th Avenue. There are dozens of restaurants along 9th and south of 51st street! The subway station is nearby, too (I think, just down 8th between 51st and 50th. Check your map to be sure.) Get a Metro Pass for the week from the kiosk at any station (swipe a credit card) and you can ride the subway anywhere with great ease!
                          A place my daughter and I really enjoyed was Ellen's Stardust Diner at the NE corner of 7th and 51st. You don't necessarily go there for the food, but it does have a vast and varied menu, and the diner food (including ethnic dishes) is surprisingly edible. You will leave full. What sets it apart is that all the servers are wanna-be Broadway performers "between jobs," and they sing all the familiar standards between conducting their waitstaff duties. They are all excellent singers (alums include Broadway stars, American Idol contestants, etc.) Yes, it's kinda schlock-y, but, hey, you'll know you're in New York, and it's almost like getting to see another show! Just be sure to go when you aren't in a rush to be somewhere after! You can then stroll around Times Square to work off the meal and find your coordinates. It's a place locals wouldn't necessarily recommend, so I thought I'd mention it.

                          1. I live right below Hells Kitchen and the area is starting to really pick up in food selections! I would also put my recommendation in for Taboon for dinner. Mediterranean with fantastic fish selections. Reservation advised

                            773 10th Ave, 52nd Street