10 Best Hell's Kitchen NYC Restaurants

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These wonderful fried pork-belly tidbits are served with an arepa and lime wedges at Farmers Rotisserie -- for less than $5.

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No New York neighborhood offers a denser collection of restaurants, aimed at theater-goers, tourists, local neighborhood types, Times Square office workers, and budget-conscious diners of every stripe. But how to make sense of the welter? Here are our 10 Best, based on years of research.

Note: As defined here, the neighborhood extends from the West Side of Eighth Avenue to the Hudson River, and from the north side of 34th Street to the south side of 56th Street.


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10. Farmers Rotisserie Chicken [Closed!] - Colombian food is a rarity in midtown, and this comfortable retreat provides a rendition that would do Queens proud. The spice-rubbed birds and crisp pork ribs are great, but you don't have to go any further than the case by the front door to cop South American snacks like chicharron de cerdo (above): skin-on pork belly fried in lard, furnished with a puffy arepa, wedges of lime, and a green sauce that tastes of cilantro. 673 Ninth Avenue, 212-315-9797


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9. Marseille - This facsimile brasserie is like a brief trip to Paris, and the food has just the right garlicky zing. There's a bouillabaisse, of course, and a ratatouille appetizer (shown above) that generously provides a bonus squash blossom and jiggy egg, and the menu isn't afraid to reach as far as Tuscany for pastas and Morocco for omelets, as a real brasserie might do on home turf. 630 Ninth Avenue, 212-333-2323


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8. Hallo Berlin - Channeling the Bavarian beer gardens of your dreams, this obscure-but-commodious outpost provides an extensive lager and pilsner list on tap, plus German culinary commonplaces in profusion, including Konisberger Klopse (white meatballs), herring done several ways, dressed schnitzels out the wazoo, and more sausage types than can rightly be counted, including bockwurst, bauernwurst, and bratwurst - to name only the B's. 626 10th Avenue, 212-977-1944

Location Info

Farmer's Rotisserie Chicken

673 Ninth Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Marseille

630 Ninth Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Hallo Berlin

626 10th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Pam Real Thai Food

404 W. 49th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Gazala Place

709 Ninth Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Tulcingo Del Valle Grocery

665 10th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Anejo Tequileria

668 10th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Mercato

352 W. 39th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Tabata

540 9th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Esca Restaurant

402 W. 43rd St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


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3 comments
chris1982
chris1982

How can you leave Don Antonio off this list?!

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Notes:

 

The Upper West Side Gazala's will still allow you to bring your own wine (for a cork fee), but also serves their own now.  This changed about a year ago.  I don't know if it affects the HK location.

 

Tulcingo serves the best mole I've ever had

 

How old is the pic of high schoolers?  That girl on the left is hot and I'd love to find out she's 18 now and you know how to contact her.

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