10 Best Hell's Kitchen NYC Restaurants
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.
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
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
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