Hell’s Kitchen is one of the city’s most fabled neighborhoods. Extending from 8th Avenue just west of Times Square to the Hudson River, and from 34th Street to 56th streets, it falls just short of Columbus Circle. It was already known as a turbulent neighborhood with a high crime rate by the middle of the 19th century, and according to one theory, was named Hell’s Kitchen after a neighborhood gang or by the police who fought the gang. Another theory suggests that it was the site of kitchens that cooked the food for the ocean liners that were already lining the nearby docks by the 1920s.
Whatever the origin, the descriptive name alone attracts tourists, as well as residents of other parts of the city who migrate here in search of less expensive apartments. In addition, Hell’s Kitchen is known for its restaurants and the range of cuisines offered at prices that are sometimes frankly cheap. Indeed, there’s no neighborhood quite like it in town for dining.Read More