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Shrimp and crawfish at Le Sia
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15 Great Restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen

Chief critic and Hell’s Kitchen local Ryan Sutton offers the lowdown on where to eat on Manhattan’s West Side

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The West Side of Manhattan, devastated by the temporary closure of Broadway theaters, still boasts one of the city’s best homegrown restaurant communities. That community is Hell’s Kitchen, home to a breathtaking and affordable array of cuisines, including Peruvian, Haitian, Mexican, Japanese, Uzbek, Afghan, Thai, Cuban, and too many more to list. As certain swaths of Manhattan dining take on an increasingly uniform and corporate air, Hell’s Kitchen remains a haven for a wide variety of small and independent operators.

All of the following venues are open for takeout, delivery, or outdoor dining.

A number of New York restaurants have resumed outdoor and indoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for outdoor or indoor dining, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NY Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with indoor or outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

For more New York dining recommendations, check out the new hotspots in Manhattan, Queens, and the Hamptons and our guides to brunch, food halls, and Michelin-starred restaurants offering outdoor dining.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Guantanamera

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939 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 262-5354
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Here find some of the city’s best Cuban sandwiches, vaca frita (skirt steak fried to the texture of soft jerky), roasted chicken in a rich garlic sauce, slow-roasted pork with a butter-drenched mash of cassava, and mojitos. Warning: The mojitos are strong, which is especially dangerous during happy hour when they’re just $6 apiece. Open for takeout and delivery.

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2. Donburiya

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253 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 980-7909
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Now that Sake Bar Hagi has shuttered, Donburiya is the Japanese late-night dining spot of choice on the West Side. The menu is long, like at any izakaya, but highlights include the namesake rice bowls (try the one with soft eel); chicken katsu curry with a rich, beefy sauce; sizzling crab omelets drenched in sweet-funky seafood jus; and a ridiculously spicy rendition of tantanmen ramen. Open for outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

Scallions lie over an opaque brown broth for tantanmen ramen
Tantanmen ramen at Donburiya
Ryan Sutton

3. Tori Shin

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362 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 757-0108
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Tori Shin is the city’s best and most-heralded yakitori spot. During pre-pandemic times, chefs grilled nearly every part of the chicken over coals — thighs, breasts, knee bones, arteries, oysters, skin, ribs — and handed over the morsels as if this were a sushi bar. Chefs still do the grilling, but the sit-down service is currently outside, with heat lamps and partitions. The cost is reasonable: $69 for 10 skewers, or $75 for six skewers and a few composed dishes. More expensive indoor dining begins on Valentine’s Day weekend.

Tori Shin in Hell’s Kitchen Nick Solares

4. Empanada Mama

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765 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 698-9008
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This is where you go for nourishing, well-executed, affordable Colombian fare. Highlights include a classic South American breakfast of beans and rice with eggs, shockingly spicy arepas, chicken soup studded with cilantro and rice, frozen margaritas, and stellar corn empanadas (try the ones filled with shellfish or beef). Open for outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

A golden Viagra empanada sits on wax paper, sliced in half, on the lower right-hand side of the photo, while a whole empanada lies on the upper left; a ramekin of green salsa sits in between
Viagra empanadas at Empanada Mama
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5. Totto Ramen Midtown West

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366 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 582-0052
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Totto is, without question, one of the kings of the chicken paitan ramen trade, a milky poultry analogue to porky tonkotsu. Does Ivan Orkin sell a better chicken paitan just a short Citi Bike ride away at Slurp Shop, with no wait? Possibly. But Totto boasts a more central location, near Ninth Avenue. Open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

A bowl of ramen with a side of avocado
Ramen at Totto
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6. Sullivan Street Bakery

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533 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 265-5580
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Jim Lahey’s Italian bakery sells almost too many awesome things to list: Mascarpone-stuffed pastries topped with chewy bits of prosciutto, egg sandwiches whose buns are laced with orange flower water, and pain au chocolat on par with the city’s top French patisseries. But the highlight is the tomato pizza, a blend of tangy milled fruit from San Marzano and California. It is without question one of the city’s best slices. Takeout only.

Tomato pizza lies on a metal tray and patterned green and white paper
Tomato pizza at Sullivan Street Bakery
Ryan Sutton

7. Nelore Grill Brazilian Kitchen

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744 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 265-4444
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This tiny Hell’s Kitchen space — it’s smaller than a studio apartment — is the successor to the excellent Rice N Beans, which used to the occupy the same address. All the classics are on tap from gooey pao de queijo to silky chicken-stuffed croquettes. But for the real deal, get the regal feijoada, a stunning rendition of the classic Brazilian black bean stew, teeming with slow cooked bacon, pork ribs, smoky Portuguese sausage and beef. Open for outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

8. Meske

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468 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 399-1949

Located near the corner of 47th Street and 10th Avenue, Meske offers flavorful and affordable Ethiopian fare, a fine option before a tour of the Intrepid Air and Space museum. Order a lager and the combination platter, a heady pile of berbere-spiced lentils, collards, and meats on injera, the traditionally sour-spongy bread that doubles as an edible utensil. Takeout and delivery only.

9. Corner Slice

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600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 956-9339
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Michael Bergemann’s all-day Italian bakery is, quite simply, one of New York’s finest slice shops. The soppressata slices are appropriately smoky and spicy, but the main event here is the old-school tomato slice, tangy and fragrant with slivers of garlic. It’s located inside food hall Gotham West Market. Open for takeout, delivery, and self-seated outdoor dining.

A tomato slice lies on a white paper plate at Corner Slice
A tomato slice at Corner Slice
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10. Real Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen

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811 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(917) 388-2555
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Real Kung Fu is the Hell’s Kitchen outpost of Peter Song’s mini-chain of Northern Chinese restaurants. It might not have the same international accolades as Tim Ho Wan, but it’s still a solid spot for quick, affordable dim sum, including very good xiao long bao (soup dumplings) filled with sweet crab meat. Open for takeout and delivery.

Crab soup dumplings sit in a steamer at Real Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns
Crab soup dumplings at Real Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns
Ryan Sutton

11. Farida Central Asian Cuisine & Grill

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498 9th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(646) 863-2020
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This pan-Central Asian spot might just be the best place to eat grilled meat in all of Hell’s Kitchen. Owner Farida Gabbassova-Ricciardelli and chef Umitjon Kamolov serve serious charcoal-grilled shashlik; the chicken thigh skewers balance crisp skin with fatty juiciness and tender flesh. Be sure to try the Uzbek national dish that is plov, rice pilaf made sweet from aromatic carrots and funky with tender chunks of heady lamb. Note: For kosher Uzbek fare, check out the excellent Taam Tov in the Diamond District. Open for takeout, delivery, and enclosed outdoor dining.

Pumpkin samsa turnovers sit in a steamer while lamb manti dumplings sit over a decorative blue and white plate
Pumpkin samsa turnovers and lamb manti dumplings at Farida
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12. Chong Qing Noodle

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796 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 582-8866
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This small Ninth Avenue shop is one of the few spots in Manhattan to enjoy Chongqing-style xiao mian, firm little noodles in a spicy, porky, restorative chile broth. These bowls are lighter and more nimble than most styles of ramen; consider ordering in for a late breakfast or early lunch. The restaurant also specializes in Mao Cai, a Chengdu-style hot pot of sorts for one. Open for takeout and delivery.

White xiao mian noodles, green cilantro, and brown nuggets of ground pork barely sit above a pool of orange broth in a black bowl
Xiao mian noodles
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13. Pio Pio 8

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604 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 459-2929
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This Peruvian chain reliably serves some of the city’s finest and most affordable rotisserie chickens. Expect a tender, flavorful bird with a fantastic poultry punch. Pair the chicken ($6-$23) with an order of tostones, maduros, or salchipapas (fries and hot dogs). Also consider the grilled beef heart skewers as a starter. Open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

14. Le Sia

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651 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(646) 559-5220
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The owners behind the acclaimed Chinese-Cajun shellfish boil spot shuttered their original East Village location during the pandemic, but the Hell’s Kitchen sequel remains open for takeout, delivery, and fully-enclosed outdoor dining with heat lamps. Expect pretty much everything that made the original great: meat skewers (lamb, kidneys, tendon, sausages), traditional appetizers like spicy mung bean noodles, and of course, piles of shellfish for face melting seafood boils — laced with chiles, rice cakes, and crispy youtiao. Options for the boils include crawfish, snow crab, whole lobster, whole Dungeness crab, and king crab legs.

Piles of shrimp and crawfish lie in decorative bowls at Le Sia
Shrimp and crawfish boil at Le Sia
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15. Pure Thai Cookhouse

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766 9th Ave #2
New York, NY 10019
(212) 581-0999
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David Bank, one of the forces behind the late, lamented Taladwat, still runs this excellent Hell’s Kitchen spot, which remains one of the top places for traditional Thai fare on Ninth Avenue. The pan-regional menu includes flaky root vegetable curry puffs; tart green papaya salad; Krabi seafood noodles with shrimp, squid, fermented tofu, and pork broth; and excellent dry Ratchaburi-style noodles with roasted pork and generous chunks of lump crab meat. Open for takeout, delivery, and heated outdoor dining.

Chunks of pork and crab sit over Ratchaburi-style noodles
Ratchaburi-style noodles at Pure Thai Cookhouse
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1. Guantanamera

939 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Read Review |
An all-male band plans in front of a mural displaying the word Guantanamera Nick solares

Here find some of the city’s best Cuban sandwiches, vaca frita (skirt steak fried to the texture of soft jerky), roasted chicken in a rich garlic sauce, slow-roasted pork with a butter-drenched mash of cassava, and mojitos. Warning: The mojitos are strong, which is especially dangerous during happy hour when they’re just $6 apiece. Open for takeout and delivery.

939 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019

2. Donburiya

253 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
Scallions lie over an opaque brown broth for tantanmen ramen
Tantanmen ramen at Donburiya
Ryan Sutton

Now that Sake Bar Hagi has shuttered, Donburiya is the Japanese late-night dining spot of choice on the West Side. The menu is long, like at any izakaya, but highlights include the namesake rice bowls (try the one with soft eel); chicken katsu curry with a rich, beefy sauce; sizzling crab omelets drenched in sweet-funky seafood jus; and a ridiculously spicy rendition of tantanmen ramen. Open for outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

253 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019

3. Tori Shin

362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
Tori Shin in Hell’s Kitchen Nick Solares

Tori Shin is the city’s best and most-heralded yakitori spot. During pre-pandemic times, chefs grilled nearly every part of the chicken over coals — thighs, breasts, knee bones, arteries, oysters, skin, ribs — and handed over the morsels as if this were a sushi bar. Chefs still do the grilling, but the sit-down service is currently outside, with heat lamps and partitions. The cost is reasonable: $69 for 10 skewers, or $75 for six skewers and a few composed dishes. More expensive indoor dining begins on Valentine’s Day weekend.

362 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019

4. Empanada Mama

765 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
A golden Viagra empanada sits on wax paper, sliced in half, on the lower right-hand side of the photo, while a whole empanada lies on the upper left; a ramekin of green salsa sits in between
Viagra empanadas at Empanada Mama
Gary He/Eater

This is where you go for nourishing, well-executed, affordable Colombian fare. Highlights include a classic South American breakfast of beans and rice with eggs, shockingly spicy arepas, chicken soup studded with cilantro and rice, frozen margaritas, and stellar corn empanadas (try the ones filled with shellfish or beef). Open for outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

765 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019

5. Totto Ramen Midtown West

366 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
A bowl of ramen with a side of avocado
Ramen at Totto
Robert Sietsema/Eater

Totto is, without question, one of the kings of the chicken paitan ramen trade, a milky poultry analogue to porky tonkotsu. Does Ivan Orkin sell a better chicken paitan just a short Citi Bike ride away at Slurp Shop, with no wait? Possibly. But Totto boasts a more central location, near Ninth Avenue. Open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

366 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019

6. Sullivan Street Bakery

533 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
Tomato pizza lies on a metal tray and patterned green and white paper
Tomato pizza at Sullivan Street Bakery
Ryan Sutton

Jim Lahey’s Italian bakery sells almost too many awesome things to list: Mascarpone-stuffed pastries topped with chewy bits of prosciutto, egg sandwiches whose buns are laced with orange flower water, and pain au chocolat on par with the city’s top French patisseries. But the highlight is the tomato pizza, a blend of tangy milled fruit from San Marzano and California. It is without question one of the city’s best slices. Takeout only.

533 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

7. Nelore Grill Brazilian Kitchen

744 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

This tiny Hell’s Kitchen space — it’s smaller than a studio apartment — is the successor to the excellent Rice N Beans, which used to the occupy the same address. All the classics are on tap from gooey pao de queijo to silky chicken-stuffed croquettes. But for the real deal, get the regal feijoada, a stunning rendition of the classic Brazilian black bean stew, teeming with slow cooked bacon, pork ribs, smoky Portuguese sausage and beef. Open for outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

744 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019

8. Meske

468 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

Located near the corner of 47th Street and 10th Avenue, Meske offers flavorful and affordable Ethiopian fare, a fine option before a tour of the Intrepid Air and Space museum. Order a lager and the combination platter, a heady pile of berbere-spiced lentils, collards, and meats on injera, the traditionally sour-spongy bread that doubles as an edible utensil. Takeout and delivery only.

468 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

9. Corner Slice

600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
A tomato slice lies on a white paper plate at Corner Slice
A tomato slice at Corner Slice
Photo by Nick Solares

Michael Bergemann’s all-day Italian bakery is, quite simply, one of New York’s finest slice shops. The soppressata slices are appropriately smoky and spicy, but the main event here is the old-school tomato slice, tangy and fragrant with slivers of garlic. It’s located inside food hall Gotham West Market. Open for takeout, delivery, and self-seated outdoor dining.

600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036

10. Real Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen

811 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Crab soup dumplings sit in a steamer at Real Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns
Crab soup dumplings at Real Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns
Ryan Sutton

Real Kung Fu is the Hell’s Kitchen outpost of Peter Song’s mini-chain of Northern Chinese restaurants. It might not have the same international accolades as Tim Ho Wan, but it’s still a solid spot for quick, affordable dim sum, including very good xiao long bao (soup dumplings) filled with sweet crab meat. Open for takeout and delivery.

811 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019

11. Farida Central Asian Cuisine & Grill

498 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Pumpkin samsa turnovers sit in a steamer while lamb manti dumplings sit over a decorative blue and white plate
Pumpkin samsa turnovers and lamb manti dumplings at Farida
Alex Staniloff

This pan-Central Asian spot might just be the best place to eat grilled meat in all of Hell’s Kitchen. Owner Farida Gabbassova-Ricciardelli and chef Umitjon Kamolov serve serious charcoal-grilled shashlik; the chicken thigh skewers balance crisp skin with fatty juiciness and tender flesh. Be sure to try the Uzbek national dish that is plov, rice pilaf made sweet from aromatic carrots and funky with tender chunks of heady lamb. Note: For kosher Uzbek fare, check out the excellent Taam Tov in the Diamond District. Open for takeout, delivery, and enclosed outdoor dining.

498 9th Ave
New York, NY 10018

12. Chong Qing Noodle

796 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
White xiao mian noodles, green cilantro, and brown nuggets of ground pork barely sit above a pool of orange broth in a black bowl
Xiao mian noodles
Ryan Sutton/Eater

This small Ninth Avenue shop is one of the few spots in Manhattan to enjoy Chongqing-style xiao mian, firm little noodles in a spicy, porky, restorative chile broth. These bowls are lighter and more nimble than most styles of ramen; consider ordering in for a late breakfast or early lunch. The restaurant also specializes in Mao Cai, a Chengdu-style hot pot of sorts for one. Open for takeout and delivery.

796 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019

13. Pio Pio 8

604 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

This Peruvian chain reliably serves some of the city’s finest and most affordable rotisserie chickens. Expect a tender, flavorful bird with a fantastic poultry punch. Pair the chicken ($6-$23) with an order of tostones, maduros, or salchipapas (fries and hot dogs). Also consider the grilled beef heart skewers as a starter. Open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

604 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036

14. Le Sia

651 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Read Review |
Piles of shrimp and crawfish lie in decorative bowls at Le Sia
Shrimp and crawfish boil at Le Sia
Louise Palmberg/Eater

The owners behind the acclaimed Chinese-Cajun shellfish boil spot shuttered their original East Village location during the pandemic, but the Hell’s Kitchen sequel remains open for takeout, delivery, and fully-enclosed outdoor dining with heat lamps. Expect pretty much everything that made the original great: meat skewers (lamb, kidneys, tendon, sausages), traditional appetizers like spicy mung bean noodles, and of course, piles of shellfish for face melting seafood boils — laced with chiles, rice cakes, and crispy youtiao. Options for the boils include crawfish, snow crab, whole lobster, whole Dungeness crab, and king crab legs.

651 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036

15. Pure Thai Cookhouse

766 9th Ave #2, New York, NY 10019
Chunks of pork and crab sit over Ratchaburi-style noodles
Ratchaburi-style noodles at Pure Thai Cookhouse
Ryan Sutton/Eater

David Bank, one of the forces behind the late, lamented Taladwat, still runs this excellent Hell’s Kitchen spot, which remains one of the top places for traditional Thai fare on Ninth Avenue. The pan-regional menu includes flaky root vegetable curry puffs; tart green papaya salad; Krabi seafood noodles with shrimp, squid, fermented tofu, and pork broth; and excellent dry Ratchaburi-style noodles with roasted pork and generous chunks of lump crab meat. Open for takeout, delivery, and heated outdoor dining.

766 9th Ave #2
New York, NY 10019

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