This area is a mixture of so many things New York, especially in terms of real estate. Smaller brownstones and walk-ups line the cross streets of the Times Square adjacent neighborhood, while price per square foot remains lower than many other apartment buildings of similar character. These walk ups are juxtaposed by the glossy, high-end, residential towers that feature hundreds of new construction units, amenity spaces, and even central air conditioning. These properties are transforming the far west side of the neighborhood, especially after crossing 9th avenue. You can either choose the charm of a walk-up or the glamour of a high rise, either way, you should move quickly seeing that the area is one of the fastest growing in all of New York City. Now that you know the make-up of the neighborhood, you can start to think about how you will spend your money on things other than rent.
The food scene in Hell’s Kitchen is comparable to any blossoming neighborhood in Manhattan or out. 9th Avenue is a great starting point that not only avoids a lot of the Times Square, but also provides a compact area for diners and shoppers alike. Esca, an Italian eatery on 43rd and 9th. features fresh seafood, a casual yet sophisticated ambiance, and reasonable prices (most entrees run between $18-$35) for lunch, dinner, or brunch. Totto Ramen, right off of the corner of 52nd and 9th is another dining option for those wanting to jump on board the ramen craze. A third (but certainly not final) option is Room Service. The restaurant won me over with bold Thai flavors, fast service, and a $7.95 lunch special. If these options don’t tickle your taste buds, walk up or down 9th Avenue from the lower-40s to the upper-50s and I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the amazing changes taking place in the community.
Hell’s Kitchen to me feels a little like going to Miami, South Beach more specifically. Yes the neighborhood lacks the beach, sand, and palm trees, but the culture, nightlife, and overall feel of the neighborhood is something I have yet to experience in the United States, with the exception of Hell’s Kitchen and Miami. Anything goes in Hell’s Kitchen. Gay men and women walk down the streets holding hands, while finance bros and soon to be CEOs (forgive the rhyme it was too easy) walk alongside without blinking an eye. Different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds all melt in this neighborhood to help create an anything goes type of mentality. While the area has become well known for it’s gay culture, I would recommend this area to anyone looking for a fun, up and coming, less-judgmental New York.