Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood Review

Rachel McCray
Rachel McCray

CITY

Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood

Sandwiched between the Upper West Side and Chelsea on the west side of midtown Manhattan, Hell's kitchen has attracted many young professionals looking to make it in the entertainment industry, thanks to its proximity to Broadway theaters and the Actors Studio training school.

Many famous actors from Jerry Seinfeld to Madonna have resided there in large part because of that reason.

While the main theater area of Broadway is outside of Hell's Kitchen's borders, it is home to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Broadway Dance Center, New World Stages, Terminal 5, and Stage 48.

You'll find plenty of activities along the Hudson River piers as well as the ever-popular Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum.

And there's always an event or exhibition happening at the Jacob Javits Center to the southern end of the neighborhood.

Even if you don't find what you want within its boundaries, Columbus Circle, Central Park, Lincoln Center, and the Theater District are well within walking distance of Hell's Kitchen.

After almost 30 years of gentrification, Hell's Kitchen, also known as 'Clinton,' has gone from being the most sketchy part of Manhattan to one of the most sought-after areas to live.

Along with rising rent prices, the neighborhood is also seeing an increase in commercial and residential complexes.

Fun Fact:There are many theories as to how Hell's Kitchen got its name, but one of the most popular is the story of when: 

Two cops, one green and the other seasoned were watching a riot in the same neighborhood involving ‘youth’ and ‘age.’

Gradually, it increased and the seasoned officer commented, “This place is a hell of its own.”

To this, the other Green Cop replied, “Hell is a mild climate for this street. This place is Hell’s Kitchen.”

Local Buzz

Celebrities that are currently living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood include:

CelebrityNotes
Mekhi PhiferActor
Carmello AnthonyNBA Player - Oklahoma City Thunder
Derek StepanNHL Player - Arizona Coyotes
Mary J. BligeSinger, Songwriter, Record Producer, Actress

Transportation

Hell's Kitchen is bound by the 8th Avenue subway line on 50th Street but a short walk to 42nd Street will get you to Port Authority Bus Terminal or 34th Street - Hudson Yards Subway.

SubwaysA, C, E, 7
BusesM11, M12, M31, M34, SBS, M42, M50

Average Rent Prices

Hell's Kitchen has come a long way since it's low-rent crime-ridden days. Average rents have risen to some of the highest in the five boroughs. 

However, Manhattan Plaza, a famously affordable building in the neighborhood since the 1970s and devoted to performing artists is still under Section 8. 70% of the unit is dedicated to those in the performing arts and entertainment industry.

Some famous people who have passed through are Larry David, Samuel L. Jackson, and Alicia Keys.

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom
$2,738$3,905$6,749$10,294

Public & Charter Schools

Hell's Kitchen has a wonderful selection of public and private schools to choose from.

SchoolInfoNotes
Beacon High SchoolPublic - 9-12 - 1304 studentsElite, progressive, highly sought-after school, modern building, challenging academics and lots of activities to choose from.
P.S. 51 Elias HowePublic - PK-5 - 389 studentsNeighborhood school, strong focus on the arts sets it apart from other schools, very active PTA involvement.
Success Academy Hell's Kitchen Charter SchoolPublic Charter - K-7 - 417 studentsVery high test scores, racially and economically mixed student body.
P.S. 11 Adolf S. OchsPublic - PreK-5 - 334 studentsRefurbished, large playground, children speak 17 different languages


Restaurants

No other neighborhood in Manhattan can claim to hold the title of "Restaraunt Row," thanks to their awesome selection of ethnic cuisines.

You'll be able to find all kinds of restaurants, but Hell's Kitchen is known for great Thai (particularly along 9th Ave.).

However, there is no shortage of Brazilian, Mediterranean, French, Mexican, and even Afghani food in this 'hood.

Any of the distinctive restaurants found along 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Ave) is usually jam-packed with theater-goers or locals looking to savor quality flavors and tastes.

Foodies also make sure to never miss out on the annual International Food Festival which takes over Ninth Avenue every May, shutting down 20 blocks for local food vendors to shell out only the best international cuisines. 

Some of the areas most popular stand-out spots include (but are definitely not limited to):

Casellula- an intimate wine bar where you can have experts pair cheese and meat for the wines you're drinking,

The Distillery - cozy and chill atmosphere, and solid food options with affordable brunch and lunch specials,

The Flatiron Room - old-school touch with live jazz and good food and

Havana Social- get your Latin-fix with flavorful food from beginning to end experience.

Pro-tip: increase your NYC play time before dining to build up a hefty appetite for all of the deliciousness.


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