Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood Review - Manhattan Moving Guide

Find out the history, culture, and rent in Hell's Kitchen. See how and why the neighborhood has transformed over the years, and discover what other residents have discovered for themselves about the area.
Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood
Editors Rating (3 stars out of 5)
6.0 Overall
Average Rent Prices 3
Public transportation 6
Schools 8
Lifestyle 8
Crime 5

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 largely because of that reason.

This Hell's Kitchen neighborhood review will look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

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 and the ever-popular Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum.

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

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.

The neighborhood also sees an increase in commercial and residential complexes along with rising rent prices.

Fun Fact: There are many theories as to how the 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.” The other Green Cop replied, “Hell is a mild climate for this street. This place is Hell’s Kitchen.”

Real Estate in Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen like most of Manhattan includes a mix of apartments in large luxury apartment complexes with smaller and older low-rise buildings.

There are some townhouses, but they exist mostly towards the Hudson, on the outer avenues.

Renting an Apartment in Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen has come a long way since its 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.

Buying or Renting in Hell's Kitchen

Like most of Manhattan, Hell's Kitchen has mostly co-ops and condos to offer the prospective home buyer. Prices can range anywhere from below the city's average to above in this neighborhood.

Co-ops are likely to be far more affordable in this area--sometimes a very large discrepancy between co-op and condo prices.
Townhouses in Hell's Kitchen are scarcely on the market as apartments far outnumber townhouses. Most townhouses are going to be towards the west side of the neighborhood.

Average Rental Prices in Hell's Kitchen

1 Bed$4,200
2 Beds$4,650
3 Beds$6,000
4 Beds$5,800
PropertyNest Real Estate Data As of June 2023

Average Sales Prices in Hell's Kitchen

1 Bed$999,000
2 Beds$1,850,000
3 Beds$2,999,000
4 Beds$8,500,000
PropertyNest Real Estate Data As of June 2023


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.

Bus Lines In Hell's Kitchen
BusesM11, M12, M31, M34, SBS, M42, M50

Subway lines in neighborhood

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    IND Eighth Avenue Line

Public & Charter Schools

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

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 & Dining in Hell's Kitchen

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

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

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

Any distinctive restaurants found along 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Ave) are 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.

Hell's Kitchen has something for everyone, from upscale eateries to hole-in-the-wall gems.

How Safe is the Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood?

When it comes to Hell’s Kitchen’s safety record, it’s pretty good.

According to the NYPD, Hell’s Kitchen has significantly decreased crime since 2001.

Most of these crimes are petty offenses such as larceny/theft or vandalism rather than violent crimes like assault or murder.

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 8 out of 10
Approximately 57.5491 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
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In terms of day-to-day living, Hell’s Kitchen is relatively safe for pedestrians due to the presence of foot traffic police officers who monitor the area.

Also, Hell’s Kitchen has some great concealed surveillance systems that help keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.

On top of this, Hell’s Kitchen has its own community watch program, encouraging citizens to report any questionable activities they may witness while out and about in the neighborhood.

All these measures have resulted in Hell’s Kitchen is considered one of the safer neighborhoods in Manhattan by locals and tourists alike.

Overall, Hell’s kitchen is generally considered a safe place when compared to other areas in New York City due to its low crime rate and excellent security measures taken by local authorities.

While it may not be as secluded as some other NYC neighborhoods, Hell's Kitchen still manages to maintain a high level of safety without sacrificing its vibrant atmosphere – making it an ideal destination for those looking for a great time while staying safe at the same time.

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Rachel McCray
About the author

Originally from Florida, Rachel McCray, a writer and content producer, is now based in New York. Rachel offers expertise in New York City neighborhoods relating to real estate and history. Rachel McCray graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies.