On my recent trip to New York City, I was surprised to see that most of my time was spent in Hell’s Kitchen. Now, being a native New Yorker and growing up in the Bronx during the 70s, Hell’s Kitchen was not on anyone’s radar. If you do not know this section of New York, it is a neighborhood on the West Side of Midtown bordered by 34th street to the south, 59th street to the north, eighth avenue to the east and the Hudson River to the West. I would remember my Grandmother telling me stories of immigrants who came from Europe and made Hell’s Kitchen their home in the early 1900s. It has retained its infamous name to this day. History says that in the late 1800s this section of Manhattan seemed to be a place where gangs and crime were the norm, along with poor living conditions and poverty. This is a far cry to what it is today. Hell’s Kitchen, at present, is an upscale neighborhood of affluent young professionals. The streets are lined with trees and lots of cool places to dine. All you have to do is walk down restaurant row. Another great reason to visit Hell’s Kitchen is that it is only steps from Broadway. So, before or after the show, a nosh at BEA should be on your list. It’s hip vibe and old movies projected on the brick walls adds to the atmosphere, as well as the cute bartenders who love to make small talk with you!
Who needs Park Avenue? I’ll take Hell’s Kitchen!