While its name evokes trouble, Hell’s Kitchen’s fearsome reputation declined in the 1990’s. Today, it’s a safe and colorful neighborhood filled with great restaurants, sightseeing and shopping. Our Arlo Hotel staff love this neighborhood and believe it’s worth a visit for an afternoon or day trip uptown. Just a few short blocks from our newest Arlo Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen is a foodies paradise.
For dining, Hell’s Kitchen is tough to beat. It features a Restaurant Row on West 46th Street, and a fabulous collection of ethnic establishments, with Turkish, Afghan, Irish, Caribbean, Peruvian, and many other cultures mixing into culinary delights. There’s a blend of sit-down, fancy, and take-out places as well as everything in between. Visit the food trucks and carts positioned for hungry visitors on Tenth Avenue between 43rd and 47th Streets.
For tasty morning, afternoon, and evening beverages, Hell’s Kitchen is littered with great coffee shops, brunch spots, and bars serving the latest cocktails. If you’re out enjoying a Broadway show (after COVID-19 restrictions), then head to Bar Centrale, an exclusive lounge that often hosts stars and fans until the early morning. At Arlo Hotel we think it’s one of the coolest and most authentic bars in the city.
Many tourists also head to the 1943 aircraft carrier the Intrepid which is part of the Intrepid Sear, Air & Space Museum, open since 1982. It’s a fun experience, full of military and some NYC history. Highlights include the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the Concorde jet, and a guided missile submarine. It’s a classic “something for everyone” destination that can hold the interest of a six-year-old and grandparents alike.
A popular neighborhood for artists, actors, and musicians for decades, Hell’s Kitchen retains some of that culture with several famous actors and singers including James Cagney, Larry David, and Alicia Keys. Music recording studios and broadcast centers are spread throughout Hell’s Kitchen and include the CBS Broadcast Center on West 57th Street which produces shows including The NFL Today. Comedy Central’s iconic The Daily Show is filmed in Hell’s Kitchen.