We <3 Hell's Kitchen! A Local's Perspective on Go To Spots

Wed, May 10, 2017

Best-Of-NYC-CruiseTaking a Circle Line Cruise out of Pier 83? Hang around Hell’s Kitchen before or after your cruise, or both! One of the most energetic neighborhoods in Manhattan, it is best known for its bustling restaurant scene and nightlife. If you’re in the area, here are the go to spots.



In the mood for Italian? Mercato is your spot. This beloved restaurant, nearby Times Square and Broadway, can seem a little “tourist-y” due to its location, but trust us – you’ll want to brave the crowds for Mercato’s authentic pastas and other amazing plates.

Five Napkin Burger

This infamous Manhattan burger spot’s original location is in Hell’s Kitchen. Five Napkin Burger serves up giant, juicy burgers and much more – you’ll understand the restaurant’s name after you take your first bite. Don't forget to check out their sushi, too!

North River Lobster Company / Hudson's

Can’t get enough of those beautiful river views? The North River Lobster Company is a casual restaurant that serves amazing fresh seafood and fun drinks – oh, and did we mention it’s on a boat?! A sail on the North River Lobster Co. is only $10 (not including food and drinks) and offers breathtaking sights of the city in a fun setting.

If you’re looking for something a bit more upscale, Hudson's offers a more extravagant experience. Hudson's 3-story, 160-foot yacht is perfect for an elegant date.

Red Poke

Poke is all the rage these days, and Hell’s Kitchen has the ultimate place for you to a get the perfect snapshot for your Instagram. At Red Poke, you build your own bowl (kind of like at Chipotle), choosing from options like raw tuna or salmon along with assorted veggies and spicy sauces. They also offer non-raw protein options for anyone in your group who isn’t into that.

Kings of Kobe

Kings of Kobe is a newer joint in Hell’s Kitchen, serving not-so-classic burgers and hot dogs using Wagyu beef.  For a delicious twist on American staples, head to Kings of Kobe and try the “Sweet Munchies” hot dog (with cola soaked onions and cream cheese) or the mac and cheese balls.

Bar Bacon

True heaven on earth for bacon lovers. At Bar Bacon, pretty much everything on the menu includes some sort of pork deliciousness. The most popular thing on the menu is probably the Beer & Bacon Flight, which includes four 5 oz. craft beers each paired with its own slice of artisanal bacon. Stop drooling and go!



Anejo Tequileria

If someone in your group is a Tequila lover, this place is probably already on your to-do list. Anejo Tequileria is unmatched when it comes to the classic Mexican spirit. Their food is delicious too, so save room for a late-night taco or two!

Dutch Fred’s

Dutch Fred’s is known for their sophisticated craft cocktails and the bar’s lively yet old school vibe. Try the Working Class Hero – a whiskey drink infused with actual smoke – or the fruity Kinky Boots, named after the play.


Therapy is one of Hell’s Kitchen’s most popular gay bars. For those looking for a chill environment, turn around, because this is an energetic nightclub with dancing, loud music, and drag shows. But if that sounds like your kind of “Therapy,” head on over. The line might be long, but it'll be worth the wait!

Iron Bar & Lounge

This place has craft beer, hookah, flat screen TVs, and pizza – what more can you ask for? Stop at Iron Bar if you're with a large group or looking for a place to watch the game.

Pocket Bar

Named for its tough-to-spot location in Hell’s Kitchen, Pocket Bar has the kind of “chill environment” we were just talking about. Order from the wide selection of wine and craft beer while enjoying a conversation (that you can actually hear) with friends.


This cocktail bar has over a thousand reviews on Yelp for a reason; their drinks are strong and extravagant and their food is both unique and comforting. If you’re around on a weekend day, check out their bottomless brunch for a delectable meal with unlimited breakfast cocktails like the “Grapefruit Beermosa.” Just don't go too crazy if you're brunching before your Circle Line Cruise...



Drunk Shakespeare

Hell’s Kitchen neighbors New York’s famous Theatre District, so passing a place called Drunk Shakespeare is likely no surprise. What is surprising, however, is the epic hilariousness. Grab a drink, sit back, and laugh - the show is described as “A professional actor has at least five shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform in a Shakespearean play.” Each show is different, so your experience will be one of one.


Escape Rooms have been popping up all around the tri-state area lately, but OMEscape is one of the best. It’s simple…use teamwork to decode hi-tech puzzles and clues to escape in 70 minutes. Do you have what it takes? There's only one way to find out!

Terminal 5

One of NYC’s best music venues is right around the corner from Pier 83. Terminal 5 hosts everything from house DJs to pop acts like Carly Rae Jepsen to heavy metal. Check their calendar to see who’s headlining the 3-story club the day of your cruise!

Liberty Cycles

If it’s a nice day, why not take a bike ride along the river? At Hell’s Kitchen’s Liberty Cycles, you can rent bicycles for only a $6 an hour – not a bad price to pay for fresh air and exercise with an extraordinary view.

Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

A great way to pass some time, the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market hosts vendors selling antiques, clothing, collectibles, and lots more. 25% of profits go directly back to Hell’s Kitchen artists!

Inspired to spend a day or two in Hell's Kitchen? Consider picking up a KTCHCRD to snag BOGO tickets for select Circle Line Cruises, $5 off the North River Lobster Co sailing fee, and tons of sweet savings on local eats. 


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