Hell’s Kitchen sounds like quite a trouble-stirring neighborhood, doesn’t it? Well, back in the 19th century, this western part of Manhattan was a poor district suited to house the working class. Interesting enough, it was a bastion for Irish American mobs, so it’s no wonder it has a bad reputation. The infamous slums were packed with gangs from side to side. Theft, lawlessness, and even murder was common practice. For any newcomer, this place was hell, but locals always raised the stakes by saying “Hell has a mild climate. This is Hell’s Kitchen.”
The name stuck, but it was not until the 1970s that its character really started to change. And for the better, of course! A once turbulent neighborhood with a gritty reputation has evolved into a hub of multiple cultures. It now offers all sorts of entertainment, culinary delights, and high-class leisure.
So, if you ever find yourself in this vibrant Manhattan quarter, here are our top 5 picks of things to do:
- Flea Market
Besides snacking on mouth-watering local dishes, Hell’s Kitchen flea market will hook you up with pretty much anything. This is a perfect place to test your haggling skills. Just by watching pros trade and cut prices is an entertaining experience in itself. Some would even say it’s artistry. You can find all sorts of miscellaneous items here, depending on the day of your visit. Be it custom weaponry, vintage cutlery, or antique cameras; patrons are bound to have a blast.
This is where the Viking gates of heaven open for beer-lovers. Located on the 9th Avenue, its halls are fit for anyone who appreciates the craft of brewing. The bar offers savory food with unique kicks and a wide range of quality beer flavors poured from wall-to-wall taps. So, once again, for any beer-lover in search of paradise: Valhalla is a place to be!
Hell’s Kitchen is a magnet for late-night clubbers both gay and straight. Some of the neighborhood’s best nightclubs take place in small cabaret lounges and venues, such as “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Fairytail Lounge”. The queer culture is hustling and bustling in Hell’s Kitchen, so keep an eye out for their glamorous shows. They are, in lack of better word, amazing!
Musical-lovers around the world should take a pilgrimage to Broadway at least once in their lives. Why? Well, these theatres are the birthplace of musicals, which enormously influenced many forms of modern American culture. This is where the magic of live performance happens. It’s fun, exciting, dynamic, and timeless. Yes, musicals as a form of art may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Broadway has brought this theatrical genre to perfection. And that perfected mix of humor, pathos, love, and anger should be respected.
- Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Just because it’s listed last, it doesn’t mean it’s “the most boring” place to be. In fact, if you love war history and technology, this museum will blow your mind. Located at Pier 86 at 46th Street, it showcases some of the most well-preserved military and maritime vessels, including the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, a supersonic Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance plane, the cruise missile submarine USS Growler, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. Without a doubt, it’s a must-see.
Remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg because every avenue in Hell’s Kitchen has something new and exciting to offer. Drop by our bar for a drink, and we will show you all the ropes. We promise you this – you’re going to love this neighborhood. Also, if you already had exciting experiences in the Hell’s Kitchen, feel free to share them with us in the comments below.