It’s Not Your Father’s Hell’s Kitchen. But in Marvel’s Superhero World, little has changed. So how does Marvel’s Hell’s Kitchen compare to reality? Not even close.
A Little History
In previous generations, Hell’s Kitchen managed to garner a notorious reputation. However, this once infamous, mob-driven, rough and tough New York neighborhood —where gangsters filled the air with mayhem, by fighting the law and each other—has evolved into a sought-after community of spectacular high-rises, gourmet restaurants and dazzling, eclectic bars.
Marvel’s Hell’s Kitchen
But don’t tell that to the Marvel superheroes. In their world, nothing’s changed. Despite the times, The Defenders continue to valiantly battle evil villains on the fictitious tough streets of Hell’s Kitchen. After all, everyone knows: superheroes thrive on action. Scriptwriters can’t have their characters hanging out in sleepy Midwestern towns— just waiting for something exciting to happen. Superheroes proactively look for trouble. And they certainly found it in Hell’s Kitchen. It was the perfect place to set-up operations. Besides, the community is a superhero writer’s dream—a place with a dramatic past and a really cool name.
Bring on the Bad Guys
In Marvel’s Hell’s Kitchen, villains are plentiful, and safety is a rare commodity. And true to their comic heritage, in the modern Netflix series, The Defenders: Daredevil (Who was born, wounded, blinded, and raised in Hell’s Kitchen), Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist still courageously fight evildoers, in an attempt to save the people of New York. And in Marvel’s Hell’s Kitchen, evildoers are everywhere. It’s here that, all in a day’s work, the Defenders engage in warfare with The Hand—a sinister organization of Ninjas, with diabolical powers to raise the dead. Yep, for these villains, dead isn’t good enough. The evil just keeps on coming. There’s no doubt: Battles between good and evil are essential to any superheroes existence. So what better creative set-up than to place The Marvel Defenders in a historic survival-of-the-fittest environment. But Superhero’s aside, times change. And so do neighborhoods.
Location, Location, Location
In fact, the neighborhood’s changed so much that Daredevil’s scruffy law office —Nelson and Murdock—is actually located in Brooklyn. Another Marvel “Hell’s Kitchen” location is Josie’s Bar, a spot Daredevil frequently patronizes In reality: the dive bar is also located in Brooklyn. And the Royal Dragon Chinese Restaurant isn’t in Hell’s Kitchen at all. It’s actually filmed in a redesigned car wash in Williamsburg. Yep. A car wash. In Williamsburg. Sorry.
How Marvels Hell’s Kitchen Compares to Reality
Despite Marvel’s fictional world, today’s Hell’s Kitchen is actually a thriving community of culture and a neighborhood that houses a multitude of resident actors and other creative artists. It’s also a place where locals and visitors experience peaceful evening strolls along tree-lined streets, friendly people, gourmet restaurants, elaborate bars, and—yes—safety.
So when you’re in the area, taking in a great play at the nearby Theatre District, or hanging out at Times Square, stop by High Bar for a traditional, or exotic, drink while selecting from an array of creative chef-inspired small plates. And you won’t need the speed of a superhero to quickly reach your destination, because High Bar is just minutes away from all the exciting activities—in the very heart of Manhattan. Located at 346 West 40th Street—on the 37th floor of the DoubleTree— the impressive lounge offers a unique night on the town with breathtaking rooftop views of the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, and the Hudson River. No doubt: High Bar rooftop lounge in Manhattan is the perfect place for a romantic date night. Or superhero watching, if one prefers. Open daily at 5:00 PM. For reservations, call: (646) 362-9146