Terminal 5 has some great music, but its location on 11th Avenue and 56th Street, seemingly closer to New Jersey than the rest of Manhattan, means plenty of aggravation when looking for a decent bite nearby. But there are some good places to eat in the area; here's where you should go.
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What are the best spots in Hell's Kitchen for an affordable lunch? Our favorites from deli sandwiches to authentic Isan Thai, right this way.
Far out on 11th Avenue, the Gotham Organization has pulled together eight top-notch food purveyors in an expansive space, where locals and tourists alike can grab coffees, small plates, bowls of ramen and classic American fare. We took a quick tour to see what's on the menus.
Ivan Ramen's Slurp Shop is open, and it's good. Really, really good. The last great ramen rush in New York was all about the pork. It's not until the last year or so that we've been dipping our feet into craziness that is modern ramen. Slurp Shop marks New York's first headlong dive, and it's fitting that a Jewish guy from Long Island is bringing it to us, leaving authenticity far behind in the dust.
At almost $10, it's definitely overpriced, but if you're looking for something juicy and crunchy and fried to satisfy your hunger quickly, look no further.
Brandon Kida, the chef de cuisine at the newly-opened restaurant Clement in The Peninsula hotel, isn't at home in Hell's Kitchen much these days. Like many other chefs, he can easily put in long hours seven days a week. But when he is home, there are plenty of spots to dine at within steps of his apartment. With the opening of Gotham West and the existing ramen joints, Kida says his neighborhood's culinary offering has changed a lot in recent years. He spoke with us about his favorites.
At Xai Xai we find all sorts of disparate influences—some expected, some not so much—woven around a modern wine bar that features a good selection of South African wines.
Inti is a small Peruvian restaurant on the northern end of Hell's Kitchen, and its warm interior makes it a solid choice for casual meals in the neighborhood. The star of the show is a roast chicken we'd head back for today.
Master baker Jim Lahey describes Hell's Kitchen as the "last vestige of unpretentious, gritty New York." And while there are countless restaurants, he considers any place "even semi-edible in the neighborhood is a godsend." Here are his favorites.
By my estimation, Ninth Avenue is home to a couple dozen Thai restaurants between 55th and 30th Streets. And with an exception or two, they're all pretty crummy. But with the arrival of Larb Ubol that might be changing.
I haven't had a bad bite at Larb Ubol, a new Thai spot on 9th Avenue with the former chef of Zabb Elee running the kitchen, but this blew everything else away.
After a string of delays, Ippudo II is now officially open on West 51st Street, with a slightly more streamlined menu than the offerings downtown. We stopped by the soft open for lunch last week to see how the Midtown branch stacks up.
This shiny, chewy cookie delivers a unique deep, dark chocolate flavor without any flour to get in the way.
This tiny dessert packs a ton of dark chocolate flavor.
The fluffernutter budino ($9) consists of a velvet-like banana pudding coupled with peanut brittle and salted caramel. There's also a large beehive-style swirl of meringue that's hand torched to order.
The newly opened Turco in Hell's Kitchen makes a fine kofte kebab on even finer pita.
Chorizo, provolone, and sweet olive salad come together in this salumeria sandwich.
This sausage and egg torta is a steal for the prize, with flavors that hit all the notes you're after.
The bun doesn't really taste like a cemita, and the al pastor within is unconventionally rich in sweet chipotle sauce, but there's still something to love about this sandwich ($8) from Tulcingo Del Valle.