Hell's Kitchen

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    July 7, 2014

    A Wealth of Vegetarian Options Awaits at Empanada Mama Express

    The Veggielante [] is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Empanada Mama Express (189 East Houston Street, 212-673-0300) Neighborhood: LES Cuisine: Latin

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    June 24, 2014

    Fifi or Fido? New York's Gay Men Defy Worn-Out Canine Stereotypes

    Tony Serrano adopted toy Manchester terrier twins after taking an American Kennel Club survey that matched his personality and lifestyle to the breed. "They're smaller dogs and considered dainty, but they're not," Serrano says. "Their stature and size might imply 'feminine,' but their slender buil ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    Triumph of the Sexy Nerd: Gay Millennials Reject the Chelsea Boy

    In the video for Jonny McGovern's song "Sexy Nerd," guys strip down from cardigan sweaters, bow ties and pocket protectors to tighty-whities and black-rimmed glasses as McGovern sings, "Take your clothes off, but leave your glasses on . . . I need a man to sit on my laptop and open my download." T ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Here's Where to Find Truly Vegetarian Thai Food in NYC

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: V{IV} (717 Ninth Avenue, 212-581-5999) Neighborhood: Hell's Kitchen Cuisine: Thai

  • Voice Choices

    June 4, 2014


    Horse around at this weekend’s Triple Crown parties

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    May 9, 2014

    The Four Best Non-Brunch Events for Mother's Day Weekend in NYC

    Want to celebrate Mother's Day in a new way? Instead of taking her out to brunch like everyone else, consider one of these four events.

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    May 7, 2014

    Here Are This Week's Four Best Happy Hours in NYC

    Come join us at Choice Streets tonight! And prior to that, kick back with a cocktail at one of these fine establishments. Need more happy hour ideas? Check out our archives.

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    April 9, 2014

    The Four Best Happy Hour Specials This Week

    Spring is definitely, at long last, in the air, which means your social schedule should be ramping up as your friends emerge from hibernation. Gather a crew for a cheap drink and food deal at one of this week's hand-picked happy hour spots.

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    February 18, 2014

    How Can We Improve Food Access in NYC?

    On Saturday, March 1, the 2014 TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat conference will descend on New York City, bringing together a panel of food experts who will speak on a number of eye-opening topics, from the history of food culture to sustainability efforts to eating crickets as a protein sourc ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    Where to Eat Brunch This Weekend

    Looking to start off February with a bountiful brunch? Check out our line-up of this week's best spots -- including a DIY bloody mary bar.

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    November 25, 2013

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Hell's Kitchen

    A far, gentrified cry from the neighborhood it once was, the Hell's Kitchen of today is a glossy labyrinth of condominiums and an ever-waning number of low-slung buildings and affordable dining options. Still, the area is teeming with great restaurants catering to all demographics, and with the rece ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Where It Is and Isn't Safe During SantaCon: A Helpful Map

    Reports last week that NYPD officers were encouraging bars not to serve SantaCon participants were received as either a Christmas miracle or the news-equivalent of a lump of coal. Hand-wringing over the annual holiday-themed bar crawl was, for better or worse, a bit overblown. Right now, only a smal ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Three Underrated Patios Where You'll Actually Be Able to Find a Seat

    That line you see in the photo above? That was the wait at 7 p.m. last Friday night for the Frying Pan, the bar located on a boat anchored in the Hudson. And while we dig the notion of sipping drinks while floating on the water, the pay-off for spending 45 minutes waiting to board our happy hour des ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 1, 2013


    Bay area veteran Too $hort blows the whistle at Stage 48

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Luna Sur Latin Bistro Opens in Hell's Kitchen; Calexico Comes to the Lower East Side

    Luna Sur Latin Bistro opened last week in Hell's Kitchen. The menu features Latin flavors with a mix of Peruvian, Spanish, Mexican, and Cuban dishes like empanadas, tacos, croquettes, and arroz con pollo. The restaurant will host a DJ on the weekends during "Latin Brunch," and a back patio is open t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    The Crack Addicts Are Back In NYC!

    They must be! They're stealing s**t again! Last night, I went to K Mart with a friend who wanted to buy a bike there. Way down in the basement of the 34th Street store, they have perfectly nice cruisers for as low as $110, all pumped up and ready to go! He also got a long and winding lock for $22, ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 6, 2013
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    January 7, 2013

    What Percentage of the American Populace is LGBT?

    There's one Republican poll that claims 3.3% of Americans are "that way," but before you buy that, please realize there are so many other factors. A) Some people don't identify themselves with a sexuality label, aren't sure which label they might fit into, and/or don't want to say. B) There's some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    HK Is Gayer Than Ever! Here's My Bar Breakdown For You

    Just when it seemed Hell's Kitchen couldn't get any gayer, they added another Thai noodle restaurant. And two more bars. And for this week's column, I've gone to each and every one of them to lay out where the action is, from cute twinks bravely not dancing as they drink, to cowboy-hatted country ... More >>

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    December 29, 2012

    A Year Older? Celebrate With Restaurant Birthday Freebies All Over New York City

    Living in New York isn't cheap, but at least celebrating a birthday here doesn't have to be pricey. From sweets to snacks and appetizers to alcoholic beverages, simply showing an ID with your date of birth can earn you some food freebies around town. Try out this bunch below.

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    October 17, 2012

    Huge Restaurant and Lounge to Open in Hell's Kitchen

    There's going to be a massive restaurant and lounge in Hell's Kitchen come November. Stage 48 and Z Bar Restaurant and Sky-Lounge is a 30,000-square-foot space that will house a state-of-the-art live entertainment venue, a full-service restaurant, and glass-enclosed rooftop lounge between four floor ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Sampling Balkan Comfort Food at Balkanika

    Cevapcici (left) are delicious flame-grilled skinless beef sausages, sided with a Turkic bread, red pepper paste, a yogurt dip, and salad. This week Counter Cultures slides in to Balkanika, a Hell's Kitchen spot with probably the fullest selection of wine-bar eats you've ever seen. While the chees ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    How Many of These Bread Dips Can You Identify?

    This delicious collection of 15 bread dips is Dish #29 in our countdown. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in every day (weekends, too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: Pok Pok Brings the Funk to ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    Get Drunk On Sugar At Schmackary's Cookie Happy Hour

    [See More Events: Num Pang Launching the Cardoz Pang | Free Cocktails, Beer Dinner] Located in Hell's Kitchen, cookie shop Schmackary's is launching a back-to-school special. It's two cookies and a 12 ounce class of local Hudson Valley milk, or chocolate milk, for $6. Cookie happy hour will be avai ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Schmackary's Introduces Build Your Own Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Schmackary's, a cookie eatery in Hell's Kitchen that just opened this past May, will soon be offering custom ice cream cookie sandwiches for $6.25. Flavors include pretty much everything you could want, including key lime, classic chocolate chip, coconut chip, maple bacon, cookies and cream, peanut ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Our Best Posts of the Week!

    In case you missed it, our week in review: Gray's Papaya expanded its list of condiments, adding three new ones to the original four: molten cheese-like substance, emphatically canned chili con carne, and green pickle relish. We celebrate National Rum Day (and poke fun at it) with a Dark and Storm ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Can't Decide Between Pizza and a Burger? Now You Don't Have To!

    This slice is a gut bomb, par excellence. On the uncertain fault line between German-American and Italian-American cooking lies the bacon-cheeseburger slice. Formatted like a pizza pie, it showcases the essential elements of a dolled-up burger.

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    August 10, 2012

    10 Best NY Burgers, 2012

    This way-downtown burger is a paragon of juiciness. [See More 10 Bests: Eats in Carroll Gardens | Hell's Kitchen Restaurants | Doughnuts] If America had a signature dish, what would it be? I think it must be the hamburger. And who doesn't adore a juicy ground patty of beef, lamb, turkey, seafood, ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    Say Goodbye To Paninoteca, Funini

    It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Know of any restaurants or bars opening or closing? Drop us a line. Paninoteca, a sandwich shop on Columbus between 72nd and 73rd, closed a few days ago after only being open for a few months. [West Side Rag] Sandwich and juice spot Funini on Ludlow has closed. ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Tomorrow: 10 Best Hell's Kitchen Restaurants

    This gentlepig, who stands outside Rudy's Bar and Grill, is the unofficial mayor of Hell's Kitchen. Extending from 34th Street to 56th Street and including everything from Eighth Avenue to the Hudson River, Hell's Kitchen is one of the most difficult assignments for restaurant rankers. The sheer n ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    Lavender, What Is It Good For?

    There's an entire Greenmarket stall devoted to it--and you can smell it from a block away. Lavender is the most unloved of herbs. Apart from use in a minor role in a Provencale bouquet garni, it rarely sees action as anything but pillow stuffing. But does it have its uses? You bet, and they may be ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Scat Queens! Get Thee To The Central Park Zoo!

    I was having a perfectly innocent time at the Central Park Zoo the other day, marveling at all the sunbathing turtles, shy red pandas, unselfconscious scarlet ibises, and precious little cotton top tamarins. And I came upon a snow leopard--imperious, regal, and willingly posing for tourists' photos ... More >>

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    July 15, 2012

    NYPD Begins Crackdown on Delivery Bicyclists in Hell's Kitchen

    The NYPD has just started a new effort to crack down on delivery workers who violate bicycle laws while on duty carting food to starving New Yorkers, and They're starting in Hell's Kitchen, where a restaurant boom has resulted in an influx of delivery workers on bicycles, in turn incensing the com ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Oat Meals Slated To Open in the Village

    Almost here today. . . . Gone tomorrow? The walk-up western storefront at 120 West 3rd is one of the city's most hapless restaurant spaces. You could make a game of how many recent occupants can be unearthed on Google. The place is accessed, not by a door directly into the premises, but by an entr ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Hell's Kitchen Gourmet Food Bazaar: Not That Impressive

    Fork in the Road headed over to the Hell's Kitchen Gourmet Food Bazaar on Sunday. It was essentially a gathering of no more than a dozen food trucks at the end of the Hell's Kitchen flea market. At around 1 pm, there wasn't that much foot traffic in the food section and truck employees could be seen ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    Mother's Day Weekend Food Specials

    Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday and here at Fork in the Road, we've rounded up some restaurant deals and street fairs around the city to ease the planning process. Free stuff 1) Toloache 50 A complimentary mimosa is offered for all mothers at brunch. A $30 pre‐fixe brunch is offered includ ... More >>

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    April 24, 2012

    Say Hello to Pounds & Ounces, Mahzen Grill

    Bricola, a tiny wine bar created by the people behind Aria Wine Bar in the West Village, has opened in Hell's Kitchen. [Zagat] Pounds & Ounces, a gastropub outfitted with an in-house DJ, is opening Wednesday in Chelsea. [Grub Street] Granduca di Sicilia, an Italian restaurant with a Sicilian focus ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Under the Toque: Zak Pelaccio's Upstate Restaurant Plans, David Chang on Kitchen Microbiology

    Dale Schnell, formerly of Setai New York and Artisanal, will be the new executive chef of KTCHN, which will open in Hell's Kitchen in June. [Grub Street] Zak Pelaccio is planning to open a restaurant in Old Chatham, New York, which will be independent of the Fatty chain. [Capital New York]

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    March 2, 2012

    Say Goodbye to Life Cafe, Manganaro

    Life Cafe, the Alphabet City hangout that inspired Jonathan Larson's musical "Rent," is set to close. [NY Daily News] Veronica People's Club, "a weird, wonderful little bar with some of the best and most unassuming cocktails in Greenpoint" is shutting down. [Flavorpill]

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    February 24, 2012

    Botox Party Tonight! With Wine And Cheese!

    And it's on the early side, so you can pulverize your forehead by 9:30, then head to the clubs looking fierce! Check out the info on Facebook -- or if your face is too frozen to move, I'll just tell you the deets right now.

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    February 15, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Bowery Diner; Lauren Shockey at Brasilina

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema questions whether Bowery Diner really qualifies as a diner: "There are whelks, for God's sake -- just try requesting those in a Greek diner -- served raw or cooked with garlic butter. You'll also find periwinkles, Jonah crab claws, oysters, scallops, clams, mu ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Brasilina: A New Pseudo Brazilian Spot Comes to Hell's Kitchen

    The décor at Brasilina, a new Brazilian-ish restaurant in Hell's Kitchen, is certainly pretty if not totally South American in feel: brick walls, potted trees, wood beams, mismatched vintage plates. The menu, too, features a somewhat bizzare hodgepodge of Brazilian classics (black bean soup, pastel ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    Say Hello to Kutsher's, Konditori

    Here are some of the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. Mega-restaurateur and convicted felon Jeffrey Chodorow has launched Kutsher's, a Catskill-resort-culture-influenced resto in Tribeca. The menu includes pastrami ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Saddle Up For NYC'S Newest Gay Bar

    ​The only Gulch most gays seem to know is Elvira, but suddenly a western-styled cowboy-hatted joint has opened in Hell's Kitchen, for those craving both a hoe-down and a 'ho-down.

  • Voice Choices

    August 24, 2011


    A new film fest opens in Hell's Kitchen

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    August 12, 2011

    Neapolitan Pizza, Demystified

    ​Earlier this week, we heard that Kesté's Roberto Caporuscio is teaming up with Antonio Starita, proprietor of Naples' legendary Pizzeria Starita, to open Don Antonio, a Neapolitan pizzeria in Hell's Kitchen. Its birth is one that will doubtless be breathlessly anticipated by pizza fanat ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    No. 16: Burek at Gazala Place

    ​No those aren't ants on top of chef Gazala Habibi's flaky burek! They're black sesame seeds. Heart of the menu -- though not listed on it -- at Hell's Kitchen Druze cafe Gazala Place is the humble burek. This meal-in-your-hand is prominently displayed in the front window, so you don't reall ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    The Opulent Organs of Western Beef

    ​Here's looking at you, kid -- I mean piglet. Organ meats, also known as offal or by the more all-inclusive category of variety meats, form a perpetual topic of conversation among food fanciers. Some love 'em. Some hate 'em. But no one is completely indifferent. Many chefs have fooled around ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Chelsea vs. Hell's Kitchen?

    ​When a lot of gay action started migrating from Chelsea to Hell's Kitchen a few years ago, I assumed the former neighborhood would become as obsolete as phone calls. But the reality is that Chelsea is still gay-thriving with successful bars like Splash, Barracuda, Gym Bar, G, XES, and Boxers ... More >>

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