I can’t believe it’s coming up to 2 months now since I moved into my apartment in Hell’s Kitchen – how time flies when you’re having fun!
Sadly I haven’t spent all that much time in the neighborhood yet as I popped home to London right after I moved for my best friend’s wedding and then went on my awesome trip to Bali. But it’s slowly starting to feel more and more like home!
I’ll do a more detailed post about the neighborhood later once I’ve had more of a chance to explore but in the meantime, I thought I would introduce you to my five top finds when it comes to food and drink in Hell’s Kitchen!
In no particular order…
I love this wine bar! I discovered it a couple of days after I landed in NY back in August, so I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for it since it was one of the first bars in NY I got to know! It just so happens that it’s super cute, makes for a great little date spot, the staff are friendly, they do an awesome cheese and charcuterie plate and to top it off, they serve my all time favourite wine from Protugal, vinho verde! And luckily for me it’s now right on my doorstep…… happy days!
Ardesia Wine Bar – 510 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
This place is a little hidden gem! It’s tiny, so don’t be surprised to be asked to wait on the street if you don’t have a reservation – but I promise you it’s worth it! I’ve been three or four times now and the food is simply delicious! The spicy Korean fried chicken is mouth-wateringly good…..! The cocktails are to die for too – my favourite being the Soju Sangria! And make friends with the awesome and friendly barman, Oscar!
Danji Korean Restaurant – 346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Taboon is a gorgeous spot when you want to treat yourself to a fancy dinner – or better yet when someone else is treating you! A flavours and ingredients of the Middle East and the Mediterranean combine here and result in heaven on a plate! Below is pic of the lamb kebabs which come served in a pot pie – which is cut into at your table, I can’t even describe to you how good this is! I love the ambience too, dark and intimate near the wood fired ovens or more buzzy in the main dining area.
Taboon – 773 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019
I have to confess, I’ve never been to Puff Cha’s physical location because it’s become my go-to when I order food delivery from Seamless. The ramen and especially the tom yum soup are soooooo good! I think they’ll definitely be staples as the winter weather sets in. You can also order crispy ‘puffs’ to go with your broth of choice – they might not look like much, but they are little flaky packages of delight! Choose from savoury puffs like Korean beef or even sweet puffs like apple strudel – I’m not 100% convinced on the sweet ones but you won’t be disappointed if you take a savoury puff!
Puff Cha – 457 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019
Il Baretto is a great little find on 11th Ave – a family run, Italian style deli and cafe by day that morphs into a restaurant / wine bar by night. You can grab a beautifully tasting coffee and a freshly made panini with top notch ingredients at a great price. I’ve only been a couple of times to grab something for lunch but the service has always been friendly and it seems as though its a neighborhood joint with lots of regulars. I’ll definitely be back to try dinner soon!
Il Baretto – 750 11th Ave, New York, NY 10019
And whilst it doesn’t quite make the top five list, I have to give a shout out to Fika since I pop in pretty much every weekend post workout to grab a matcha latte with almond milk! Yum! The weekend wouldn’t be complete without one!