Situated west of Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen was the setting for the musical West Side Story. Where once rival Irish and Puerto Rican gangs roamed the streets, you’re now more likely to see gay boys who dream of performing the legendary Jerome Robbins choreography. It offers a number of outstanding restaurants, renowned Off-Broadway theatres, and a be-and-be-seen nightlife atmosphere.
Areas of Interest
Restaurant Row: A stretch of bustling restaurants located on 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues including the popular cabaret venue Don’t Tell Mama which has a very gay clientele. For more information visit: www.restaurantrownyc.org.
Worldwide Plaza: The plaza contains a courtyard with restaurants and plenty of seating areas where plenty of gay guys get together to meet for a drink. It’s situated behind New World Stages where many of the city’s premiere Off-Broadway productions are playing. For more information visit www.newworldstages.com/.
Times Square: Though technically not part of Hell’s Kitchen, all you have to do to visit New York’s most well-known area is cross over to the other side of eight avenue and walk toward Broadway. For more information visit www.timessquarenyc.org.
Central Park: Also not technically part of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood but very close. 843 acres of paradise right in the middle of our urban setting. For more information visit: www.centralparknyc.org. For guided tours, we recommend Central Park Sunset Tours.
Select Nightlife Establishments
Barrage: An upscale lounge with very little attitude and sexy bartenders and cocktail servers. Lots of areas to sit but when it gets packed, it gets packed. For more information, visit them on Facebook.
Therapy: With two floors of bar, Therapy attracts lots of young actors. Upstairs they serve food and have regularly scheduled entertainment. For more information visit them on www.therapy-nyc.com.
Flaming Saddles: Think Coyote Ugly but gayer. Country music and cowboys dancing on the bar.: www.flamingsaddles.com/.
The Ritz: Another establishment with two floors, the Ritz is either a bar or a dance club (with a powerhouse sound system) depending on the hour of day. For more information, read about them on: nymag.com.
Bar-tini: This “ultra lounge” has become the place of those seeking glitz and glamour to come together. They offer nightly entertainment and an interesting array of cocktails. For more information visit: www.bar-tiniultralounge.com.
Posh: At the end of the day, everyone in Hell’s Kitchen always winds up at Posh. The drinks keep pouring till 4am and the very small dance floor is almost always packed. For more information visit: www.poshbarnyc.com.
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