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Big Tortas + Hell’s Kitchen this week

Good morning and welcome to the weekend. Thanks to Mariel Mauss for reminding me yesterday about the big torta! Pre-pandemic, Eater reported on this special 10-layered sandwich at Mil Sabores (formerly […]

Michelin Star Kochi + Lincoln Green

Happy Friday. I’m writing after my first night out in New Orleans — so please excuse any fuzziness around the edges… This year’s Michelin star winners […]

Happy Cinco de Mayo…

Happy Cinco de Mayo! We hope you will have a day filled with tacos, guac and margaritas! Talking of which… Thank you to all the readers […]

Was it you sat at the bar?

Good morning. Did I see you sitting at a bar last night? Probably not, as only 30% of you who responded to our survey said that […]

Back to work and bars! How do you feel?

Happy Monday. In the UK it’s a holiday — May Day — and around the world, today is World Press Freedom Day. In New York, there are two […]

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Who Serves Up Hell’s Kitchen Margaritas That Put Others in the Shade?

When we asked our readers for their favorite places for Margaritas in the neighborhood, who would have guessed they’d cover all colors of the Hell’s Kitchen rainbow? Here’s the list — and the reasons why our respondents thought they were the best. ‘ritas — 756 9th Ave (corner of W51st St) “It’s a decent size for the […]

Friends Cheer a Return to the Bar in Hell’s Kitchen

Monday night saw the return of New Yorkers sitting at the bar for the first time in over a year. The city’s pandemic restrictions had put a stop to locals pulling up a barstool and chatting with their favorite bartender. We checked in on some local watering holes to see how things were going on […]

NYPD Hate Crimes Unit Investigating Hammer Attack on Asian Woman on W42nd Street

NYPD is searching for a female attacker who struck an Asian woman with a hammer on W42nd Street near 9th Avenue yesterday evening (Sunday). This evening they released a video showing the frenzied attack. The victim and her friend wrestled the hammer from the asailant during the confrontation. The attack took place on the sidewalk […]

Lime’s Shared Moped Service Arrives in New York, with E-Scooters to Follow

A new fleet of electric mopeds is hitting the streets of New York City. Lime released 100 of its bright green vehicles on Friday, with plans to expand to 500 before the end of the month. In contrast to its blue counterpart, Revel, the company promises increased safety features and lower start-up costs.  Lime partnered […]


West side stories

Michael Waxes Lyrical About the Neighborhood He Now Calls Home

He may have only recently arrived in Hell’s Kitchen, but Michael William G has really taken the neighborhood to his heart. And pandemic living has inspired a pivot that’s led to him creating his own luxury candle brand. This is Michael’s West Side Story. So, what’s your New York story? Born here, or just arrived?I […]

“I’m NEVER Leaving” — Tom’s Long-Standing Love Affair with Hell’s Kitchen

Tom D’Angora is a producer and activist. During the pandemic he and his husband, Michael, with the help of friend Tim Guinee, have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to save places like the West Bank Cafe and Birdland. This weekend he is turning his fundraising and production skills to save the York Theatre (with […]

“I Love our Neighborhood Spirit” — Why Hell’s Kitchen is Heaven for Priya

She may have only moved to the neighborhood in 2018, but Priya Ahluwalia has taken Hell’s Kitchen to her heart. Here’s Priya’s West Side Story So, what’s your New York story? Born here, or just arrived?I was born and raised in Delhi, India. I then lived in Beijing, China, for four years (2009 to 2013), […]

Why Foodie Maria is Proud to Have Spent a Lifetime in the Kitchen

Social Worker and community activist Maria Ortiz has lived in and around Hell’s Kitchen for most of her life so she’s certainly got a taste for the place — maybe that’s why she loves the food in the neighborhood so much! Here’s her West Side Story. So, what’s your New York story? Born here, or […]


80,000 New York City Workers are Returning to Their Offices Today — But Not Quietly

The city’s reopening process is pushing forward in a big way today, with approximately 80,000 municipal workers scheduled to return to their offices. Despite assurances from Mayor Bill de Blasio, crowds of workers gathered over the weekend to advocate for continued remote work through September. Perhaps it’s fitting that restrictions on bar seating are also […]

Your Hell’s Kitchen Week — includes Margaritas!

Good morning and welcome to the weekend. It’s been quite a week, especially with the announcement that New York could be fully reopened by July 1. In another important step towards achieving a ‘new normalcy,’ from next week New York City’s restaurants will be allowed to welcome customers at 75% capacity. From May 7 the city’s eateries […]

75 Percent Capacity Boost for NYC’s “Devastated” Restaurant Businesses

In another important step towards achieving a ‘new normalcy,’ from next week New York City’s restaurants will be allowed to welcome customers at 75% capacity. From May 7 the city’s eateries will be at the same level as the rest of the state, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday (Friday). “There’s no doubt that restaurants have been among […]

Springing into Summer

Happy Friday. Can you believe that it’s the last day of April? Whatever your views of Mayor de Blasio, his announcement yesterday that New York could be fully reopened by July 1 was a smart way to get us all thinking of post-pandemic reality. His rally call of “this is going to be the summer of […]

Full reopening on July 1 + Margaritas

Good morning. Sorry for the delay… The hot news is that the Mayor is saying we are on track to be fully reopened by July 1. However, it’s unclear if the Governor is on board with this! Watch this space… From Monday, you will be able to sit at a New York bar again. Also, […]

Spielberg movie, Yang Menu + Paul Simon

Happy Wednesday. We’ve got all sorts of West Side fun and stories for you this morning. Did you watch the Oscars on Sunday? If so you might have caught the trailer to Steven Spielberg’s new West Side Story. We’ve got some of the backstories here — along with the emotional reaction of young actor Rachel Zegler […]

Scaffolding Could Be “Beautiful” for This Hell’s Kitchen Community Mural

“That is beautiful,” are not the words most New Yorkers utter when scaffolding goes up. However, it was the reaction of restoration artist Denise Penizzotto when she saw the tubes, netting and platforms covering the decaying “Against Domestic Colonialism” mural in Mathews-Palmer Playground. “I hope that I can jump up and piggyback on those wall […]

Andrew Yang’s Hell’s Kitchen Menu

With 1.9 million Twitter followers and over 650,000 of his gang on Instagram, Andrew Yang is hot property when it comes to marketing Hell’s Kitchen’s eateries out of pandemic trauma. Yesterday, Andrew took to the streets to review ViVi Bubble Tea on 9th Avenue (between W43/44th Street). He tasted their matcha and red bean with […]

Pandemic Openings + HK History

Happy Tuesday. Did you see the Super Pink Moon last night? We got great feedback yesterday on the feature on the new popup lunchtime restaurant, Mikey Pomodoro. Some readers asked if we had a list of what has opened during the pandemic. Here’s a starter of those that we have featured — but please tell us […]

Happy 100th Birthday, Sophie + New Italian Comfort Food

Good morning. The first headline in our news feed this morning was “Sunny, breezy Monday kicks off mostly gorgeous week” — thanks PIX11. That’s a nice way to wake up… Hell’s Kitchen’s Sophie Gerber celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday — and she let the world in on her secret: “Don’t let a day go by […]

Tutto Bene for Mikey Pomodoro: “Imagine if your Favorite Italian Restaurant Slept with a Shake Shack”

Check out Mikey Pomodoro — just arrived in Hell’s Kitchen to serve elevated comfort food which they describe as “if your favorite Italian restaurant slept with a Shake Shack.” You might recognize Michael Miranti and Marco Cattafesta from the neighborhood. Michael worked at many local restaurants, including Becco — and Marco’s last gig was manager at […]

Friday’s Open Streets + Last Week

Good morning and welcome to the weekend. What did you get up to this Friday night? Did you tune in to RuPaul’s Drag Race Season-Finale? Condragdulations to the winner! It’s hard to imagine that a year ago you couldn’t walk along the middle of Restaurant Row without being hit by a car! The city’s “Open […]

Whiskey Rocks, 9th Ave Heroes + Farmers’ Markets

Good morning and happy Friday. My second vaccination has so far had no more impact than a slightly stiff shoulder — so I’m up and ready to end the week. Woot woot! Manganaro’s, a feature of 9th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen since 1893, has closed. For the first time in over 100 years, the block […]

Hell’s Kitchen Six-Foot Hero Defeated as Manganaro’s Closes

Manganaro’s, a feature of 9th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen since 1893, has closed. For the first time in over 100 years, the block between W37th and W38th Street will not display the Manganaro family name. Manganaro’s was renowned for its six-foot long hero sandwich, and historically had a reputation to rival Baldacci’s, Zabar’s and Dean […]

Zagat, Michael Kors + SWEET syringes

Good morning. Did you get caught in the hailstorm yesterday afternoon? Kinda spectacularly April… The city will launch a $30 million tourism campaign in June to bring visitors back, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday. He made the commitment to “NYC Reawakens” at a press conference, alongside Fred Dixon, the boss of […]

Zagat is Back — but it’s Digital and Only in Miami!

For over 40 years Zagat has been the definitive restaurant pocket guide for those searching for the best in New York dining — now it’s coming back, but it’s digital and only for Miami! Zagat was started by corporate lawyers Nina and Tim Zagat in 1979, bought by Google in 2011 for $150m and then sold […]

Michael Kors Fashions a Broadway Show for his 40th Anniversary

New Yorker and musical theater lover Michael Kors chose Broadway as the runway to celebrate his fashion house’s 40th anniversary. Earlier in the month, as reported in our W42ST Daily Newsletter, the fashion brand closed off W45th Street for the evening to parade his fall/winter collection with many of the world’s top models. This week, […]

Mayor Splashes $30m on Tourism Campaign as “NYC Reawakens”

The city will launch a $30 million tourism campaign in June to bring visitors back, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced. He made the commitment to “NYC Reawakens” this morning at a press conference, alongside Fred Dixon, the boss of NYC & Company and Chef Daniel Boulud. “It’s critical we deliver the […]

What next for Javits + Fresh Farm Food

Good morning. We all took a deep breath yesterday as the guilty verdicts came in against Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. Let’s hope this is the start of a change in our justice system. As a journalist, it serves as a timely reminder to resist taking things at face value. This was […]

The Javits Center Came to the Rescue of New York City  — What’s Next?

When the pandemic hit last March, the Javits Center was faced with the challenge of having the largest empty space in New York City. Since then, the west side conference center has been transformed twice to rescue the city from a healthcare crisis. First, it was converted into a 2,500-bed emergency hospital. Then earlier this […]

Commuterheroes + Trash or Treasure?

Good morning. Did you see the spectacular Hudson River sunset last night? The west side truly is the best side! There are even more opportunities to get out and about this spring. Governor Cuomo has set out plans to relax restrictions for movie theaters, museums and arenas. More details here… Yesterday, we ran a story […]

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