Hell's Kitchen, which also goes by the name Clinton, is a major gastronomic center full of signature restaurants and plenty of nightlife. If you are looking for gourmet food or a place to have a good time, you should visit this small neighborhood in Midtown West.In the nineties Hell’s Kitchen began to attract many young chefs with the promise of higher incomes and lower rents plus the closeness to fresh produce wholesalers. Thus, little by little, a bohemian neighborhood emerged. Plenty of nightlife spots which pepper Hell’s Kitchen concentrate around 9th avenue and Chelsea Gate. The low prices of Hell’s Kitchen properties, the closeness to Broadway theaters and Lee Strasberg’s famous Actors Studio at 432 West 44th Street which counts Marilyn Monroe among its stars - transformed the neighborhood into the home of aspiring actors. Many celebrities came here before their careers took off including Burt Reynolds, Charlton Heston, James Dean, Madonna, Jerry Seinfeld and Sylvester Stallone. The Manhattan Plaza residential complex on 42nd Street between 9th and 10th avenues was built in the seventies to house mainly actors is a witness of those days.Hell's Kitchen was initially populated by Italian and Irish working class immigrants. At that time, there were stores, commercial warehouses and blocks of buildings in a continuous facade. Many blockbuster movies and broadway musicals have brought this story to light. Some notables include The Godfather, the Corleone family was based here, and the love story and rivalry depicted in the West Side Story. Despite its rough origins, it is one of the safest neighborhoods in New York city today.
There are many versions of the origin of the name Hell’s Kitchen, one of which is that Hell's Kitchen - the kitchen of hell - got its name 1881 when a New York Times journalist made a comparison of this area to that of the area in London also called Hell's Kitchen, another theory was that this neighborhood was named after a notorious biker gang.Hell’s Kitchen is located between 34th and 59th Streets and the Hudson River and Eighth Avenue. Several subway stops make this neighborhood accessible. These include the 34th Street - Hudson Yard Station on the 7 train, the 42nd Street Port Authority Bus Station where you can catch the A,C,E or the A,B, C, D at 59thSt - Columbus Circle.To the east you can find the Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, the Radio City Music Hall, the Museum of Modern Art and the Times Square Theater District, enough for several days of cultural and musical entertainment. At Columbus Circle there are fine dinning options and the best boutiques for the fashion forward connoisseur. If it is a respite you are looking for head to Central Park or take a cruise on the Hudson River.