Hell’s Kitchen

Hudson Station Bar & Grill

Hudson Station

You know that place you duck into when it's raining really hard ands there's absolutely nothing else open and/or safe-looking in the immediate vicinity? Yeah, t...
The Pony Bar

The Pony Bar

This joint has a seriously classic look. A long wooden bar with wooden bar stools lines one side of the narrow space, with low tables on the other. The floo...
Lansdowne Road

Lansdowne Road

The sports bar in Manhattan is always a fickle mistress. Yes, I suffer from idiom blindness, but my point is that a sports bar in Manhattan is akin to a John De...
Reunion Surf Bar

Réunion Surf Bar

This joint may as well be called Spicoli's Hut or Freddy Shoop's Pad (that's a Summer School reference, people!) The theme is all surf all the time, and looking...
Coppersmith's

Coppersmith’s

Nothing like a relatively personalityless bar in a neighborhood transitioning away from that kind of thing. There is no room for pointless nonsense in Hell's ...
La Silhouette

La Silhouette

In trying to find a good restaurant for Hipster Dad's birthday, I wanted some place that wasn't stodgy, got decent reviews and served food that he could pro...
Brickyard Gastropub

Brickyard Gastropub

Now I'm no NASCAR sympathizer. In fact some rednecks may call me a hater. But regardless of my lack of affinity for cars noisily speeding in circles for hou...
The House of Brews

The House of Brews

I used to frequent this joint back in the day when it was B.B. Doyle's and sat a mere two blocks from my workplace in Worldwide Plaza. That job is long gone, as...
Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin

I keep reading sites that refer to this bar as a "dive." Clearly these people have never been in an actual dive, as they generally don't have beautiful exposed ...
2 Bros. Pizza

2 Bros. Pizza

Doughy and not in any way refined, the pizza at what amounts to a corner stand a stone's throw from the brutally nasty PABT is one step above a slice you might ...
Piece of Chicken

Piece of Chicken

Never has a name been so direct and to the point. What you order is a piece of chicken. What you get is a piece of chicken. Granted, their menu lists like h...
Siam Grill

Siam Grill

It's odd that I somehow spent five years working both directly north and directly south of this Thai bistro and somehow never managed to darken its doorway....
Lazzara's Pizza

Lazzara’s Pizza

“Pizza that suffers from pizza-envy” was the first thing that came to mind when I ordered a slice at Lazarra's, and they handed me a tiny white bag that cou...
Sugar Deli Food Center

Sugar Deli Food Center

Never has the lure of a Bud tallboy driven me to such depths. I risked trichinosis, giardia, hook worm, beriberi, scurvy and an acute case of crotch rot even pa...
Shorty's Hell's Kitchen

Shorty’s – Hell’s Kitchen

I have not the slightest idea why, but the name of this place comes off as slightly sexual and unappetizing to me. I suppose it's not Stubby's or Chode's, but I...
John and Tony's West

John & Tony’s West

Who knew that you could find something edible under the PABT bridge? I’m not sure that’s the actual name of the giant ramp-like thing that runs out of the b...
Rising Dragon

Rising Dragon

And, no, I didn't put the wrong picture up here. I know it says 'Fuji' on the awning, but within this Japanese exterior is also a Chinese restaurant called ...