Mercato is a popular and simple Italian restaurant in the lower part of Hell’s Kitchen, also known as the part you really don’t want to be hungry in. Is it the best Italian restaurant in NYC? No, but it’s definitely the best you’re going to do for a civilized meal this close to the world’s most disgusting bus station.
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The rotisserie chicken at Pio Pio is one of the best ways you can spend $10 anywhere in the city.
Pocket Bar NYC
If you really insist on going on a wine bar date in Hell's Kitchen, do it at Pocket Bar NYC.
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Off the main stretch in Williamsburg is Aurora, a place charming enough for a First/Early in the Game Date, calm enough for Dinner with the Parents, and with an insane, well-greened Outdoor/Patio Situation.
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Pasta Al Forno is different from most West Village Italian spots. It’s tiny and BYOB, and it’s a great place to have unexpectedly good baked pasta.
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The Marshal is a perfect neighborhood restaurant in Hell's Kitchen with dedicated regulars and an appreciation for New York.
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Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen is a good Chinese spot in Hell's Kitchen.
There are plenty of spots to grab amazing ramen in New York. While Tabata isn’t the best, it’s a great Midtown option. Tabata is nothing fancy, just a straight up soup shop without any bells and whistles.
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