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A Fresh Hell

With new developments pulling in a younger, hipper crowd, Hell’s Kitchen now belies its name. Two neighbors enumerate the amenities.


The Newcomer: Rightor Doyle
Age: 26
Profession: Actor making his Broadway debut in an unannounced show this spring.
Resides: A loftlike co-op on 42nd Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues.
In the Neighborhood: 4 months
“I’m über-new. Before moving here, I was living in a 200-square-foot apartment in the West Village. It was basically a bed and a bathroom. My apartment now is like a giant loft, like something in Soho—1,000 square feet. The scale is huge! I thought it would take me five years to adjust to the neighborhood, but I love it already.”



1. Xie Xie
645A Ninth Ave., nr. 45th St. 212-265-2975
“I like any place with Sriracha sauce on the table. It’s the sort of Chinese you eat all the time, but dressed up, a little fancier.”




2. Delphinium Home
653 Ninth Ave., nr. 46th St. 212-333-3213
“They sell home goods, kitschy salt and pepper shakers, fun shower curtains. It’s the best home store in the neighborhood.”

3. 44 1/2
626 Tenth Ave., nr. 44th St. 212-399-4450
“It’s the kind of restaurant you go to with your parents for brunch. Great food and a seasonal bamboo garden.”

4. The West Bank Café
407 W. 42nd St., at Ninth Ave.; 212-695-6909
“The spot where all the actors go after their shows. A few weeks ago, I sat next to Joan Rivers.”

5. The Ritz
369 W. 46th St., nr. Ninth Ave. 212-333-4177
“One of my favorite downtown performers, Bridget Everett, performs here on Sundays. She sings songs like Miley Cyrus’s ‘The Climb’ while taking all her clothes off. And it’s free.”

6. Playwrights Horizons
416 W. 42nd St., nr. Ninth Ave. 212-564-1235
“A lot of my friends are in shows here. I recently saw Circle Mirror Transformation there. The last ten minutes will put your jaw on the floor.”

7. Rudy’s Bar & Grill
627 Ninth Ave., nr. 44th St. 212-974-9169
“The most lovable dump in the entire world. The banquettes are all taped together.”


8. Three Aces
666 Ninth Ave., nr. 46th St. 212-664-9807
“It’s my new favorite discovery—you get a shave and a trim for $26. The only décor in the place is a TV playing One Life to Live.

9. Gourmet Unlimited
593 Tenth Ave., at 43rd St. 212-244-0451
“Their awning says “Open 25 Hours”—maybe it’s stupidity, maybe it’s a ploy. A normal deli, though a bit cleaner than most.”

10. Food Emporium
452 W. 43rd St., nr. Tenth Ave. 212-714-1414
“One of my best friends had to take me here and show me what to buy. She said I shopped like I was going to a restaurant.”


11. Manhattan Plaza Health Club
482 W. 43rd St., at Tenth Ave. 212-563-7001
“There’s a huge pool, and they give discounts to members of actors unions.”

12. The Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market
W. 39th St. at Ninth Ave. 212-243-5343
“I’m a huge antiquing freak. They have really great cabinets and tables.”

13. Outcasts Resurrectible Goods
660 Tenth Ave., nr. 46th St. 212-974-0121
“It’s a well-curated and not smelly thrift shop. I’m on a budget until my show starts—I literally put my credit cards in the freezer.”


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