Time Out New York gave Hell's Kitchen position six on their list of ten, an overall score of 21 beating out the East Village, Greenwich Village, and the Lower East Side.
"Leave your Mace at home. Bring your Chihuahua instead.
"Once a stomping ground for unsavory New York characters, Hell’s Kitchen is now one of Manhattan’s most chockablock areas...
"HK’s Eighth Avenue strip near Port Authority is its busiest area; sidewalks are packed 20 bodies deep—mostly dizzy tourists fresh from Times Square. Souvenir shops, electronics discount stores and adult video rentals abound.
"But walk one block west and the change in energy is palpable. Ninth Avenue is the heart of HK, and sidewalks are sprinkled with a collection of people young and old, tony and grungy. Quick hellos between locals convey a sense of community, and even the desolate stretch of littered underpasses at Tenth and 39th (the least soulful part of the area) has the small-townish Astro’s Community Dog Run nestled within it.
"...The number of trendy, alfresco and hole-in-the-wall eateries boggles the brain. Restaurant Row runs along 46th between Eighth and Ninth and features trattorias and cocktail lounges galore, but the tree-lined side streets parallel to it offer just as many (and perhaps better) dining options.
"...On Ninth Avenue, streets are intimate and community thrives. People engage in small talk and there’s a mix of residential, office, industrial and retail buildings. The Irish and Italian population has accepted other nationalities: One block features a West African grocery, a Moroccan eatery and a Turkish bistro, all side by side".
(Image from ToddHellsKitchen's Flickr page).