Best Hell’s Kitchen Gay Friendly Restaurants

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New York City nightlife is among the best LGBTQ scenes in the world, and it extends well beyond old school gay neighborhoods such as Chelsea and the West Village. For example, since its revitalization began in the 1990s, Hell’s Kitchen has become one of NYC’s most gay neighborhoods, where you’ll frequently encounter throngs of same-sex couples walking hand in hand and sharing romantic dinners at gay-friendly eateries. Some people even refer to a large swath of Manhattan’s West Side – stretching from the West Village through Chelsea to Hell’s Kitchen – as “Hellsea.” Looking to join the fun? Looking for places to eat? Here are a few of our top Hell’s Kitchen restaurant picks.

44 & X

A bit of South Beach on Tenth Avenue, this sleek haven of upscale comfort food has large, plentiful windows for people watching.

622 Tenth Avenue at 44th Street
New York, NY 10036


Upscale, creative, beautifully prepared Mexican small plates are served in a rustic setting at this hotspot with a hopping bar scene featuring refined margaritas, and tequila and mezcal flights.

668 Tenth Avenue at 47th Street
New York, NY 10036

Hell’s Kitchen

Just when you thought NYC didn’t need another Mexican restaurant Hell’s Kitchen brought a taste of the south over the border of Ninth Avenue. Grab a booth for the best eye candy in the gayborhood.

754 9th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets
New York, NY 10019


Decadent Japanese bites, small plates, craveable ramen and stimulating cocktails nestled on 51st Street just between the theatre district and the gayborhood.

321 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

Pio Pio

Guests sip pisco cocktails and sangria while grazing over family-style Peruvian dishes, Chinese-Peruvian stir fries, steak, and fish below an elaborate ceiling made from thousands of iwoven tree branches.

604 Tenth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets
New York, NY 10036


ViceVersa puts a sublime spin on run-of-the-mill Italian. The atmosphere has elegant accents and a nice garden.

325 West 51st Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues
New York, NY 10019

West Bank Cafe

This elegant neighborhood fixture attracts theatergoers, Broadway and off-Broadway performers, and former and upcoming Drag Race contestants to load up on the latest gossip and American eats.

407 West 42nd Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues
New York, NY 10036
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Also check out the Hell’s Kitchen section of Our List of the Top Gay Bars in New York City.

Last modified: December 5, 2018

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