44 1/2 Hell's Kitchen
44 1/2 Hell's Kitchen

44 1/2 Hell's Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.44andahalf.com/
  • Phone: 212-399-4450
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Hart
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: 44 1/2 provides full service catering and event planning on or off premises. On premise we host private dinners from 14 to 75 persons in our elegant, Japanese inspired dining room. We also offer a serene bamboo garden, which is available year round and seats 55 persons for dinner or up to 75 people for cocktail and hors d’oeuvres service. Off premise our meticulous staff will attend to your every need whether your event is an intimate gathering of close friends or a large-scale gala for hundreds of guests. The menu options consist of seasonal and fresh haute versions of American comfort food.
  • Private Party Facilities: 44 1/2 provides full service catering and event planning on or off premises. On premise we host private dinners from 14 to 75 persons in our elegant, Japanese inspired dining room. We also offer a serene bamboo garden, which is available year round and seats 55 persons for dinner or up to 75 people for cocktail and hors d’oeuvres service. Off premise our meticulous staff will attend to your every need whether your event is an intimate gathering of close friends or a large-scale gala for hundreds of guests. The menu options consist of seasonal and fresh haute versions of American comfort food.
  • Private Party Contact: April Lockhart 212-726-1170

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 44th and 45th Streets
  • Public Transit: 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, & W trains to 42nd Street. The restaurant is walking distance to Times Square and the Theater District.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: In addition to street parking, there are public parking lots located on 45th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues and on 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.
A word from 44 1/2 Hell's Kitchen
Located along 10th Avenue, a short walk away from 58 Broadway and off-Broadway theaters, shines a beacon for scrumptious food and impeccable service delivered in a stunningly elegant space. Dotted with theater patrons, show people and their entourages and the trendy hipsters of the neighborhood, 44 ½ Hell’s Kitchen provides a lively yet intimate bar with boutique wines, many by the glass, as well as a seasonal specialty cocktail list and an extensive menu. Owner and Executive Chef Scott Hart offers an artistic and modern approach to contemporary American cuisine with seasonal ingredients sourced from many local farms. Whether you are seated in the Japanese inspired dining room or the calming bamboo garden, the energetic and attentive wait staff will make you feel like part of the family. Dinner served daily starting at 5:00pm and brunch on the weekends starting at 11:00am.
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44 1/2 Hell's Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
159 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (102)neighborhood gem (79)great for brunch (72)fit for foodies (63)special occasion (44)romantic (43)good for groups (41)great for lunch (25)hot spot (15)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (12)scenic view (6)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Always a treat
    RickVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I try to visit 44 1/2 every time I go to Manhattan. The food, the service, and the outdoor patio make it one of my favorites in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great patio and good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Pleasantly surprised by spot in hells kitchen not too far from the theatre district. The street (10 Av.) near this location isn't hip or attractive by any means, so this gem definitely stands out as a place to check out. The bar inside is very stylish although seems a little cramped, but the outside patio great. Tall brick walls enclose the patio then more red brick buildings surround the area filled with plant life and a cool style. Menu had good options, but it seemed a lottle geared towards the feminine with the pink "Divas" menu and wait staff wearing the same colored t-shirts. That said the food tasted good and when my friends steak was overcooked they promptly replaced it. I would definitely return but not was a bunch of dudes
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    Cap819
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great ambiance, fun and unusual drinks. All of our food was delicious and service was great. Thank you, 44 1/2!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We enjoyed our meal here very much. The service was attentive without being hovering and the food was outstanding. A little pricy but probably not unusual for NYC.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it
    Ikeette
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Where else can you find cocktails named "Tina Turner?"
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as good as it's sister
    TMFfromRaleighVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is the sister restaurant to 44X and just a few doors away. The feel is more casual and the menu selections are less formal. The food is still great and wait staff provides plenty of eye candy
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I've been here before for my birthday dinner, and had a terrific experience. However, my most recent trip for brunch was marred by the fact that the service was awful. Took forever to place our orders, receive our food, and get drink refills. It did seem like other tables were being helped without any issue, so perhaps it was only our waiter. Other than the service the restaurant has a nice atmosphere, outdoor seating area, and good food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nicole
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything looked amazing and tasted delicious. The portions were generous but still manageable. It was a great find for a delicious meal before seeing a show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ahhhhhmazing!!!
    Amalley
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great ombiance! Great food! Great staff! We went here before a show on a sat night and had a wonderful time. Would recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighbourhood Gem
    LiamVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I love the relaxed feel of this place – the garden is in back is to die for. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The spinach mushroom omelet was amazing and the hot chocolate was refreshing. 44 1/2 is the quintessential brunch spot. Service was well-timed and friendly, and dishes were affordable. Would definitely return! Oh, the staff's uniform (pink shirts) were great too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply good service
    Ldc268VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food excellent and creative yet simple americana crafted menu. Attentive service makes my experoence 90% valued. Good job guys!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2ndCity
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Server didn't know how to take a martini order and seemed confused in general (also got the dessert order wrong) but otherwise the meal was fantastic.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    MikeKVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Booked a birthday dinner here. party of 6. We lost one that day so only 5. placed at a round table, in front of the kitchen and next to the bathroom was. They were unwilling to let us have a different table. We were quite uncomfortable as there was so much traffic passing by our table, bumping into us. And one of our party was wedged against the wall. Food was good as usual, and our waiter was a delight. Of course they were out of the 2 things on the dessert menu i had been dreaming about all through the meal. When they bought the birthday boys dessert i really expected there would be a candle on it, maybe a song. I guess, filling in the special instruction section here on Open Table might not be enough, but I could not get uncrammed
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience
    Denkrusesr
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Staff was excellent as well as the food. Arrived late for reservation due to traffic and still was able to get in and out on time for the play.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed 44 1/2 Hell's Kitchen
    Amykins80
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My husband and I planned a 2-day mini vacation to New York City. We learned about 44 1/2 from a family member when I said we were looking for a good steak, delicious cocktails and romantic atmosphere. 44 1/2 delivered on all accounts! The weather was a bit cool for late July, so we ate in the back courtyard for our 8pm reservation. My beets were awesome and my husband'a crabcake was a work of art! He had filet (perfectly medium rare as requested) and I had amazing scallops and veggies. So good! I had an amazing citrus martini and my husband enjoyed his gin & tonics. We adored the courtyard (a little noisy since they were busy by 9, but still great). Our server, Tyler (and other staffers) treated us like royalty. So glad we choose 44 1/2!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect spot for date night
    jorepe
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We went early (5:30pm reservation) so I can't confirm the noise level when it is packed, but we sat in the garden and it was delightful. The staff was very nice and helpful. We had theater tickets and they went out of their way to make sure we got our food and then the check in a quickly, but never made us feel rushed. Oh, and the food was delicious too! Will definitely go back and will definitely be recommending to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MikeVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Difficult to have conversations. Music too loud. Disco-tech tracks abundant, not good when you are trying to have a nice meal and chat with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everything about this place was great, the food, the seating, and especially the service, it was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh
    Logan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The host was pleasant enough but our server was mediorce and the description of the French Toast was way off: more like a cross between a tower of ciabata bread smooshed together and a bread fritatta. And despite asking for the bacon to be crisp, it was about 5 pieces stuck together with one end limp and the other slightly crisp. The server left the bill without asking if we wanted anything else, saying "for our convenience"... It's Sunday brunch: it would be more covenient if you asked if I wanted a second cocktail. Highly doubt I'd return, even though it's only four blocks from my apt.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best of our trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Dinner here was the best of a 4-day trip to NY with girlfriends. We loved the Elizabeth Taylor Coconut Martinis and Ginger Girl cocktails, the halibut and bass dishes were perfectly prepared and the lobster ravioli was delicious. Blueberry Crisp with white chocolate ganache topped off the event! Garden was lovely with fountain and fresh roses on the tables.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable
    AandE
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had dinner here before attending a Broadway show. The service was very good - polite and accommodating. We sat out on the back patio which provided for a secluded feel to the experience. Cocktails were tasty and the food was very good. The wait staff was prompt and careful to note the time needed to get to the theater. Very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Hot, not in a good way.
    Lucasdog
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was perfectly fine, and I would go back again, just not on hot summer night. While we were sitting in the back, where it should have been cooler, it was very clear after a while that air-conditioning was not working. My dinner partner insisted we leave after main course was eaten because he could not take the heat. This was too bad since, as I said, everything else was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So so
    Njeyedr522
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We went for Sunday brunch prior to going to the theatre. Food took forever to be served. Overall it was very warm inside. Server never checked on us and took awhile to get his attention. Food was decent but presentation was lacking, it was all muddled on the plate.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant outdoor brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We found 44 1/2 on open table while looking for a spot to have brunch when in NYC. We particularly enjoyed eating outside in a back courtyard, which was very pleasant on a beautiful day, a quiet, green spot in the middle of the city. French toast and spinach omelette were both very good, as were the fresh fruit accompanying them. Music was a little frenetic for the quiet spot and Sunday brunch, especially "Let it Go" with an underlying beat machine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thomas
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We very much enjoyed the evening sitting out back in the courtyard. The service and food were very good and it was an evening with exceptional weather so sitting outside was great. Great evening overall and I would definitely recommend to a frient. p.s. the crab cake appetizer is a meal in itself!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dale
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very nice table outside in the back patio. Food was very good, but drinks were extremely expensive. We were shocked for a party of 7 the bill was over $500 for a simple dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Brunch spot
    ChelseaJoeVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I love the brunches, especially the diva-named specialty cocktails! Food is delicious, and prices are awesome. Wait staff amazing, and easy on the eyes!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch spot in midtown.
    LoneStarBrightCity
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I love that the patio is in the back. Just be forewarned. There are only a few umbrellas. On sunny days, if you aren't under one, the sun beating on you can be harsh.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice atmosphere
    LaurenVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Outdoor area was great but took them a very long time to set up after the rain. Food was pretty good too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great venue for pre-theater!
    LisaMVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I found this restaurant when searching for a pre-theater venue and was not disappointed! There is a great outdoor patio in the back. We started with creative and potent cocktails and then I ordered the salmon and my friend had the burger. Both were delicious! We ended with the carrot cake with cream cheese ice cream (as well as frosting). Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place for pre-theater
    LazySunday
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We went to dinner pre-theater and sat outside in patio. We all had a wonderful time and kept commenting throughout the night how much we enjoyed dinner. We all shared the short ribs quesadilla which were amazing, then i had the scallops which were also terrific. For dessert, split the carrot cake with cream cheese gelato, and the peanut butter mousse with malted ball gelato. Definitely a "beback"! Make sure you go to right place...we actually went in and were seating at sister restaurant, 44 and X...thought will try that one next time!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hell's Kitchen anomoly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It was a relaxed environment, great food, fun staff- excellent wine. Highly recommend the Striped Sea Bass.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had pre-show dinner with my husband. Food was excellent and not too pricey for NYC. Sat on outdoor patio which was charming though small. Service a bit slow even though place was not crowded, but overall would highly recommend for pre-theater or just a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food in a pleasant ambience. Outside patio dining very amenable to groups or couples
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loved it
    Sced
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great night. Attentive service and helpful. The night turned into a long conversation but the staff never batted an eye and treated us like we had just arrived all night. Attentive without being disruptive is my hot spot, they did a great job. Food was fresh and the Tuna Tartar was covered in ginger and filled with fresh avacado. loved it
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great time before our show
    BlueElwood
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Fun cocktails and great food! Took a chance on this place while in NYC. Usually we get recommendations but had no time. We were going to a show in theater district. Got 515 reservations for a 7 pm show. We were seated immediately and the server was more than accommodating for our time constraint. The cocktail menu is a hoot and we each enjoyed our selection. Portions were ample. We had the biggest crab cakes we have ever had. They were tasty. Pasta and salads were equally big and delicious. Finished with plenty of time to walk to our show. Ambience was nothing special but food made up for it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Secret garden in Hell's Kitchen
    CTyankee
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had a delightful late dinner in the patio in the rear of the restaurant - completely secluded in the general chaos of Hell's Kitchen area. Crab cake and roasted beet appetizers were excellent, as were the entrees: red snapper stuffed with crab, NY Strip steak, and lobster ravioli. I think 44-½ is far superior to most of the theatre district restaurants, and worth the extra walk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch in the courtyard
    Andy123VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was our first time here, guided by online reviews. We had an enjoyable brunch, great food in a very pleasant courtyard. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!
    jessandcraig
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    So when my fiancé booked this place, I thought WTF! A restaurant in Hell's Kitchen? we are more your Soho or Chelsea kinda people. WOW! WOW! WOW! We stumbled in out of the rain and the most devine waiters and hosts tendered to our every need. It was a really quiet night as it's a long weekend but we were treated like stars. Great conversation, not invasive and we had the night of our lives. My fiancé's steak was the best he's EVER had! They had goats cheese on it and he lost his mind! I had the crispy skin salmon. Ah. Maze. Ing! Plus, when we told our waiter that we got engaged a couple of days before, he brought out a free dessert! What a cutie. Love love loved it! Big kudos to the team, can't wait to go back! x
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nevercooks1VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Food is always amazing. Service not so much. Owners have 2 restaurants on the same block so take a page from some of the best restauranteurs. SERVICE MATTERS!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.