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

44 1/2 Hell's Kitchen Details

  • 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: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Where else can you find cocktails named "Tina Turner?""
    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"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food excellent and creative yet simple americana crafted menu. Attentive service makes my experoence 90% valued. Good job guys!!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Everything about this place was great, the food, the seating, and especially the service, it was impeccable."
    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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It was a relaxed environment, great food, fun staff- excellent wine. Highly recommend the Striped Sea Bass."
    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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food in a pleasant ambience. Outside patio dining very amenable to groups or couples"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This was my second time at this restaurant and will definitely be back for a third, if not more! The service this time was sporadic, the bus boy was great - definitely made certain that our water glasses were kept filled and table was kept clean! The food was fabulous as it was the first time that I went there. It is definitely a great place for foodies - as far as I am concerned!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "44 1/2 is by far my favorite restaurant in the city! I have returned several times now on trips to NYC. and it delivers above expectation every time. From the moment you are greeted by Andrew at the door, you are well taken care of. The food is fresh and perfectly prepared. Love the cocktails. This was my first time sitting in the Japanese Garden area. It was so peaceful and intimate. And we were a party of six. Beautiful! Cannot wait to return!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The service was outstanding. The food was very fresh, well prepared and fabulous presentation"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We've dined at 44 1/2 a number of time and it has always been a wonderful experience. Staff is very attentive; food has always been consistently good with wonderful presentation of the plates; nice ambiance!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014