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
133 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (81)neighborhood gem (77)fit for foodies (56)great for brunch (55)good for groups (34)romantic (33)special occasion (28)great for lunch (20)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (16)notable wine list (10)late-night find (8)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Gone way downhill and overpriced
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I used to go here a lot.... Had not been in a few years. Boy, is it just bad. Service is slovenly and not smart, where it used to be model-types who were friendly and fun. The food is so massively overpriced for a place that really is far from high-end. The music is too loud to hear the person across the table. A total disappointment, since I live near and used to go a lot. I won't be going back again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • love those diva cocktails!
    luvthecocktails
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My husband and I wanted to find a fun brunch venue with a personality before a Sunday theater matinee and we got very lucky with 44 1/2! Great atmosphere.....sleek yet user friendly design....very attentive service.....fabulous cocktails with catchy celeb names...and the food was great! I ordered the egg white omlet with spinich...delicious! My husband got the french toast...it was decadent! Both plates came with a lovely selection of great fruit and salad...very generous....and we got a side plate of bacon...OMG..get the bacon...it was perfect! Waiters were adorable and on top of everything....and we love the light pink theme..very soothing and sophisticated ....all in all a terrific brunch..Would highly reccommend 44 1/2.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good low-key brunch
    young
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Wonderful ambiance with decent food. Beautiful decoration inside, not too tight on space, and just about the right level of noise to enjoy brunch conversations without needing to scream. Food is decent. Not the best tasting brunch ever, but still very good and well-priced. Service is great though you have to flag down waiters more than them coming to you. Coffee here was good. Good date spot where you don't have to wait too long for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    Protahoe
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We dined here between a matinee and evening theater performance. Very walkable from the theater district, and the food is absolutely divine. Staff were all very attentive and very knowledgeable on the wines and entrees. I wish I knew of this place on prior visits!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great drinks for a girls Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    44 1/2 is just the kind of place I've been looking for, for years. Great food, fun drinks. We didn't want to leave!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I made a reservation here because I frequent this place and wanted to take my out of town guests. We were seated next to the front door on a cold rainy day. The table was for two we were three and crammed in. The service just OK and the food was not up the normal standards. I was very disappointed as this USED to be one of my favorite places.
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  • Grreat job!!!!!
    AlanKVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Kyle, I believe was spot on. Great job and performance! Amazing food, drinks, and professionalism!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Space
    Raymond
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The only problem is the number of tables squeezed into a long narrow room. Tables too tiny. Food was very good. Garden looked lovely but a little too chilly for us too eat outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We usually go to the sister restaurant, 44 & X, but decided to try 44 1/2 this time. We were not disappointed. The food and service are terrific. A little snag occurred when our main courses took a long time to come out and were not hot when the arrived. When they were finally delivered they were tasty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fab design (not the food) lingers
    kelp
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The design of this restaurant is memorable. A confident hand created the color and design scheme, managing every detail from the cabbage and rose vases above the beautiful sink in the washroom to the waiters' tongue-in-cheek t-shirts with food-related words such as 'toasted' 'baked' 'sugar' etc. The ambiance stands strong around a menu that is enticing and drew me into the restaurant after a late-night wander one night. I wish that the food delivered on the menu's promise. The soup is heavy-handed without a clear flavor profile. The beets, three small beet medallions, bisected by tasteless creamy cheese were disappointing. The halibut was perfectly cooked; the best item of the evening was the thinly-sliced vegetables accompanying it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ll
    linnieVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    wonderful small oasis on 10th ave. great food, great menu priced well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    LeftCoastGuy184
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had an early reservation after a matinee performance. The place was fairly empty but the staff were warm and welcoming. I brought two very fussy eaters with me. It took awhile for them to choose their entrees but our waiter was very helpful in making suggestions that they ultimately went for...and were extremely pleased once they were served. We shared the calamari appetizer and it was very generous in size, and tasted freshly prepared, as was the accompanying duck sauce and spicy marinara dipping options. Great meals and generous martinis were expertly prepared. Beautifully designed space, a little crowded once it filled up, and the noise levels increased as well, but I love coming here with friends. Looking forward to my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    Drew58
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Every time we go to Manhattan, 441/2 is always our go to restaurant. We love the people, the food and the atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It made me happy!
    DocFab
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The restaurants entire vibe makes you feel sassy and happy. My food was great. The drink menu is too cute for words. It was the perfect place to celebrate a brunch to toast to finding my wedding dress! We shall return!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Nataly
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Nice ambiance, tasty food...I've been there twice; one for brunch, the other one for dinner. Both were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Spot on 10th!
    NYCloveMTKVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great experience at 44 1/2. I went with my sister and we ate outside in the back. It was beautiful, great lighting and a rose on every table (so romantic!). I ordered the Kobe burger with tempura style bacon and asparagus on top and a side salad, it was really good! My sister ordered the filet which was equally delicious and reasonably priced for the amount of food. The wait staff was friendly and welcoming!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gem on Tenth
    DK1362
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    44 1/2 and it's sister restaurant are our go-to dinner spots before or after West Side theater. Always comfortable, reasonable value and service is always pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PphPH
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Beautiful place , great location for theater, but not a touristy spot. We ate outside and loved it. Food, people were great service excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Definately worth returning
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Tasty comfort food served with warmth and genuine hospitality.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    sklcopake
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Celebrated an anniversary with a delicious meal, warm atmosphere, a beautiful wine and attentive ( but not intrusive) service. Would definitely return and recommend for a pre-theater dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    Brunchbabes
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Good portions. Fun atmosphere. Love the names of the cocktails.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect brunch spot
    WhyCook
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We three each had a notable meal. The Sunday brunch chicken sandwich is ... perfect. Pancakes were a huge hit and the chopped salad is always a winner. Go hungry because the portions are generous and well balanced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bday Brunch...Big mistake!
    VacayMamaVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great menu, nice staff but they completely dropped the ball on my Father in Laws birthday brunch. Everything that could go wrong did. They could not accomodate our request to be in the garden even though we requested way in advance. Even the simplest things were not done. Food was slow. Kids never got food orders wrong. They never brought cake or sang Happy bday as requested and made us sit for 40 minutes waiting for check. Had the nerve to add on 20 percent gratuity! After complaining to manager, he took off some $.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome find!!!
    Firsttimers
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I came to NYC for our anniversary dinner and had no idea where to go for dinner. After reading reviews we decided on 44 1/2 and I'm so glad we did. All the waiters were amazing. My husband got their crab cake which was amazing and I got beet something which was delicious. Our entrees were just as good. I will def go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Doggie Moms!
    legzlie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As usual, I had a fabulous time with 8 of my fellow doggie Moms at 44 1/2. They set up a beautiful table in the front of the restaurant following our fundraiser, brought out amazing food and drinks and treated us like queens!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    KadyBloom137
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Been back twice now. Relaxing and great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool
    AlatLunch
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great spot - food could use some simplifying. On a recent night, we were the last table - sorry - but I thought of 44-1/2 as a late night spot!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Garden Delight
    Jill
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The outdoor garden was beautiful. Our waiter was wonderful and helpful with our selections. The bar staff was not responsive as we had to ask 3 times for a drink. The food was outstanding, especially the risotto. Will recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • madbow
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful pre theater meal in outdoor patio. The crab cake appetizer could be a main. My lobster potpie was delicious. We definitely plan to return when in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maximus
    Maximus
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I requested and was accommodated with garden seating. Beautiful weather and wonderful service. Food was excellent at our brunch. We celebrated my friend's birthday and brought our own cake and candles. The staff was very gracious by bringing out the cake to sing "Happy Birthday" - took pictures for us then cut and plated the cake. We had a fantastic time. I've been to 44 1/2 many times and have never been disappointed. Their food is delicious; no matter what you order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treasure
    Crickets
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food, the staff, the ambiance - all first rate. This is a wonderful place to meet friends. There is something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service-- friendly and fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a wonderful evening. Enjoying a pre- broadway show dinner. Staff understood our time commitment and we never felt rushed. Both appetizers recommendations were perfect. From bartender, to wait staff , everyone was friendly and fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic garden dining!
    Malevolus0099
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    44 & 1/2 is a hidden gem with incredible food in a lovely garden area tucked into Hells Kitchen. I went here 6 hears ago and was worried it would have changed but it was just as fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful theatre district pick
    RegulardinerVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had dinner after a Sunday matinee in the back patio on a lovely night. The setting is just perfect, and the service warm and responsive. The food is excellent too. Dessert (pink champagne sorbet was more like frozen crunchy cotton candy than light smooth sorbet) was a bit weird but everything else rocked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Service Trumps Food
    RodneyG
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    it doesn't matter how beautiful a restaurant is or how amazing their food is. If your water needs to be called every time he's needed, you have a service staff problem. Never was this guy available for our table when we needed him except when we ordered, from that point on we had to fetch him. Other than that we had a wonderful brunch. I felt jealous of other tables on his section. Obviously we weren't attractive enough. LOL
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    JlockerVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is a great spot for Sunday Brunch. I had a friend in from out of town and we both enjoyed the food, drinks and ambiance. Hugo and Frankie behind the bar were great hosts. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super cute atmosphere
    Annabear
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Lovely restaurant, has an outdoor garden in the back, roses on every table. Very feminine and good for a girls' brunch sort of place. Food is good, portion size is good as well. Standard American brunch fair - eggs benedict, omelets, granola, fruit salad, etc. Many options for vegetarians as well. Delicious mini corn muffins. Fast service, come early around 11 am on Sundays to beat the crowd and get faster service. Handsome wait staff, all wearing cute pink t-shirts and skinny shorts! Genderless bathroom, again filled with multi colored roses in pink/magenta/orange/yellow!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Good Food - Service Can Be Lacking
    Mike
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We often eat at 44 ½ before going to the theater. The food is very good and reasonably priced. The waitstaff, unfortunately can be lacking. On this visit, the waiter was totally inexperienced. He took a partial order but had to be reminded that he hadn't taken everyone's. When the food and drinks arrived at the table, they had to be switched to the proper recipients. The waiter also leaned in front of one diner to clear another diner's plate from the table. Finally, "Bloody Mary's" weren't on the 6:00 pm menu - they're only served with brunch. This visit to 44 ½ was disappointing.
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  • Lovely
    Dmf1
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had a pre theater reservation, so it was very quiet and we were the only people outside in the garden so difficult to qualify but the food was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor Garden is Delightful
    HarryVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I like this restaurant very much, especially the garden. It is amazing that this garden room exists on 10th Avenue, opposite a petrol station. It is an oasis in NYC. Food is great, service very good. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate