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About HK Hell's Kitchen

HK Hell's Kitchen is a popular dining spot that features delectable breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch options in its bright and modern eatery. Diners enjoy sandwiches, such as the croque monsieur, and the hanger steak with fried plantains, marmalade and Swiss cheese. Entrees like the inviting roasted herb chicken with whipped potatoes and the creamy lobster risotto speak to HK Hell's Kitchen's deft hand with seasoning and comfort food traditions. There's also brunch for a hearty weekend meal. Try the brunch burger with bacon, cheddar and egg topped with truffle mac and cheese for a savory treat, or if you're in the mood for something sweet, sample the French toast topped with maple syrup and fresh berries.

And that's not all. HK Hell's Kitchen also makes a wide range of cool drinks, from homemade iced teas, to fresh berry smoothies and rich coffee concoctions.

523 9th Ave
New York, NY 10018
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 11:30am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 1:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Cross Street:
39th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 947-4208

Website:
http://www.hkhellskitchen.com/

Entertainment:
Music, dancing and performances are featured 7 nights a week in the HK Lounge.

Catering:
From finger food to full course meals, HK has catering options to fit every need.

Parking Details:
Public lots are located within the neighborhood. Street parking is also available.

Public Transit:
A, C & E trains to 42nd Street.

Private Party Facilities:
This venue can be booked to be semi-private or private to accommodate parties ranging from bridal/baby showers, holiday get-togethers, corporate events, bachelor parties, etc. Full multimedia capabilities, menu options, and entertainment selections are at your disposal. Please contact the restaurant for more information.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

HK Hell's Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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3.3

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based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.5

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3.4

ambience

3.2

Noise

Moderate

47% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Brunch (154)
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Good for Groups (140)
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Late-night Find (102)
Romantic (96)
Special Occasion (59)
Kid-friendly (26)
Notable Wine List (16)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2016

I wish I had read these poor reviews before we dined there tonight. Restaurant was dirty. Floors were dirty, tables were dirty, menus were dirty, bathrooms were dirty. Food took forever to arrive and then was only just ok. I mean, when I walked in the door, nobody came over to assist. I don't know how this place is even open. Obviously I won't return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2014

Decor was horrible, ripped seats, plastic chairs and not very clean. Wait staff was not pleasant and did not even come to refill water or ask if anything is needed. The bus boy did more for us than anyone in the whole restaurant, so he got a tip. Food was very good and was actually brought to table by the chef, since the waiters and waitresses were too busy talking at the bar with each other. By the way there was only 3 tables that had people there, not exactly too busy to take care of the customer's. However, the burgers were good. If this is associated with Gordon Ramsey, he would have shut it down completely!

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 (Berlin)·Dined on May 30, 2014

Went for lunch with two friends and waited 15 minutes to get our drinks and went downhill from there. All 3 of us ordered from the lunch menu and 2 meals came while the 3rd took 30 minutes longer with one vague update from our waiter about a computer error. There are more examples but you get the picture. Too bad since there are only a few places near the Javits Center

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2014

I made brunch reservations through open table for two and received a confirmation, etc. When we arrived, the hostesses were pleasant but informed us they not only didn't have our reservation but they had never heard of open table and don't take reservations for less than 12. We were fortunate they had an empty table and were seated promptly but it left me wondering if the problem was the restaurant, or open table. I had the eggs Benedict and it was good but not great. My husband had steak and eggs and had the same opinion. Service was good and wait staff was pleasant.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2014

Opentable took a 12:15pm reservation for HK, however neglected the fact that they are not open for lunch! So of course it was an awful experience with my client to find a suitable place around 9th that we could have our meeting.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2014

Waiters were nice but we were the only ones in there and I felt like they left out the usual basic service. Our water was never refilled, we weren't asked if we wanted refills on our other drinks. The hearts of palms in the salad was hard and indelible. The waiter did go back in the kitchen and bring out a better few but we shouldn't have had to mention this. Soups were good. Out main meals were both just ok. The chicken in both was over cooked and dried out,

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2013

Had dinner here with a friend before attending a show. Although they were out of an appetizer as soon as the place opened for dinner, overall the food was good. Salad was bland, but we really enjoyed the tuna appetizer and I thought the gnocchi were perfect!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 24, 2013

I booked this believing it was Gordon's restaurant. I still don't know if he owns it but I do know the Chef would have been sacked by Gordon the night we dined! Food had no flavour at all and I had great expectations. WARNING to anyone else making a booking here!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2013

Best meal we had while visiting NYC!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 24, 2012

Food was amazing - we split the salmon (they were out of lemongrass, but the chef made do) and the risotto. Wonderful - everything cooked and presented beautifully. The bread was out of this world (apparently a substitute honey/whole grain baguette that they picked up at a local bakery when they ran out of the usual) - totally addictive! Service was great - very nice young lady. Seemed inexperienced (had to go back to check on our questions), but so pleasant it didn't matter (and in restaurants, it's better to have the right attitude - you can train the skills). Only quibble was that they would charge for refills of the iced tea - already not inexpensive, so to each pay $5.90 for that is ridiculous. Overall - very nice little place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 22, 2012

Nothing remarkable. Go if it's convenient but don't make a special trip.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2012

WE DINED EARLY WHICH MAY AFFECT A REVUE FOR SOME.
THE MENU WAS AVERAGE IN SIZE BUT OUR CHOICES WERE VERY GOOD.
WE WERE SEATED IMMEDIATELY BUT WERE NOT PAID ATTENTION TO OFTEN DESPITE VERY FEW PATRONS AT THE EARLY HOUR.
WE HAD SALADS AND FISH ITEMS WHICH WE ENJOYED.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2012

Not an exciting place for lunch. My companion enjoyed her meal. I did not.
When we passed by the place at night, it was jumping.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 6, 2012

We were visiting from Toronto Canada, and found the Restaurant on Open Table. The food was very good, our server was attentive and accomadating. When one of our party did not care for her Martini, he changed it for another. The Restaurant itself was more like a cafeteria style, we came when in when it was still light out. Once it was dark, the candles were all lit and it looked nice. Thanks again for a Great Evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2012

The rest. was not at all busy when we arrived. It took us 50 minutes to get our appetizer of calamari and french onion soup! When the soup arrived the cheese was burned! And the calamari was average at best. The vegatable lasagna lacked flavor and again the cheese topping was burned! Very much a disappointment! Would not recommend to anyone for dining. Maybe cocktails but that would be the only reason I would ever return to that establishment!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2012

I loved the overall feel of this place-bright, open, and airy-great for a warm summer day. Went there with co-workers for a quick lunch and we were all very unhappy with our meal. The flank/skirt steak sandwich sounded great on paper, but the cut of meat was very fatty and sliced very, very thin. My co-worker and I both had to deconstruct our sandwiches to cut the fat off. The salmon burger was dry and lack luster. When we notified the server of how unhappy we were all she said was sorry... She didn't even try to make it up to us by offering dessert or remove something from the bill.
We will NOT be going back there again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2012

Very reasonable prices for tasty imaginative food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2012

Food and service were both great. Loved the garage door walls that opened up so you could dine al fresco. Our server was attentive (and very handsome I might add!) Went for lunch on a beautiful day and could not have picked a better spot!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2012

the banquets are in need of new foam padding - they sit very low!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2012

food was excellent; too noisy with opening to street

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2012

went at 1245pm prime time for lunch - seemed dead. lunch order side dish was forgotten. so by the time it came out i ate the main lunch already....also used a livingsocial coupon and they pre added a 20% tip which i thought should not have been done seeing that the food delivery was forgotten...would not go there again and only went because of a coupon.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 6, 2012

We went for breakfast. Reasonable prices and the choices for breakfast were just fine. A great place if you want to go the flea market on the street next to it. The atmostphere is good and there is outdoor seating. I'd go again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2012

We entered the door and stood there for almost 7 mins before being greeted and seated. The appitizera were delicious and do were the specialty drinks , but the entrees were dry, burnt and scarse.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 14, 2012

The service was weird. Didn't even know our server left...the.steak was supposed to be medium and found its way well done onto the plate....the penne pasta was good though!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2012

Found through Livingsocial
Would recommend.
Great Martini selection.
Nice walk from theater district and then to the train station to return home.
The watermelon & feta together was a very nice combination. Loved snails.
Would definitely return with warmer weather when the doors could be open.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 6, 2012

They attempted to sit 3 men at a tiny table for 2 and when I pulled a second table over to give us more space they made a comment as if they were going to need that table for other customers (we were one of 5 parties in the restaurant the whole time, clearly they think they are a better restaurant than they are). They were out of Blue Moon and then served me a skunked Stella before I finally got their "seasonal beer of the month" which was just a normal Sam Adams. _ We ordered the escargot but they were out of that too. Overall the food was nothing special, the Burger tasted like ground beef that was charred on a grill but there was no real flavor. The whole meal was a pretty big disappointment.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 5, 2012

Don't recommand

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2012

The food was excellent and very fairly priced. Highly recommend the mushroom ravioli

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2012

I had a certificate and when I presented it the waiter said "I wish you had given me this before I gave you the bill." I responded that he had not given me a chance (as he rarely stopped by the table during our mediocre meal). He then brought the certificate to the manager and added a 20% tip (we were a party of two), which I thought was unnecessary given the service. I would not return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 22, 2012

Since my Open Table reservation was apparently lost and I was questioned about whether I had kept it, my feelings about this place took a turn for the worse. Having to answer a questionnaire doubting my abilities to cancel a reservation I couldn't keep, I then had to waste my time filling out paperwork for the obvious error made by the restaurant. Did not make me feel all that warm a fuzzy about food that was fairly mediocre to begin with.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 15, 2012

The Ambiance was great. The food was good. The service was excellent. My only criticism would be that the environment was very loud and it was difficult to have a conversation. I would not recommend the environment for getting to know someone.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2012

I feel bad dumping on this place because the wait staff was really sweet to us but the food was just awful. A bad home cook can do better. I eat out a lot in NYC from hole in the wall sandwich places to cool new places in the East Village to basement level places in Chinatown to diners to old standbys like Oceana. I don't expect 100% perfection but I do expect a basic level of competence from the kitchen. We both got the steak special which we ordered medium rare--what we got were 2 charcoal briquettes. It wasn’t our servers fault either another table had the same issue. I think the kitchen may have done this because the meet wasn’t that good. Another table had pasta that when picked up with a fork hung like a clump. This used to be a fun &

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2012

Food was very good. Waiter was very attentive and pleasant. Very, very dark and we got there when it was still light out. You have to use the candles to read the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2012

A "Funky" restaurant that looks like a revival of an old Diner. A lot of Television and a long Bar. The food we had was quite good, but we were at an early quiet time so the kitchen was not stressed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2012

GReat food space. The wait was about an hour after reservation.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on January 30, 2012

I ordered the beet & goat cheese salad here for appetizer, it was amazing! Got the hanger steak, it was a little over cooked ( i asked it to be medium) and was a little tough, but overall, good experience. Had a chocolate martini, it was awesome. The wait staff is easy on the eyes here too, very nice, young, good-looking men are quick to serve! Very good experience and loved the music! Will definitely go back next time i'm in the city.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2012

The service was quick and accurate but not anything to brag about. It was an emotionless rehearsed service. The calamari appetizer was definitely a good starter choice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2012

The food just wasn't very good. The Shrimp "Tempura" was way over-fried. Luckily, the shrimp were quite large, which meant that I could still taste them through the burnt batter. The Lobster Risotto tasted like straight butter. Doesn't sound bad at first, until you have a full bowl of it. The truffle gnocchi had a nice truffle flavor, but the gnocchi were just not prepared very well.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2012

Extremely disappointed with the seating. They sat our party of 3 at a small table for 2! And would not accomodate any request to change tables. Don't go here if you are a party of 3. The food was inconsistent - two orders of steak frite medium came out with one medium and one rare/tough. The one positive was our waiter-in-training who provided great service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2012

It was hard to spot the restaurant since the sign was small and the restaurant didnt quite look like a restaurant. The food was moderate at taste and small size but the service was good.

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