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Posted by Bill McConnell on 10/27/2014
We live in Hell's Kitchen and decided to see if we could find a decent Mexican restaurant in the hood on a lonely Monday night. I read the reviews for Hell's Kitchen and wondered how we could be missing such a sweet little gem for all the years it's been open on 9th Ave. After eating there, however, I'm wondering where all the gushing reviews came from. First, if you can't make a superlative margarita, you have no business being in the Mexican restaurant industry. Having an outstanding margarita in a Mexican restaurant is both the minimal and most vital prerequisite and will easily make the difference between success and failure. It's arguably more important than the food. The margaritas at Hell's Kitchen are made with mix and they're weak to boot. I mean, c'mon, what does it take to use real lime juice and an extra shot of tequila? When you're charging $13+ for a margarita, there's sufficient markup to get it right! When it's not right, I'm forced to kind of roll my eyes. Please don't make me drink 10 margaritas to get my buzz on! Now to the food: As with other reviewers, I agree there's nothing typical about the food at Hell's Kitchen. The flavors aren't comparable to what you'll find at other Mexican restaurants, which can be good or bad. Good if it's tasty, bad if you end up wishing you'd gone elsewhere. In this case the flavor combinations just didn't do it for us. If you're going to go nouveau Mexican (they call it "progressive") you better do some taste testing with people other than your immediate family to make sure you've got it right. For dinner, I had the Tamarind Rubbed Grilled Sirloin and found it bland and unimpressive in every respect. My wife had the Chilean Sea Bass and couldn't quite figure out what was going on. She left most of it, which isn't saying much because the portions are small. Neither came with sides. I don't mind paying $23/$24 for an entree, but for that price I want a little action. Make me purr and say "Yum!" I will say the service was good, but that was probably because the place was practically empty. In the final analysis, if you want authentic Mexican food, this isn't the place. In fact, if you want anything even remotely resembling typical Mexican food, you'll want to keep walking. If, on the other hand, you don't mind dropping a wad of dough for small portions of oddly matched flavors, then you're in luck, Hell's kitchen is the place for you.
Posted by DL on 06/06/2012
Really good Mexican - not your run of the mill, but well thought out and executed. A cut above the norm. Nice to order a few dishes to share - can recommend the fish taco and the pork mini burrito. Also they make a very good and somewhat potent margarita - it only took two to slay my partner
Posted by kewpie on 03/23/2012
i think the review below is mixing it with HK as this Hell's Kitchen is not open for breakfast. I would have their chillaquiles for breakfast if they're open tho. or Pozole in the winter, but for dinner. Very consistent food and service,and fun, lively atmosphere.
Posted by I Hughes on 01/06/2012
Not Mexican as you know it , but the food was great the service superb and the atmosphere buy but intimate. Would highly recommend 10/10. Note : Not too easy to find as very low key sign-age but the address is correct and its worth the hunt.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/18/2011
I have been to Hell's Kitchen several times and the food just keeps getting better. Please re-open for lunch!
Posted by Mark K. from Putnam County on 01/09/2011
We were in town for a show our kids gave us as a Christmas gift. Along with the tickets came reservations at Hells Kitchen. My son just chose it because of the cuisine and the proximity the the theater. We will be back and I highly recommend this fine establishment to anyone who truly appreciates fine dining. The pork shank was out of this world and my wife's tiger shrimp were beyond delicious. The chef has taken very simple, fresh ingredients and performed magic with them. If you like Sangria, you will love theirs. The hostess and the waiters were very attentative and cordial. Combine this with a a very cozy decor and you have a little slice of heaven in Hells Kitchen.
Posted by cookie on 09/24/2010
wow this place was excellent. everyone that goes needs to try the sweet plantains with goat cheese and i had the fish tacos which was on the specials list. highly recommended. service was great. food came out quick and water glasses were filled when needed. just right. all of tge flavors were excellent and complimented each other....compliments to the chef.!! i live around the way and am definitely going to visit this place regularly.