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Posted by G Boldwater on 12/02/2007
I live less than a block from Hell's Kitchen, and try and find excuses to treat myself to meals at this place as often as I can. The food is incredible, and at this point my girlfriend and myself have basically tried the entire menu after so many repeat visits. I would recommend Hell's kitchen to almost anyone, even those who stay away from Mexican food. It is incredible.
Posted by Foody Mc Food on 12/01/2007
I've done french laundry, per se, prune and even endured les halles. This could be the best tasting food I have ever had. The long island duck was silky and subtle, the black bean, cilantro, corn adn sour cream appetizer was outstanding with the sweet corn bread. The next time I am in town...I'm there!
Posted by Traveler from out of state on 10/01/2007
Our first visit to NYC, have eaten several good places but this has been the best so far! Recommended by a trusted local, we were able to get in for an early dinner but it was quickly packed, on a Monday night. The service started a little slow but once we ordered, the pace and attentiveness of the staff was wonderful...we weren't rushed, nor left waiting between courses, and the food was temperature perfect. The menu is small, but each dish we tried was unique in flavor and all were delicious. This is not your typical "Tex-Mex" cuisine... the ingredients and flavors are Mexican, but combined in an intriguing manner with beautiful presentation. Our appetizers were filet-mingon rolls stuffed with an avacado mixture, and venison small tacos ..both were great, filet rolls were fabulous. Entrees were tuna rubbed in a hot spice, served with yucca cake (both wonderful) and tiger shrimp served with slices of fried plantain and a surprisingly great julienne of vegetables (mixture of crispy and sauteed), which was really delicious. Desserts were coconut flan (yum) and a banana in pastry (also yum). We left wanting to 'try this at home'. It's a tiny restaurant, very good energy, pleasant warm atmosphere.
Posted by Upper West Sider on 08/08/2007
I went on a Tue. night, and it was packed. I guess because the food, and drink selection leaves nothing else to be desired!The waiters are informed, but slow for a place with so much energy.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/29/2007
The drinks here are truely 5 star, the appetizers are 5 star, the entrees are not (4 star). The bar is way to small and there is no where else to wait. They don't let you leave the restaurant and come back after you are on the list. Our waitress wasn't anything special. We were one of the last couples at the restaurant and they turned the A/C on full blast to run us out!!! It was crazy. I wouldn't go back and I live 1/4 of block away.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/31/2007
the place is small and i didnt expect much at first but at the end of my dining i was very very pleased. the place is small, i estimate it can hold around 3. no reservations after 7. got there at 8, sat at 830 with party of three. the range of the dinner entrees runs from 18-22. margartias start at 9, beers 6, and appetizers range from 8-12. the bread given while we waited came with this green and white dip, sour cream and spinach dip i think, it was really reaaly good, the bread was thin and glazed with something sweet, it tastes much better than it sounds, DEF wanted a second round. i had the pork with chilli beans and cilantro mased potatoes. AMAZING. the pork was so tender that it broke ever time i tried to pick it up with my fork. my friend had the salmo and loved it and my other friend had the grilled chicken queadilla, i had some of hers and they were VERY good. the sangria was tasty and the magaritas as well, not too strong but no bs. overall great experience would recomend and would def go again.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/05/2007
As a frequent diner in NYC, I have yet to write a review until now. But Hell's Kitchen's food is so amazing that it warrants the effort. Service: Wait was over an hour on a weeknight. Reservations are only taken for pre-theatre dining. Even sitting at the bar, I was truly about to walk out...However, am so glad I didn't. Atmosphere: Small and romantic. It can be a bit loud, but hell, it's a mexican restaurant. The bar was big enough to find seats for waiting and drinks. Food: The specialty drinks are above par and you can truly taste all the ingredients they promise in the description. But the entrees...Red Snapper Tacos were absolutely delicious. As well as the lamb - fell right off the bone. Also the entrees weren't overloaded with rice and beans or other sides. Yet, the meal itself was perfectly garnished with the right elements. Worth the money and wait. Definitely a must in the city - even if the service is a bit slow