Despite its name and past reputation, Hell’s Kitchen is a wonderful Manhattan neighborhood, filled with an abundance of things to do for an afternoon or a day. It’s a Midtown-area neighborhood that puts you close to all the action adjacent to the Broadway District. It’s,one of , our Arlo Hotel absolute favorites. From Hell’s Kitchen it’s a quick subway ride to any part of Manhattan, but we feel there’s many reasons to stay within the neighborhood for a day of fun.

Previously a grittier neighborhood, Hell’s Kitchen went through nearly 30 years of gentrification. It’s a frequent home to actors and artists and has a sizable LGBTQ population as well as LGBTQ-friendly and owned bars and other businesses.

For dining, head to Ninth Avenue for an extraordinarily strong collection of ethnic restaurants, including Afghan, Peruvian, Pakistani, and Thai standouts. There’s also a collection of food cart and truck vendors that congregate on Tenth Avenue between 43rd and 47th Streets and offer visitors a COVID-19 friendly way to grab and meal and go.

To soak in some culture, head to the Last Rites Gallery, which features a dazzling collection of macabre and surreal works from a variety of noted artists. There’s also the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum which contains items and content from America’s military and maritime history.

To enjoy the outdoors and unbelievable river views, head to the 550-acre Hudson River Park that features various play areas for kids, a restaurant, and a boathouse for fun rentals. If you’re heading out to New Jersey and other eastern destinations, then you can escape through the Lincoln Tunnel, or board one of the many trains leaving from nearby Penn Station, the busiest railroad station in North America.