Your guide will provide you with an elaborate history of how this unique neighborhood developed into the thriving epicenter of New York cuisine.
Formerly the mainstay of poor, working-class Irish Americans, the story of how this neighborhood got its nickname is up for debate. Your tour guide will share some of the theories of how it came to be known as Hell’s Kitchen. Due to its close proximity to the Hudson River docks, where first German and Irish Immigrants formed gangs in the 1850s, the neighborhood became notorious for violence. A later wave of Puerto Rican immigrants in the 1950s caused ethnic tensions – the inspiration for famed musical “West Side Story.” Despite having a history of crime and gang violence, Hell’s Kitchen has become a gentrified, metropolitan area that now boasts some of the most expensive properties in Manhattan.
Due to its diverse background, it is revered for its many ethnic restaurants – such as Caribbean, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Mexican, Thai, Italian, Ethipian, Turkish, and Indian among others. Locals are known to flock to this area to chow down on international favorites, so eat like the New Yorkers do and tread through the thriving neighborhood that is Hell’s Kitchen.
Hell’s Kitchen is located within close proximity to the Broadway theatres, and is known to host many famous actors and entertainers. Over the years, Madonna, Alicia Keys, James Dean, and many other icons have resided here. Now, it is home to playwrite Joe Iconis and breakout star Jesse Eisenberg – and is also home to the studios for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Keep your eyes peeled - you just might see John Stewart heading to the studio! Food, history, culture, and more food - there's truly something for everyone to enjoy on the Hell's Kitchen Food Tour experience!
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We had so much fun on this walking tour sampling food from many of the restaurants in Hell's Kitchen. Many of which we would have never tried on our own. Not only did we get to try great good but also got some fun history of the city on our walk. Gary, our tour guide was an attraction on his own. Fun and informative. Bring your appetite you won't go hungry!