Guide To NYC: Midtown West

Midtown West

Midtown West, also known as Hell’s Kitchen, is a home to many aspiring actors. It has close proximity to many plays, and shows, as well as some great dining options. Some highlights of Midtown West are the Gershwin Theatre, home of Wicked the musical, and the Museum of Modern Art. Some current celebrities that live here are Katherine McPhee, Lady Gaga, Goldie Hawn, P. Diddy, and Carrol Burnett.


What To See

  • Daytime

Museum of Modern Art
  • MoMA
    • Works from van Gogh to Warhol and others, including a sculpture garden, 2 cafes and a restaurant
    • 11 West 53rd Street
    • Saturday-Thursday 10:30am-5:30pm
    • Friday 10:30am-8p
Intrepid Museum
  • Intrepid Museum
    • Flight museum on an aircraft carrier with exhibits including a Concorde, submarine, and a space shuttle
    • Pier 86, West 46th Street 12th Avenue
    • Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm
New York Public Library
  • New York Public Library
    • Open to the public
    • 5th Avenue 42nd Street
    • Monday & Thursday-Saturday 10am-6pm
    • Tuesday-Wednesday 10am-8pm
    • Sunday 1-5pm
Bryant Park
  • Bryant Park
    • Open 4 acre green space behind NY Public Library, including a café and other food kiosks
    • West 42nd street, Avenue of the Americas
    • Saturday-Sunday 7am-11pm
    • Monday-Friday 7am-12am
Gershwin Theatre
  • Gershwin Theatre
    • Plays, concerts, and ballets are staged in this 1,900 seat venue. Currently playing is Wicked (alt. version of the Wizard of Oz), which is a top Broadway hit!
    • 222 West 51st Street
    • Show times are listed online
  • Shopping

Lord and Taylor
  • Lord and Taylor
    • 424 5th Avenue
    • Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm
    • Sunday 11am-7pm
Bergdorf Goodman
  • Bergdorf Goodman
    • 764 5th Avenue
    • Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm
    • Sunday 11am-7pm
Henri Bendel
  • Henri Bendel
    • 712 5th Avenue
    • Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm
    • Sunday 12pm-7pm
Magnolia Bakery
  • Magnolia Bakery
    • Known for their famous and delicious cupcakes
    • 1240 Avenue of the Americas
    • Monday-Thursday 7am-10pm
    • Friday 7am-12am
    • Saturday 8am-12am
    • Sunday 8am-10pm
  • Nightlife

    • Upscale

21 Club
  •  21 Club (American)
    • Upscale former speakeasy serving classic American food
    • Monday-Friday 12pm-2:30pm
    • Saturday 5pm-11pm
    • Closed Sunday
    • 21 West 52nd Street
    • 4.1 Stars
The Roof
  • The Roof (Lounge)
    • The lounge and terrace on top of the Viceroy hotel serves food from Kingside and high-end cocktails
    • Monday-Sunday 4pm-4am
    • 124 West 57th Street
    • 4.0 Stars
  • Ardesia Wine Bar
    • Over 30 wines by the glass are available along with homemade NY pretzels and hand-crafted cheeses
    • Monday-Wednesday 4pm-12am
    • Thursday-Saturday 4pm-2am
    • Sunday 2pm-11pm
    • 510 West 52nd Street
    • 4.2 Stars
  •  Beautique (American)
    • Refined American food is served in a posh setting influenced by Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment
    • Monday-Friday 5:30pm-11pm
    • Saturday 6pm-11:30pm
    • Closed Sunday
    • 8 West 58th Street
    • 4.4 Stars
  • Budget Friendly

The Carnegie Club
  •  The Carnegie Club (Bar)
    • Patrons puff on cigars and sip single malts at this bar which is a clubby, elegant smoking lounge with a fireplace
    • Monday-Thursday 2pm-2am
    • Saturday 4pm-2am
    • Sunday 4pm-1am
    • 156 West 56th Street
    • 4.3 Stars
Swing 46
  •  Swing 46 Jazz and Supper Club
    • This jazz and supper club offers live music, swing dancing and free dance lessons
    • Thursday-Friday 5pm-3am
    • Sunday-Wednesday 5pm-12am
    • 349 West 46th Street
    • 4.4 Stars
  •  Tonic Times Square (Sports Bar)
    • Sports bar with big TVs, wood furnishings, padded-leather sofas and booths and a rooftop patio
    • Monday-Sunday 10:30am-4am
    • 727 7th Avenue
    • 4.0 Stars
Barcelona Bar – Harry Potter Shots
  • Barcelona Bar (American)
    • Bar with sultry décor offering over 100 shots with names such as the Monica Lewinsky and Harry Potter
    • Monday-Sunday 4pm-4am
    • 923 8th Avenue
    • 4.3 Stars

Where To Eat

  • Upscale


  • Nobu Fifty Seven (Japanese)
    • Sleek Japanese-Peruvian spot from Nobu Matsuhisa frequented by business types and celebrities
    • Monday-Saturday 11:45am-11pm
    • Sunday 5:45pm-10pm
    • West 10019, 40 West 57th Street
    • 4.4 Stars
Estiatorio Milos
  • Estiatorio Milos (Mediterranean)
    • Stylish Greek restaurant serving fresh seafood in a Mediterranean-style whitewashed setting
    • Monday-Sunday 12pm-2:30pm, 5pm-11:30pm
    • 125 W 55th Street
    • 4.4 Stars
  • Azalea (Italian)
    • Meaty fare from Brescia shares menu space with seafood from Amalfi Coast in an airy, high-ceiling room
    • Sunday-Monday 11:30am-11pm
    • Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-11:30pm
    • Friday-Saturday 11:30am-12:30am
    • 224 West 51st Street
    • 4.0 Stars
  • Taboon (Lebanese)
    • Lively spot for modern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food plus fresh bread from the namesake domed oven
    • Monday-Friday 5pm-11pm
    • Saturday 5pm-11:30pm
    • Sunday 11am-3:30pm, 5pm-10pm
    • 773 10th Avenue
    • 4.6 Stars
  • Budget Friendly

Trattoria Tricolori
  • Trattoria Trecolori (Italian)
    • Bustling Italian restaurant serving classic red-sauce dishes in a warm space with exposed brick
    • Sunday-Thursday 12pm-10:30pm
    • Friday-Saturday 12pm-11:15pm
    • 254 West 47th Street
    • 4.4 Stars
Topaz Thai
  • Topaz Thai
    • Small, no thrills Thai joint, located close to Carnegie Hall and City Center
    • Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm
    • Friday 11am-11pm
    • Saturday-Sunday 12pm-11pm
    • 127 West 56th Street
    • 4.0 Stars
La Pulperia
  • La Pulperia (Seafood)
    • Latin American food in a rustic-chic restaurant with Mexican tiles, repurposed Brazilian wood and a marble bar
    • Monday-Friday 4pm-11pm
    • Saturday 12pm-12am
    • Sunday 12pm-10pm
    • 371 West 46th Street
    • 4.6 Stars
Lillie’s Victorian Establishment
  • Lillie’s Victorian Establishment (American/British)
    • Restaurant and bar with a menu of classic American and British dishes in a Victorian setting
    • Monday-Sunday 11am-4am
    • 249 West 49th Street
    • 4.1 Stars

Where To Sleep

  • Upscale (prices for off-season/shoulder season)

Courtyard New York Times Square West
  • Courtyard New York Times Square West
    • Straightforward hotel with contemporary rooms and a restaurant, plus a 24/7 exercise room and free WiFi
    • 307 West 37th Street
    • 4.3 Stars
    • $319/night
Homewood Suites
  • Homewood Suites New York Midtown Manhattan/Times Square Hotel
    • Chic extended-stay hotel with full kitchens, free WiFi, and breakfast, plus a 24/7 fitness center
    • 4.4 Stars
    • $299/night
Pearl Hotel
  • Pearl Hotel
    • Modern boutique hotel with contemporary rooms, plus free breakfast, WiFi, and happy hour
    • 233 West 49th Street
    • 4.6 Stars
    • $440/night
  • Michelangelo
    • Luxury hotel with marble bathrooms, an Italian wine bar and free car service to Wall Street
    • 152 West 51st Street
    • 4.5 Stars
    • $270/night
  • Budget Friendly (prices for off season/shoulder season)

Fairfield Inn and Suites Midtown/Penn Station
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites New York Midtown Manhattan/Penn Station
    • Modern hotel offering free hot breakfast and WiFi, plus a fitness center and a rooftop bar
    • 325 West 33rd Street
    • 4.4 Stars
    • $119/night
Belvedere Hotel
  • Belvedere Hotel
    • 1920’s-era hotel offering elegant rooms, plus a 24-hour gym and a Brazilian eatery
    • 319 West 48th Street
    • 4.2 Stars
    • $186/night
The French Quarters Guest Apartments
  • The French Quarters Guest Apartments
    • Cozy Big Easy-inspired hotel featuring upscale rooms and suites, free breakfast and an airy eatery
    • 346 West 46th Street
    • 4.7 Stars
    • $187/night
Hotel Metro New York
  • Hotel Metro New York
    • Stylish hotel with an art deco lobby and a rooftop deck, plus free WiFi and breakfast
    • 45 West 35th Street
    • 4.2 Stars
    • $175/night

“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine” – Caskie Stinnett


21 thoughts on “Guide To NYC: Midtown West

    1. I’m not entirely sure, I haven’t tried that drink yet, but I’m a huge Harry Potter fan so I will definitely have to try it next time I go to the city, but on their site it says it consists of vodka, orange juice, triple sec, and set aflame using a “magic wand” 🙂


    1. Wow thank you for the kind words!! It takes forever to do these guides because I want to make sure it includes all the information someone new to the city would need 🙂 I also extensively search for the best deals with the best ratings to make the trip worthwhile! I’m glad you are enjoying the posts 😀

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    1. Thank you! I tried to find restaurants with good deals that had above a 4 star rating, and I tried to include other types of cuisine because American food is pretty much the same wherever you go and can get boring quickly 🙂


  1. Excellent guide, I will be sure to save this for an upcoming trip in April. Have you done (or do you plan to do) a post on Queens? We will be hitting that area for the first time in one of our upcoming trips (we generally vist at least twice a year).


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