Midtown West, Hell’s Kitchen and Koreatown

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Empire State Building, Diamond District, Intrepid, MSG

Midtown West is a huge tourist area with great neighborhoods like NYC’s famous Diamond District, Hell’s Kitchen and Koreatown. Hell’s Kitchen, within midtown, is the most western section and and an “up-and-coming" residential area of New York City with new shops and restaurants opening often. Koreatown, just a block from the Empire State Building, is known for their restaurants and karaoke bars and clubs.

Things to Do | Hotels | Discount Passes | Printable Map

Recommended Restaurants | Shopping

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Things to Do

Empire State Building (350 5th Ave, 33nd/34rd) – $20 Adult, $14 ages 6-12, under 12 free.  Go early to avoid the lines, or get an Express Pass ($42). There are 3 lines to get in:  1) security line, mandatory for all, 2) ticket line, unless you have pre-purchased tickets. 3) Elevators to the Observatory. Express Pass holders get priority at all three lines. While I’ve heard the Skyride is a tourist trap, I have never personally experienced it.

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (Pier 86, 166 W 46th St at 12th Ave) – centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), and features a range of interactive exhibits and events about heroism.  Educational, planes, war and a view of the Hudson River.  $19.50 Ad, $14.50 C, $15.50 Sr, under 2 free.

Madison Square Garden/ Penn Station  (7th Ave, 31st/33rd) catch the Rangers (hockey), Knicks (basketball) or concert in the main arena or a show at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The MSG All-Access Tour, lets you visit team locker rooms, learn how the basketball court turns into an ice-rink, meet a Knicks City Dancer, and classic history, such as where Joe Frazier took on Muhammad Ali for the first time.

MoMA – technically, the Museum of Modern Art is in Midtown West, but I’ve grouped with it the attractions in Midtown East.

Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock

See Also: Times Square.

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NYC Discount Passes and Tours in Midtown West

NY Explorer Pass
Choose Your Attractions New-York-City-Go-Select-Card-Discount Pass

  • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
  • Empire State Building
  • Madison Square Garden, All Access Tour
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

New York Pass
Included Free and Discounted The New York Pass

  • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
  • Empire State Building and New York Skyride
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Madison Square Garden, All Access Tour
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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Midtown West Recommended Restaurants

Cognac (55th, Bway) – Have a cocktail while sitting outside, people watching. Same owners as Serafina.

Molyvos  (7th Ave, 55th/ 56th) – excellent Greek, small plates, near Central Park.

Carnegie Deli right across the street.

Le Bernardin (155 W 51st, 7th  Ave) – French/Seafood. One of the city’s top restaurants, many swear it’s their all time favorite meal. Service, food and décor is impeccable. Also great for lunch (prix-fixe: 3 course lunch, $66; 4 course dinner, $109)

Meskerem (468 W 47th , 10th Ave) – Ethiopian. Inexpensive, interesting, and if you’ve never eaten by using spongy bread to pick up your food (no utensils), it’s fun and a must-try. Most spicy and many vegetarian friendly.

Restaurant Row (46th  St, 8th/9th Aves) – 30 restaurants on one block, most “touristy,” all for Broadway theatre crowd, serving prix-fixe specials.

Esca (402 W 43rd  St., 9th Ave) Italian /seafood. Another Batali gourmet winner.

41 & X (622 10th Ave, 44th St) – Nouveau American (mac n cheese, fried chicken, ribs), less touristy than other theater restaurants, outdoor bamboo garden.

Rosa’s Pizza (in Penn Station) – believe it or not, some say this is their favorite pizza in NYC. And the cheapest beer anywhere.

Koreatown – 32nd St, 5th/Broadway – most any restaurant is a great choice, and right next to the Empire State Building.

Press Lounge at the Ink 48 Hotel – HANDS DOWN one of THE best views of Manhattan. A fabulous hotel rooftop with a 70-foot-long reflecting pool and killer panoramic skyline views, with comfortable sofas.

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Midtown West Shopping

Lord and Taylor (424 5th Ave, 38th/39th) – classic NY department store with elegant and stylish merchandise, great dress selection for all ages. Best suited for the over-40 crowd (it was my Grandmother’s favorite back in the day!)

Macy’s (151 W 34th St, 7th Ave)– Herald Square – many people love the landmark, Macy’s, founder of the most famous Thanksgiving Day Parade and backdrop of “Miracle on 34th Street.” The store is huge (2 city blocks, 9 Floors). Crowded, very congested area, little else around it, lacking sales staff and probably little merchandise you can’t find at home or online.

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Midtown West Hotels

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NYC Luxury Hotels – Midtown West

Ritz Carlton Central Park

5 Star Rating

From: $895

Ritz Carlton Central Park NYC

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park offers all the elegance and charm of a private home a few steps from Central Park. This New York City luxury hotel features 259 lavishly-appointed guestrooms, including 47 suites, and The Ritz-Carlton Club® Lounge experience for guests seeking a heightened level of luxury and privacy. In addition to superlative service and intimate surroundings, The Ritz-Carlton Club® Lounge serves five delectable culinary offerings throughout the day.

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NYC Boutique Hotels – Midtown West

Hudson Hotel New York City

4 Star Rating

From: $133

Hudson Hotel New York City

Beautiful private park, like a mini Central Park, with full cocktail bar, chaises, floor cushions, ivy on the walls. Heated in the winter. A bit further West than the other main hotels in this area and quieter.

356 W 58th St, Between 8th & 9th Aves

Rates and Reviews: Hudson Hotel
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Royalton Hotel – One of the few sophisticated hotels within minutes of Rock Center, Broadway, Times Square

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Suite Hotels New York City

Manhattan NYC Hotel

3 Star Rating

From: $160

Affinia Manhattan Suite Hotel New York City

Originally opened in 1929 as the Governor Clinton Hotel, Affinia has brought the place completely up to date. Yet it retains a certain Old New York charm in its bronze-relief elevator doors, its chandeliered Grand Ballroom, and its 526 generously sized suite rooms. A number of Terrace Suites offer especially appealing spaces with sweet city views. They have regular guest rooms as well as Studio, One and Two Bedroom suites equipped with Kitchens and separate Living Areas. Right near Madison Square Garden and the Garment District.

Rates and Reviews: Manhattan NYC (formerly Affinia Manhattan Hotel)

Sister Hotels: Dumont NYC, Affinia 50, Gardens NYC and the Shelburne NYC.

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Le Parker Meridien

Le Parker Meridien Hotel Pool NYC

The family-friendly suites feature separate living rooms with
queen-size sofa beds, dining area and kitchenettes, workspaces and more. Le Parker Meridien lets you swim ‘on top of the world,’ in their 40-foot-long pool on the 42nd floor, with panoramic Central Park views. The indoor pool has floor-to-ceiling windows and is complimented by an outdoor sundeck and full menu of bites and drinks. They also have a fantastic spa, Gravity gym, racquetball and basketball courts.

Hotel Metro – several suite choices, most of which sleep 4 people. No kitchens. Executive Jacuzzi Rooms are available by contacting the sales office at www.hotelmetronyc.com.

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Cheap Budget Hotels – Midtown West

New York Manhattan Hotel

3 Star Rating

From: $133

New York Manhattan Hotel

This hotel was recommended by a NY childhood friend, Pat Tighe, now an attorney in Florida who travels back here frequently for business. It has clean rooms, complimentary breakfast, free wireless internet and is just steps from the Empire State Building.

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More Cheap Budget Hotels:

Best Western Convention Center Hotel nycnycnyc 522 West 38th Street, New York City, NY 10018 (Midtown West)

The Evelyn nycnyc 7 E 27th Street, New York City, NY 10016

Salisbury Hotel – Rooms are particularly large because the hotel was designed to be a residential hotel. Guests can enjoy small kitchenettes with fridges, tea and coffee making facilities, microwaves, and sinks.

Holiday Inn Midtown New York City nycnycnyc 440 West 57th Street, from $76

Hotel Wolcott nycnyc 4 West 31st Street, from $113

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Romantic New York City Hotel Deals – Midtown West

The London NYC

4 Star Rating

From: $277

Romantic New York City Hotel Deals

Sophisticated urban luxury in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the award-winning London NYC sets a new standard for New York luxury hotels. Named to several “Best Of” and “Top 10 lists”, you’ll find detailed design, attentive service and the acclaimed Gordon Ramsay restaurant.

Rates and Reviews: London Hotel

The Modern Romance Package is a great romantic New York City Hotel Deal. Surround yourself with all the ingredients for a classic and sophisticated evening while enjoying luxurious suite accommodations at The London.

Modern Romance Package Includes: *En suite couples massage and Signature Gordon Ramsay Martini, *Assorted canapés, and *Assortment of aromatherapy bath salts.

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Subways

  • 1, 2, 3 along Broadway and 7th Ave
  • A, C, E along 8th Avenue
  • N, R, Q to Penn Station or Times Square
  • 7 or Shuttle (S) from the east side (Grand Central) to Times Square
  • General Address: 151 W 34th, NY, NY 10001

Midtown West Printable Map

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