March 8 through 11, Piers 92 and 94 are transformed into a wide-ranging exhibit of over 200 galleries from around the world, each showcasing art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Armory Show is a feast for the eyes, and we know that all this culture can certainly work up an appetite. If you happen to be in town for Armory–or if you just happen to be in Hell’s Kitchen, where it all goes down–here are some great places to grab a bite in the neighborhood.
Gotham West Market
Okay, we’re starting with the most obvious. Gotham West Market is a food hall smörgåsbord that’s packed to the brim with options for everyone. Grab pizza from Corner Slice or a steaming bowl of Japan’s finest from Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop. Grab a cone from Ample Hills Creamery and then roll yourself back to the Armory.
600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
The food at most wine bars can often fall into second fiddle territory, relegated to simply tapas-like dishes intended to blunt the impact of all that booze. But at Briciola, that’s hardly the case. While there are, indeed, small plates up for the aforementioned task, there are also bowls of pasta to die for. This place gets busy after work, so time yourself appropriately.
370 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019
As you’ll find with many Hell’s Kitchen restaurants, The Marshal is tiny. What the galley-style restaurant lacks in space, it makes up for in charm. The name of the game here is hearty, and you’ll find a menu packed with farm-to-table dishes with their origin in the title, like the Greenane Family Farm pork meatballs and Hudson Valley burrata. Meat dishes take center stage here, but veggies get their fair play. They’re not open for lunch, so make this a dinner spot during the week or grab brunch on the weekend.
628 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Pure Thai Cookhouse
Pure Thai Cookhouse isn’t just good in relation to Hell’s Kitchen; it’s good in relation to most of Manhattan. This casual and delicious joint serves up some of the best Thai in town. Diners pack elbow-to-elbow on backless chairs, digging into noodle dishes that will knock your socks off. It’s a great place to grab an easy, unpretentious lunch.
766 9th Ave #2, New York, NY 10019
44 & X
If you’re more interested white tablecloths than a quick bite, head to 44 & X, which serves as a more upmarket experience for local theatergoers and the like. The food here is seasonal American fare that takes cues from the world over, with dishes like tandoori sea scallops and lobster tacos. And for those who crave the white calm of gallery walls, you’ll certainly appreciate the decor here.
622 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Feeling tuckered out and craving something indulgent after the show? Head to Tavola. The intimate trattoria makes excellent pasta in a stretch of Manhattan that would ordinarily be considered a food desert. The wood-fired pizza here is good, but the pasta is better. Try the handmade gnocchi della casa–“light as a cloud,” they say.
488 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Photo courtesy of Jade Wulfratt