Hell’s Kitchen isn’t really the place where denizens of the netherworld get their food. In fact, it’s a neighborhood on the west side of midtown Manhattan that is crammed with ethnic eateries. This 4-hour guided tour explores the restaurants of Hell’s Kitchen. Learn about the history and culture of the neighborhood. Then head to Central Park, the 843-acre (341-hectare) green wonderland in the center of the city, where you’ll learn the secrets of park and visit parts you would have never found on your own.
Make your way to midtown Manhattan to meet your expert guide and head off to explore one of New York City’s most bustling and diverse neighborhoods. Hell’s Kitchen may sound imposing, but it’s a very welcoming and culturally rich part of town.
Once a rough-and-tumble neighborhood filled with poor Irish-Americans, Hell’s Kitchen today is a safe area, its streets flanked by ethnic eateries. Stop by restaurants to munch on curry puffs, empanadas and even homemade doughnuts. Sample enough food on this portion of the tour to make a full lunch.
Next, walk off those calories by following your guide to Central Park. The greatest urban park in the world holds many intriguing secrets. Can you guess what Central Park’s real estate value is? Can you find Shakespeare’s Garden? Where does the only straight path in the park lead? These are some of the questions that will be answered as you explore the park.
Go to parts of the park many people don’t know about, including a spot that feels as if you’re miles and miles from the urban jungle that is New York City. Expect to walk about 3 miles (5 km) in all, at a comfortable pace; Hell’s Kitchen is flat, and Central Park is a little hilly. The tour ends at Central Park, leaving you free to continue to explore the city on your own.