"For lunch, which, for the nature of my business, is my favorite time to go around to interesting and off the beaten path restaurants in New York City, a great place with counter service on 11th St. and 2nd Ave. is Momofuku Noodle Bar -- great soup and a major hang out for chefs and people in the restaurant business. Barbuto, in the West Village, is lots of fun. If you like Italian, Lupa in the Village is definitely one of the best. For lobster rolls, try Mary's Fish Camp – fantastic, and Fatty Crab on Hudson St. – funky place, great food. I love these places because aside from great food, they represent the most innovative ideas in restaurants. So, if you have two or three hours during the late morning / early afternoon, you can try a few of the places one after the other, like we New Yorkers do."
Pino Luongo, Restaurateur & Author
Clinton, the phoenix of Hell's Kitchen, is a mixed residential and commercial neighborhood that runs from 34th to 57th Streets, west of Eighth Avenue. Old, sometimes charming buildings host restaurants on their first floors and the last of many of the reasonably priced New York City apartments above. You will see retired men and women walking their dogs in pajamas by chic new eateries. Clinton is home to Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre, offering outstanding performances and dance classes to the general public, and the Actors Theatre Workshop.