Underwest Donuts sells some amazing donuts, but its background and unconventional location alone makes it a must visit place. The somewhat hidden boutique donut shop opened in December 2014 inside the 24-hour West Side Highway Car Wash, reflecting Hell’s Kitchen’s drastic changes in demographics and urban landscape. The entrance to Underwest is located where cars first get sudsed up after being dropped off, across from a window through which drivers can watch their cars getting washed. “Underwest” comes from the nickname of the West Side Highway, when it ran elevated above the car wash.
You can order coffee, tea, or a variety of espresso drinks with your donut as well. Everything is made from scratch and donuts are slightly smaller than your average ones, with flavors ranging from Coco Raspberry to Maple Waffle, Strawberries and Oats, Banana Milk, and even a signature “Carwash” flavor (Vanilla-Lavender). Whether or not you need a car wash, Underwest Donuts is a must-visit in Hell’s Kitchen.
Learn more about Underwest’s history and owner in our coverage here.
Located at 774 9th Avenue, Kahve, literally translated to “coffee” in Turkish, is a cozy little coffee shop that has been a staple in Hell’s Kitchen since its opening. The burlap-covered benches, wooden tables and brick-lined wall creates a comfortable atmosphere that any coffee shop enthusiast can enjoy as they sip their drinks. At Kahve, one can enjoy Turkish coffee, Colombian coffee, as well as a variety of their signature drinks that include lattes and frappes.
Kahve recently opened up a second store location a few blocks away from the original on 10th Avenue The new location is a bit bigger with a lighter, yet still cozy vibe, and also doubles as a wine bar as part of the shop’s attempt to expand their horizons.