Comfort food garbs your tongue in luxurious velveteen knickerbockers of flavor, as opposed to discomfort food, which clings to the face like an overly tight ascot. Avoid the embarrassment of culinary crampers with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of American fare and drinks at Hell’s Kitchen Lounge in Newark.
In a kitschy atmosphere that conjures midcentury Vegas with scarlet, gold, and tiger-striped bar seats, Hell’s Kitchen Lounge unfurls a menu of hearty, comforting entrees. The gracious, fun-loving wait staff confers with patrons about choosing from a decagon of burgers ($7–$10.95), such as the Memphis Blues patty, hugged with blue cheese, barbecue sauce, and edible quarter notes. Pierogi, ukrainian-style dumplings, luxuriate in sour cream and onions ($8.95), and the sociable teriyaki salmon ($13.95) brings along any side dish for a play date on a taste-bud playground. The chefs at Hell’s Kitchen Lounge sugarcoat palates with the new orleans banana rum cheesecake, frenchified with rum-flavored crème chantilly, then topped with a velvet beret ($7).
150 Lafayette St.
Newark, New Jersey 07105Get Directions