The joke that states "two guys walk into a bar; the third one ducks" is almost always funniest to a group's third guy, who knows that the ducking position is the ideal position for finding lucky pennies. Create your own classic bar jokes with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale bar fare and drinks at The Hill, located on 3rd Street between 29th and 30th streets.
The Hill's rich, handsome tones, decorative wood paneling, and collection of more than 25 flat-screen televisions dazzle patrons' peepers while a diverse menu appeases their appetites. Diners can nibble on mozzarella sticks ($10) or baked tater tots ($8) before incisor-attacking a Hill steak sandwich, piled high with gruyere cheese, crispy shallots, mixed greens, garlic aioli, and au jus and served with a side salad ($14). The caesar salad ($12) or roasted-garlic hummus with pita wedges ($10) are on hand to sate herbaceous bellies and sooth the insides of overheated oven mitts. Customers can conclude feasts by sharing a cheese or milk-chocolate fondue ($25 for 1–3 people, $36 for 4–6 people) with a date or barbershop quartet, or opt to cap off bites with a fancy cocktail ($12+), glass of wine ($8+), or sudsy beer ($4+).
When The Hill first opened, people speculated that Heidi and Spencer Pratt of The Hills were behind the venture. That was just a rumor. The spot actually takes its name from its neighborhood, not the Los Angeles reality show. Now that the initial mystery surrounding The Hill has lifted, the pub has become a neighborhood go-to for catching the game while sipping drinks and devouring philly sliders, baskets of crispy tater tots, and pots of fondue.
A Reflection of Murray Hill
As New York Times reporter Jeff Vandam explains, Murray Hill is a hard neighborhood to pin down. Quiet rows of brownstones and apartment buildings contrast with a lively pub scene geared toward the 20-somethings who have recently become more of a fixture in recent years. Like the neighborhood it calls home, The Hill has somewhat of a split personality. From afternoon to early evening, it is predominantly a sports bar, with more than 25 high-definition televisions broadcasting live games in the bar and upstairs lounge. As soon as the action wraps up, though, things start to get interesting. Candlelight replaces the flickering glow of television screens, and the bar transforms into a stylish lounge for Murray Hill’s sophisticated set.
An Upscale Pub Setting
The Hill welcomes postcollegiate fans to cheer on their alma maters in a setting that's far more refined than that of a typical sports bar. Chandeliers glimmer overhead, and leather cushions line long booths. Polychromatic planks of wood line the walls on both floors, giving guests something interesting to admire when the bartenders take a break from stirring lemon-drop martinis or pouring glasses of watermelon sangria.