Hill & Bay

Restaurants, American Kips Bay
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Hill & Bay
Dig into brasserie fare at this 70-seat Kips Bay eatery, decorated with burgundy banquettes and white subway tiling. Inspired by his childhood on the French coast, chef James Barlow (Fig & Olive, Soho House) dispatches Gallic classics like chicken liver mousse, ratatouille with smoked ricotta and grilled hanger steak. To drink: American craft beers (Smuttynose pumpkin ale, Naragansett lager) and cocktails such as the East Side Pink Lady (sparkling wine, grapefruit liqueur, lemon juice).


Venue name: Hill & Bay
Address: 581 Second Ave
Cross street: at 32nd St
Opening hours: Daily 11am-11pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to 33rd St
Price: Average main course: $20. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Robert S

The perfect spot for any occasion. To celebrate a birthday or a promotion, to take a first date or to just meet up with friends and enjoy an amazingly fresh cocktail. If you're looking for a brunch spot this place crosses all the t's and dots all the i's. Would definitely call the a "neighborhood gem".


Hill & Bay defines "utility player". After work drinks? Yep. Morning coffee meeting? Sure. Stumble in after SantaCon in full Chris Cringle attire and grab dinner? Speaking from experience, yes it works for that too. 

I think I've tried every burger on the menu (minus the veggie, because I'm a man damnit), and they're all solid. The fare is typical for what you'd expect. Fried chicken, meatballs, nachos. Ya know, American, right?

While the food is nothing to write home about, I come here for the vibe. Wait staff is always super friendly. Despite being located in prime Murray Hill, it never gets too rowdy/overcrowded. And the drinks are well made and refreshing- a rarity for a place that fancies itself a "craft beer bar".