Hi-Life Restaurant & Lounge
Hi-Life Restaurant & Lounge

Hi-Life Restaurant & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hi-life.com/
  • Phone: (212) 628-5433
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Burgers
  • Executive Chef: Irving Vazquez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: One of NYC's more popular and long standing neighborhood restaurants offers their favorites as buffet or a la carte to business and home locations.
  • Entertainment: Hi-Life presents "iPOD Lounge" - interactive music nights (Thurs, Fri & Sat from 10-late) that allow patrons to make song requests and/or submit a short iPOD playlist to our DJ.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 78th
  • Public Transit: 4,5,6 line to Lexington and 77th street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Hi-Life Restaurant & Lounge
In addition to being the venue for countless Private Parties and Special Events, Hi-Life's award-winning 1930's decor, and casually elegant atmosphere has been the back-drop for numerous fashion shoots, movie scenes and television shows. (Including the 1998 film "Hi-Life" starring Eric Stolz and Darryl Hannah.)
Hi-Life's diverse menu and extensive booth and banquette seating make us a great choice for groups and parties of 10-200! Whether for a sit-down Dinner Party of 10, a Buffet Brunch, or Cocktail Party with passed hors d'oeuvres for 200, Hi-Life will customize a package that suits your needs and budget.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Hi-Life Restaurant & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (31)neighborhood gem (30)good for groups (24)fit for foodies (22)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (13)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (8)special occasion (7)hot spot (6)Show More
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was a great find. A great throwback to days gone by. Children, parents and grandparents all loved. Definitely will go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodreviews
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Did not expect to enjoy this place as much as we did. Would definitely go back! Started with the calarmi and goat chesese salad. Both were perfect portions and so good! Then we split the lamb chops.. Cooked perfect with mashed potatoes and cream spinach. Overall, we enjoyed everything and would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Going Strong
    diniVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    After all these years in the neighborhood, Hi Life is still a great place to meet for drinks, burgers, and salads in a comfortable lounge environment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    KPullingVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Drinks we're elaborate and delicious. Very reasonably priced with a eclectically designed menu. Fantastic food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too many kids at dinnertime!
    Neighbor
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Too many kids at dinnertime. Parents bring young children at dinner time and it is quite noisy. I ENJOY THE FOOD AND SERVICE VERY MUCH but the noise of all these children is very annoying. We have been there many times and I can't remember a time when there weren't any kids. Kids should be restricted after a certain hour say, 7:00-7:30 PM
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LEF327VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    They have great specials. I love going on Monday or Tuesday night for the 1/2 price sushi. Can't beat that!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for the whole family
    padareejVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Their menu is extensive and everything on it is delicious. They have everything from sushi to burgers so it's a great place for groups. Definitely worth A visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 84 reviews are from the Hi-Life Restaurant & Lounge reviews archive.
  • Hi-Life
    Frenhsk8VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Hi-Life is a neighborhood place that is reliable. The menu variety is good. Going for appetizers and a drink in the summer is very relaxing-as long as the "entitled" people aren't there ignoring the other patrons and doing whatever they please.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lacking
    All4One
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The waitress was barely attentive, and I could have cooked a better eggs Benedict at home. We wanted to take some or family who was visiting to a nice brunch place, but this was closer to a TGI Friday's.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • martiniVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great Summer Lobster special served Friday through Sunday. Try the superb gazpacho served all summer.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another good time
    MofUESVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    As always, we had a good time at Hi-Life. Food and service are reliable and good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tasterschoice
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    our go-to place the menu offers enough choices to suit a party of any siz, appetite and age range. love the lobster specialv
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best deals in town
    LEF327VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This place has amazing specials. Half price sushi on Mondays and Tuesdays are a ridiculous deal and the fish is fresh and delicious. Tempted to go every night because this place is so good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • solid as ever
    MofUESVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    went for happy hour and had a nice time - bartender could have been more attentive at first when things were slow
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This is my go to spot in the neighborhood. I can have sushi and everyone else can have whatever they want. Food and service is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A local favorite
    NYCTravelerVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This is a great standby. We usually order the same thing, but every time we venture to a new dish, we're glad we did. The hostesses and waitstaff remember us, including our drink preferences.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic and Inviting
    FoodForThoughtVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    From burgers to sushi, everything here is consistently good. Also, the music is handpicked by the diners, and the wait staff is extremely friendly!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tired food, tired decor
    Pspnyc
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We went for brunch at Hi Life. The food at Hi Life was mediocre at best. The cappuccino maker was broken when we dined so we had their regular coffee which was a bit like black water. The service was attentive and friendly. This place felt like it might have been a fun, kitschy place to go a few years ago but it is dated and smelled a bit like a bar after a heavy night of drinking. Maybe it would be better for cocktails, although the bloody mary I had with brunch was not good and had a limp piece of celery in it.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yellow blueberry pancakes?
    Manhattanbound
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I did not like the blueberry pancakes that I ordered which were yellow in color and strange tasting. The others I. My party ordered omelettes which seemed good. I would go back but would order something else. Also the pancakes were served lukewarm.
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  • Poor Service...!
    cdNYC10021VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    After seated on our table: Assigned to a waiter named "MATT"...He didn't come to our table right away for menus and wasn't attentive to customers needs or follow-ups. VERY POOR SERVICE. :-(
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  • Consistant
    LisaT
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Have been to Hi-Life many times because of the consistent service and food. Menu has a very wide selection of items so there is something for everyone. Have never had anything I didn't enjoy. Accommodating with dietary requests. Very kid friendly. On this particular visit, our waitress was disappointing. She was very friendly & attentive to the point of ordering. We didn't see her again after that - thankfully the other staff came to her rescue. One person in the party didn't get his food until everyone was nearly done - and the order was fries and mini muffins - she claimed he never ordered anything. hmmmm. Will go back because I know this was an individual person, not the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is my neighborhood go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    This is my neighborhood go to favorite. You can get anything - and unlike other places with a big menu, everything is good. I especially like the high quality of their sush which is very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice experience
    lrs3432
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    i ordered the 4 oz filet mignon and was surprised to get 2 pieces of very flat meat. i will say that it was quite tender and tasty, just a very peculiar shape for filet. other than that, the place was practically empty, so it was quiet. and the service was fine. i would definitely go back but i bet it's nuts on a sat nite.
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  • A great place for brunchI
    padareejVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    I have eaten here several times and I have always enjoyed it but this was the first time that I tried the brunch. I LOVED it. Will definitely be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When you can't agree on what to eat
    thandbVIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    then this the place to go, particularly if you have children. Options range from burgers to curry. We went with another family and at our table, there was sushi, cobb salad, nachos, burgers, and grilled cheese. The food is decent and the staff was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Birthday Dinner
    LoveLola
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    I came to this restaurant for my 22nd birthday dinner and everyone loved the food and the drinks were amazing. It was about 13 of us and the accommodated us graciously. I was able to bring my own cake for the dinner and the waitress cut it for us (with a small fee per plate) and I was able to enjoy my food, my drinks, and my family. It was an awesome dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    Trevor
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Waitress came back and asked for a larger tip. She was wondering why we only tipped her 10 percent. I felt forced to give extra, even though the service was mediocre at best. Have never had such an experience. We should not be forced to tip a certain amount, especially since the service was mediocre and the bill was $150.
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Thoroughly enjoyed a night out with my daughter. Very diverse, well-priced menu; great happy-hour prices for appetizers and drinks, etc. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Check with your psycharirist
    BoybuilderVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    Check with your psycharirist before going...they will place anything in front of you no matter how long it has been sitting in the kitchen, or how dry or unappetizing it looks or tastes.....this is done with a straight face...oh so sorry didn't realize the pigs in blankets died days ago...
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  • Great brunch service
    AnjJ
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    I had 19 family members aged 18 to 85 for brunch today and it went extremely well. My original reservation was for 10 people. I called midweek because we were up to 15 and the midweek manager, Earl, was very nice. He told me to just call Sunday morning with the final count. This morning I spoke to Chris, the weekend manager, and upped it to 19. When we got there (1 pm) all was set up. Everyone was really pleasant, our food arrived promptly, and everything was hot and very good. Jennilynn, who was managing Sunday brunch for the first time, was excellent. Everyone was happy, not a single complaint. Well done!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have been here many times,
    EpicureVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    Have been here many times, always enjoyed the food, this time it was just so-so.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great martinis and welcome
    martiniVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    great martinis and welcome to the weekend summer lobster special
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Owner NOT receptive to groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Have been coming to this restaurant for several months now (once a month) for a book club. With a large group, it is sometimes hard to predict exactly how many people will come and sometimes, we have been a few less people short than the reservation.The owner has never been pleasant but at our last book club, he was downright hostile and rude and we will not be coming back to the Hi-Life. He refused to seat us until the entire party showed up (despite explaining that people come late) and refused to honor the number of people the reservation was for and only seated those who were there. The people who came late had to squish because they did not give us the appropriate table.
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  • Go for the lobster, not the service
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Again, the $21.95 summer lobster special is fine, with reasonably sized lobsters well prepared. Hi-Life dinners, however, are marred by sloppy service and excessive noise from unruly patrons and amplified "music". Wait staff is probably well meaning, but slovenly dress and inattention detract from the dining experience. Never sit by the window unless you relish fumes and noise from the busses at the block long bus stop adjacent to the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good value, mediocre service
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Weekend $21.95 lobster special was fine. Service staff needs more training and supervision
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy the food, friendly
    Pala150VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    Always enjoy the food, friendly service and fair prices. This visit was particularly pleasant as there were no noisy small children.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hi-Life
    Frenhsk8VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    My husband and I go to this restaurant fairly often. We like the relaxed atmosphere. This trip we were disappointed to find that they did not have the lobster roll that was advertised in an email I received. We were able to rake advantage of their early bird specials however, which are served until 7:00PM.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • screaming kids
    Neighbor
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    After 7:00PM Thursday too many very young children and screaming infants makes it impossible to enjoy the very good food that Hi Life serves. This restaurant has become the neighborhood place for young couples with young children to have dinner and parties. I used to be a regular customer but no longer can recommend or continue to attend as long as kids make the place unenjoyable. We left after 8:00PM and screaming kids were still there.
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  • Always happy to see the Summer
    martiniVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Always happy to see the Summer Lobster Special return
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    Satisfactory option in the neighborhood. Noise and so-so service undermind quality and pricing of food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.