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Permanently Closed - Hi-Life Restaurant & Lounge - Upper East Side

139 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for Groups

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The Hi-Life Restaurant & Lounge on New York's Upper East Side serves a mix of burgers, steaks, sushi and comfort foods along with an extensive cocktail menu. Guests can step inside for brunch, dinner and late night and experience the nostalgia of neon signs. There are also plenty of TVs for those who want to watch the game.

Guests at the Hi-Life Restaurant & Lounge can choose from the daily deals or head straight to the appetizers for edamame, spicy Buffalo wings, pigs-in-a-blanket and many others. Burger selections include the bacon cheeseburger and the California burger. The Hi-Life Restaurant & Lounge also features a big plates and big bowls menu for those with hearty appetites.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Steak, Sushi
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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
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Phone number
(212) 628-5433
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Irving Vazquez
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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.
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Cross street
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Public transit
4,5,6 line to Lexington and 77th street
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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.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 139 People Are SayingWrite a review
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3.8  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lulu (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 26, 2016

Too bad it closed. The food was delicious and the wait staff wonderful!

vipMelodySue (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 10, 2016

Their summer special for $24.95 is good though lobster is small. Try to sit up front as the back is noisy with lots of kids.

vipeastsideeater (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 5, 2016

Hi Life is ok, if you want to get your fill on greasy junk food this is the place. The service was fair although the waitress was very pleasant. The table was sticky and the food was so so. The burger was solid as was the quesadilla. However, the calamari was not crisp and the Idaho potato was tasteless even with bacon and cheese. If you have kids and you want a quick meal that's not particularly healthy once in awhile then you will do fine at Hi Life.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

The table was fully ready when we got there. Service was prompt. Food was mediocre for price paid.

psgny (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

Went for summer lobster special. Restaurant was filled with kids, so it was a bit noisy. But the food was good, the service was good and the price was quite reasonable.

cusinebelge (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 22, 2016

We had a group of seven for a Sunday brunch that we only planned on Saturday evening. We searched on OpenTable looking for a relatively highly rated restaurant on the Upper East Side that had moderate prices. There were not many openings for a group of 7 at 11 AM, but with a four star rating and two dollar sign cost, we figured we couldn't go wrong. Hi-Life restaurant was a lucky find. We were pleasantly surprised with both the choice available on the brunch menu and the modest prices. The food was plentiful, fresh and served hot. A first drink came with brunch for only $2.95 - so with brunch prices averaging around $12 or so depending on the choice, we felt we lucked into something special. We were also pleasantly surprised that we could hear one another speak, despite being 7 seated at one table. The atmosphere was fun and the service helpful but unobtrusive. Although a bit out of the way perhaps for many visiting the city, it is the place to go if you want to be assured of a table for Sunday brunch where you won't be rushed and can enjoy a classic brunch menu for a reasonable price.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

I needed a last minute dinner reservation on a Saturday night for 8 people and saw that Hi Life was open, so I grabbed it - not knowing much about the restaurant. Overall, the food was overpriced, not great tasting, and the service was very bad. One friend ordered a salad (that was $16) and when it came, it literally just had lettuce and a few chick peas in it. The bowl came about half empty and was really the saddest looking salad I have ever seen. When we expressed our concerns to the staff - they just said "that is what the salad is". Never asked if there was something they could do or get for us or anything. I really am not one to complain about service and am really not a picky eater but the service and the quality of food was not OK.

vipMomoffour4 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Ive been eating at Hi-Life with my family for years. They have something for everyone, value is good. We took a break because the service suffered. I can see from the past two times they've got their act back.

vipJPlovesNY (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 30, 2016

Half-chicken, perfectly seasoned and cooked with crispy outside and juicy inside.
Creamed spinach is best anywhere. Shoestring fries are great. Cherry Blossom champagne cocktail is so fun. Cobb Salad is huge and delicious. Artichoke appetizer is very large and a nice change of pace. A good place to go with friends...but always attracts lots of children, so be prepared. Waitstaff professional and attentive.

vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on March 19, 2016

They have cheaper drinks than most bars and restaurants in the area. The brunch is really good too!

vipgourmetgal (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 3, 2016

This is a great place to hang out with your gal pals after work (which is what we were doing.) The Happy Hour deals are amazing and delicious. How can you beat $6 cosmos and half priced sushi? The atmosphere is fun with a kitschy 1930s meets cruiseship vibe. And our server was terrific keeping up with the comings and goings at our table.

MJC50RI (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 29, 2016

Went with a medium size party of 6 for a birthday celebration. Pre-celebration bar was great, with good beer choices and a friendly bartender. Later was just as good. The sushi special was enjoyed by all and the other items were great.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

Last minute decision and was great. Service was spectacular..waiter made the night great and specials were worth it will definitely make another trip here

vipGybing (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 9, 2015

Usually we frequent here on weekend brunch and Monday half price sushi. They have great selection of sushi and great drinks. But something was wrong on 11/9. Edamame was overcooked, sushi rice was stickier/grittier than it should be, like using old rice or once cooked-refrigerated batch. On top of it, frozen daiquiri was very diluted with not much flavor. I asked the server if the chef or management has changed but not sure. I hope they straighten their act, otherwise, we are not coming back!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on October 30, 2015

The last few times I was at my favorite neighborhood place, I was a bit disappointed in the service. It's getting a bit sloppy. Also, I love the sushi and the other night it was not available because the chef was preparing a large order. Really?

vippadareej (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 23, 2015

There is something for everyone from sushi to pasta. When you are dining with people who all want something different, this is the place to go.

Harlermknight145 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 7, 2015

The white people were looking at us kind of funny but it didn't matter the food was good. I'd go again if I felt like it. The waitress cici was awesome. Kudos to her.

vipPMG216 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2015

Good selection of starters, entrees, desserts and sushi. Big drinks menu and huge mahogany bar give the place a great vibe. Good quality and value. Warm atmosphere. Friendly service. Not gourmet or special occasion but a nice little neighborhood place for after work or brunch. We will be back.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 29, 2015

The lamb chops—served with roasted vegetables and creamed spinach—are delicious. Great place to hang out with friends, or for a casual date night.

vipSkateman (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 29, 2015

if you want a go to place, you found it. Service is excellent, fast and accomodating. This is the first place I was ever served a steaming hot baked potato. Congratulations! More upbeat than a diner, with a large selection of food to chose from. Specials nightly which are great.