Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side

4.5
362 reviews
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$30 and under
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Hi-Life Bar & Grill is one of the Upper Westside’s most popular and longstanding neighborhood restaurants (est. 1991). Hi-Life's 1930's decor is the backdrop for bar & grill classics like flame-grilled steaks and hamburgers, broiled and seared fresh fish specials, bountiful "Big Bowls" of pasta and entree salads, and last but not least a Sushi/Raw bar. (Hi-Life was the first NYC restaurant to install a traditional sushi bar in a non-Japanese restaurant setting in 1993. Expertly prepared sushi & sashimi at Hi-Life is a natural extension of the classic Raw Bar one might expect in our 1930's environment.)

Hi-Life also serves a "traditional Westside" brunch that features fresh squeezed juices, complimentary blueberry muffins & cinnamon toast as well as a 2.95 brunch cocktail deal.

In the warmer months Hi-Life outdoor seating includes 28 seats along Amsterdam Ave and another 18 seats on our 83rd St side.

Specials

3 for 2 STARTERS all night

Buy any 2 Starters from our menu and your 3rd is "on the house" (Lowest priced starter is Free)

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 26, 2018

Ends: December 27, 2117

Availability: Sun 4:00PM-10:45PM
Wed 4:00PM-10:45PM

Cocktails & Hors D'oeuvres Specials

Cocktail, Beer and Wine from $6-$8, ... and small plate Hors D'oeuvres from $7

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 26, 2018

Ends: December 27, 2117

Availability: Daily 4:30PM-7:00PM

What 362 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 5ambience 4

We love hi life. But we had an open table gift card and they said they didn’t know how to process it. So that was very frustrating...

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite neighborhood joint!! Always friendly, always great!

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Memphis
52 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice casual place with great specials. Outdoor tables available.

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NY
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here all the time. Food and service is very reliable. it's like going to Cheers, everybody knows your name.

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OM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing time as always made my bday very special

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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars. Love it! We are regulars. Love it!

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DK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy dinner at Hi-Life. Fun place, with good vibe. Sushi bar option a plus.

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D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly atmosphere and good for kids.

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p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like this neighborhood bar.

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J
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. The food is good, the service is attentive, and the atmosphere cozy. We look forward to summertime when we can sit outdoors at the sidewalk tables.

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JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always my favorite. my pad ti so good. everyone was happy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place in Sushi specials

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NA
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for staple brunch choices. Good portions and the homemade blueberry muffins and cinnamon toast that came before the food were DELICIOUS.

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OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great pub fare!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small neighborhood bar pub with delicious food. Extremely friendly and competent service. High-value, solid drinks. A definite goto place anytime on the upper west side.

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R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to the Hi Life for years. Always excellent.

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TF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Fabulous Bloody Mary. Service was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. I'll be back.

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and i eat there alot. Yummy comfort food well priced. We always try to sit on the "cafe" side which runs along 83rd Street. It's all glass and heated. So cozy. We love it.

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SD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

All would have been fine except we were told that the hamburger rolls did not have sesame seeds - my son cannot have them so when meal cane out with seeds, we had to send it back and could tell other servers were frustrated with our server who said “she was new”. This would have been a great meal but also life threatening - they need to be more careful!!!

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NM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite neighborhood go to when visiting family in the city!

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DF
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Solid place. Wasn't amazing but service was very attentive and food was okay. Good place if you're local or just looking for a casual restaurant experience.

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n
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food, and something for everyone on their varied menu. It is very noisy!

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SC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

People couldn’t have been nicer . Even though we changed the time and no of guests last minute, they seated us in the corner table in the sun room so it was quiet and private. We loved the varied menu - both food and drinks. No wonder they are always busy.

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CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can make a reservation which is a rarity on the UWS. Huge menu with lots of great weekly specials. Also great happy hour.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Helpful, friendly and quick service and decent food - plentiful and good quality- it is a reliable family favorite

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L
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Service was poor, food mediocre. Nice-looking basket of muffins free, but had to pay for a piece of white toast with our eggs; that was odd. I had to ask for water spilled by the staff to be mopped up. Maybe everyone had a hangover after New Year's Eve.

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OM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time at Hi-Life! It's my go-to spot!

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O
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a family or large group - many different types of food. Nice happy hour, too. Great service. We will go back.

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OT
Memphis
52 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is really good here. Perfect start to the weekend. And their Bloody Mary's are very good!

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Memphis
52 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ran in for a small bite and drink pretheatre. Very nice happy hour and menu of small plates. Great value. Not expensive.

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M
Vancouver
26 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice neighbourhood restaurant. Friendly waitress. Typical pub fare plus some Sushi dishes.

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San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good traditional diner food well served in a friendly manner. Good location highly popular.

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MS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

All around meh.

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S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always reliable, great martinis, and half-price sushi on Monday and Tuesday.

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HR
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Loud, tables very close to each other. Salmon was way overcooked. My drink order was twice incorrectly served. Owner was standing 3 feet away from my table the entire night overhearing My conversation. Poor overall experience.

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c
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very busy and very crowded and therefore they should have turn down the music a bit. The base was blasting and therefore it was difficult to have a conversation. Other than that the meal was excellent as was the service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Burnt dry pancakes. Ok.

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Hi-Life is a neighborhood old-reliable - often a fallback option when my first choice is booked. Lots of brunch options - but what happened to the drink included? The inside space is typical pub, dark, a mix of booths and tables, and fairly noisy. I always opt for the enclosed "outside" seating if I'm with a small group.

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z
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect for what we were looking for - casual dining & reasonably priced. Burgers were excellent.

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