Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side

4.4
344 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 344 People Are Saying
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SD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 13, 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
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
17 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
15 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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Memphis
49 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
50 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
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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San Francisco
69 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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OT
New York Area
2 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 25, 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 17, 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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w
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great place for drinks and dinner or brunch. Great value.

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ET
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took our kids to their first movie in a theater and then enjoyed the city for a while, including this lunch!

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DL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun place with an old-school bar look and feel. Great food, very wide-ranging menu, great service, decent prices. Also, outside seating available in season. Tables are very close together in the bar area but that's not uncommon for Manhattan. Would definitely recommend it!

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N
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Always good and a pleasure. A perfect spot for a casual dinner and drinks. The service is excellent. And food is consistent. The sushi is good quality.

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JP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very comfortable, very reliable place. One of me favorites for any occasion with good solid food.

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NY
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I appreciated this veteran UPW establishment's credibility and charm when we were seated, but with the tables SO close together, and the noise level so high, the food needed to be more than pedestrian to make it a good experience. I like the concept - lot's of bases covered on the menu, but the experience was not enjoyable. If you like loud, high energy places, this could be your spot.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre wedding gathering
Service was great as was food and drinks

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CG
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My neighborhood go to. It never disappoints & there is something for everyone.

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c
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best omelettes I've ever had.

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P
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This has long been a go-to for me. Great for dinner or drinks with friends or a date. Food is great and unbelievably varied. The sushi is terrific. Service is always good. Drinks are reliable with generous martinis. Great value. Absolutely recommend!!!

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h
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoy going to Hi-Life for dinner and brunch. The wait staff is very friendly as well as the management of the restaurant. The atmosphere is very laid back and friendly and the food is good.

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CR
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Their sushi options are quite good. Good salad bowls. Good experience.

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LK
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Went for Sunday brunch. Somehow I remembered Hi Life as being better. Restaurant really needs updating. Scrambled eggs with salmon was good but not great. Omelette was good but not great. Salmon Benedict was the best dish. Disappointing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food took over an hour. No explanation.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, Ambience was alright, but overall look and feel was a bit dated and could use a modern update.

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LO
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious. Nice outdoor dining option. We miss the UES venue. Glad Hi-Life is still on the West Side.

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J
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very diverse menu with something for everyone. I had the goat cheese salad and my wife had a quesadilla. Best of all were the seasonal cocktails. Fun place to go with friends.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice table. Good food. Service was good.

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