Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side

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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 399 People Are Saying
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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had often gone to the HiLife on the UES before it closed and was always impressed by the menu which had a wide selection and lots of choices for vegetarians which I was at the time. The West Side restaurant is smaller and on a Friday night was really noisy but they sat us (there were 4) in the back room at a table in the corner and the din was of a level that allowed conversation. The food was very good and portions were HUGE. Enough for at least2 meals for a moderate eater. The service was lovely. They did not hang over us, did not rush us and got everything right. It is not a foodie, gourmet joint, but just lots of fun and always reliable cooking. For a casual Friday night, it was perfect.

CG
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. One of the best brunch values on the UWS.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friends reunion

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N
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hi-Life is one of our favorite restaurants. The chicken and salmon entrees are so delicious. Specials are the best! The burgers are good too. The restaurant is very, very well managed. We enjoy the casual ambiance and the service is typically are quite good. The happy hour is a nice bonus for restaurant patrons. We are so happy this restaurant continues to be busy and consistently excellent. We highly recommend Hi-Life!!

JZ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Delicious beer

S
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service in a neighborhood gem.

LT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good neighborhood ’go to’

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Begay a sensational restaurant. It is our local and Earl and his team are warm and attentive. Can’t recommend Hi-life highly enough

h
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A family friendly place, the food is good and the staff is very friendly

IR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very varied menu and pub like atmosphere. Good burgers. other entrees such as pastas also good. Convenient neighborhood spot that won't break the bank!

GB
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The website doesn't really accurately reflect the run down atmosphere that this place has. The chicken was grainy and chewy and only being overloaded with sauce makes it edible. I would only eat here again if it were the only place opened and I was starving but I would never choose this place even over fast food. Overall very poor

LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Bday for 13 year old daughter and friends. Perfect choice!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and the server was very nice.

JR
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Hi Life. It has delicious “every day” food and there is something for everyone. It has an easy going vibe that makes eating there a fun experience.

IS
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoy eating here. Food and atmosphere is great. Love our table in the cafe by the open windows.

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Celebrating Art show opening

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything was quite good. The noise level, however was awful. It wasn’t really the restaurant’s fault, as the tennis finals were on and nearly everyone was cheering loudly hard to hear the person next to me.

I would go back though.

AR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Hi-Life never disappoints! You cannot beat happy hour at Hi-Life. Great selection at fantastic prices, with an always-friendly staff. Great for a night out or for families. I've been going to Hi-Life for 25 years so that says something!

OT
Memphis
52 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for weekend brunch. Happy Hour drinks are generous!

IS
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here countless times...Always enjoy the food and atmosphere.

B
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Such a great neighborhood find! Food was amazing but the location and the vibe was great!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all time faves! That will never change. I’m ride or die for Hi Life!

NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

No frills. Great value. Friendly people. Overall fantastic casual bar / restaurant on upper west side. Better than your average pub food.

JF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loud and lively bar and grill. Food was surprisingly delicious and I would totally recommend anyone to check out this restaurant!

SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing burgers and great cocktails. I’ve been coming for 20 years and it’s still great!

AR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hi-Life is an UWS institution and there's a reason it has survived so long. Fantastic, fun place with great deals on food and drinks, and something for everyone. We went with a large party and the owner and server were extremely accommodating. Food and drinks were amazing as always, and you cannot beat their happy hour prices!!

E
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for weekend brunch but also have had dinner here.
The food is fresh dnd delicious and the service is great. They are very attentive. One of our neighborhood casual gems.

Y
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Good menu and good specials. Liked the drinks. But the restaurant looks run down.

NY
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love the food and service. It's kind of a dive bar and restaurant on the upper westside, but the food is very good and reasonably priced and the servers are friendly and helpful. We will be back again soon.

VB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great neighborhood spot with a good happy hour and daily specials.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch

M
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was ok for bar food. Service was generally ok except for them forgetting to put in one of the seven entres. Once it was pointed out to them they did get it out pretty fast.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Hi life is always a great spot whether it be for a quick dinner or a night out

w
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistent neighborhood joint. Good simple.

r
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Quick brunch with a friend. Always a good quality meal at HiLife. Menu has enough options to satisfy everyone in the party.

BF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent . It was crowded but not too noisy. The staff was fantastic, the service was great and we weren’t rushed.

W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

We love it.

N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service! The food is good & the menu is nice and diverse, but while I love this NY institution, it is not a place to go if you’re looking quiet conversation among friends. The weekends are incredibly active & loud for a chat...week nights are much better. A lively place and a NY insider must.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Nice casual place with great specials. Outdoor tables available.