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Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side, New York, NY
Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side, New York, NY
Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side, New York, NY
Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side, New York, NY
Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side, New York, NY

Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side

4.7
4.7
741 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Hi-Life Bar & Grill is one of the Upper West side’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 4.95 brunch cocktail deal.

In the warmer months Hi-Life outdoor seating includes 26 seats along Amsterdam Ave and another 16 seats on our 83rd St side.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Steak, Sushi
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–12:00 am Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (212) 787-7199
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Nazario Pinzon
  • 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.
  • Private party facilities
    For groups of 7 or more please call our party planners/managers so that we may arrange an appropriate table and menu options.
  • Neighborhood
    Upper West Side
  • Cross street
    83rd Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    1,2,3 line stopping at 79th or 86th and Broadway
  • Entertainment
    Hi-Life is always deliciously fun. If you"re getting an early start try our Happy Hour specials $5 Cocktails & $5 Hors D'oeuvres... And if your a Night Owl we've also got a late night happy hour and we serve till 2am on Fri & Sat nights..
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Cocktails & raw Bar Specials; 4-7pm Daily

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM,Mon - Thu - 4:30 PM - 10:30 PM,Fri - 4:30 PM - 11:30 PM,Sat - 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    Cocktail, Beer and Wine from $7-$9, ... and Raw Bar Specials : 1.50 Blue Point Oysters and Little Neck Clams

What 741 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

741 Reviews
  1. PVProf

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I started with a Bombay Sapphire Dirty Martini, then had the Hi-Life Oyster Platter -- both were excellent. I sat outside on a beautiful, chilly, night -- but the table heatilator kept me plenty warm.

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  2. NikiL

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We needed a place to hang out till 11 Place allowed us to have table for 3 hours Great place great service

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it here! They have a little bit of everything so everyone can enjoy!

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  4. foodymi1

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed an early dinner here (4-6 pm) before heading to Beacon Theatre. Service was very friendly and efficient. Food was delicious. I especially enjoyed their margaritas, the steamed shrimp dumplings and the steak sandwich. Our table also ordered the warm goat cheese salad, potato skins and Hi-Life burger: all of it received rave reviews from our group. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Going early was a good idea as we were able to enjoy a comfy booth and happy hour prices.

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  5. ArtG

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cool ambiance, very good reasonably priced food, and great martinis. Our waitress was exceptional

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great! We had a waitress that was amazing!

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  7. Katherine

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Tables are too cramped, table next to me literally had there hands on my table and had touched my food.

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  8. Annoyed

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great neighborhood pub/sports bar. Very cozy and clean. My son loved that the football game was on. Wonderful service. We will come back more regularly.

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  9. acsuws

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a solid experience every time. Great burgers good beer. Great background music.

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  10. ShereeF

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    good spot creamed spinach could use more cream food great

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  11. JosephP

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great "Go To" place! Always consistent and the staff is always friendly!

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  12. ChristineA

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Neighborhood gem!! Easy going. Great service. Sushi is very good. Artichokes are excellent. Burgers and salads and drinks are all great. Great casual place on the upper west side.

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  13. DavidM

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best local bar/restaurant on the UWS. Period. Don't hesitate and go already.

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  14. jimd

    Los Angeles

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was so nice to return to Hi-Life after a few years. I realized very quickly why I loved it so much. My friend and I had the best dinner, service, food, ambience, everything. I can't wait to return!!!

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  15. ZoeK

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great night for new years eve here. Earl and all of the staff were great and so friendly!

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  16. CarinaS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When we first arrived, there wasn't many people. We had an early reservation. But once it hit around 5pm it became so lively and yet it still was so comfortable and not loud enough to disturb the other patrons. The food was wonderful and in great proportions. The waiter was nice and would check up on us now and then which I really appreciate. All in all I would comeback again and recommend it to others who want a lively , yet comfortable experience.

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  17. Jennsenior

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Consistently good. Favorite neighborhood place for a casual dinner.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a busy place. The staff were very responsive and helpful, the ambiance was friendly and positive, the food, I chose sashimi, which was a poor choice in a basicly good american food restaurant,

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  19. DebraS

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Fun, throwback place with classic cocktails, an eclectic menu, and casual vibe. Goal is to feel like a bar from the 30's and it does.

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  20. EileenL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice, friendly atmosphere. Hamburger was not good but portobello burger was. Service was great.

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  21. BillR

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    On special menu was blackened salmon - the best tasting salmon I have ever had in a restaurant, and cooked medium-rare to perfection!

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  22. ChelseyW

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always enjoy my visits here. Drinks are amazing and strong. Food is good and it's not to loud. Service always great

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  23. tony

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Hi-life, one of my go to spots on the UWS. Food is great, vibe is relaxed, staff are all lovely. Hanging at the bar is fun too if you can find a seat!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wasn’t what I expected, but everything was excellent! Service, the ambiance, food was great! A gem we won’t forget

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  25. CristinaA

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cozy bar very close to Central Park, good food and complimentary cinnamon toast and home made muffins with brunch menu as well as a half price first cocktail. Waiter very nice and could answer all our questions related to food alergies to make our meal more comfortable. We would repeat for sure! Thank you

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  26. LindaSueFoodie26

    New York City

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Hi Life, as does everyone in our neighborhood! It is like a second home with a wonderfully diverse menu and great service!

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  27. ElRio

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Neighborhood tavern with an old school vibe. Menu has everything, and its all fantastic. Staff is fun and friendly. Outdoor seating most of the year.

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  28. Riverside100

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite neighborhood restaurant ………………………………………..

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  29. Kathy

    New York City

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Chicken fajitas only available Thursdays and Saturdays are great. Bar ambiance. Watch football and eat good food.

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  30. SusannaS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We used to come often before the pandemic, but hadn’t been there in years. Our server Nicole, was great and she made us want to go back again.

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  31. Basicme4u

    New York City

    99 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I always enjoy this neighborhood restaurant. The menu is varied and the food delicious. I enjoy the sushi rolls, edamame,and dumplings. Other dishes are also very tasty.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great cinnamon toast! And the owner is delightful!

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  33. Scarby515

    New York City

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, variety, fun atmosphere, friendly service. Great neighborhood spot.

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  34. AndyLand

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place and have been going for a long time. I brought three friends that had not been before and we had a blast! Burgers, calamari, mussels, sushi, sashimi, edamame, EVERYTHING was great! Service and drinks also great! Love me the Hi Life!

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  35. Ruby

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cosy, old-timey ambience. Excellent food and service.

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  36. GeorgeW

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four people had a very enjoyable brunch outside. Highly recommend.

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  37. UWSveteranfor30yrs

    New York City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We love a specific table in the far end of the restaurant part, and are so glad when we sit there! Thank you!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New to UwS and so glad we found hi life. Will absolutely be back

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  39. Scarby515

    New York City

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great friendly neighborhood spot with attentive service and lots of variety on the menu. Cozy atmosphere with a lively bar.

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  40. hildas

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice table on the patio outside - exactly what we wanted- mussels and fries! Simple no fuss

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 787-7199.

Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side is rated 4.7 stars by 741 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side

477 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

Additional information

  • Cross street
    83rd Street
  • Neighborhood
    Upper West Side
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–12:00 am Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Steak, Sushi
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    1,2,3 line stopping at 79th or 86th and Broadway
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Nazario Pinzon
  • Entertainment
    Hi-Life is always deliciously fun. If you"re getting an early start try our Happy Hour specials $5 Cocktails & $5 Hors D'oeuvres... And if your a Night Owl we've also got a late night happy hour and we serve till 2am on Fri & Sat nights..
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 787-7199
  • 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.
  • Private party facilities
    For groups of 7 or more please call our party planners/managers so that we may arrange an appropriate table and menu options.
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