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 419 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very good and the servings were large. It was very busy and the service was a bit on the slow side. Too dark

m
New York Area
140 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our first time. This is a good local restaurant for a casual meal.

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, not loud, good food. Perfect brunch experience.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for our Sunday morning brunch !

H
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family together at holiday time. Happy to be there in a place that provides a relaxed but festive experience.

SP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Stopped in with our group before a show at the Beacon. Enjoyed everything about this place including the service. Great food and very reasonable. Try the crispy Thai wings. We will be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Date night. Great food great specials and perfect portions.

PF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Hi-Life is a 1930s Art Deco with a 1938 Lincoln Zephyr V12 (with the back suicide doors) car parked on 83rd Street as a billboard for the place.

Mostly it's great with a couple of lesser notes.

The Chinatown Spareribs are not BBQ ribs as found in most of the Chinese restaurants I've eaten in.
I asked the waitress if these were BBQ spareribs before ordering and was told that they were. But they were not served with real BBQ sauce (e.g. red and sticky). You may like them, but I was anticipating real BBQ spareribs. The ribs themselves were very good.

The only other dish that was disappointing was the Guacamole and chips. Good, but a surprisingly small portion.

H
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and amazing service! Great prices!

B
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Pretty much a perfect brunch for 4 people in a semi-business setting. We asked for and received a fairly quiet table (even though one of our party was half an hour late); food was great, we cleaned our plates, service was friendly and efficient. Bonus points for letting us stay well after the restaurant had emptied after the brunch rush.

IS
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the food and atmosphere every time we eat here.

J
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The food quality has dropped from the last time I was here. Tuna tough. Veggies cold. Fries Luke warm. Disappointed.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. You can literally order anything on the menu and it will always be incredible!!! The staff is so friendly and they’ll always accommodate you whatever you need.

AM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good spot with good food! Service was lovely too. Loved the soundtrack playing!

H
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Nachos were great but main course meat was overcooked and burnt.

S
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific neighborhood joint with idyllic UWS vibe. Brunch items are excellent, particularly the egg-themed ones.

JA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi Life is our favorite restaurant on the UWS. Wide variety of menu choices to fit every palette. Great for all ages and meal types.

W
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been going to Hi Life for over 25 years. It’s funky in decor. The atmosphere is always fun and with a good buzz. Over the years it’s always had a diverse crowd in age, and life style. The menu has a lot of options to please almost everyone. Plus the food is always good to very good.

BB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, great service, meal was excellent!
Will be back next visit

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My happy hour daiquiri was VERY weak. Charged for avocado on tuna roll yet it comes with salmon roll.. strange.

p
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
42 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friends reunion

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N
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Delicious beer

S
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service in a neighborhood gem.

LT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good neighborhood ’go to’

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
39 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

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
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JR
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
133 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Celebrating Art show opening

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
59 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

IS
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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