Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side

4.6
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427 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.

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Complimentary 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)

Cocktails & Hors D'oeuvres Specials

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

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vipTK719
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as usual. I had the Cuban black bean soup, the tuna with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies, and the mud pie for dessert. Everything was delicious and the service was terrific.

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vipMSNMD
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the chicken fajitas at High Life a neighborhood fixture.

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SuzanneC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad experience here. I LOVE THIS PLACE! Everything they make is good: sushi, burgers, pasta dishes, entrees, and apps. I especially love their popcorn shrimp and dumplings. They have an amazing weekend brunch as well.

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vipJohn
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant with diverse menu, ample portions, fair prices. friendly service. What else do you need? We have always had a great meal at Hi-Life :-)

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vipTK719
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love going to Hi-Life. The food and service are always great, and the prices are very reasonable. It's nice that they start serving dinner at 4:30pm - making it the perfect choice for an early dinner.

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mamcu
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot...buzzing bar scene and more quiet seating in glassed in room. terrific drinks, really good food (far beyond bar fare.)

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vipOutofTowner
Memphis
64 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My favorite spot for weekend brunch! Strawberry butter on hot muffins is hard to beat.

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AnneV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to HiLife for years. Ever since the Upper East Side location closed, I am happy coming to the Upper West Side location. Always amazing food, loads of options and variety. Service is never a problem - always terrific! I would suggest making reservations for weekend evening hours as it can get quite busy and wait times can vary.

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DavidM
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

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vipmisstheclassics
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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AmyL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Perfect for our Sunday morning brunch !

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vipHappy
New York Area
16 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.

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SteveP
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!

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

Date night. Great food great specials and perfect portions.

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vipPrixFixe
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.

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

Fantastic food and amazing service! Great prices!

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vipBronxite
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.

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vipISPROUD
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJeanne
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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

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

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Henry
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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

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vipSheldon
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJoAnn
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.

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Will
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.

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

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vippedsdoc
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.

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vipCGould
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Friends reunion

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vipNewyorker
New York Area
133 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!!

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JoeZ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Delicious beer

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Scarybrunch
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service in a neighborhood gem.

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

Good neighborhood ’go to’

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OpenTable Diner
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

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hcnyc160
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

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IrisR
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!

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vipGilbertB
New York Area
42 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

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LeslieK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

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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 4.6 stars by 427 OpenTable diners.

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