Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side

4.7
518 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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 26 seats along Amsterdam Ave and another 16 seats on our 83rd St side.
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi-life is one of our favorite neighborhood bars! We have been away from the city for 2 years because of CoVID and came back to see our friends - Hi-Life set us up with a nice table and didn’t care that we lingered over our food and rounds of drinks! Fabulous night!

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NatashaC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

So great wonderful time!! I highly recommend this place!

CG
vipCGould
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of my favorite restaurants on the UWS. Always good, always friendly, always welcoming & comfortable. I don’t know what I’d do without Hi Life!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I do like this place (my only reservation is the high noise level). They serve an interesting variety of cuisines, from sashimi to pork chops, and so far I like it all. We sat indoors, but outdoor seating on Amsterdam Avenue is available.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hi life can fit almost any purpose. An intimate catch up with a close friend or two, a place to keep a big night going, or on the other end of the spectrum, an early dinner with the kids. A neighborhood gem true to the UWS.

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vipKropster
Dallas
51 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service- fun evening with friends at wonderful neighborhood spot. Good drinks and food.

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gam63
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome place for those on a budget - such a diverse menu, there's something for everyone! Absolutely delish!!!

KP
KiawahPapa
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Neighborhood favorite

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are kind genuine and hard working. The food is exceptional!

UW
UWSveteranfor30yrs
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always love the outdoor dining area -- something that has been there pre-COVID!

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marteeb
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Best martinis in the city!

AL
AndyLand
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here many times, used to be regularly. Strange that they have burgers and steaks and sushi, but all are good. Have brought many friends here. And they make great cocktails.

KY
KarenY
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu has a full range of options to please anyone on any given night. We have a lot of food allergies and going here—I have been able to get a number of different things instead of just two options like most of the places. We consider this our go-to because of the range on the menu, and quality as well. And really—the cocktails are the initial draw! Very good cocktail menu!!!!

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BrianF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, great service, nice outdoor set up. Solid UWS brunch spot.

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Oldtimer
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat outside on the sidewalk. The waitress was awesome we had a nice time, the food is not fancy but it was good.

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vipFinleyH
New England
26 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The tuna niçoise is delicious.

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vipPleasePassTheSalt
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I asked for the fish to be cooked medium and it was well done. Nothing worse than dry fish. The carrots were over cooked. The mashed potatoes were Meh. The frozen margarita was bleh.

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bobg
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice menu with many choices. The food was good too. They did not rush us out. I just wish they had a slightly better draft beer selection; maybe a local beer or two.

CB
CurtisB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Tarin was awesome! We’ll be back soon enough!

LC
vipLaraC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great time. Our server was amazing and the whole staff was so kind. Food and bev were stellar!

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vipBESTFISH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite UWS spots. Great menu and service.

TK
vipTK719
New York Area
297 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can always count on Hi-Life for a great meal and a good time. They have prepare the best tuna in NYC, with delicious mashed potatoes. And the walnut apple pie is simply to die for. The service is terrific and the prices very reasonable. There's a reason why it has lasted so long.

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AMGMS
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This is a good spot on the UWS. Been here a few times as a tagalong only, so it was pleasant to treat a date. They had the chicken pot pie (they loved) and I had the grilled chicken sandwich w outstanding pesto. I got two oysters on the half shell to start - one was so-so and one was delicious. (Fresh to order w lemon and horseradish on the side). Service was quite busy, yet accommodating, professional and attentive. I give ambiance 3 stars mostly because it was unbalanced - loud patrons with quiet music, lighting too dim so it appeared rather dive-y. Overall, I recommend Hi Life for the raw bar, great playlist, “boilermakers” and friendly owner. And you can’t beat that car.

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Cityfoodies
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We sat outside and it was nice, the food was good and our server was great. If you want casual and tasty food with no fuss this is your place.

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vipRichardP
Palm Springs
34 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The hostess was a little rude when we arrived and I told her that we booked the table just for drinks. She said "we don't normally take guests just for drinks." I pointed out the name of the place was the Hi-Life Bar Bar & Grill, the key word being Bar. If you have the word "bar" in your name, one would assume one could come in just for drinks.

After a brief wait, even though we were on-time for our 7:15 PM reservation, we were seated. The drinks were excellent and we ordered the pigs in a blanket as an appetizer, and they were very good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good ate outside in the tent that was also heated (warning if there’s a ton of rain stay in the center of the tent—this is a nature issue)! Food/drinks were amazing and a good price! The workers were lovely!

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SecondFloor
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is solid. Good for a quick bite or a special occasion, which was our recent night out. Great nachos, great burgers, solid sushi. Yum.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was friendly with good recommendations, food was delicious- will definitely return!

AR
AndreaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a wonderful time and the service and food were excellent. We come back for our museum reunion here every time!

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vipSushimaven
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Mussels were crap and they knew it.

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NYeater
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

This place is charming and goes a long way back, I love the ambiance, it feels like old NY. But, it is NOT clean. And that is unforgivable to me. I had to send back my Bellini because the glass clearly had not been washed, it was sticky and dirty, and as I was waiting for another one I realized that my water glass was also dirty, with lots of little speckles of food floating in it. Next, the food. No rating is low enough. My son was sick all evening from it. Never again, sorry. The plates were also not clean. I don't even know why we stayed, really.
I have hope they will fix that part and be an awesome charming place again. I honestly find it absurd to mess up breakfast staples in NYC in 2021.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I wasn't wild about the bar and grill ambiance, but the food was good and the service very nice, as other reviews have said.

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vipNataliaR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to visit ate outside ...the food came fast and the food was fantastic and the servers really nice

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barbarab
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place and good simple food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Easy dining in a favorite neighborhood restaurant. We know what we like, it’s always a consistent good meal. Portions are a good size & we can share a few dishes and leave happy.

BK
vipBruceKatz
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner outside.
Our server was wonderful!

UW
vipUWSider
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always good here. The decor could use an update; feels super old. The good prices and food make up for it. Our ol' standby. Love meeting friends for brunch here.

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Ashley
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The restaurant was way smaller than I expected. We both ordered cheeseburgers and there wasn't really any cheese on it. The drinks were not good, the liquor was all at the bottom.

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vipGlennDGale
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Keep Coming Back. And each time we bring different friends.

RL
RashaL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

My fiancé and I highly enjoyed our experience! I will say that the food wasn’t seasoned very well, however adding soy sauce to my steak and mashed potatoes seemed to do the trick. The staff were very attentive and friendly! Even when my drink wasn’t as mango-y as I had hoped, the bartender gave me no issues when I asked for extra mango juice to be brought to the table. Thank you so much! We’ll be back :)

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Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side is rated 4.7 stars by 518 OpenTable diners.

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