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Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side

4.6
4.6
614 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 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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What 614 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. GC

    GCNYC1

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my 1st time here after meaning to give it a try for some time now. I was pleasantly surprised. A neighborhood staple, The Hi-Life is a casual, relaxed, unpretentious place with good food and good strong drinks! Fresh and great portions for the money. Hard to come by these days especially on the UWS. The service was nothing less than stellar as well. It's definitely worth a return visit and good enough to be a regular here.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Participated in restaurant week and enjoyed their sushi, steak and NY cheese cake. Brought a friend visiting from Europe and she really enjoyed our evening there!
  3. m

    marteeb

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place
  4. PL

    PeggyLou

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great restaurant week menu, everything was very good. Drinks were good if a little small, but much better value than most of Manhattan. We sat outside and were not forgotten about even once. Would definitely want to dine there again.
  5. s

    sunshine

    New York Area

    553 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    553 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went for Restaurant Week where they have a very good menu of choices. The food was generous and excellent, the service attentive and welcoming and the ambiance from another era and fun.
  6. P

    Pamstwin

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great burgers
  7. JH

    JanetH

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious, friendly neighborhood restaurant! Love it!
  8. B

    Basicme4u

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thank u! Eccentric sushi rolls, early bird drinks and vege dumplings delicious!
  9. T

    Teach

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Met a friend for lunch at 5 pm on a Friday after work. Not crowded at all. Diligent waitstaff, but the food was quite bad. My chicken was over cooked, the baked potato looked old & the creamer spinach was cold & spongy. My friend’s burger too well done (he was not asked how he’d like it prepared). Our drinks were well made. I had a frozen strawberry daiquiri & my friend had a watermelon martini.
  10. B

    Basicme4u

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thank you for a delicious meal and very good service.
  11. UW

    UWSfoodie

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very pleasantly surprised by their elegant food. Service staff were very friendly and attentive. Great value for the money! We definitely will go back.
  12. h

    hkwnyc

    New York Area

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Hi-Life never disappoints. Good variety of food, great prices and they never rush you out. I love their sushi and they fact they let you specify what you want. I think they're the only restaurant that let's you do that! Also, the outside and the seating along the windows is always comfortable and fun. It's a neighborhood favorite.
  13. B

    Basicme4u

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love eating at hi life. We Had the salmon dinner and sushi combination. Loved both dinners. We appreciated very much the happy hour drinks! Ellie
  14. MS

    MikeS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The perfect place to go for friendly service, wonderful comfort food, beer, and cocktails, all at very reasonable prices. Also excellent sushi, raw shellfish. Burgers are top notch, as well as big salads, for those more health-minded people. Sweet potato fries are to die for. The noise inside can be very loud, making it difficult to hear a conversation. Outside is better, although the restaurant is located near a firehouse and there can be many loud ambulance and fire engine noises, as well as the usual Amsterdam Avenue motorcyclists. Overall, very worth the detour.
  15. R

    Robert

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Delightful neighborhood spot. Great vibe and nice energy level, both inside and outside on the patio. Generous portions. Very attentive and thoughtful service. Highly recommend for the perfect UWS neighborhood experience.
  16. J

    Jrrb

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great casual bar/restaurant with excellent drinks and burgers. Nachos were a bit gloppy but I think that is the way they should be! Service was friendly and efficient. Will definitely be back.
  17. B

    Basicme4u

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for consistently fresh and tasty food. We very much appreciated the happy hour. Ellie
  18. B

    Basicme4u

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I like going to high life. The menu is varied and the dinners have been delicious. The waitress was superb and we enjoyed our sushi , edamame and tartufo. I appreciated sitting outside .
  19. m

    mamcu

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a delicious evening with fine, unintrusive service and great neighborhood feel.
  20. W

    Westie

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a very nice dinner at Hi Life last night. I had not been there in many years but now plan to go back. The food was very good and prices are reasonable. Sat outside which was so pleasant in the good weather, but the noise level on Amsterdam Avenue was a bit annoying, so next time I may opt for indoor seating. It's a very good value for the neighborhood.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really interesting eclectic menu. Incuding Pigs in Blakey’s, sushi/Sashimi and a selection of salads. Service was excellent. Food was served in a very timely manner and was well prepared, appetizing in appearance and tasty in flavor. I just added The Hi-Line to my upper West Side Go-To list.
  22. J

    Juppstar

    Seattle

    491 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    491 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I took three guests to Hi-Life and we had a fun time. When we got there we opted to sit outside but the only table they showed us was on the Amsterdam sidewalk area under an open window. I later noticed nicer vacant tables for four on the 83rd St side that would have been much nicer. Servers were good but had to be asked for water refills a few times. I enjoyed nicely prepared sunny side up fried eggs and tasty sausages. Another guest enjoyed her huge salad. Another got the eggs Benedict Arnold but found the eggs overdone. The other guest got a BTL but it didn’t have much bacon compared to their ingredients.
  23. TD

    TDC1

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Our server messed up a bunch of things it was almost comical. We asked for happy hour drinks, ordered them, but on the bill they were full price. Asked her to investigate and she said oh I guess those were not on the happy hour after all. Then one dish - the menu described as a salad with chicken and a bunch of other ingredients - first didn’t come out at all while all others at the table had their food. Finally it came, but no chicken. Server said oh well you didn’t ask for chicken. Pointed out that the menu didn’t offer it as an option, it was just the way the dish was prepared. Had to wait for a side of chicken - by the time it came everyone else was done eating. Ordered a burger to go for a family member who didn’t come to the restaurant. Specific requests about cheese etc. Got home and it was all wrong. Lastly -dining companion left her credit card there by accident. They didn’t call despite having my number since we reserved through here. Overall decent food but we won’t be returning anytime soon!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my 3 daughters here for Mother’s Day dinner. The food was delicious & the staff were very polite & pleasant. There was such great energy coming from everywhere! Prices are not bad at all! I couldn’t tell you what my total bill was because my girls secretly paid for the bill when the original plan I was to treat my daughters to dinner, instead they treated me, soooo sweet! My family and I would definitely come here again!
  26. s

    sanyc

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Went for brunch. It was so, so…similar to diner food.
  27. D

    Debo

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Service and food were both very good. The only complaint was the noise level. Tables are a bit close together and the noise level was a bit much due to some loud patrons. Server was good and attentive but not overly so. All said a pleasant experience .
  28. WB

    WarrenB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Always love this place -- dependable food; great service and healthy pours.
  29. PM

    PatraM

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service this evening outside @ Hi-Life! Thank you again for another fantastic experience!
  30. j

    jillr

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although I was unable to reserve an inside table, I requested it when I booked on Open Table. The host was amazing and held a great table for us inside. The food was excellent as always. Our server was friendly, helpful, and always there when we needed them.
  31. m

    mamcu

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place to meet up with friends . Service is great and there is no big push to get to7 out the door.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Outside seating Table uneven Food was not hot (temperature )
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. The Skirt steak with chimichurri sauce is #1!
  34. S

    Shankbone

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    Food was good but decor needs a real facelift. It’s very dated.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always had a very good experience all around at Hi-Life. Very comfortable place to talk (can actually hear each other) and enjoy good food and drinks together. It's easy and comfortable - waitress very nice but unobtrusive. Always know you'll have a very good meal from a varied menu - something for everyone. Thanks Hi-Life for being one of the few remaining go-to places for a really nice dinner out with friends.
  36. RR

    RRRR1

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Hi-Life is dependable, well prepared, friendly and a great neighborhood standby. We never feel rushed and is such an easy casual place to hang out and enjoy really good food.
  37. B

    Beano

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I have always loved the Hi-Life. Great food. Great value. Great service. I have never ever had a bad meal here or a bad experience. I highly recommend it.
  38. S

    Spence

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always reliable... very professional staff.. and friendly too. Have a vodka martini.
  39. IS

    ISPROUD

    New York Area

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Glad had protected/outside dining. Food is delicious.
  40. UW

    UWSveteranfor30yrs

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Outdoor seating always a pleasure here, even in pre-COVID times!

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 4.6 stars by 614 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 19 times today
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

  • 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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