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About Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side

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.

477 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10024
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Steak, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 4:00pm,
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday: 4:30pm - 2:00am, Saturday: 4:00pm -2:00am

Cross Street:
83rd Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 787-7199

Website:
http://www.hi-life.com/

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..

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.

Public Transit:
1,2,3 line stopping at 79th or 86th and Broadway

Executive Chef:
Paco Pinzon

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (13)
Bar Seating (10)
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Great for Brunch (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Fun (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Good for a Date (6)
People Watching (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Cozy (4)
Great Beer (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Live Sports (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Authentic (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Tapas (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Servers are very attentive. Good food at reasonable cost. Early specials are a deal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good place for brunch if you are going to Central Park or visiting the museums are around the area. You can't go wrong with any of the menu choices on the brunch options. Complimentary toast and muffins with strawberry butter. :)

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We love Hi Life! The staff are so friendly and accommodating. Drinks are fantastic. Menu has great variety and is reasonably priced. Great specials. Cozy ambience.
Hi-ghly recommend the Hi Life!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great happy hour drink and food options. Host and waitress were super friendly and great service. Wide selection of eats. Definitely will come again.

Tags: Great Beer, Tapas, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was great! Drinks were also very good. The rum punch was yummy 👌🏼

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Fantastic as always. Great time....food and drinks!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We come here quite often, the staff knows us and are very friendly. We are always greeted when we arrive. The food is good and they have a nice selection.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had Brunch. The eggs Benedict were terrific! So were the Bloody Mary’s. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

my home away from home. always a pleasure to dine here

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Our go to place
Love sitting outside
Good food & drink

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great eating joint in the neighborhood ! Happy hour menu selections every night and great draft beer.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a great time. The food and drinks were great. We all cleaned about plates.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food! Great service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Always reliable, great martinis with a chaser, and terrific servers.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great neighborhood tradition for uws. Wonderful and ample Martinis, brilliant hamburgers, serviceable sushi and many things in between

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The Hi-Life Restaurant was a good choice for dinner. We liked the menu choices and the wait staff was attentive and friendly. It was nice sitting at an outdoor table as it was a beautiful evening and lots of people watching. The food we had was well made and tasted great. We would definitely eat here again.

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

nice place for a casual lunch or dinner. Wasn't crowded at all on Saturday for lunch. I had Eggs florentine - was very good. Bloody mary was good and spicy although not very strong.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

One of our favorite places to have drinks and food. Casual and comfortable place to meet for any occasion.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Good neighborhood bar like atmosphere but a lot more! Big variety menu with lots of specials. The vegetable dumplings were great. Skip the guacamole and the calamari was nothing special, but still good. I had the Cobb salad and it was perfect. Dessert were very good too!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Live Sports, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

It's one of our favorite places to eat...Love sitting outside or in the cafe if the weather doesn't cooperate.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Casual, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Enjoyable as usual. Good cosmos and food. Best dessert-warm chocolate brownie with ice cream! Staff is always cheerful and helpful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Always excellent. The sakitinis are made to perfection. The tiny sushi bar provides a good selection. The bartenders and servers are amazing., the place is a very cool vibe

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Always feel well taken are of here with food and waitstaff

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Sat in the glasses in porch where it's quieter.
Get the highlife gin cocktail. It's great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Always reliable on the Upper West Side.... Excellent food and diverse menu, something for everyone....

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Fun, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Love the menu, so many options! I was there with a party of 6 and everyone loved what they got!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

My wife and I eat at Hi-Life on the average of once a month and have been going there for years. Obviously, we enjoy it a great deal. The main dining room tends to be active and a little noisy for our tastes which is why we eat in the café, which is quiet. There is a very wide variety of food and although I have my favorites, I vary my meals there. The food is best described as comfort food but is always well prepared and tasty. Service is punctual and prices are very reasonable. One of our very favorites places, in or out of the neighborhood. Steven Wolfe

Tags: Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Live Sports, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great place with good food and has $4.95 Bloody Mary's for brunch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

One of my favorites! Always a good time!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 19, 2017

An Upper West Side Staple. Cool no frills restaurant/bar with an extensive menu that has something for everyone.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Late-night Find, Fun, Casual, Live Sports, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Our Open Table Res was promptly honored, and we were given as nice outdoor table as requested.

We had a charming and tasty casual brunch, with delicious breads, and some slightly non standard selections - Good!

Service was friendly - bus staff, a little disorganized but affable. We were allowed to linger and chat long after we'd finished and paid.

Much appreciated.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Nothing to write home about

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 3, 2017

I went with a group if 12 people. Even though the restaurant is small, they managed it quite well, and we all had a great time.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Not what I was expecting. we were looking for a nice place to have dinner but this is more of a bar scene. Pretty loud. Service was minimalistic. Felt like they were trying to move us out of there. Wasn't never asked if we wanted a second drink nor dessert, just whether we were ready for the check. I'm sure for a quick and casual meal, this would be fine, but I was looking for something a bit less chaotic and more upscale.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2017

I don't know why I stay away from Hi-Life. I've lived on the UWS for 20+ years. Every time I go, I'm pleasantly surprised by the food. Maybe it's the decor? Maybe it's that it doesn't feel local? I'm really just writing this review to remind myself - I enjoy Hi-Life.

Tags: Casual, Live Sports
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We love Thai restaurant. Booking through open table doesn't give us option to select outside

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on May 20, 2017

great service, great burgers, great happy hour

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

I went out with a few friends for a few drinks and we all enjoyed the ambiance and the positive vibes from this place. It was especially nice that they served sushi, which is not common at a bar. We really enjoyed the old school feel from this restaurant/bar. They also had really unique shirt that were available for purchase. This place is highly recommended!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

overrated. I came because of the reviews and found generally they were wrong.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

I live in the neighborhood and for 15 years go there whenever I'm eating out in the area. Usually it's a great, casual place with good service and food, and great for casual business dinner if it's quiet. The other night made us maybe never want to go back. A neighbor and I went and there were a couple big parties so the noise was pretty high. It took awhile for the server to get to us, understandable with the big parties. But it was loud. We both ordered the same salad (a big salad with blackened chicken and hearts of palm and stuff), him first, then I said, "I'll have the same thing." But when it came, he got the right salad and they brought me a Caesar salad drenched in dressing. No big deal, we flagged down the waitress but not only did she not apologize, she claimed I said, "Caesar" and didn't offer to try and fix it. So I had her to bring it back to the kitchen and tell them there was a mistake and if they had an issue to send the manager over. After about 30 seconds she came back with the original salad and said, "because we have so many parties tonight they said it will be a really long time to make another salad." (Really? It's a bowl of greens, chopped veggies and a sliced chicken breast.) She put the Caesar back down and asked, "can't you just eat this one?" My friend jumped in and said, "we'll just switch, I'll eat his --" and she took off. But we basically both ate his salad, and had bites of the now limp Caesar. She came by much later and apologized for not getting the right salad and said, "I hope you're not too disappointed." And I said, "sorry - I am. It wasn't what I ordered." Then the bill came and I got charged for the Caesar. We've never had service like that there so we both left pretty disappointed, mystified and hungry. And having been a waiter, I still felt guilty and left her 20%. But next time if I go, and it's loud, I'll make sure my order is repeated back to me. But there's also a good restaurant on the other corner.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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