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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

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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

I needed a place for a casual dinner before an early movie. The menu is varied, the food was fresh and tasty -- but not for foodies. There was something for everyone. The service was very good and we were given a table in a pleasant corner with a view of the street. I would go again even though the food was not exceptional.

Tags: Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a wonderful meal, a relaxing time, and the wait staff was very attentive without being overly intruding. We've been before and we'll definitely be back!

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, People Watching, Fun, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Friendly, quick service. Make a reservation.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Ate here while we were staying at the Excelsior down the street. Great ambiance - a real neighborhood feel. Reasonable prices ...unlike the $150 breakfast we had at Sarabeth’s. Highly recommend. Took three kids - something on the menu for everyone.

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

Excellent food and drinks! Get the salads but try blackened chicken on them.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Ambience and food are casual and always reliable. I love the energy of the restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We were visiting from PA and Hi-Life seemed like a great neighborhood kind of restaurant where people gather every week. The decorating was eclectic and funky and it had a lively vibe. We all had a version of Eggs Benedict and all enjoyed them very much - we were startled to see 3 perfectly poached eggs on each plate. The service was good and overall I would say that it was a great value for the quality and quantity of food.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Hi Life never disappoints . We are always welcomed warmly by Earl and Simon! Hi-ly recommend Hi Life!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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