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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)
Comfort Food (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Roasted chicken was as good as it gets. casual great server.Truly enjoyed being there. looking forward to returning. Great neighborhood place.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Always a good time! Great food. Been there about 10 times only had bad service once. Favorite spot for a casual dinner.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Although we weren't sitting outside because of the weather... or in the Café...I was very pleased to sit at our cozy table inside. Our table of 6 was not rushed and we enjoyed all the food.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

A good solid neighborhood choice with a good solid American menu. Nothing fancy or special, and it may not win any awards, but food done well and at a decent price. In an area that is either crazy expensive or specialized cuisine it is nice to have a regular place for a burger, salad, chops etc. - something for everyone really. Brunch is always good for a reasonable price without the insane wait time. With places closing left and right due to ridiculous UWS rents I hope Hi-Life is able to stick around for years to come.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Hi-life is always a good after-work place for drinks and dinner. Sushi is fresh. Chicken entrees are excellent. We always enjoy HiLife.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Tried the pizza for first time. Very good. Their menu variety is incredible. Not to mention the best dessert in town. The warm chocolate brownie with ice cream.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Cozy, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Great spot for Sunday Brunch. We took a chance and got a reservation. Was not disappointed - we sat on the "bump out" that actually opened up and let the fresh air in. My wife and I had Mimosas and each ordered a variation of Eggs Benedict. I had mine over sausage links and english muffins, hers was over crab cakes! Wishing I had the crab cake version, as the bite of hers that she surrendered to me was incredible!

The service while, good, wasn't fantastic as our server had quite a few tables, so service was hit and miss.

I think we'll add this to the "do again" list.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Have been many times and always enjoy the food and atmosphere. Outside seating when the weather is nice is preferable for us.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Great sushi and seafood. Went with family - had a blast. Staff very friendly and helpful

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Great food, great service, good vibe, nice specials

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Not the best food and the tables are placed very close together if you're not lucky enough to get a booth. I had the salmon benedict and it was medicore. Salmon wasn't fresh, poached eggs were warm and the home fries and salad were bland. The home fries were also warm. Seemed like the plate may have been sitting out for a while. I don't think I'd be visiting again.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Came for brunch, reasonably priced if nothing special. Really enjoyed my blt which came with avocado. Everyone else enjoyed what they got as well, from chicken sandwiches to huevos rancheros.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Elsa and her staff are the best people, who always smiles and makes her guest feel welcomed every time!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Excellent value. Good sushi. Friendly service. Great neighborhood restaurant.

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

Molly behind the bar and Simon taking care of your table makes for a great evening. Have been coming to this spot for years - most times with my best friends, at others with my family. The menu has a little something for everyone. Good cocktails. Good raw bar. Sushi or burgers... the place doesn't disappoint.

Tags: Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 1, 2017

The hi-life is a neighborhood gem. Lots of choice on the menu - burgers are really good. Service is very, very good. It is a very casual place, good for a quick dinner after work or a brunch.

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

I had been a steady customer at the East Side Hi-Life, so when it closed, I was very disappointed. I was meeting friends for brunch who had also liked the East-Side Hi-Life, so when I suggested we try the one on the West Side, they agreed. Well, it was fantastic and met all the standards we had for the East-Side one. We will go back again and again. It is only a short bus trip away!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Our server was wonderful and friendly. Food and atmosphere was just what we wanted.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Everything Was Great I Will Come Back For Sure.....Highly Recommend This Place To My Friends

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2017

The drinks were good I just thought it was expensive for the amount of alcohol you got

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Hi Life is always an up! The service is wonderful; the food is just great -- from daily specials, to sushi, to happy hour buys like oysters -- ooh la la. My husband's pasta with veggies was perfect! My dozen oysters? Perfect, too! (Yes, as was the price.) The drinks are always wonderful whether you choose happy hour buys or a regular. Oh, and the wait staff are a great reflection of the consistent competence and casual comfort of the place. The other part is that the Hi Life just hosts all age groups. Love it. (Love the gum balls in the bathroom.) (Got sick and didn't go since before the holidays. So glad to return.)

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We always enjoy eating at Hi-Life West. The staff is attentive, the food is delicious, the ambiance is vibrant & casual. One of my favorites is the curried chicken pot pie. Just a hint of curry to add interest to an old charmer, with a flaky puff pastry crust on top to help soak up the sauce.
A lively joint with a good mix of people at the bar & at the tables. Outdoor seating in the warmer months.

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2017

This is such a great neighborhood place (please open up another branch in my exact neighborhood, 63rd and West End!). A place that is good every time we go. Serves the best Manhattan in NYC!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Love this place. Great food in an informal atmosphere. Owner takes great care to provide an enjoyable experience

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2017

We always love this place. The food is great - love the burgers, calamari, shrimp dumplings, guacamole, the big pasta bowl, and the sushi. Great neighborhood spot - one of our faves.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2016

This is our regular spot for a burger.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Had a most enjoyable and reasonably priced brunch here. One of the people in our party was running very late but since the restaurant wasn't very busy, we were not pressured into ordering before that person showed up. Would definitely go back again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2016

The restaurant is very nice and so was our charming and hospitable waitress. The appetizers were overpriced, especially for the amount of food served. For instance, the caesar salad was no larger than a typical house salad for $8.95, and the sushi rolls were very ordinary at around the same price. My entrée was very mediocre. I see no reason whatsoever to eat there again.

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2016

I have been going to Hi-Life at least once a week since 2003, and without exception, the staff, the food and the music and patrons have all been wonderful... a great neighborhood joint.

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Great service & good food always. Perfect neighborhood bar.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Easily the worst restaurant I've ever been to. The service was unbelievably slow and the food was unbelievably bad. I ordered a steak medium well and it came out extremely rare. The steamed vegetables were cold and raw. Overall horrible food and experience and will not be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Food was delicious and reasonably priced. Atmosphere was relaxed. Waitress was cheerful and knowledgeable. Overall a positive dining experience in every way. Highly recommend

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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