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Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side

4.5
273 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Bar Seating
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Sushi
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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
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Phone number
(212) 787-7199
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paco Pinzon
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
83rd Street
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Public transit
1,2,3 line stopping at 79th or 86th and Broadway
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 273 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.5
service
4.1
ambience
4.3
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great brunch. Great service. Great deal. Great for lunch, brunch, and dinner!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

As per usual great!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

We thought the food was very good and the service and location also fine. We felt the noise level was way too high. They offer good food and a lot of smaller tables for 2 to 4 people but you can't talk - it is loud like a dance bar. That is the only complaint.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Cute bar like atmosphere. Pretty good food and service.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was kind of okay. I ordered the salmon. Not the best I've had, not the worst, but nothing great. My husband and I shared the tuna sashimi and avocado salad to start. It was very average and very little tuna, mostly lettuce. My husband had the chicken fajitas and didn't appreciate the paper that was served with the tortillas, which stuck to the tortillas and he didn't realize and was chewing on the paper. Not going back.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This restaurant on the upper west side should be more accommodating in offering Almond or Soy Milk with beverages like coffee and tea.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Good brunch enjoying the sunshine in the glassed-in cafe. Enjoyed the silver dollar pancakes and the 3-egg omelet. A little noisy with lots of children inside by the bar, but still a good Sunday morning hangout. Come early to avoid the crowds.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The best neighborhood restaurant on the UWS. You can't go wrong here... I like the Burger and Sweet Potato fries, and their Pasta and Chicken dish, etc.

So, much fun, too!

Enjoy the best staff ever!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Made reservations for our group of 7 for Sunday Brunch following a friend running the NYC half marathon. We showed up an hour before our reservations (our friend finished the race much quicker than expected) and Hi-life was able to sit us right away anyway! The drinks were all really good and the food was nothing fancy but delicious! Very affordable for a brunch on the upper west-side. I would definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Meh. Food is barely mediocre but service is great. We went with a group after the NYC half. They really need to up the food game but service and drinks were perfect for what we went there for.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I assumed the UWS location would be the same quality as the UES and boy was I wrong. The restaurant is run down and dingy. It is incredibly noisy, the tables are very close together. Expect food more in line with a cheap diner - but unfortunately, the prices are not.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

One of my faves!

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had reservations and were seated in the bar area at a table wedged between other tables. So close I had to interrupt the neighbor table’s conversation to get by. We asked for a booth but told no, it was reserved for 4 people and that was all they have take it or leave it. Not two minutes after we sat down a booth became open and two people were seated. Pretty annoying!
No complaints about the food. Service was mediocre at best. Luckily many other and better restaurants nearby.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Some friends came in from NJ to have dinner with us.
We had a great table in a corner by the window away from any noise.
It was very pleasant and private feeling.
We all had either salmon or tuna. It was all good.
The waiter came by several times to make sure we were doing okay.
We shared the most delicious apple pie with chocolate and whipped cream.
The decaf latte was very smooth.
We will definitely come back to try some other dishes.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Enjoyed our evening. Food and service were very good. Would definitely return!

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Great brunch menu! Wonderful service! Casual atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2018

My husband and I recently had dinner at Hi-Life and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I had the enormous vegetable salad, which was crisp, delicious, and filling. My husband had the chicken pot pie and all but licked his plate. Service was attentive, and the restaurant was warm and cozy on a cold night. Although most of the tables in the cafe were full, it was still quiet enough to hold a conversation. We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

I ordered sushi rolls. Clear it had been pre- made at an earlier time. It was gray and had an odd texture.The wasabi was brown and rubbery. I didn’t eat it.

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Great neighborhood place, good for quick meal, good for kids, reasonable prices

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

A local spot with local people. No tourists, good food. I had the local special (fried eggs, rice, beans, sausage) and my wife steak & eggs. Very good margarita and cinnamon toast. Would stay again.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Friendly, quick service. Make a reservation.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 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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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on December 10, 2017

I kept seeing ads for this place so I decided to try this place out on a date. I made a reservation but when I got there, the reservation wasn't really full anyway. My date arrived not long after and we ordered a bottle of wine, three appetizers, and some sushi to munch on. There was a special going on that night for a few dollars off a bottle of wine, and also, buy two, get one free appetizers. The food wasn't bad. The sushi was surprisingly decent.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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. :)

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Our go to place
Love sitting outside
Good food & drink

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2017

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

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