Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side

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377 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Happy Hour
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.

Special Offers

3 for 2 STARTERS all night

Buy any 2 Starters from our menu and your 3rd is "on the house" (Lowest priced starter is Free)

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 26 December 2018

Ends: 27 December 2117

Availability: Sun 16:00-22:45
Wed 16:00-22:45

Cocktails & Hors D'oeuvres Specials

Cocktail, Beer and Wine from $6-$8, ... and small plate Hors D'oeuvres from $7

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 26 December 2018

Ends: 27 December 2117

Availability: Daily 16:30-19:00

What 377 People Are Saying
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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

No frills. Great value. Friendly people. Overall fantastic casual bar / restaurant on upper west side. Better than your average pub food.

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JF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Loud and lively bar and grill. Food was surprisingly delicious and I would totally recommend anyone to check out this restaurant!

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SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing burgers and great cocktails. I’ve been coming for 20 years and it’s still great!

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AR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hi-Life is an UWS institution and there's a reason it has survived so long. Fantastic, fun place with great deals on food and drinks, and something for everyone. We went with a large party and the owner and server were extremely accommodating. Food and drinks were amazing as always, and you cannot beat their happy hour prices!!

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E
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We went for weekend brunch but also have had dinner here.
The food is fresh dnd delicious and the service is great. They are very attentive. One of our neighborhood casual gems.

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Y
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Good menu and good specials. Liked the drinks. But the restaurant looks run down.

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NY
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We love the food and service. It's kind of a dive bar and restaurant on the upper westside, but the food is very good and reasonably priced and the servers are friendly and helpful. We will be back again soon.

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VB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Great neighborhood spot with a good happy hour and daily specials.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch

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M
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food was ok for bar food. Service was generally ok except for them forgetting to put in one of the seven entres. Once it was pointed out to them they did get it out pretty fast.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Hi life is always a great spot whether it be for a quick dinner or a night out

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w
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Consistent neighborhood joint. Good simple.

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r
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Quick brunch with a friend. Always a good quality meal at HiLife. Menu has enough options to satisfy everyone in the party.

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BF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent . It was crowded but not too noisy. The staff was fantastic, the service was great and we weren’t rushed.

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W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We love it.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service! The food is good & the menu is nice and diverse, but while I love this NY institution, it is not a place to go if you’re looking quiet conversation among friends. The weekends are incredibly active & loud for a chat...week nights are much better. A lively place and a NY insider must.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favorite neighborhood joint!! Always friendly, always great!

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Memphis
52 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice casual place with great specials. Outdoor tables available.

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NY
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We eat here all the time. Food and service is very reliable. it's like going to Cheers, everybody knows your name.

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OM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An amazing time as always made my bday very special

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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are regulars. Love it! We are regulars. Love it!

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DK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I always enjoy dinner at Hi-Life. Fun place, with good vibe. Sushi bar option a plus.

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D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Friendly atmosphere and good for kids.

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p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We like this neighborhood bar.

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J
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. The food is good, the service is attentive, and the atmosphere cozy. We look forward to summertime when we can sit outdoors at the sidewalk tables.

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JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

always my favorite. my pad ti so good. everyone was happy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love this place in Sushi specials

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NA
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place for staple brunch choices. Good portions and the homemade blueberry muffins and cinnamon toast that came before the food were DELICIOUS.

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OT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great pub fare!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Small neighborhood bar pub with delicious food. Extremely friendly and competent service. High-value, solid drinks. A definite goto place anytime on the upper west side.

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R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been going to the Hi Life for years. Always excellent.

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TF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food. Fabulous Bloody Mary. Service was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. I'll be back.

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My family and i eat there alot. Yummy comfort food well priced. We always try to sit on the "cafe" side which runs along 83rd Street. It's all glass and heated. So cozy. We love it.

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SD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

All would have been fine except we were told that the hamburger rolls did not have sesame seeds - my son cannot have them so when meal cane out with seeds, we had to send it back and could tell other servers were frustrated with our server who said “she was new”. This would have been a great meal but also life threatening - they need to be more careful!!!

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NM
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favorite neighborhood go to when visiting family in the city!

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DF
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Solid place. Wasn't amazing but service was very attentive and food was okay. Good place if you're local or just looking for a casual restaurant experience.

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n
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Consistently good food, and something for everyone on their varied menu. It is very noisy!

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SC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

People couldn’t have been nicer . Even though we changed the time and no of guests last minute, they seated us in the corner table in the sun room so it was quiet and private. We loved the varied menu - both food and drinks. No wonder they are always busy.

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CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You can make a reservation which is a rarity on the UWS. Huge menu with lots of great weekly specials. Also great happy hour.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Helpful, friendly and quick service and decent food - plentiful and good quality- it is a reliable family favorite

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