Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side

4.8
438 reviews
$30 and under
American

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Casual
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.
What 438 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Abelf
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to try their cocktails and food. Pasta primavera is delicious.

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vippmg4
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and a really nice outdoor setting

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vipmck25
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Great service. Great food. Keep going back!

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vipTK719
New York Area
203 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another great meal at Hi-Life, as usual. Delicious black bean soup. Amazing tuna nicoise salad. And the best apple pie in NYC. Great service and reasonable prices. Awesome outdoor dining setup, too. So glad that they're open and thriving!

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MitchellD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and drink as usual, great service—and setup for outdoors.

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GeraldCJ
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy dining at Hi-Life. Great food and great service. Doing a fine job with outside dining with heaters and wind screens and lighting to keep the experience festive and fun. We will be back. It NEVER disappoints. Always very good.

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vipPaula
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant. Great food and wonderful people.

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vipmck25
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Seated us outside under heat lamps, far from other patrons. Food was hot and perfect and yummy, great service!

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NancieR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was overpriced, a piece of pecan pie and berry pie = $8.95, each, a small Caesar salad (basically lettuce lighted sprinkled with cheese and a few crotons = $8.95, a chicken quesadilla more cheese than chicken = $14.00 , a big bowl (the only thing big was the bowl) with a moderate amount of penne pasta, a few crowns of broccoli and five shrimp = $18.95. Drinks: beer $10 and small glass of red wine $10. We left hungry.

Unfriendly owner playing the worst of the 70’s . How about a mix instead of what you like? No hello/goodbye, thank you or happy thanksgiving.

To top it off some crazy guy tried to force his way into bathroom; I yelled out and the staff ignored me like I was a troublemaker. When I confronted the owner, he blew me off.

I used to adore the east side HiLife but the west side is an overpriced dive.

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gigiUWS
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been going to Hi Life for about 20 years and it never fails me. Also they've adapted to COVID stuff with hot cocktails and heat lamps. Lovely evening.

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nelkin
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great service
Solid food
Top notch pigs in a blanket

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vipTK719
New York Area
203 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great as usual. I had the Cuban black bean soup, the tuna with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies, and the mud pie for dessert. Everything was delicious and the service was terrific.

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vipMSNMD
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love the chicken fajitas at High Life a neighborhood fixture.

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SuzanneC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have never had a bad experience here. I LOVE THIS PLACE! Everything they make is good: sushi, burgers, pasta dishes, entrees, and apps. I especially love their popcorn shrimp and dumplings. They have an amazing weekend brunch as well.

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vipJohn
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant with diverse menu, ample portions, fair prices. friendly service. What else do you need? We have always had a great meal at Hi-Life :-)

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vipTK719
New York Area
203 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always love going to Hi-Life. The food and service are always great, and the prices are very reasonable. It's nice that they start serving dinner at 4:30pm - making it the perfect choice for an early dinner.

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mamcu
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great neighborhood spot...buzzing bar scene and more quiet seating in glassed in room. terrific drinks, really good food (far beyond bar fare.)

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vipOutofTowner
Memphis/West TN
64 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

My favorite spot for weekend brunch! Strawberry butter on hot muffins is hard to beat.

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AnneV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been coming to HiLife for years. Ever since the Upper East Side location closed, I am happy coming to the Upper West Side location. Always amazing food, loads of options and variety. Service is never a problem - always terrific! I would suggest making reservations for weekend evening hours as it can get quite busy and wait times can vary.

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DavidM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was very good and the servings were large. It was very busy and the service was a bit on the slow side. Too dark

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vipmisstheclassics
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

This was our first time. This is a good local restaurant for a casual meal.

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AmyL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, not loud, good food. Perfect brunch experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect for our Sunday morning brunch !

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vipHappy
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family together at holiday time. Happy to be there in a place that provides a relaxed but festive experience.

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SteveP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Stopped in with our group before a show at the Beacon. Enjoyed everything about this place including the service. Great food and very reasonable. Try the crispy Thai wings. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Date night. Great food great specials and perfect portions.

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vipPrixFixe
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Hi-Life is a 1930s Art Deco with a 1938 Lincoln Zephyr V12 (with the back suicide doors) car parked on 83rd Street as a billboard for the place.

Mostly it's great with a couple of lesser notes.

The Chinatown Spareribs are not BBQ ribs as found in most of the Chinese restaurants I've eaten in.
I asked the waitress if these were BBQ spareribs before ordering and was told that they were. But they were not served with real BBQ sauce (e.g. red and sticky). You may like them, but I was anticipating real BBQ spareribs. The ribs themselves were very good.

The only other dish that was disappointing was the Guacamole and chips. Good, but a surprisingly small portion.

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Hudsonrivermike
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and amazing service! Great prices!

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vipBronxite
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Pretty much a perfect brunch for 4 people in a semi-business setting. We asked for and received a fairly quiet table (even though one of our party was half an hour late); food was great, we cleaned our plates, service was friendly and efficient. Bonus points for letting us stay well after the restaurant had emptied after the brunch rush.

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vipISPROUD
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoy the food and atmosphere every time we eat here.

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vipJeanne
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

The food quality has dropped from the last time I was here. Tuna tough. Veggies cold. Fries Luke warm. Disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. You can literally order anything on the menu and it will always be incredible!!! The staff is so friendly and they’ll always accommodate you whatever you need.

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vipAMNY
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good spot with good food! Service was lovely too. Loved the soundtrack playing!

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Henry
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Nachos were great but main course meat was overcooked and burnt.

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vipSheldon
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific neighborhood joint with idyllic UWS vibe. Brunch items are excellent, particularly the egg-themed ones.

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vipJoAnn
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hi Life is our favorite restaurant on the UWS. Wide variety of menu choices to fit every palette. Great for all ages and meal types.

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Will
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Been going to Hi Life for over 25 years. It’s funky in decor. The atmosphere is always fun and with a good buzz. Over the years it’s always had a diverse crowd in age, and life style. The menu has a lot of options to please almost everyone. Plus the food is always good to very good.

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BruceB
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great menu, great service, meal was excellent!
Will be back next visit

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

My happy hour daiquiri was VERY weak. Charged for avocado on tuna roll yet it comes with salmon roll.. strange.

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vippedsdoc
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I had often gone to the HiLife on the UES before it closed and was always impressed by the menu which had a wide selection and lots of choices for vegetarians which I was at the time. The West Side restaurant is smaller and on a Friday night was really noisy but they sat us (there were 4) in the back room at a table in the corner and the din was of a level that allowed conversation. The food was very good and portions were HUGE. Enough for at least2 meals for a moderate eater. The service was lovely. They did not hang over us, did not rush us and got everything right. It is not a foodie, gourmet joint, but just lots of fun and always reliable cooking. For a casual Friday night, it was perfect.

FAQs

Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 787-7199.

Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side is rated 4.8 stars by 438 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.