Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side

4.8
566 reviews
$30 and under
American
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 26 seats along Amsterdam Ave and another 16 seats on our 83rd St side.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 566 People Are Saying
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4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place! Large menu so sometimes I am wary of too many different styles but this place did it all!!! Very affordable!!

WB
WarrenB
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always dependable from the time you have a cocktail at the bar (and the bartender remembers your drink) to sitting at a table in the glassed in porch. Service is friendly and food dependable. Love the nachos as a starter and then you can't go wrong with the sushi (yes, sushi), rosemary chicken, burger, Cobb salad. Love this place.

UW
UWSveteranfor30yrs
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always a good neighborhood spot! Love the sushi, always hit the spot!

TD
TDC1
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, drinks, and food. Neighborhood gem.

MD
MitchellD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere good food great service

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Sydney
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great food and atmosphere, menu was awesome, options for everyone!

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richardl
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot. Excellent service, food was outstanding and reasonably priced. A total winner..I will be back.

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vipUSWMom
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

we went for family brunch and there was something for everyone- even the picky eater! Sausage and bacon delicious and perfectly cooked. Only issue was husband's eggs being too cooked on his eggs Benedict- not enough yolk coming out as liquid. We also had to go inside in search of the check after we'd been sitting there a while. But we know everyone is short staffed right now. All in, a great meal.

UW
vipUWSSansKids
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

An original. Great neighborhood spot.

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vippicky
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food and service. The peppermint cosmo was a nice treat!

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Mavendetout
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall4Food2Service3Ambience5

My wife and I walked in on a blustery December evening and found the cozy, old-school atmosphere perfect. Great initial impression enhanced by perfectly prepared classic Manhattans (not just the Millennials recipe of chilled bourbon in a cocktail glass). Note this was the first non-Asian restaurant in NYC to have a separate, dedicated sushi bar. So, no slouches when it comes to general attention and care. With a truly eclectic menu available (Thai, Sushi, Burgers, etc) I ordered a very unfortunate steak. While closing in on $30 and described as a “14 oz. grilled NY shell steak” and ordered medium-rare, it was, similar to a thin (1/4”+/-) slice of over-cooked eye-round (e.g. tough) about ¾ the size of a slice of Pepperidge Farm White Bread. Sides were fine, but I should have sent the piece of meat back (which I’m not in the habit of). Didn’t try other items on the menu but I assume they’re likely fine judging from the fact that the cocktails were handled with care and meat is one area where restaurants can cut corners.

KP
KenP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

My friend and I had the blood Orange Margarita that was delicious! The Guacamole was yummy & the salmon special was cooked perfectly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this place! Meals are with fresh ingredients and of superior quality. Martinis are the best deal in town (you get a side car of the overage). Servers are on top of things and as pleasant as they get.

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Funkey
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Cozy neighborhood joint that is consistently good
Great for friends and Families

Best cocktails in the city!

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vipUWSdad
New York Area
159 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We just had drinks and appetizers, but the outdoor seating is truly outdoors/open with good heaters, the service was attentive and friendly and the appetizers were good. Some of the food I saw delivered to other tables looked very good as well. I plan to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

Always great food and service

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westsider
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

My friend and I were disappointed. She asked for well done fries and onions, but nothing was well done. Staff was friendly when she sent the fries back. Staff also ensured our outdoor table was warm, selected one for us with a good heater and turning it up on a cold day. They checked back frequently, which was both friendly and a little annoying. The food was so bland. And we had no salt and pepper at the table.

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Bronxite
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Perfectly pleasant brunch place. We stuck to basics (omelets, scrambled eggs), so didn't really test the kitchen -- ergo 4 stars -- but there were plenty of other choices and everything was fine .

BW
vipBettyW
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

While we were in a tent and had a heater, a couple of us found it a bit disconcerting to have the bus pass us in a regular basis so probably if there had been a choice we would have preferred to be on the sidewalk rather than in the street. Food was good and service ok so not a lot of complaints! Good for groups!

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vipBasicme4u
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely waitress , great varied menu .
Outdoor seating with heat lamp made us very comfortable! Happy hour for drinks appreciated.
Thank you!

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vipVicki
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Mediocre food. We sat on the avenue outside. Noting special

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Very cool place

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vipconferencegoer
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Highlife is a great choice for dinner with friends. Relaxed atmosphere, easy to talk ( we were on a glassed in porch so lower noise than in the main area, nice people serving, kid friendly. The food is consistenly good.

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Will
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Been going to Hi Life for years (25+)and still like going here.

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Xman1
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience2

good neighborhood choice for a casual meal
reasonable noise level

CA
vipChristineA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Hi Life doesn't disappoint. Our favorite server, Christine, is back and we are so happy to see her. The Manhattan's are delicious as are the Martini's. Sushi was very good. Other diners had pork chops, bratwurst platter and chicken pot pie...all reported the food was super good!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved eating here. The place has a cool vibe and the BEST music. Also food was really good and great staff.

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vipNYCMaven
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Hi-Life is a neighborhood treasure... a favorite for years, but adapting now the ever changing world of COVID by pioneering safe outdoor dining, separating tables and now checking for vaccines. The food is always eclectic and unlike many local places that have raised their prices outrageously, continues to be a great value. They honor reservations and it's terrific for all occasions...

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Spence
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never a disappointment.

JP
vipJohnP
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best bar/restaurant on the upper west side. It's a warm and friendly place with good eats and fine booze.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorites!

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vipOKeats
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good Sunday brunch outside and with a reservation . Very pleased. Been here for years.

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ShannelW
Birmingham
27 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food and service was great. It was nice because we had little kids and they had high chairs, crayons and a kids’ menu.

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vipPatraM
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dinner at Hi-Life on a busy Saturday evening. I found this gem on a whim through Open Table! Our family dined outside and despite the noise of the cars buzzing by(it's NYC), what a relaxing experience we had. The food was fantastic -- chicken fajitas and chicken pot pie were great. Taylor our server never missed a beat and was the absolute best! Bonus, the beer was cold and the wine was wonderful. This little gem will be one place we will return to soon.

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MENY0405
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Nice menu with a lot of choices. Friendly servers.

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stevef
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. Have been multiple times. Friendly. Good food . I sit outside and have never felt rushed to leave.

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vipSportsgirl
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Ordinary at best. Burgers okay, skirt steak not rare as ordered.

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vipGlennDGale
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant. Been around since 1991.

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ryanj
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location, service. Glad they have shiner bock.

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Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side is rated 4.8 stars by 566 OpenTable diners.

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