Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side

4.7
549 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 549 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.4
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
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westsider
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 .

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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
54 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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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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vipXman1
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience2

good neighborhood choice for a casual meal
reasonable noise level

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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.

NY
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.

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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
25 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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MarcieE
New York Area
1 review
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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vipNYCMaven
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We LOVE Hi-Life! Throughout the pandemic they have created distanced, well-ventilated spaces indoors and out, the food is not fancy but varied and well-prepared, the service is efficient and friendly, and the genial owner makes you feel like a regular after only one or two visits! In addition, they have kept their prices quite reasonable. (Pro-tip: ask for the "cafe" which is the glassed in area on the sidestreet, technically indoors but with windows that open up to the street, separated from other tables. Our fave!)

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AndreaR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always nice and a fun experience. We go there regularly when we meet museum friends.

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Foody
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Considering we were getting the tail end of Henri storm we ate outside and the service and food was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

food and service are always great… it’s my neighborhood go to that never fails… whether i’m with the kids, my husband, or girlfriends. great value too! and of course the best martini in manhattan :)

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JohnB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our table for 6 was waiting for immediate seating on our arrival. Service was very prompt,professional and friendly and the food was great.Ambience was normal regarding noise level and spacing for a busy city restaurant. Will definitely return whenever in the neighborhood and recommend to friends and family.

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vipEileenC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and drinks were delicious. From sushi to burgers and margaritas.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

The food itself was perfectly adequate. Great service and a very unique atmosphere was what made it worth it for me! Highly recommend the Midtown Manhattan

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SuzanneH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, many choices, well priced, lovely staff, fast service. cant be beat!

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vipLjlj
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always!

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vipFinleyH
New England
31 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Seared tuna steak aaa delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hi-life is one of our favorite neighborhood bars! We have been away from the city for 2 years because of CoVID and came back to see our friends - Hi-Life set us up with a nice table and didn’t care that we lingered over our food and rounds of drinks! Fabulous night!

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NatashaC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

So great wonderful time!! I highly recommend this place!

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vipCGould
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Still one of my favorite restaurants on the UWS. Always good, always friendly, always welcoming & comfortable. I don’t know what I’d do without Hi Life!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

I do like this place (my only reservation is the high noise level). They serve an interesting variety of cuisines, from sashimi to pork chops, and so far I like it all. We sat indoors, but outdoor seating on Amsterdam Avenue is available.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Hi life can fit almost any purpose. An intimate catch up with a close friend or two, a place to keep a big night going, or on the other end of the spectrum, an early dinner with the kids. A neighborhood gem true to the UWS.

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vipKropster
Dallas
53 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service- fun evening with friends at wonderful neighborhood spot. Good drinks and food.

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gam63
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome place for those on a budget - such a diverse menu, there's something for everyone! Absolutely delish!!!

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KiawahPapa
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Neighborhood favorite

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff are kind genuine and hard working. The food is exceptional!

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Hi-Life Restaurant - Upper West Side is rated 4.7 stars by 549 OpenTable diners.

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