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Hi-Life Bar & Grill

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  • American (Traditional), Sushi, Cocktails
  • 477 Amsterdam Ave, New York NY10024 40.785509 -73.976211
  • (At 83rd St)
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  • (212) 787-7199
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User Ratings (Based on 30 reviews)

3.565
Food 3.6 Value 3.5
Service 3.3 Atmosphere 3.8

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 787-7199
Fax:
fax
(212) 787-4018
Website:
www.hi-life.com
Place Order:
Order From Hi-Life Bar & Grill for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Delivery Take Out Visa, MC, AmEx
Hours:
Dinner Sun-Thu: 4pm-11pm Fri-Sat: 4pm-2am Brunch Sat-Sun: 10:30am-4pm
Serves:
Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Group Dining, Open Late, Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Bar Scene, Delivery, Online Reservations, Online Ordering, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Private Parties
Min Delivery:
15.00
Delivery Area:
72nd to 96th St; Central Park W to Riverside Dr

User Reviews

  • Hi-Life Bar & Grill

    Posted by Anonymous on 02/15/2008

    Where romance goes to die

    How could I go wrong? The place has fantastic 40s decor and pad thai! And it promised a Valentine's special prix fixe with a dj spinning decent music and taking requests. The first thing that went wrong was the music the DJ did not materialize until we were leaving, and in the interim they had satellite radio streaming the kind of soft rock that they put on in malls to encourage people to leave at closing time. Don't they have some sort of period-appropriate cd they could have thrown on in a pinch? Then there was the food, about which I'd heard good things. (The drinks were ok I liked mine, but my bartender date couldn't make it through his) We had the warm goat cheese salad, which looked kind of dinery-sad (I don't think I've ever had a goat cheese salad with beefsteak tomatoes, shredded carrots and romaine) the goat cheese was pretty yummy, but didn't taste so fresh I have a sneaking suspicion it was Boursin. I wish I'd had the sushi. My date told me, by way of reassurance (since I had chosen the restaurant), that the pad thai was "not the worst I've ever had in my life." But it might have been the worst I've had in mine. It had vegetables in it that just looked lost, like they were on their way to another entree and fell onto the plates while the cook wasn't looking. I won't complain about the dessert. I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again, but foodwise, the apple brown betty was the highlight of the evening. And lastly, our server came back over twice after we'd ordered in order to verify that we had, in fact, ordered identical appetizers and entrees as one another. I appreciate her wanting to get it right, but did she think we were going to share one prix fixe dinner between us? (Perhaps this place seems to be characterized by a weird cheapness. I've never actually seen "surf OR turf" on a menu before.) I'm sorry to have to trash this place, but it just didn't live up to the hype.

  • Hi-Life Bar & Grill

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/27/2008

    Very Good UWS Brunch Spot

    We went to brunch at hi-life today (1-27-08), & the food was really good. I had Eggs Benedictthe eggs were perfectly poached & the Hollondaise had a hint of lemonreally tasty. The homefries are finenot crispy, but still ok. My brother had an omelette that he really liked, as well. The complimentary breadbasket that comes with each meal, was sooo good...the cinnamon toast, amazing blueberry muffins & strawberry butter was spot on!! Atmosphere was nice-we got there early around 10:45, but by the time we left around 11:30 it was beginning to get busy. Service was competent & fairly quick. Cheers!

  • Hi-Life Bar & Grill

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/12/2007

    does everything "good," some things well

    Service is not as good as it used to be. That said, this is a place you can bring people with varying tastes and have a great time. Chili, sushi, pasta...all good. Seafood here is excellent, in particular, the yellowfin tuna and crabcakes. Brunch is quite good as well (yummy free breadbasket).

  • Hi-Life Bar & Grill

    Posted by UWS Restaurant Hound on 09/10/2007

    Great Neighborhood Restaurant!

    The banner that says "Traditional UWS Brunch" says it all. The place competes with Good Enough, Sarabeths, and Freds, and--given the complete lack of line and the notably lower prices--Hi Life makes a good offering. The egg dishes are terrific, the granola is out of this world, and the muffins and cinnamon toast served with crack butter (not amazing but somehow addictive) keep me coming back to this neighborhood classic. All the reviews here describing the lousy brunch service are spot on, but after a few times, it becomes almost comical--after years of asking for milk for coffee or silverware for food, I've just come to expect and appreciate the lack of service as a hallmark, not a flaw. Nightime food is great: good burgers and sushi, and the chicken citrus salad is one of my favorite salads in the city! It's not the best restaurant you'll ever go to, but what it does it does pretty well.

  • Hi-Life Bar & Grill

    Posted by BrianS on 06/09/2007

    Great food but...

    Went for brunch...the food was great. I Tried the silver dollar pancakes with bananas and walnuts, and the boyfriend had french toast which was outstanding. They also brought out tasty cinnamon toast and mini-blueberry muffins with strawberry butter to start. The problem was the service...very hard to get someones attention and a definate attitude when you finally do.

  • Hi-Life Bar & Grill

    Posted by courtney on 06/04/2007

    good brunch

    huevos rancheros was great. i am am usually skeptical of homemade salsa at a non-latin restaurant, but Hi Life had great salsa! plus you get your first breakfast cocktail for only $2.95 with an entree. my friend has eggs bendict and loved them. my husband got the paul bunyan breakfast (pancakes, eggs and bacon). not exactly as much food was one would expect from something called Paul Bunyan- but the menu clearly states what you get and it was still good. i would definately go back.

  • Hi-Life Bar & Grill

    Posted by UWS Hero on 02/02/2007

    Sushi and Burgers in the Neighborhood

    Hi-Life is a good neighborhood fallback restaurant. They have pretty much everything you could want and the prices are decent, although they have been recently raised. Food is mediocre as one might expect. Service is shoddy at best. I like the old school NYC atmosphere though.

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