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Hi-Life Bar and Grill

477 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY, 10024
at 83rd St.
212-787-7199

Avg. Rating

8
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

86% would go back.

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Cool Place

By Kate_D on 8/26/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

People are cool and the food diverse. From sushi to burgers to wings to clams and oysters on the half shell. And I love the hip 60s-80 soul classics.

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43 out of 88 people found this review helpful.

all about the specials

By vanilla on 1/9/2010

  • Overall Rating: 0
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  • Yes, I would go back!

just went to hi life for the first time. our waitress was funny, patient and well-informed. there were so many specials on drinks and food that we had a tough time choosing. a great place for a small group of friends.

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66 out of 117 people found this review helpful.

good value, good meal, relaxed, fun

By Pefac on 1/15/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

From the outside this place looks like it would be a dive, however the inside is fun, young, and you get a real neighborhood feel. The staff is very courteous and helpful. The food obvioulsy isnt Daniel quality, but it is very good for a bar and grill type of place. Drinks are also really good and relatively inexpensive for a restaurant. I would def go for a casual date, or with friends.

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64 out of 123 people found this review helpful.

Great neighborhood spot

By foodielover on 12/1/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

This is one of my favorite spots in my neighborhood. The food is consistently tasty and fresh. Not only that, but the restaurant is comfortable and laid-back, and it's a great place to relax with friends or family.

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65 out of 124 people found this review helpful.

A really nice surprise

By rgjferris on 7/13/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

My 5-year-old son and I (39-year-old male) happened upon the Hi-Life after a long day at the American Museum of Natural History (4:30pm-ish). He couldn't walk anymore and the Hi-Life just happened to be on the spot he crashed. Although it didn't scream "kid-friendly" the hostess and waiter were incredibly accommodating, fixing him a plain grilled chicken breast and some of the best fries ever. I had the pasta puttanesca (with optional anchovies) and a Guinness, and we ate outside. The waiter was very friendly, talking to us about the Museum and asking my son about his favorite parts. It couldn't have been a nicer surprise. The food was terrific and I'd recommend the Hi-Life to anyone, with or without children -- unpretentious and just the right combination of excellent food, broad menu and bend-over-backwards service that's so rare.

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56 out of 113 people found this review helpful.

Everthing but the dancing

By newmark on 11/27/2006

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

Hi Life is a terrific neighborhood bar restaurant. It all starts with the pleasant staff who meet you at the front and invite you in to join them for an evening's meal and drinks. Nothing pretentious here, just friendly folks. Much of the clientele is from the neighborhood but I've met many folks from downtown and across the park. The food is consistenty top drawer and reasonably priced. I recommend the burgers and fries, sushi and rolls and all the pasta dishes (on different nights). Menu is not too extensive yet includes all the food groups you'd want from a local-type establishment. The bar scene blends into the restaurant scene and works very well. TV's always have local sports but this is not a sports/beer bar, it offers its clientele considerable more. This is simply a very comfortable place to eat honest food, drink with friends (and an educated bar staff) and hang out with good folks.

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65 out of 167 people found this review helpful.

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