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“Something for Everyone!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hi Life Restaurant & Lounge

Hi Life Restaurant & Lounge
1503 Second Avenue, New York City, NY 10021 (Upper East Side)
(212) 628-5433
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Ranked #4,883 of 12,022 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Sushi
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Dining options: Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Cross street: 78th
Transit: 4,5,6 line to Lexington and 77th street
Description: Hi-Life Restaurant & Lounge is one of the Upper Eastside’s most popular and longstanding neighborhood restaurants (est. 1993). Hi-Life's 1930's decor is the backdrop for restaurant & lounge 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 Eastside 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 opens all the French doors along Second Avenue to provide an inviting "cafe society" experience.
New York City, New York
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Something for Everyone!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

Very nice restaurant, service (Simone) was great, men has everything from sushi to steaks and all were good. They have a great special every night of the week so be sure to check out the ones that might interest you.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Washington, DC
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91 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Eclectic dining at its best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2010

The menu is extensive - and the food is quite decent. Some of the best sushi around. Some of the rolls are unusual, and all are very tasty, some nice and spicy. You can also get burgers, steaks, chicken, seafood, p[ad thai, pasta, and just about anything else you might want. And the bar appears to be well stocked. It is also very accommodating for kids and families. Plenty of large tables for groups and small tables for 2's and 4's. Great neighborhood place. Windows open to the sidewalk, so you can sit inside and feel like you are outside.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Love the specials”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2008

I love the hi-life, it was my neighborhood joint when I lived in the area. They have specials for each day of the week, whether it is drink specials, half price sushi, deals on a "big salad" -- there is always some kind of a deal.
I love that I could go and get a big pasta dinner while my friends could get sushi.
This is great for picky eaters - lots of standard american fare and very reasonable.
Service is good - though it can get really crowded.
I like the outdoor tables, too.

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Birmingham UK
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2008

Really enjoyed our meal at the Hi-Life

Great atmosphere, great food and the great value for money

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“"Our" Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2008

Friendly staff, great atmosphere. My boyfriend and I love to go there when we're in NYC.

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