1503 Second Ave., New York, NY | Directions 1007540.772805 -73.955443
Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-4pm
Dinner Mon-Thu 4:30pm-12am
Dinner Fri-Sat 4:30pm-2am
Brunch Sat-Sun 10:30am-4:00pm
Dinner Sun 4pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper East Side
Hi-Life's vintage neon sign with a blinking martini glass sets the stage for a real New York experience. The 1930s decor, art deco mahogany bar & cozy booths & banquettes offer patrons (couples and groups alike) various ways to enjoy the highly rated food and perfectly prepared cocktails. The menu features flame-grilled steaks & burgers, daily purchased fish and shellfish, with "elaborate oversized pastas and salads as well." The raw bar is manned by a traditionally trained sushi chef, who presents expertly prepared sushi, sashimi and maki. Every Thurs, Fri & Sat, Hi-Life's DJ NIGHT features your song requests & your own play lists ... and of course, icy martinis, specialty cocktails, 10 draft beers & wines by the glass are served every day. Check our site for Daily Deals!
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$5 Cocktails: Cosmo, Margaritas, Draft Beer Pints, Champagne Coctails and Well Drinks $5 Hors d'oeuvres: Oysters or CLams on the 1/2 Shell(4), Cheeseburger Sliders, Surf & Turf (Slider & two Sushi or Sashimi pcs), Pigs-In-a-Blanket, Guacamole & Chips, Nachos, Spicy Buffalo Wings, Chinatown Ribs
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Hamburger Deluxe with House Salad $9.95 Sushi Rolls 50% OFF Selected Pastas $12.95 $5 Cosmos $5 All Pints
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Mon/Tues: 50% off all Sushi! Wed/Sun: 3 for 2 Starters & Sushi Rolls $5 Champage Cocktails and $5 off any bottle of Vino! Thurs/Sat: All Steak, Chop or Seafood Entrees include a Complimentary House Martini or Cosmo $5 Domestic drafts! Fri: Shrimp & Chips 15.95 and 2 for 1 frozen shots!
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Your first Bloody Mary, Mimosa or Bellini only $2.95 with a delicious Brunch entree. Brunch includes a complimentary basket of homemade blueberry muffins and cinnamon toast.
Hostess from Hell – Went there for breakfast on a weekend, hostess had a big attitude, gave us a horrible vibe right from the beginning, waiters and waitresses seemed like they could care less if we were enjoying our meal or not. Food was average diner food, and the bloody mary was intolerable(think tobasco with celery) NO reason to return with such a large selection of restaurants in the area.
Two thumbs up! – We had heard great things about Hi Life, but had not been there until last night.
We met friends for drinks, had dinner and ended up closing the bar!
The crowd was fun. The variety of the menu is amazing.
Two thumbs up.
My new favorite place! – I have lived on the Upper East Side for a few years and loved the old Hi-Life on 72nd and was excited when they reopened again in the neighborhood. My girlfriend and I have now been a few times and we love it. The design has the same feel as the old Hi-Life, but is a little swankier. The food is the best for the money in the neighborhood. Most recently I had big steak and my girlfriend had some sashimi and a cobb salad. Both were delicious. Sometimes it gets a little too crowded. We met a group of friends there one night (without a reservation) and had to wait almost a half hour, but the bar was cool and they have some couches in a loungey area that were a good place to wait. All in all, this is the kind of place we've been looking for that has excellent food, fair prices and a cool scene. We love the new Hi-Life.
Okay – Not great, not bad...just okay. Used to go to the old Hi-Life on 72nd on weekends. Back then, it seems it was one of city's best kept secrets. For those who didn't want to do the club scene, you could stop by, grab a bite, have a few drinks, and listen to good tunes (the DJ was pretty good). The new Hi-life, while attractive and fresh seemingly lacks the ambiance and character the older Hi-Life enjoyed. A few of my friends feel the same.
Service was okay...a tad slow but okay nonetheless. Food was good. Everyone seemed friendly for the most part. The drinks were solid as I remembered them. Probably a decent lunch/dinner spot, however it just seems to lack the nightlife the older Hi-life was cleverly able to mesh in...perhaps this is by design. After a two year absence, I think there are better options in the city.
Abysmal service, small portions. – We waited for over 30 minutes to order and another 40 minutes for our food. Our entree arrived before our appetizer. The appetizer was "family style" but constitued 11 Onion rings. Family to me = about 4 pepole and that would mean less than 3 TINY!! onion rings per person. Rediculous. We also got 4 potato skins that constituted about 1/3 of a small potato. Also NOT a sharing portion. We then waited another 25 minutes to pay. We spoke to the owner about our dissatisfaction and he was completely unwilling to offer any type of customer service whatsoever. Will NEVER return.
Fabulous New Addition to the Upper East Side! – I do not frequent the Upper East Side often but I attended the opening party of Hi Life. The party was fun and the space is very cool. The bar scene was fun, with a very cool large table right in the front window. The dining room was very nice as well, serving sushi and a bunch of other yummy food.
Definitely recommend HI Life!
Editorial Review – An old classic returns to its Upper East Side roots.
A "black and white" movie dream – Hi-Life is perfect for the Holiday's ... I'm a semi-regular, but on a recent visit I thought I was living a "black & white" movie dream. Perhaps the icy martini served by my handsome bartender set the stage? My girlfriends and I couldn't have been happier with our dinner choices (steak au poivre, some sushi, and a giant bowl of tasty pasta), and the atmosphere was the perfect antidote for all the usual holiday strress and hype.
Our favorite New York restaurant – My husband and I were in New York for business/pleasure and of course we had to visit all the downtown hot spots. But it was dinner and drinks at Hi-Life (on the recommendation of a friend who lives on upper east side) that was our best night out. Hi-Life has a really cool been-there- forever feel with a dark wood bar, checkerboard tiles and a lot of round leather booths. We started with sushi, I had a big bowl of very tasty pasta, my husband had a perfecty cooked steak ( au poivre?), with free salads that came with dinner. The cocktails were good too with freezing martinis and a nice bottle of shiraz. In the end, after much sight seeing and many trendy restaurants, it was Hi-Life that was our favorite night on the town.
Cool atmosphere – The service was good (not great). I had the skin-crusted salmon which was very good. More than anything the atmosphere is unique because it has a casual yet romantic appeal (the best of both worlds.)
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