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83 1/2
83 1/2

83 1/2 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eighty-threeandahalf.com
  • Phone: (212) 737-8312
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
    Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm
    Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary Italian, European
  • Executive Chef: David Pereg
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: 83 1/2 Ristorante catering program promotes the celebration of food, From private affairs to extravagant banquets. With the ability to create a tailored catering menu; we offer first-class catering solutions to meet the needs of your event while exceeding your highest expectations.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 1st and 2nd Ave
  • Public Transit: We are a few blocks away from the (4) (5) & (6) trains at 86th Street and a short walk from the M86 Crosstown bus on the 1st Avenue stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from 83 1/2
83 ½ is best described as a labor of love. A love of a family, friends and most importantly, food. Owner Vincenzo Mangiafridda, a twenty-year restaurant veteran of the Upper East Side, wanted to open a restaurant that spoke to his deep Sicilian roots. In 83 1/2, his vision has become reality. Chef David Pereg has created a menu of memorable Italian dishes including silky pastas, inventive antipasti, and delicious entrees.
Above all, it’s Vincenzo’s love of people that makes 83 ½ what it is: a warm, welcoming place where friends and families share their passion for food and familiar faces. We can’t wait for your family to meet ours.
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Diner Reviews
  • "My friend and I went to try this restaurant this Monday. We had the Lobster bisque and it was just amazing. As main course we had the milanese and the pappardelle. They both we outstanding. I was not my first time in an italian restaurant but I haven't tried such good food in a long while. A plus goes to the service, really attentive and nice. We will definitively be back!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Reviews, in a way oversold this restaurant. Food was solid but not over the top and very limited wine list. Ambience/atmosphere isn't there which might explain why they don't have an extensive wine list."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "83.1/2 is a pleasant, small restaurant with very good food and service. Unfortunately, it can be unpleasantly noisy! We will not return."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Best described as a neighborhood gem. The pastas are delicious with sauces to rave over including the pesto which far from overpowering is most pleasant. We were dining with a vegetarian and this was a perfect option as there is a good choice of salads and veg based pasta entrees. Attractive price-point and inviting. If in the area do not be deterred by the construction on 2nd Ave as the restaurant is almost adjacent to 1st so with some planning easy access."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We will be back. The chef has a creative menu here --especially pasta items. They graciously used the pasta I brought with me for medical reasons. My wife had their homemade orrechietti, which was outstanding. A reasonable wine list completes the experience."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "What a fantastic experience! After a long day of walking throughout the city, we stopped at 83 1/2 for dinner. The meal was outstanding, the service was impeccable and the atmosphere was quiet and quaint. The restaurant is beautifully appointed. We really had a great time and the prices were excellent. My husband had the Orechiette with Broccoli Rabe and Pork Sausage special and he said it was one of the best pasta meals he has ever eaten. The food was steaming hot! My only request was that they offered something to drink that was not alcoholic or carbonated, i.e. iced tea. I don't drink alchohol nor do I drink soda, so I had to settle for water. Otherwise, outstanding. Would recommend it to anyone and will certainly go back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Extremely pleasant food and service make this a welcome addition to Upper East Side dining. Food is fresh and made to order, portions are generous and service is smiling and cordial. Looking forward to a return visit! BYOB on Monday nights is an extra perk."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "the food is quite good and the service is friendly - but if its just a bit busy the service falls off since there is only 1 waitress"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Very romantic and charming UES euro Italian restaurant! Food is fantastic."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Just tried this place for Father's Day and the waiters were friendly and the food was good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I took my father here for Father's Day and we had a really pleasant time. The food and service were both excellent!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I came to 83 1/2 for the first time and I have been amazed by the food. The FETTUCCINE AND BURATA are really amazing. Notable, even if small, wine list. I had the special white of the night: CORTESE DEI GAVI. Great wine and huge glass."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This was my second visit to 83 1/2 and a much improved dining experience. The food well prepared and the service was 100% better. The salad dressing had a perfect consistency and the salad was crisp and fresh. Our main dishes were excellent, flavorful and delicate. Definitely going back!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Great food, friendly, attentive staff. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I enjoyed this restaurant all 3 times I went for dinner. Great food and service. Only drawback is uncomfortable chairs outside."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "What a find! From the moment I walked in I felt welcome in this charming UES restaurant. The food was well executed and the portion sizes more than ample. My friend and I comfortably split the kale salad. Both our main courses duck and fish were delicious. The wine list was a bit limited but we were able to find what we wanted at a reasonable price. I'll definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I ate at the chef's bar, it has been an amazing experince! Everything was exeptional..I really enjoyed!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I can't believe this place is not more crowded- the food rivals any of the best restaurants in this city (and we go to many!) and the service is so caring. This is a true neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I went to 83 1/2 this saturday for the first time. I wasn't expecting a great meal..but they surprised me!! It was just amazing, food perfect, ambience perfect and very nice service. I ate at the chefs' bar and it has been an amazing experience..the chef guided me through the menu and the waiter helped me choose the perfect wine. Everything has been just perfect, thank you 83 1/2, I will be back very soon"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I've been at 83 1/2 for the first time last Saturday with my boyfriend and we both liked it very much! The food was amazing! We started by sharing a Cavolo Salad (very big portion, great taste, different from the usual salads) and Polipo (little spicy, fresh, very tasty). As main courses I tried the Pasta of the day, an Italian homemade Cavateli with salmon, cream and peas (the pasta was so fresh and the Burrata was very creamy) and my boyfriend had the Saltimbocca with truffled mashed potato (delicious, so tasty). As dessert we tried the chocolate mousse, such a big portion!! Overall, this place is terrific and the service was fast, helpful and kind. We will definitely come back!!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We used a Restaurant.com voucher and were introduced to 83 1/2. It is a perfect neighborhood go to. The food surprised us - original preparations, nice flavors, presented beautifully. My vegetarian tagliatelle was a little oily, but my boyfriend's bronzino was excellent. We had nutella creme brûlée for dessert which was good. The service was friendly, attentive and helpful. We would return. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This place is a gem. I came to 83 ½ for the first time and I will definitively go back very soon. The food was just amazing; everything from the antipasti to the secondi is fresh and perfectly cooked. We had the caprese burrata, just superb, and the Pollo alla Milanese, the best I ever had. The service was also exceptional, the waiter Daniel was incredible, he was attentive and very helpful. This restaurant is a real gem of the upper east side! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "83 1/2 was a unique dining experience that I will not soon forget. The restaurant seating arrangement was nothing out of the ordinary, in fact it was rather dull, Except...the hightop Bar seating area. If you have a chance to sit there, you will be right next to the Chef and view inside the kitchen- you will actually watch as he prepares your meal in front of you. Chef David was exceptionally helpful in selecting our dishes and was very friendly and knowledgeable, as he has created all the dishes that are on the menu. The food was exceptional and so was the service. Yes, it is still worth going if you can't sit at the kitchen viewing seating area, especially if your feeling unfriendly. Just check it out and support this neighborhood gem. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food was good. The service was excellent. The wine was good. A pleasant experience."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Dan was a fantastic waiter and made a memorable Mother's Day brunch for my mom. We ate inside with the doors open, but a small assortment of outdoor dining tables is available. The Prix Fixe brunch menu (for a decidedly younger crowd) could use some adjustment, as the drink specials weren't notable. Skip the booze and try the whole food menu! The crab gnocchi and fried mozzarella were table favorites."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The UES is under construction, so you might miss it. But please don't. With its industrial/kitchen-chic decor, 83 1/2 doesn't look like your average trattoria, and it definitely isn't. Crusty bread with oil and sun-dried tomato puree. Chicken meatballs have a nutty texture, then melt in your mouth. Fresh garlic pesto pasta. Tender short ribs with grilled polenta (and the most elegant knife to cut them with). Nutella crème brulee. Serious portions on everything, and Italian takes on dancehall reggae and jazz in the background. Chef David and waiter Daniel do it up in style, and you can even see the cooking from some of the seats. Lotsa competition in the area, but this one's special."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I highly recommend the Orechiette dish. The pasta was prepared perfectly. The scallop dish was also flavorful and the scallops were tender. The chef came out to ask if we enjoyed our food, and genuinely seemed to care. The service was excellent. I recommend this venu. They just started brunch, and am looking forward to checking that out. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "From the appetizers to the main course everything was delicious. Great atmosphere. Will definitely go back and highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "It wasn't so bad i expected better but it happens, I was expecting a spectacular meal and that didn't happen made me a bit sad. I was really looking forward to eating there"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "In spite of the serious business turn down in the area as a result of subway construction, at least on the surface, this restaurant doesn't seem to be affected. The food was outstanding, the portion size and presentation surpassed our expectation."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great find! Food was excellent - great atmosphere... And service was terrific. Caprese salad was amazing as was the Branzino! Hightly recommend!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We sat at the open kitchen- bar and had a great experience. From the freshly prepared meal to chatting with the chef, my sister and I had a great time. I was trying to be mindful of eating sparingly, but I ate everything on my plate it was so good (Pollo Milanese). My sister had the special cannelloni with duck and ricotta and the kale, apple and avocado salad to start. I can't wait to go back. Sit at the kitchen bar if you can..."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Orchetti with lamb was sensational...we split one order as a starter...then I had the duck...very good and my date tried the veal... I would return..."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was lacking in flavor and freshness, heavily salted, and served in small portions that didn't match their high prices... The service was rude, poorly trained, and unprofessional."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Had a great meal all around at this cozy neighborhood spot. Food was great... Loved the Cornish hen and the zucchini crusted branzino. We were there the last night of the winter menu... The new spring menu looked delicious as well. Try their arugula salad... Awesome... And the grilled eggplant, etc. as well. Wines by the glass were a bit pricey... That's the only criticism ..as food, service and ambience was great."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food was good, but not great. We went on a Friday night, & it was busy, completely full. The grilled vegetables with goat cheese , the branzino with vegetables & the fish special were all tasty, the ground lamb pasta, not so good. The tiramisu was plentiful but very UNflavorful - it needed some coffee, at the least, splashed over it to kick it up a notch. With a groupon discount, a good, serviceable meal."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Each dish is unique, flavorful and well presented. I've eaten here twice and both times the food was great."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Don't bother going. I really was looking forward to trying this place and live in the area but the food was awful."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Little neighbor hood gem! Wow, loved the food and great atmosphere..tables a wee bit close together. The pasta was amazing, especially the lamb shank with truffle oil. Will be back! Definitely book ahead."
    Dined on 3/8/2014