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83 1/2
83 1/2

83 1/2 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eighty-threeandahalf.com
  • Email: info@eighty-threeandahalf.com
  • Phone: (212) 737-8312
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Loved it. the food, the service, the ambience. the wine. so happy."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We called ahead to make sure there was osso buco on the menu. The host was also the waiter, so service was not great. After the wine was opened and the orders placed, the host came back to say there was a big mistake in the kitchen and there was no osso buco. The salad we shared and the dishes we ordered as replacements (duck breast and pork) were delicious anyway. The chef came out at the end and apologized and provided a free dessert. He explained that because of the snowstorm, there was not shipment; however, now that I think of it, the kitchen should have known by the time I called, because osso buco takes time to cook, and I called after 5 pm that same evening. We may return because the chef turns out good food!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We brought my daughter to 83-1/2 for her birthday. The room in nice and cozy. The food was delicious. My daughter had the fish special, my husband had duck, I had the buccatini. Our waitress was delightful, although she was the only waiter working that night. If the restaurant had been more crowded, we probably would have waited a long time for our meals."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Delicious dinner enjoyed by all in our party. Original variations on food make this UES Italian unique and raise it above the standard. Very good service let us enjoy our dining experience without feeling rushed even on a Friday evening on Valentine's day. Our table for 5 was a little cramped."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Really great food service and wine in this neighborhood spot. We all really enjoyed the food."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We are never disappointed at 83 1/2! The service is great , the room is cozy and the food is consistently delicious. We are so happy to have a new favorite right in our neighborhood! Sophisticated blend of flavors but not at all pretentious. Relax and enjoy a great dinner! Jennifer"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "II was at 83 1/2 just after it opened. It was noisy & pricey but the food was excellent. Last night the Osso Bucco was the worst ever; made with a brown gravy and no marrow bones. Even though the restaurant was only half full, the service was inattentive and when I finally got waitress attention after 15 minutes I still didn't have my slice of cheese cake."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was GREAT! Appetizers and main courses...with a Italian flair and oh so yummy. I live nearby so I plan on going back very soon! Thanks for helping us find this place around the corner!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Small, intimate restaurant with authentic Italian food by candlelight, but be prepared to wait for a very long time for your food to be prepared. Our party of two ordered two entrees without any special requests, and it took almost an hour to come out. We informed our waiter that we had a LivingSocial voucher to cover up to $50 worth of food, but when we made our order, the waiter told us that the LivingSocial deal required two entrees. We had to correct him and show him that the voucher had no such requirements in the fine print. He also did not know the WiFi password and wasn't very familiar with the menu."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The food was okay but the service was awful - obviously some staff stiffed and were no shows as the hostess was also the only server and the busboy had an attitude - the food took forever and I was embarrassed for the friends I took there. A once."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "I was hoping for more, but the food just didn't meet my expectations. Yes the pasta was homemade but it was undercooked, the entire dish was salty and the filling to my ravioli tasted like a lemon tree instead of a hint of lemon."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I really liked my dish, as did my girlfriend. I had the gnocchi and she had fish and we shared a few appetizers. There was only one bottle of wine that was priced under $55, which I thought was a bit excessive given that it's a neighborhood restaurant on the Upper East Side. The service was great! Overall, I'd recommend it."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Not your mom's red sauce & spaghetti. Since 83 ½ reopened serving inventive italian fare, they have provided a consistent quality meal. The handmade pastas are amazing. Often the small items (such as the dipping sauces for bread) are overlooked at restaurant,s however not at 83 ½! They were serving a puree of black chickpeas which was amazing! This is our 4th or 5th time returning and we will be back again! 83 ½ is such a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. Go to Bar Felice before or after for a drink!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "When here on a random weeknight and wasn't expecting anything special. Boy was I wrong. The food is excellent and the wine list, while not extensive, has something for everybody. Highly recommend checking this place out."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Food, service and $$ all great. So happy I found this neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "What a wonderful find, a family-owned spot next to the long-standing Gino's. Delicious sicilian/italian options."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Tried the restaurant for the first time on Xmas eve with my family and we all were pleasantly surprised. The food was really quite good. There were too many dishes to describe but all I can say is that everything we ordered lit up our taste buds."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Everything was good until the food arrived and two orders had poor taste . When we spoke to the server he decided To ignore our table .. After the dessert was served and also Was below expectation the owner/manager kept The same attitude and sent us the check after Deducting the charge for the dessert"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "The kitchen ignored our request to omit pancetta from the fish, and when we showed the waiter he insisted we were wrong. (He later saw the bits of pancetta piled high on the bread plate and acknowledged we were right, making a lame excuse.). Two of our pastas were almost inedibly oversalted. They were out of the dessert wine we ordered. Dinner wine was good. The other items were just ok. Really too bad. This neighborhood needs some more good restaurants, but this one is unlikely to survive without major improvement. We should have been suspicious when we saw that the restaurant wasn't nearly full on the Saturday night before Christmas."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We live in the neighborhood and love this restaurant! The food is outstanding, as is the service. Very friendly and warm place. It's our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. We plan to return many times"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "WE WERE SO HAPPY THAT A FOODIE SON INTRODUCED US TO THIS NEIGHBORHOOD WINNER. IT'S NOT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT ALWAYS WORTH THE VISIT. WE'VE DINED ALONE, MY HUSBAND AND I, AND WITH FRIENDS WHO ARE SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED TO THIS QUASI-SLEEPER. THOSE WHO KNOW ARE SO PLEASED WITH CHEF DAVE'S WORK, DANE THE SOUS CHEF, AND VINCENZO'S -- THE OWNER -- HOSPITALITY. BENISSIMO!"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Everything we had was tasty and well-prepared. The inventive menu, which was too weird for us a few months ago, has improved to include more straightforward pasta, fish and meat options. The place, empty at 7PM, was backed by 8:00."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I chose this lovely gem of a restaurant as it was convenient to meet four friends after work. Most of us had not seen each other in years, so we were delighted by the welcome, relatively quiet ambience. There was music, but not loud, so our conversation was able to flow. Most of us had the arugula salad to start, and one had the porcini special, which was delightful! The wine list was quite interesting and satisfying, and we found the perfect complement to our meals. Most had the saltimbocca, but one of us had the branzino and another, the orecchiette. Everything was done well, including the vegetables on the side. The tiramisu was remarkable! Great service, great food, great ambience, all made us glad we had chosen 83 1/2."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Had a lovely evening with friends at 83 and 1/2. Food was fantastic--I had the salmon which was fresh and cooked perfectly. The portion size was big--especially compared to other higher end Italian restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "The food while not spectacular by NY standards, it was hot, fresh and tasty. The meat dish was a bit fatty, but tender. The staff were all VERY friendly and just on that alone, I would return."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Our dinner plans got cancelled and we were 3 people without reservations on a Saturday night. I read the reviews of 83 1/2, which were good and a reservation was available. It was a no brainer to try out a new place. We arrived on time, but picked up another person in our party . The restaurant easily accommodated us. The menu is small, but plenty of choices. The food was delicious and service fine. It was a very enjoyable experience and we will be back."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "been to this place before with pleasure. currently has no energy, could be a great place, but vibe from kitchen very not welcoming and thats a turn off. Starts there, thats where the energy comes from.....disappointing."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "A sleek modern restaurant has moved to the neighborhood with positive energy and wonderful food. We used to eat at another restaurant in the same spot, which closed years ago and we decided to eat in this new "replacement" 83 1/2 had been recommended to us by friends. We tried it and loved the ambiance and the excellent service. We found the food to be much better and more interesting than we expected. Four of us ordered different pastas and each one was excellent. The wine suggested by the waiter was also very good. We will definitely recommend this restaurant to others and really hope it stays in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Worth it if you are not on the area. Loved everything Helpful service and attractive decor. Fennel salad and beef cheeks outstanding"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Entire staff was so friendly, gave great recommendations on all courses and made us feel welcome the entire time. Will definitely be back soon!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013