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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
    Saturday - 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Just tried this place for Father's Day and the waiters were friendly and the food was good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great food, friendly, attentive staff. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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'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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food was good. The service was excellent. The wine was good. A pleasant experience."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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