83 1/2
83 1/2

83 1/2

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eighty-threeandahalf.com/
  • Phone: 2127378312x
  • 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: Contemporary Italian, European, 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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83 1/2 reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)fit for foodies (19)great for outdoor dining (9)romantic (8)notable wine list (6)great for brunch (6)special occasion (5)great for lunch (5)good for groups (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • lovely dinner environment
    LazySunday
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very friendly, warm dinner ambiance with kitchen open to dinning room. top notch food at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Hopper
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Perfect portions and fantastic food made for ideal dinner with friends
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food,great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    a great restaurant - very stylish place with an open kitchen where the owner and he chef create delicious meals! the fettucini bolognese was al dente and the ragu tasty the saltimbocca had a unique twist featuring a pork scallopini- tender and elegantly presented over truffled mashed potatoes with spears of asparagus was amazing-4 of us ate it the desserts where to die for , especially the tiramisu the wine list had great bottles to choose from
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Stand-out in area full of Italian
    jpearl
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The neighborhood is full of Italian restaurants (mostly pretty good), but the menu here offers some things the others don't have Definitely a more contemporary spin. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Polkimba
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Flew into New York to visit my daughter and took her out to dinner, and she choose 83 1/2. Great food and service, a little tight quarters, but would go back again!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing discover
    Jose9
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid neighborhood restaurant
    AlansThoughts
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Bad!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    83.1/2 is a pleasant, small restaurant with very good food and service. Unfortunately, it can be unpleasantly noisy! We will not return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bespoke Italian
    JoeConcierge
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intriguing
    ChuckkVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    NYCLover
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely addition to the neighborhood
    Roober
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • under staffed
    Mark
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great UES restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Very romantic and charming UES euro Italian restaurant! Food is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood friendly
    ConsistentVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Just tried this place for Father's Day and the waiters were friendly and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Caught off guard...
    George
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT AND ORIGINAL
    Theeater
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food at 83 1/2
    Carmela
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luveatingoutVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great food, friendly, attentive staff. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I enjoyed this restaurant all 3 times I went for dinner. Great food and service. Only drawback is uncomfortable chairs outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely neighborhood gem
    IBTDVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    Foodlover90
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I ate at the chef's bar, it has been an amazing experince! Everything was exeptional..I really enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    AlesMagnus
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Restaurant in the UES
    Rachel
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JGCrim
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The gem of the UES!!
    mel91
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 127 reviews are from the 83 1/2 reviews archive.
  • NEIGHBORHOOD GEM
    SANDY
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I'VE TOLD ALL MY FRIENDS TO ENJOY THIS LITTLE GEM OF A RESTAURANT....WECOME CHANGE TO THE SAME OL' LOCAL FARE ...ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO DINE THERE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Dining Experience
    SirMunchAlotVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food was good. The service was excellent. The wine was good. A pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    PilesNYC
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 83 1/2 gives 100%
    imapony
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KimballVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • KarenK345
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    From the appetizers to the main course everything was delicious. Great atmosphere. Will definitely go back and highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay wish the food was better than
    Camika
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second Avenue Subway woes
    4GER1
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent local restaurant
    Gail
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent and wonderful staff!
    jh55
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Multo Bene
    MMNYCVIP
    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...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food and service
    bassish101VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
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