83 1/2

4.5
890 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
83 ½ is best described as a labor of love. A love of a family, friends and most importantly, food. Chef 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. He 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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vipBryanF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite NYC restaurants. Outstanding food and service. So good to be back!

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LaurenL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food and great wine selection! We were seated near the wall and the waiter had to reach over us multiple times during our meal to grab a wine bottle from the shelf- which was interruptive. Prices are a little high for the serving sizes too. The clams and linguine are amazing!

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KarenD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful homemade pasta dishes with a lovely, large wine selection to pair.

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DanielS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable evening. The welcome at the door was warm and honored our reservation. The wait staff was attentive offering drinks. We were not rushed to order our meal. Food was delicious and came out appropriately after our order. Food was hot and well presented. Wait staff offered to bag our left overs. Dessert was very good. The bill was fair and reasonable. The over all experience was one which will lead us to return in the future.

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vipPortfood
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall mediocre. We don’t normally get Italian as we have very high expectations given excellent family cooking in this cuisine and so maybe our views are biased. The fettuccine bolognese was below average and reminded us of Chef Boyardee. The deserts were good and were the highlight of the evening.

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vipUESAdiR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite neighborhood restaurant where I enjoy romantic dinners, business meetings and casual get together with friends and family. Love it!

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vipANB1
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. A neighborhood gem. The food is delicious and it’s not trendy and loud!!

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DianeT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

83 and 1/2 is a neighborhood gem that never disappoints. No matter what you order, you can count on the fact that it will be delicious and I have eaten here many times.

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Foodienyc
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food! Would recommend

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JD19
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very indifferent service given the restaurant was nearly empty when we dined. Didn't put wine in cooker. Never offered to refill glasses. Plunked dessert menus down in a pile and fan off without asking if we even wanted dessert. Took forever to get a check. Totally inattentive. However, food is always delicious.

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KateyP
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wine. The atmosphere was warm and vibrant.

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Steve
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

To be honest I've been here before and the food has been Better. Also my waiter could have have been alittle nicer. He insisted to move my bags into a different location due to the minimum amount of space, and I understood. But he moved them near the front door where there was the most traffic to get the linen forks and knives and food. Once the night was over, he was not so nice in helping me get the bags. He pointed to the floor and said there they go.
He also didn't even offer me desert after my meal. I really felt like they wanted me leave after we had one round of drinks and 3 bottles of wine plus dinner. Don't think I will ever go there again. I rather have gone to Ginos Pizza next store. Food is better...

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vipJillG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great as well as the service.

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vipNancyG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They did not honor our reservation and were unapologetic. We walked out and will never go back

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StephenD
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. My wife is a huge food snob and 83 1/2 is always exceptional! Most consistent and reliable place to eat on the Upper East Side.

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Greg
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious but we left with stomach aches, most likely because we at it too fast!

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vipTwinLakes
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant on the upper east side. Veal chop parmigiana is singularly the best dish on the UES. Great service. Daniel is the best

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UESlocal
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, nice outdoor seating area with heat lamps!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was the most disappointing restaurant I have been to in a while. To start off, when we get there they asked if we were going to drink and we replied yes. The waiter placed the drink menu on our table, before we even had a chance to look at the menu the waiter asked if we were going to drink anything. Because we did not order drinks on the spot, he took our menu which we then had to ask for again. We were the only people in the restaurant at the time ,so I don’t understand why the waiter was in such a rush. We then try to order our appetizer but were told that “the chef doesn’t like taking orders like that”. Interestingly, the older couple who arrived after us ordered their appetizer first without a problem. When the calamari arrives despite its delicious smell, it tasted so so bland. The red sauce was nothing to rave about either. I was not looking for a refund but the waiter did not ask if there was anything wrong with the food despite us leaving a lot of it on the plate and refusing to take it home. If I had tried the calamari before ordering dinner I would not have ordered their Lobster and Crab ravioli alla Vodka, like everything else it was below average. (I also didn’t finish much of that). My friend ordered the bolognese which was better but the meat to pasta ratio was way off. I would definitely not go again, and would not recommend it.

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Bklyn
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we love this restaurant—-all good

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AnastasiaP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Worst birthday dinner ever!!! Upon timely arrival, the waiter told me I reserved an outdoor table & I told him that I made a 7:00 reservation for indoor/standard dining. Then Daniel, who told us “he was in charge” would prepare our table in a minute. We waited outside as 3 other parties arrived after us & they were immediately seated inside by Daniel. When I asked him why, Daniel told us “that’s the way it is and take it or leave it.”He lacked professionalism and propriety and he was so rude!!! This made for an unpleasant birthday dinner with our family. Additionally, the restaurant claimed we were a no show to Open Table which Open Table quickly resolved & corrected.

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koz22
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good night… took a while to get food though. very busy on a friday night

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vipFoodLover
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food always very good with inventive menu. Vaccine cards checked but tables very close with people just 2 or 3 feet from each other. Chefs can be seen from dining room and although working very, very hard, they were NOT wearing masks.
Made us very uncomfortable. Vaccine cards prove Covid is not over and no table distancing with chefs not wearing masks is not really acceptable if you care about Covid.

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vipluv2dine
New York Area
167 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A popular neighborhood with an inventive an reasonabke ltaiian menu

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vipJoyM
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food & wine, everything was so fresh!! Always wonderful service!

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vip2g2c
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood place. Have been a customer for many years, and I have yet to be disappointed

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Gerry
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Four at dinner, with different main courses, and everyone said their dish was very good. I had the chicken cardinal special and it was perfect. I also had a dessert, creme brulee, and it was also perfectly served, warm and delicious.
Waiters were very busy, but managed to get the plates on the table in good time, although I was glad we were there early.
A good, solid neighborhood restaurant, with a lively crowd inside as well as at the outdoor dining space, with reliably well-prepared meals. Wine list is reasonable. Recommended!

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Steakman
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The ambience a bit high on volume (loud crowd). Inside was packed wall to wall...outside was full as well. Ate outside. Service was pretty awful. At best it appeared that the staff was overwhelmed by the number of customers yet it looked as if they had enough waiters to do the job. whether it was a problem in the kitchen related to staffing or supplies of food? Who knows. Reminded me of the Larry David episode about "A disturbance in the kitchen. Took us two hours before the food we'd ordered arrived at the table. Took about a half hour to get the appetizer before that. Nice looking place but staff bordered on rude and considering the price (not cheap) overall a big disappointment.

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vipMarleneG
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

First time eating here and it was a pleasant surprise. The food was absolutely fantastic. All three of us had a different salad and loved them. The wines were very good. We each had pasta and did not leave one morsel…delicious. The waiter was a bit surely but it was very busy and they seemed to be short staffed. Prices were reasonable for Manhattan and can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service was very friendly and professional. Also good value.

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vipcoreyman97
New York Area
228 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious. The Buffalo mozzarella was the freshest I’ve had in a long time. The short rib and pasta was terrific as well. Nice comfortable outdoor seating. A winner.

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vipBob2
Tahoe
23 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, good wine, nice sidewalk seating.

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vipJoel
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Large selection of specials in addition to a very nice menu. Dressing on kale, avocado, apple salad was especially good. Pasta special of spinach fettucine with lobster tail, shrimps, and scallops was very tasty and very reasonably priced. Substituted veal in a chicken dish and was very good. Service was very gracious and helpful. Love the BYO Wednesdays! Overall, very lovely dining experience. Highly recommend.

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vipdayl
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very good, but the service was very, very slow.

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vipFernandoM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of our routine haunts. Despite the pandemic and associated challenges they have been remarkably consistent. With the new vaccination requirements they have been quite attentive at ensuring safety. The service has always been impeccable with Daniel, his father and uncle always on top of their game. The food and frequent specials are top notch and well prepared. They also have an excellent section of wines.

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vipFoodie
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall was fine. Service started really well but disintegrated as the evening progressed. Couldn't get their attention for 10-15min intervals. Was blatantly ignored by 1 waiter. Never got water refilled & couldn't be bothered trying to flag someone down after having to wait other times. I think they need more staff help.

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vipMrMANGIA
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

OCTOPUS APPERTISER EXCELLECT. CAVATTELLI PASTA JUST OK, VEAL DISH A DISAPPOINTMENT.

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vipstaceyk
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! A little loud but worth it

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LalithM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic especially the sea bass! Daniel and crew are a great team and make this place an absolutely must visit. We come to 83 1/2 at least twice per week from the upper west side for years now. Always a great dining experience. I recommend 83 1/2 without reservation.

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Sarah
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing espresso martini. The prosciutto and melon was to die for. Loved the halibut piccata.

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You can order delivery directly from 83 1/2 using the Order Online button. 83 1/2 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 737-8312.

83 1/2 is rated 4.5 stars by 890 OpenTable diners.

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