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About 83 1/2
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.
New York, NY 10028
Italian, Contemporary Italian, European
Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm
Between 1st and 2nd Ave
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
83 1/2 Ratings and Reviews
Service was at times a little overbearing. He struggled to read the interest level at the table of his recommendations, etc. A card was given at the start to avoid any issues for payment when it came time for the bill. Sadly, this was overlooked and the bill came to the table anyway. The fight over the check ensued. Seemed like they weren't on the A game. But it was my third time here. The food is quite good, albeit a tad pricey, so I'll likely give it another shot.
The Clams Casino ($14) had virtually no taste because the size of the clam inside the shell was minuscule. The Halibut Oreganata ($27) that I had here about four weeks ago was delicious, this time it was bland. I won't be back. I asked the waiter, who had recognized me from my previous visit, if there was a different chef there today than the last time, he said no.
The worst, most disrespectful service I have ever experienced in a restaurant. When we arrived, we were told we could sit wherever we like. Before paying our check, we were asked if we could move tables to accommodate a party of four that was waiting. We politely said that we were about to pay and were finishing up. Then, while still drinking the bottle of wine we had purchased, a waiter came over and loudly said in an incredibly rude tone, “THERE ARE PEOPLE WAITING.” I have never in my life been treated that way in a restaurant.
Also, this would not have bothered us if the meal hadn’t ended the way it did, but the service was sloppy throughout - we were asked twice about what kind of water we’d like, and were given dessert menus and declined dessert twice. About five different waiters served us throughout the night.
My friend and I both live in the neighborhood, and will never be back.
We are weekly regulars here now. It’s not in our hood, so we have to travel. There are lots of other restaurants in NYC, but this is the one Italian restaurant we return to. We try others, but none compare. It’s not inexpensive, but we don’t mind paying a few dollars more for quality food and service. It’s not gourmet or nouvelle, thank goodness. You get portions that will fill you up. Most customers are regulars I suppose. This week the three of us had the baked clams (the best we’ve eaten), the prosciutto wrapped burrata (excellent), and the roasted Brussel sprouts with reggiano parm SS appetizers. The entrees were a veal piccata, a chicken Parmesan, and a linguine vongole. Everything was delicious. The menu is extensive with losts to choose from. The wine list is primarily Italian with lots of wonderful choices at fair prices. And, if you happen to go on a Wed., it’s byob and no corkage fee. Salute or Cin Cin.
The food was as authentic as the meals we dined on in Italy. The chicken Parmesan melted in your mouth with such a burst of flavor. The pasta was cooked to al dente' perfection. We couldn't have been more pleased with our dining selection for our last night in NY.
Don't usually go to restaurants on the upper east side of manhattan since they're often rather stuffy an don't seem as welcoming as restaurants in other neighborhoods. This was a nice place that i assume is a local gem. The food , wine and service was excellent and I'd be more than willing to go back. The lighting is very dim so it was difficult to read the menu but i was on a date and appreciated the low lights.
This place keeps exceeding my expectations! I love the cozy, low key atmosphere, excellent customer service and delicious food. The waiter let us take as much time as we needed to settle in, order drinks and chat before having a chance to review the menu and order. They were very accommodating and proactively split up an appetizer we mentioned was to be shared into three separate beautiful dishes. He was helpful with wine recommendations and they even brought us an extra dessert at the end of dinner. They go out of their way to make sure customers are happy and have a good experience, plus the food is amazing! Will certainly be returning and recommending this restaurant to others!
This was only our second visit to 83 1/2 for a Saturday night dinner - we don't live in NYC - It is a charming little place, busy, attentive staff make the experience better and the food is really wonderful! With all the other choices in town, we'll continue to go out of our way to come here! It's that good!
The food was very good and reasonably priced but the host was surly and the service was rushed. We were on time for our reservation and since a table wasn't yet available ... clearly not the end of the world ... we should habve been offered a drink, a house wine would have sufficed, as were other people right in front of us. The entire staff seemed annoyed that we had to wait by the front door for our table. And when we were finally seated ... no "thank you for waiting or "sorry for the delay." They should all learn some manners.
Absolutely amazing from beginning to end. As it was our first time eating here we tried multiple dishes and everything was absolutely delicious. Coming from an Italian family I rarely go out for Italian food however I wouldn't hesitate to bring people here time and time again for a truly fantastic meal and very attentive service.
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