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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.

345-349 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian, European

Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 1st and 2nd Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 737-8312

Website:
http://www.eighty-threeandahalf.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Vincenzo Mangiafridda

Additional:
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

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (28)
Cozy (17)
Good for a Date (16)
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Quiet Conversation (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Casual (10)
Authentic (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Romantic (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fun (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Tasty food. Average service. A bit pricey for the amount of pasta that was served. Surf and turf was good, better turf than surf.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The veal chop had too much salt on it. I could see the crystals on top. It is perfectly delicious without this extra salt.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very pleasant local restaurant. The food is always outstanding. We’ve never been disappointed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Good food and service, but quite cramped quarters.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

83 1/2 is a true neighborhood gem Very fresh fish and delicious pasta at a reasonable price

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Always fabulous! Lovely, friendly, service. Excellent food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our first time there. Pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere and 'buzz'. Good food, great service. Looking forward to going back.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I've lived on the UES for 30 years and never ate here until now. I enjoyed it so much that I went back two evenings in a row with different sets of friends

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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.

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·Dined on January 28, 2018

The service was very attentive and the food delicious. This is a really reliable Italian restaurant. The tables have enough space between them that you can speak with your companions. Well done!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great tasting food, a lot of varied menu items. There are acoustic dampeners on the ceiling to help with the noise level, which is great. The table layout is a bit tight, but otherwise everything was delicious, service was great.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 26, 2018

83 1/2 is a casual UES neighborhood gem specializing in authentic Sicilian cuisine. Artichoke and eggplant dishes are especially delicious. Nice selection of wines and some interesting specialty cocktails too. One of my all time favorite restaurants.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Comfort Food, Casual, Notable Wine List, Fun, Authentic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Good food, but we not felt welcomed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Had a great meal with friends. Lovely ambience and great food. Has a cozy feel and excellent service. Had the zucchini crusted Branzino. Excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

One of my favorite neighborhood restaurants...warm and inviting ..everything was excellent

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Outstanding gem. Great tasty food. Creative Italian cuisine. Extraordinary service. Everything was just perfect. Easy accommodations for all diets. Will definitely go again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

83 1/2 is a neighborhood gem. Great pasta and very fresh fish

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I had the delicious Pasta e Fagioli Soup (pasta and bean soup). As my main course I had the equally delicious Halibut Oreganata (with the same topping you find on Clams Oreganata. Both of those dishes are on their everyday menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great foo! Truly excellent lasagna special. Best veal chop parmagiana in the city. And it is a bargain. Better than the top prices Italian restaurant in Zagat. Truly superb

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Best homemade pasta and more!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Third time there this month. Friends came in from Florida and this is where we took them. Excellent food, you’re treated like family, great wine. Luckily it’s a close walk, but it’s worth the trek if you’re not in the neighborhood.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food was delicious. The tables are small so it felt a little crowded.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Have eaten here before and never been dissatisfied with any meal!!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great service and great food! The staff was friendly and polite. The food was phenomenal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Quaint and cozy restaurant. The service was great, best Brussel sprout dish ever. Generous portions. Wanted to go back the very next evening but we got too busy with other things. Looking forward to going back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was our first time at 83 1/2 and all four of us very much enjoyed the dinner. Veal chops were best ever!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is a Neighborhood gem. Great food and service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

83 1/2 is a friendly neighborhood restaurant. It's a tiny place with a small menu, very good food and good vibes.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food is excellent, but seating near the front door is cold and drafty every time someone enters and leaves. Took the joy out of the dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food is always excellent. Varied menu. Warm and friendly

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

First time at the restaurant and wanted to love it. Well, we did. The food was excellent and the setting cozy and warm. Owner will make it seem like he has known you forever. We will definitely go back and try many other things on the menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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