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83 1/2

4.4
492 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (30)
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, European
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Hours of operation
Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm

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Phone number
(212) 737-8312
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Vincenzo Mangiafridda
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 1st and 2nd Ave
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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.
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
What 492 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAndy (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

83 1/2 is a true neighborhood gem. Home-made pasta, very fresh fish and an extensive Italian wine list, all reasonably priced.

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BenjaminM (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Very good Italian food. Their signature eggplant balls were amazing. The gnocchi was pretty good too.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Neighborhood gem , food is consistently fresh and good and the service always get high ratings.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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vipUmamiLover (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 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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vipMccj (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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vipEatOutALot (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Good food and service, but quite cramped quarters.

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vipAndy (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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vipErma (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 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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vipHarveyM (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 30, 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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vipBob2 (Tahoe)
5.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Good food, but we not felt welcomed.

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vipLuv2review (New York Area)
4.0  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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vipjerryf (New York Area)
4.0  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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vipGreatAreaDining (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  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.

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vipAndy (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

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

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vipHarveyM (New York Area)
4.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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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vipNormaR (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Best homemade pasta and more!

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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!

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vipAmyL (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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