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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (25)
Good for a Date (13)
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Cozy (12)
Casual (12)
Authentic (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Special Occasion (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Romantic (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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 12, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 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 5, 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 5, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

WE have lived in the neighborhood and have never been! It may become a new favorite!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Authentic Italian food. Great for adults who hate restaurants that have too much "buzz." Very welcoming atmosphere.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

83 1/2 is a neighborhood gem. It has the freshest fish and superb pasta at a reasonable price.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

There are an abundance of Italian restaurants on the upper east side of Manhattan and many are very acceptable. 83 1/2 takes dining to a little higher level. The menu offers some creative alternatives to the items typically found in this neighborhood. The execution and presentation of the food is excellent. The décor of the restaurant is simple, but care has been taken with table spacing, lighting and decorations that make one feel as f he is dining in an intimate dining room. The ceilings have attractive sound panels that keep the noise level in the room on the quiet side. The service is excellent -- not overbearing, but warm and attentive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Rare to find a place that satisfied so many people so completely. Every course was great and there was an excellent wine list. I will definitely be back soon. We are all still talking about it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

As always, we had a delightful meal in this lovely, intimate restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Our regular "go to" Italian dining experience. We're there 2-3 times a month. There's no place that has the kind of Italian food we love like this place. This time we started with the baked clams which were light, succulent, and delicious. Then we had fettuccine bolognese which was amazing. Then the table had the chicken with sausage, my personal favorite. The seafood pasta special was excellent too. There's a nice choice of wines by the glass, or a big choice by the bottle. We're going back on Wed.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Welcoming staff and fresh, seasonal fare.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

83 1/2 is always a good go to place to meet a friend. Food is consistently fresh and they are always accommodating. The pasta with dug ragout is always a favorite, along with artichokes and the kale salad. Good service and very attentive. Overall a great dining experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food was excellent. I had the seafood pasta and my wife had the truffle ravioli. Prices are fair and wine selection adequate. The only negative was a very loud and obnoxious tax attorney and her date sat next to us and it was difficult to concentrate on our conversation.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Never disappoints, but of course, it's your personal taste. Excellently prepared traditional Italian. It's not gourmet and it's not tiny portions. It's also not fusion. It's italilian with a focus on Sicily and the South. I love my chicken parm or veal parm. If it's not on the menu, ask for it. Also, wife love their great linguine vongole. You want a special pasta? If it's in the computer, they'll make it for you, like the more than excellent fettuccine with mushrooms, sundries tomatoes, and truffle oil. Like wine? They can help you decide from their mostly, but not exclusively, Italian selection. Personally, I love the Sicilian, Puglese, and other interesting wines they offer. Hint: if you like bringing your own bottle, bring it on Wednesdays. There's no corkage charge, but tip the staff as if it was in your very reasonable bill. Mangia and Cin Cin (to your health).

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food was very good and the place was very romantic. A little challenging to find the place though. I highly recommend the Parmesan appetizer (it is their speciality)

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great food!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Neighborhood gem indeed. Great food, warm and helpful waitstaff, cozy ambience. I can't wait to go back to try other things.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

I always have a wonderful meal here. Freshly prepared. Always some new special to try. And the staff is superb.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Its the 3rd time we have eaten there. Continues to be of of our go to places. Really good food, reasonably priced and good service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Just moved to UES and so excited to find this really wonderful neighborhood spot. Great pasta, great wine, great service and the veal was fantastic.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Terrific food and service. They didn't have the type of wine I wanted by the glass but they opened a bottle for us anyway and made it happen. We casually mentioned it was a birthday and they brought us a surprise birthday desert and sang! Warm and friendly. Definitely recommend

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent Italian food and service, but cramped and uninspired room

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Always a delicious meal, wine and great service. A neighborhood gen.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

There seemed to be something off. Felt like no one was in charge. ReAppetizer not as crisp as it should have been and it was virtually missing when brought out. Main courses were very tasty. That said, not sure we will return

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

I've always been on a quest for an Italian restaurant that has what I crave; a big variety of choices, authentic cuisine, perfectly prepared food, ambiance, good wines, good service, and fair prices. I found it in May and have been back weekly. Is it perfect? No. But it's pretty close. This visit, we had the eggplant parm and the artichoke apps. Very good. For mains we had a special fettuccine with mushrooms and truffles, a seafood pasta, a linguine vongole, and a pasta with a short rib ragu. It was all delicious. For dessert we had cannoli (2 to an order), tiramisu, and Gelato. My favorite was the cannoli. We'll be back again this week.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We love this restaurant. Owner gives you warm greeting and waiters remember you and what you like to eat. Friendly service and delicious menu.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

This is the 2nd time we have eaten here. Everything about the place is wonderful. Service could not have been better. Food was great and you could actually hear the person you were speaking to.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I went there for the second time in a month and once again enjoyed a truly delicious dinner.
the first time I shared a cheese/salami board with some friends and it was perfect. then we had the pasta dishes ( the rigatoni and the linguini and clams) which were so tastefully authentic, with fresh homemade pastas and delicious sauces.
This time we had the special halibut and the fish was amazing. Shared a pasta dish as well and again it was one of the best I have ever had. It will be my new neighborhood favorite!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Good service and great food!! have eaten at 831/2 before and all meals have been excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

The drinks were fantastic, service was attentive, all the food was delicious. Some dishes, like the lava cake left a little more to be desired.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Excellent. Great food. Consistent. Staff so so nice. Great neighborhood place but worth traveling to. Love it and go back again and again

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Our first time to this great, great neighborhood restaurant, recommended by friends. The experience was great from the first moment. The best cosmo I've ever had! We loved everything we ate...especially the brussel sprouts and artichokes for appetizer and the veal chop and bronzino for our main courses. Had a lovely conversation with the owner Vincenzo, and had great service from the staff. We'll be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Dinner was very good. Bread plate was excellent. Service was spot on. Place was comfortable with open kitchen. Highly recommend.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Best pasta in the City.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The starter was ok but the entrees were very good. A good local spot. Service was friendly and attentive.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The food was excellent, the service was perfect. Quiet so that you could comfortably talk. Great menu, perfect specials. Portions are large. The restaurant was perfectly spotlessly clean. This is the true hidden gem!

Tags: Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Nice menu, pleasant atmosphere , good service, reasonable winelist, very good food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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