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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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