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83 1/2
Southern Italian Restaurant$$
Today 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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345 E 83rd St New York, NY 10028
345 East 83rd StreetUSNew YorkNew York10028
$$Southern Italian Restaurant, Italian Restaurant
Southern Italian Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
Sicilian Restaurant
Today 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 5:00 – 11:00 pmSaturday 5:00 – 11:00 pmSunday 5:00 – 9:00 pm
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            83 ½ is best described as a labor of love.  A love of family, friends and most importantly, food. Owner Vincenzo Mangiafridda, a twenty-year restaurant veteran of the Upper East Side, wanted to open a restaurant that spoke to his deep Sicilian roots. He sought a balance between the old and new worlds, a combination of classic Italian cuisine and modern presentation. In 83 1/2, his vision has become reality. Chef Will Foden, a rising star from one of Boston’s finest eateries, has created a seasonal menu of memorable Sicilian-influenced dishes including silky pastas, inventive stuzzicare, and delicious entrees. Wine director Jean-Luc Le Du compliments the cuisine with a striking array of wines known as much for their quality and integrity as their luminous bouquets.

            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.

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Sophisticated Italian dishes & select wines served in an intimate space decorated with tile mosaics.- Google
"Best truffle ravioli e polenta mushroom ever."
"Upper east side Italian with a definite downtown vibe."
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Selenia Santoro
3 weeks ago
Just fantastic. Best truffle ravioli e polenta mushroom ever
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Jeff Yablon
a year ago
Yikes. My review below, in which I gave this place 5 stars, is no longer apropos. SOMETHING has gone wrong, and what was a wonderful place with great food and attentive service has become a salt lick, overusing not only that but also truffle oil... Which until an hour ago I have said MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER. Well no it doesn't. And the service has gone in the toilet, too. Done. Bye. Sad. With an off-the-avenue, on-too-dark-a-stretch to accidentally stumble upon location, this place is too easy to miss, and so they aren't very busy. That needs to change. 83 1/2 is simply a wonderful place for a meal, and sports a small, but broadly focused (I like meats, she doesn't) menu that anyone will be able to find something on to make them happy. Go, quickly. And tell people, lest 83 1/2 fall victim to their address.
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Tina Puccio
2 years ago
Excellent atmosphere and food! Great place for a romantic meal or intimate dinner party with friends.
katrina forde
a year ago
Sad this has now closed.
Sam Kelly
6 months ago
This restaurant is fantastic!! After moving to Yorkville and trying countless restaurants in the past few years, 83 1/2 has become our definite favorite. They offer a great blend of traditional Italian dishes and original creations. We've had almost every dish on the menu and enjoyed every one!
Patricia Grande
a year ago
This place is a neighborhood gem! Upper east side Italian with a definite downtown vibe. Classically trained chef-owner Vincenzo Mangiafridda displays his passion for seasonal, locally sourced ingredients with a creative flair grounded in traditional Sicilian flavors. A warm welcome greets you along with a tray of warm Orwasher's peasant bread accompanied by a mound of Italian hummus and a pool of fragrant olive oil. The menu is varied with the stuzzicare being the stars of the starter menu - arancini with oxtail ragu and a hint of citrus rind, home made ricotta, frico (fried Parmeggiano Reggiano) accompanied by a smooth aioli with a hint of chili and honey, home made caponata are just a sampling of what you'll find in this section of the menu. The pastas are all hand made in-house - no spaghetti al pomodoro and meatballs here. The pastas are paired creatively with seasonal vegetables in interesting sauces. The wild sea bass special was served with a side of grilled ramps (talk about seasonal - the ramp season is about a minute long) and farro. The perfectly fried veal Milanese, wearing a crown of bright pea shoots, sat atop a serving of fregola in a tonnato sauce - a very interesting riff on the classic vitello tonnato. We couldn't even think about dessert, but Vincenzo graciously offered a generous pour of home made limoncello along with gracious and warm conversation. The decor is trendy but welcoming, the kitchen is open, clean and calm, the service is attentive and caring without being overpowering or stuffy. We can't wait to go back. What a delightful restaurant.
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Jennifer Turner
a year ago
The food was excellent. We sat at the chef's table and were treated to quite a feast.

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