Wow! We were incredibly impressed with our experience. Wonderful service from start to finish. We shared the Brussels sprouts appetizer and it was delicious. I got the rigatoni special which had sweet sausage in a pink sauce that was swoon worthy. My husband got the short rib pasta and raved over it. We loved every bite and definitely recommend it. We haven't had Italian this authentic since our trip to Italy last summer.
Very crowded. Made a reservation at 8:15 and still had to wait a bit. However, it was well worth it. The staff were working really hard to accommodate everyone. They were also very knowledgeable about the food and wine. The short rib pasta was fantastic and so was the veal. I will definitely recommend and visit again!
I had a very good Dinner there last night. The service was attentive. I recommend the Brussel Sprouts Appetizer. The Veal Piccata was excellent as well. The restaurant was quiet at the time we arrived (6:10pm). The decor and atmosphere were pleasant.
We've been here about 4 or 5 times. Yesterday we shared the burrata with arugula, and heirloom tomatoes. Delicious. Then we had a pasta with shrimp and scallops, arugula and cherry tomatoes. Perfectly cooked and also delicious. I asked for chicken Parmesan, hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. To my surprise, it was a wonderful chicken Parmesan prepared just the way I like it, pounded thin with the thinnest breading, fried, and charred on the edges. It also had the perfect amount of sauce and mozzarella. They also have veal parm, but you might have to ask for these since are not on the menu. Service was professional. The place was quiet on this holiday weekday. It's a charming place. We are now regulars.
We organized a graduation luncheon here for 31 people. The food is fresh and delicious, we had amazing salmon, pastas, salads....each prepared beautifully and the service equally as impressive. Great wine and cocktail selections too! We all had a great time, and highly recommend 83 1/2!!!! Thank you for making our event extra special. We will be back again soon.
So cute and the food is real good. A little pricey.
Food was amazing. It was a great experience. The owner and the staff was very pleasant.
Absolutely loved this restaurant. The homemade pasta was delicious. The Owners and staff were so friendly. I give it 5 stars and plan to return many times.
My son and I dropped in and were treated to a very nice meal of pasta and veal. The perfect New York small Italian restaurant. I'd definitely go back.
I took my team from work here for a holiday dinner. The food and the service was great, and they accommodated my special dietary needs. The owner, Vincent, was friendly and the entire atmosphere made me immediately want to go back soon.
Very good service matches top-notch pasta at this contemporary Italian spot. Somewhat of a suburban family vibe. Ample wine list. Prices are as-expected for this neighborhood.
Great looking and tasting!
A neighborhood gem. Delicious appetizers, excellent wines by the glass, and perfectly cooked al Dente artisanal pastas. Tiny place so reserve well ahead.
Delicious. Intimate. Burata cheese salad was delish. Outside patio is cute.
The "beggars purse" pasta dish is really special!
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!
Always a pleasure there. Excellent food, wine and service.
Sad this has now closed.
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.
The food was excellent. We sat at the chef's table and were treated to quite a feast.