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Posted by Anna C. on 11/09/2013
My husband and I live in the neighborhood and we have been wanting to try 83 1/2 for a long time. Luckily, we were pleasantly surprised. Everything was amazing!!! We sat at the bar watching the chefs cook. The head chef, Antonio was very friendly and explained to us what he was cooking. It was such an great experience. The food was incredible! We started with a kale salad that was like nothing I have had before. Very interesting mix of flavors. I had the beef cheeks and Gorgonzola polenta. It was delicious. Very rich and tender. My husband had the Branzino with tri-color cauliflower and grilled asparagus, which was cooked to perfection! The service and ambiance was great. It was very crowed and we opted to sit at the bar. So glad we did. It was a great night. Looking forward to going back.
Posted by R. Lee Ono on 08/11/2013
Having moved uptown recently, we have found ourselves heading back below 23rd St for many of our great meals. Well, the culinary commute is finally over... 83 1/3, one of those hidden gems you can walk past fifty times without noticing, has absolutely raised the bar for fine, casual dining on the UES. Located in the middle of the 83rd St between 1st & 2nd Ave (hence the name), the restaurant offers a compact yet remarkably well-rounded menu of Sicilian-inspired dishes. Each plate is a combination of well-crafted textures, finely balanced flavors and artful presentation. They simply taste as good as the look and smell. While 83 1/2 is great for the lazy after-work dinner for two, it’s really shines when you brings a few friends to check out the menus full range. As good as the stuzzicare (small plates) and antipasti are, you really want to experience the homemade pasta and terrific entrees as well. Not to be missed are the Goat Cheese Risotto Fritters, Lamb with Yogurt and Pine Nuts, Chicken Liver, Squid alla Plancha, every single pasta (especially the Taglietelle with clams and guanciale), the Rabbit, the Bass and the insanely succulent Charred Lamb Breast. Oh yes, and leave room for the killer house-made donuts. The restaurant was also fortunate enough to have a wine list curated by Jean-Luc Le Dû (ex-Daniel and currently Le Du wines downtown). Wide selection, all affordable and they’ve all been consistant winners. Bottom line, I would easily stack 83 1/2 against many of the downtown headliners like Torrisi and Babbo. The only difference is it’s quieter, cozier and within walking distance. Leave the Metrocard at home.
Posted by PMG216 on 05/09/2013
Warm and friendly service. Vincenzo displays his passion for local and seasonal food with a modern Sicilian twist. You won't find chicken parm here but you will find an amazing array of appetizers and a creative group of entrees - the veal is particularly intriguing - a perfectly fried veal cutlet atop a portion of fregola in a tonnato sauce, topped with pea shoots. An interesting twist on the traditional vitello tonnato. The house made pastas are mostly sauced with seasonal fresh vegetables. The sea bass special came with a side of grilled ramps and a serving of farro. Can't wait to try the orata wrapped in escarole. And Vincenzo came to chat at our table and since we were too full for dessert, he treated us to a generous glass of his home made limoncello as well as great conversation that made us feel like honored guests. What a great place!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/16/2013
The food was amazing from start to finish. The small plates were phenomenal and the lamb ragu was the perfect portion: filling, but not heavy. The menu is authentic not the same ole same ole when it comes to Italian food. The service was a bit slow going, but everyone was friendly. Will definitely be back!