345-349 E. 83rd St., New York, NY, 10028
By pmg216 on 5/5/2013
Warm welcoming neighborhood gem with a hip downtown feel! Who said the Upper East Side was old, tired and boring? 83 1/2 is an amazing restaurant with a creative menu having interesting Sicilian touches - no you won't find chicken parm here but you will find a fried veal Milanese but served over fregola with a tonnato sauce or wild sea bass served with grilled ramps - or maybe not because Vincenzo is dedicated to using fresh, seasonal, local ingredients and the menu changes often The stuzzuchini are amazing little bites of goodness - arancini, homemade ricotta, caponata - all a nod to Vincenzo's Siciluan roots and a fabulous bargain at 3 for $13. Perdect for sharing and there are so many to choose from you could easily make a delicious and varied meal trying a bunch of them. All the pastas are handmade in-house and the combinations are a far cry from spaghetti al pomodoro. Vincenzo, the owner, is a classically trained chef-owner who will make you feel like family from the moment you sit down to the fabulous bread and Italian hummus to the gift of house-made limoncello he will pour to top off your meal. Can't wait to see what's on the menu at our next visit.
By Senna on 3/16/2013
Wonderful neighborhood gem. The NY Mag reviewer got it right-- the starter dishes are wonderful. And the food features fresh ingredients deliciously prepared. Definitely going back.