Last fall, runaway chef Ryan Skeen resurfaced at 83 1/2 on the Upper East Side. The restaurant got some good early buzz, then it abruptly closed after four months in business. The owners explained that they had amicably parted ways with Skeen with plans to tweak the menu. Skeen was perplexed by the closing of 83 1/2, telling Eater that it was his "favorite restaurant."
Now, an employee from the restaurant sends word that 83 1/2 has reopened with a new Italian menu that has "a strong Sicilian influence." The new chef is Will Foden, who previously worked at Boston's BiNA Osteria. Daniel alum Jean Luc LeDu is still working on the wine list. Many Eater commenters were saddened by the news that 83 1/2 had closed. It will be interesting to see if this new, more accessible concept clicks with the neighborhood. No word yet on what Skeen is planning next.
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