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Basta Pasta

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  • Italian
  • 37 W 17th St, New York NY10011 40.738918 -73.994001
  • (Btwn 5th & 6th Ave)
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  • (212) 366-0888
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User Ratings (Based on 50 reviews)

Food 4.3 Value 4.0
Service 4.2 Atmosphere 4.0

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 366-0888
(212) 366-0406
Take Out Visa, MC, AmEx
Lunch Mon-Fri: 12pm-2:30pm Dinner Mon-Sat: 6pm-11pm Sun: 5pm-10pm
Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch, Lunch Special, Pre/Post Theater, Prix Fix Menus, Take Out

User Reviews

  • Basta Pasta

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/15/2008

    Simply Said......

    The food is DELICIOUS. The portions are TINY. The prices are EXPENSIVE. The service is EXCELLENT.

  • Basta Pasta

    Posted by Pomchee on 10/09/2008

    Basta Pasta is Overated

    I don't think I'll will ever go back and eat at Basta Pasta again. It's not that I didn't like the food, it's not bad but the serving is too small and the service was really bad. Their grilled squid is as good as the grilled squid I buy from a stand in a Japansese supermarket , nothing special. My rating for the food is good but the service we got was poor ( maybe it was just our waiter ) he was a jerk. I've been to many many fine restos in NY and water is readily available as soon as you sit down. Anyhow, I had a bite of their bread and started choking, I had to look for our waiter and begged for a glass of water. As we are ready to order the appetizer, he insisted that we also order our entree's at the same time. I'm not sure why? During the course of our dinner, the waiter never ever asked if we needed anything or even asked how we liked our food. nothing! except of course, he came over to give me the tab. The place is small, aside from the storefront. there are no windows. As you walk in, the place resembles a morgue and the top of the tables are covered with paper. It reminded me of a crab place in Long Island City. plus their chairs are bad replicas of Josef Hoffman's. Anyhow, it was not bad overall but our waiter was just the pitts. I should have left him a 5% tip but it is not my swagger. Not sure why he is inconsiderate unless he is the Iron Chef himself. What Ever !! If you like Italian food go to an Italian place such as Maccelleria or Villa Mosconi not to a wanna be Italian Japanese place that puts curry on most of the food they serve for flavor.

  • Basta Pasta

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/02/2008


    this restaurant is so good. if you dont go you are only hurting yourself. get the squid appetizer, sea urchin or parm pasta, chicken... everything is immaculately prepared. so so so good. and the flan !

  • Basta Pasta

    Posted by John from Chelsea on 07/01/2008

    Who would have thought?

    Italian and Japanese, together? Well, Basta Pasta does a great job at both. The Japanese ownership, service staff and chefs do a wonderful job at make the customer feel welcomed and comfortable. The food is dellicious, fresh, well-presented and a great value! I come here often when eating solo and sit at the front bar area. The place has become very popular, and well worth it! It has become one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants.

  • Basta Pasta

    Posted by mizcheve on 06/20/2008


    Grilled seared tuna with wasabi sauce -Good Linguini with sea urchin sauce -OK Crespelle/silk handkerchief pasta with mushrooms and ricotta-Very good Melting chocolate cake with vanilla gelato- Very good Very high noise levels. Great service, very nice waiter. Good for friends but not a date. Overall a good place to check out.

  • Basta Pasta

    Posted by nygirl01 on 05/29/2008

    Love this place - highly recommend

    Since I discovered Basta Pasta, I have been there at least once a month. Every single pasta dish I have tried have been fantastic. The portions are smaller, but its because Americans are use to larger portions which isn't good for your health anyways. If you get appetizer and dessert as well, it is just right. Not only is the food fantastic, but the service is impeccable. The waitstaff is extremely polite, as is the Japanese custom. The overall atmosphere is nice and relaxing, not a bit of pretentiousness as you get at some nicer restaurants. Love the open kitchen style. The desserts were all delicious as well. I've brought my out of town friends here and all have loved it just as much as me. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the city - reasonable prices for the quality of the food, great value! If you haven't been, you must try! I'm a bit puzzled at the negative reviews as I have been there so many times now and have always had great experience.

  • Basta Pasta

    Posted by mattyirie on 05/17/2008

    this place was worthy of a trip!

    This place was pretty cool. The decor was the first surprise, a well spaced and decorated room made for a pleasant atmosphere. All the pastas were reasonably priced, and I definitely like that you can order app sizes of the pasta. We tried 5 different ones, probably the Urchin and Basil being among favorites. Also the silk hankerchief with mushrooms and ricotta was excellent. The Spgh. from the cheese wheel was okay, too al dente for my taste. The only real let down though was the volcanic Choc cake, it was dry and not gooey at all. You probably need an app of something and a pasta entree to feel well satisfied, but we did that and left quite full. I reccommend Basta Pasta!

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