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Reviews from nymag.com
Posted by trendyfoodie on 01/30/2007
This is an exquisite one of a kind restaurant. It has an amazingly cute atmosphere, the waiters are all very nice and cater to your needs and the food - absolutely divine. The taste is well adjusted for people who are foodies- loves food without having to drown it in sauces to be good and enjoyable. I love how Italian is done in a Japanese style, so even the cream sauces are not filling and the portion are in good sizes so you won't fill stuffed after the meal. As a New Yorker, this is one of my favorite spots! I bring alot of my out of town guests here and every one who's been has loved it. I'm sure you will as well. - Only bad part - try not to go on a Friday night - it's packed! Also, it's definitely better to make reservations beforehand especially closer to the weekends!
Posted by alpinebomber on 01/15/2007
i'm glad bp is not as well known as other 'trendy' nyc restaurants and doesn't show up on any poser restaurant 'lists'...it's barely a medium-sized restaurant and i'd like to still get a table when i need...i've been here about a dozen times, at different days and different periods of lunch and dinner...mostly japanese ex-pats...if you're expecting a garlicky red sauce italian restaurant with family-style portions this is NOT the place for you...excellent wine selection, strong appetizers, tremendous pastas, and well thought out secondi and griglia...this is one of those places where you come back and challenge the menu to find something wrong...but you never do...i don't understand the knocks of previous reviewers on portion size...my friends and i are voracious eaters and we think portions are generally more than adequate...the apps might look a little minimal but i think it might be the presentation on large plates...$13 apps can be a bit intimidating for some, but if you truly have a developed palate you will really appreciate that conceptually the dishes are very tight (who knew that wasabi mayo with raw tuna could be so excellently complemented by peas?)...save room for multiple desserts...service is very smooth and impeccable...i once knocked my fork off the table, and placed it back slightly askew and in a different location...without a word the (very cute) waitress noticed the errant placement and replaced it...very timely with water, and the regular and unobtrusive attention is apprecatied...i do wish they spaced the tables out more, as it is cramped, but i understand from a business perspective why it is so...maybe because the clientele is mostly japanese ex-pats, but the atmosphere is very mellow, polite, and low-key...rarely hipsters, overcompensating finance types, or zagat worshippers...at this price point bp is the best place to eat in the flatiron/union square area...mesa has been stale for the past 8 years, usc has nothing to offer except obnoxiou
Posted by Lanell-ru-san on 12/16/2006
Everytime that I am in NYC, I make it a point to stop by my favorite restaurant in the city. The chef prepares the meal each time with the same amount of TLC. The waitstaff is always on time, and the bartender can even tell a joke or two. If you want to have a real NYC dining experience and you don't mind a little expense, I recommend Basta Pasta.
Posted by M on 12/15/2006
I tried Basta Pasta with a bunch of friends to celebrate a birthday after hearing such great things about it from my sister (who dined there a little while back). The atmosphere was good, it wasn't too loud so I was able to catch-up with my friends while waiting for our food to come. The food was delicious, however, the portions are very small. Considering the amount of money we spent per person (we all ordered drinks, shared appetizers, had our own entree and shared 2 deserts), I would have expected a bit more food. I enjoyed the experience, however, I don't think I will be going back anytime soon.
Posted by Bibi on 12/01/2006
Maybe I expected too much. As a Japanese who loves Japanese style pasta, this was way below anything I tasted in Japan and to my disappointment, I love Italian pasta as well, and this place's pasta didn't even match that either. Food was weak and uninteresting. The spice they used to make the dish "different" didn't complement the rest of the flavor. Tomato sauce tasted like they just opened chopped tomato can and poured over pasta. Service was average. Waiters weren't attentive and didn't bother to ask if everything is OK (which was NOT) after the food was served. The only Japanese side I saw was that they don't offer pepper and cheese until you ask. Disappointed and will not return.
Posted by theresax on 11/20/2006
I'm surprised it took me this long to write a review for this place even tho it was my favorite lunch spot for a long time. I went there last night for dinner and had a great meal. For appetizer I had my usual fav, Asparagi al Parmigiano (Al dente asparagus with golden parmesan crust) so good I always scraping at my plate after. For my entre I ordered the pasta special that night which was: Spaghetti w/ Italian sausage, collard greens(I ordered w/out) and tomatoes in garlic and oil --- this was delicious and I'm already craving it again. My bf ordered the Ravioli di Vitello, Prosciutto e Mozzarella (veal, prosciutto and mozzarella cheese ravioli with fresh tomatoes in Parmesan sauce) which I tasted and I am definitely trying the next time I go, too bad the portion wasn't so big but at least I didn't feel overly stuffed. I also agree w/ everyone that the spaghetti tossed in a parmesan wheel w/ basil & thin sliced prosciutto is good as well as their minestrone soup. The flan that we ordered for dessert was also great. They have a nice prix fixe for lunch which is a good deal.
Posted by helen on 11/07/2006
I brought my friend there for her bday and it was pretty good. The service was excellent, they refill your drinks all the time and they even split the pasta in two different plates if you intend on sharing. The mussel appetizer was really good and so was the pasta with sea bass. The flan was also good. Overall, the food was excellent but the mixed drinks were not as good. You're better off ordering water. The check will come out to be around $100.00 for two people.