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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 Gastronomical Liz on 03/10/2007

    My second favorite restaurant

    My goodness, how delighted I was tonight! I shared velvety pumpkin gnocchi and paparadelle with oxtail ragu and daikon radish with my fooding buddy after savoring complimentary cheese canapes. Perfection; the sizes were ideal for my appetite, the flavors were subtle yet exciting, and the variety available to me sensational. I believe sixteen dollars was worth it for such lovely food and service; I cannot wait to go back and try their uni with pasta!

  • Basta Pasta

    Posted by trendyfoodie on 01/30/2007

    Love it!

    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!

  • Basta Pasta

    Posted by alpinebomber on 01/15/2007

    clearly a top-tier restaurant

    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

  • Basta Pasta

    Posted by Lanell-ru-san on 12/16/2006

    The chef is one of the best in the city!

    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.

  • Basta Pasta

    Posted by M on 12/15/2006

    Good food, but overpriced

    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.

  • Basta Pasta

    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.

  • Basta Pasta

    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.

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