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Posted by Sweetshe on 12/09/2008
Some in our group had been to Becco's previously and were very excited to go back. We were 30 mins early for our reservations and had 1 extra person but we were seated within 10 minutes. After ordering a bottle of red and white wines - or waiter brought us the Bastrianich brand which we enjoyed. We were told the specials but couldn't really understand them since the waiter had a heavy italian accent and knew we were getting a kick out of his delivery. We knew we were going with the family style dinner so we didn't ask any questions. We chose to do the family style dinner which was anti-pasto, ceaser salad, the three daily pastas (all you can eat) plus vegetables, a steak dish, lemon chicken dish and swordfish dish. Any group of 6 or more can do this family style option. For our group - they brought out 2 dishes of each which was more than plenty. We felt bad we couldn't eat it all. The family style dinner was $34.00 per person. The three pasta dishes were spaghetti w/ tomato and basil, penne with broccoli and a turkey sausage tortellini. These were fine - nothing bad to say about them but I've had better selections - my favorite being the mushroom ravioli w/ sage butter sauce. Everything else was fantastic - the swordfish had no fish taste - even the 5 year old in our group liked it, the chicken was made with olives and on a bed of sautéed swiss chard, the steak was done perfectly, nice char on the outside...Also had dishes of garlic mashed potatoes and spinach w/ garlic. The desserts were yummy - my favorite was the panne cotta also had bread pudding, chocolate mouse and cheesecake along with a sampling of 4 different gelatos. We also enjoyed a range of coffee, espresso, cappachino, etc to cap everything off. The only negative was the bathrooms - the place is so packed that three individual bathrooms just are not enough. But you do get to watch the kitchen while waiting.
Posted by Peggy on 12/08/2008
I was in NYC this past weekend with my daughters. In the past I have been able to get into Becco's if we came early. We were not able to make reservations for Sat. Dec. 6, 2008 so we decided to get there by 3:45 PM. We were met at the door by a person who asked if we had reservations. I said no, but that in the past we were able get a table as a walk in. He very abruptly stated that "NO RESERVATIONS MEANT NO DINNER." He then closed the door in our faces. This was my daughter's first time in NYC and to be greeted with such negativity was not good. We then left and went across the street to a more friendly Italian restaurant and the food was actually much better. The service was more friendly and we did not feel like we were being rushed out. My daughters were disappointed that they did not get in because they both love Lydia, but we won't try again. I agree with others that it is over rated and over priced.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/20/2008
My boyfriend's parents were in town so we wanted a nice Italian place to take them. The restaurant was an easy taxi ride from the hotel so it worked out. We got right in and seated and the server came right over. She recommended a couple of the $25 wines and they were both awesome, especially for the price. She even told us where we (as locals) could purchase the wine outside the restaurant. My boyfriend and his father had the pasta special, his mother had the veal and I had the peppercorn crusted tuna. Everything was superb. I especially enjoyed the tuna. It was cooked perfectly and topped with crispy bacon and pomegranate seeds. Yum! For dessert, we all split the dessert combo. Don't bother. Everything is excellent but the pannocotta is out of this world. I had a chance to check out the kitchen across from the restrooms and it's very clean and organized. I'll definitely go back. For a weeknight dinner, especially early, it's a fantastic choice.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/15/2008
A night out with friends for cocktails and dinner ... we decided to give Becco a try ... what a mistake! A 30 minute wait time turned into almost an hour ... there is no place to stand so we were herded into the bar area where we stood on top of customers who were trying to enjoy their meal ... once seated the wiatress was excellenet and very friendly ... the food was delicious ... but I would think twice about going back ... the noise level is deafening, the seating is horrible and the general overall feeling of this tourist trap is that they are looking to make a fast buck on Lydia's fleeting fame ... if you are a NY'er avoid this restaurant!
Posted by Worst Service, Mediocre Food on 09/02/2008
My boyfriend and I were looking for a nice Italian restaurant to eat dinner at on Sunday Night. I read some reviews about Becco and it was close to our Hotel so we decided to give it a try. We put our name in for a 45 min. wait. We showed back up in 30 minutes after having a drink down the street. I went back in and they told me they had already called our name and we would have to wait another 15. We were starving and didn't want to have to go anywhere else so we waited. we sat outside which was nice. The service was not good. they kept sending over random people to bring us bread, water , wine, and none of them could take our order. in total there were probably 6 different people that came over throughout the night. Our server left half way through the dinner and they sent over ANOTHER person to wait on us. We ordered the chef's special pasta dinner which changed right before we ordered. It came with either a Caesar sald or an Antipasti (which was strange and consisted of random veggies) The pasta sounded good so we both ordered that. they brought over 2 of the 3 pastas. The third was the mushroom ravioli which we were both looking forward to. A random person brought that over once, only gave us 2 each, and then another came and asked us if we wanted more, and we said yes, but they never came back....EVER. we waited 15 minutes and then they just brought us the check. The pasta dinners were each $25, and we probably got about $5 worth of pasta each. it was pretty bad. The only thing that was nice was they have a huge menu of $25 wines, and the one our server recommended was pretty good for the value. There are thousands of restaurants in New York and this is one we will never be going back to.
Posted by Virginia on 08/16/2008
What a wonderful experience we had dining at Becco! The pasta was supurb, service was prompt and pleasant and we also enjoyed wine from the homeland of Italy. What a great spot to find before our Theatre evening.
Posted by dissatisfied on 07/23/2008
We figured a restaurant with Lydia's name attached to it would be a great place for good italian food. We were wrong. The pasta was overcooked and ladled out at the table. The ravioli must have come right out of the pot because the waiter slopped water onto the plate as well. The recommended calamari appetizer was something you would expect from the Olive Garden. They didn't bother melting the cheese on the veal parmesan. The place was stiflingly hot, the decor was depressing, the rooms were loud, the service was slow, the meal was expensive. The place is basically an overpriced tourist trap.