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Posted by Bruce on 05/02/2007
We arrived a few minutes early for our Sunday eveving reservation and were seated immediately in the bar area. Noisy and elbow to elbow with neighboring tables. We went with the antipasto and 3 pastas which were just OK. The waiter was just an order taker, servers actually gave us our food. The best thing about the place was the $25 wine menu, a vey broad selection, the Valpolicella we chose was a very good value. We skipped dessert. Becco is overrated and may be Ok for the tourist crowd, but if you want good Italian food go to Little Italy or pick a neighborhood place along 9th Ave.
Posted by Jerzey Girl on 04/27/2007
I absolutely love Lydia Bastianich. I watch her on TV; I even have 1 of her cook books. She seems so warm and loving, at times cooking in her kitchen with her grandsons. And things she presents on TV look absolutely delicious. I even tried 2 of her recipes, and they came out really good. So you can imagine how excited I was when my boyfriend surprised me with reservations at her restaurant. I was soooo looking forward to the experience. Now, having said all that.... I don't think Grandma was cooking in the kitchen that night. Need I say more?
Posted by Heather on 04/22/2007
Absolutely wonderful. What else can you expect from Lydia Bastianich.. I visit family in Italy every year so I know the difference between Italian American food and real Italian food. This restaurant makes excellent Italian food, true to the homeland. you will not find 'penne alla vodka ' or pasta's drowning in a flavorless sauce on this menu--thank god! and by the way the wine list is extensive and very reasonable, the portions are big so you get your money's worth.
Posted by sweetshe on 04/21/2007
Went to Becco's for lunch 4/21/07. I love this place. The olives they bring with the bread are wonderful, especially the dark green ones. I love the 3 pastas (all you can eat!) for 16.95 (lunch).Today was lamb ravioli, pasta with a wonderful pesto and green beens and home made spaghetti with a simple tomato and basil sauce. One of the reasons it so great are the different tastes that are unexpected but taste wonderful. My mother had the stuffed peppers. They were great, recommend them highly.
Posted by Nayeem on 04/17/2007
This is my default Italian restaurant. Whenever I have a friend who's new in town and wants to try Italian food in NYC, this is where I take them. The Ossobucco is to die for, and their all you can eat prix-fixe pasta dishes are usually top notch (you can choose from three dishes for $22 I believe). Sit upstairs if you want some refuge from the racious bar scene downstairs.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/13/2007
I think the key to enjoying Becco is timing your visit. Those who are catching a show have fewer choices, but if you're just out to enjoy the restaurant, consider dining around 8 p.m. That's what a group of us did for an office party, and we got excellent service. We weren't crowded or rushed, and I think that was in large part because we dined on a weeknight, after the theater crowd, and early in the week (Monday or Tuesday, if memory serves me correctly). The restaurant wasn't empty, but it wasn't packed either. Service was attentive without being attentive or pushy. The pastas were excellent, particularly the ravioli in butter sauce, and the osso bucco was divine--tender, falling off the bone, and more than enough for one person. We'll have to try desserts another day. And by the way, $25 for a bottle of wine is a bargain in New York City. People from out of town may not realize this, but it is indeed true.
Posted by deb on 02/05/2007
Our party of 4 dined here last night after a Sunday matinee. We were seated promptly, even without a reservation. The restaurant was crowded, but even with every table full, the noise level was tolerable. Our servers were helpful in choosing the wine (an excellent value at $25) and everyone was friendly and gracious (often an uncommon Manhattan dining experience). We all ordered the unlimited pastas, which were whole wheat pasta in a Bolognese sauce, rigatoni in a fresh tomato and basil sauce, and spinach ravioli. Quite a nice selection for $22. We were asked 3 or 4 times if we wanted more servings, which is not something some posters have reported. The manager also stopped by to ask if everything was OK. It was absolutely a delicious experience on a frigid NY night. Regardless of who the chef is, Becco showed us the quality and attention to detail that I've seen on Lidia's shows but never had the chance to experience. Now if only I could afford Il Posto!!