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Posted by Sadly Disappointed on 02/27/2006
I never get to the City but took the family to experience Becco for dinner. I knew it was owned and operated by Lidia and Familia and thought to myself, "A real Italian, cooking like my Grandmother and Mom...it has to be great!" We love her cooking as she is the closest thing to real Italian cooking . Well, I loved the intimate bar we sat at while waiting for our reservation. The atmosphere is electric; folks are happy and excited to be therel. But, things slowly went down from there. As an Italian, I expect a great deal from an Italian restaurant (and then place Lidia's name with that) and at least as good as Lidia cooks up in her kitchen on the Island. Unfortunately, this can't be said. The second floor, where we sat, was cramped and overly noisy making it difficult to address each other at the table. But, I digress. We started with salads and antipastos and none of these were exceptional in any way. I personally was disappointed in the Pear and Gorgonzola Salad I had as it lacked flavor with only a hint of cheese. Our table had Salmon and Shrimp and those were just okay. I had Joe's Special Pork Chop and it was tender and succulent but the "Garlic" Mashed Potatos were void of garlic flavor as was the Broccoli Rabe which was missing the taste of pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It didn't even taste like good quality olive oil in the the least. As for the Chicken, no comment was all I could get out of that family member. Same went for the Mushrooms one had as their side and those were dry and flavorless, lacking garlic (once again), oregano and olive oil. They said the Cheese Cake was very good and my Chocolate Mousse was okay. In all, it was nice to experience one of "Lidia's Restaurants" but we will never go back. There are so many wondeful Italian spots in New York and New Jersey to eat and places like...my Mom's kitchen on any given night. Maybe "Lidia's Family" should follow up to be sure meals are prepared in the true Italian manner.
Posted by Aurora on 02/22/2006
Six of us arrived on time for reservation made in advance. We were seated almost immediately after being welcomed at the door. We sat upstairs which was very comfortable and not as noisy as downstairs. Our food and wine were great and the waitress was warm, friendly and had a good sense of humor. We were very pleased with our choice and remain fans of Lidia Bastianich.
Posted by Cherry Cordial Diva's-Red Hats on 02/21/2006
I recently had my group of 8 in the City for a Red Hat day with lunch and a matinee play. We arrived without reservations since we weren't sure where we were going to eat, but I had a short list of restaurants that were close to the Schoenfeld theater area. We chose Becco's for the quaint look of the outside and the appealing menu and prices. Most of us chose the "all you can eat pasta" entre and we were so pleased. We had the antipasto misto which was included and were amazed at the assortment of the plate. We also had the sampler dessert platter that was the grand finale. The waiter ended our lunch with a complimentary dessert wine that was to die for. I would definately come here again and again and again. This was a great choice not only for location but for the friendliness of the staff and to accomodate our group wthout reservations. Bellesimo..!
Posted by Karen on 02/08/2006
I brought my parents into NYC for a special nite, thought we would try Becco's . Food was nothing special and the dining room was so loud we couldn't carry on a conversation. We were in the first dining room where the bar is. People kept walking by the table and knocking our pocketbooks off the chair to the floor. Waitress was very good.They staff did get us out within an hour. Sorry to sound so neg. but wish it had been more enjoyable.
Posted by weekender on 02/05/2006
Limited Menu selection. Food was just okay. I would pass on this restaurant if given the choice again. Too many other great places to eat in NY.
Posted by The Dude on 12/15/2005
An excellent Italian restaurant. And while it's not considered a steakhouse per se, the skirt steak is one of the best cuts in the city (Wolfgang's, Luger's and Del Frisco's included).
Posted by SJ Visitor on 12/11/2005
As a frequent visitor to NYC, I like to try new restaurants. I have to say that I think this restaurant is vastly overrated. The food was fresh and good, but maybe I'm spoiled by the great restaurants we have in Philly and SJ. I had the prix fixe llunch with the three pastas. The selection included gemelli bolognese, mushroom ravioli, and spaghetti with basil --none were anything special. My antipasto which was included with the lunch looked great but tasted rather vinegary. It would also have been nice if the waiter explained what was on the plate. I still have no clue what the meat/fish were. I agree with the previous reviewer that the tables were too jammed together. Although I had made reservations several weeks in advance, they jammed us and the next few parties into a crowded second floor alcove, even though the rest of the room was still available. Another gripe I have is that they would not let us into the restaurant when we arrived early (11:20) and knowing that we and a line of other diners were waiting outside in the freezing cold never bothered to come to the door and welcome us in when they did open! The waiters were efficient, but as for the rest of the staff--lose the attitude. You're not that great and you have plenty of competition.