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Posted by angie on 04/19/2006
We did not have a reservation and while waiting for a table at the bar we had the most fun. The bartenders had endless olives and breadsticks and a very good drink list and their knowledge of wine was amazing. When a table was available we decided to just eat at the bar b/c we were having so much fun learning from the bartenders. I have been there twice since and just go straight for the bar. Plus their homemade pastas are amazing!
Posted by Psophia on 03/20/2006
Our evening was set - we had reservations at Becco and We were looking forward to a special performance of The Odd Couple. We were a group of 5 and none of us had eaten at Becco before. Two in the group had the special of the day a sliced steak dish. Another had the shrimp & scallop dish with the lobster sauce from the menu, my sister had a chicken dish and I opted for the pasta of the day. The steak dishes were quite nicely proportioned and delicious. The seafood dish of shrimps and scallops in a lobster sauce were just a beautiful sight to see and from what I heard just a wonderful taste to enjoy. My sister had enjoyed her chicken dish and I was very pleased with the 3 pasta's - a rigatoni with a light tomato sauce with lots of fresh basil, the vegetable cannelloni in a bechamel sauce was wonderful and the linguini in bolgenese sauce was fantastic. Four at the table ordered the house appetizer plate which gave you a great assortment of hot dishes from shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, eggplant rolletine and baked clams. The Cesar Salad that the four had with dinner was a very large portion as well. I choose the hot antipasto that came along with my pasta of the day - 2 plates arrived 1 with samplings of calamari in a wonderful vinegrete and swordfish in a tomato sauce, both delicious. The other plate held my grilled vegetables with a great serving for 1. We all shared in some nice choices of wine and the desserts! Wow, we're chocolate lovers - 2 of us had the special dessert of the day a baked chocolate custard/cake served along with a serving of a raspberry sorbet and I had shared with the 3 of us a delicious chocolate cake that sent us all over the edge. Great start to a fantastic evening, Bravo... we are all looking forward to returning to Becco.
Posted by Roberta on 03/14/2006
With the exception of the pasta sampler, all the food we have been served at Becco has been delightful. The front room was noisy before a matinee (as what restaurant on the street is not), but they managed to shoehorn me in at 12:40, serve me a delicious and filling antipasto with great bread and get me out in plenty of time for the show. This is not easy for any restaurant to do (I have been a restauranteur and know whereof I speak) and they do it with such good grace. We return any time we are in midtown and are very pleased.
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.