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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.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/05/2005
On a Saturday night in December we took my mother-in-law to Becco for her birthday (she's a big fan of Lydia's cooking show). We found the food to be good, but certainly not what one might expect for the cost. Furthermore, the restaurant was extremely noisy and we were seated at a table so close to others that it was impossible to move without bumping into another's chair. I will say that the service was excellent...when I told our waiter that we were celebrating my mother-in-law's birthday, he was very attentive to her and brought her a piece of cheesecake with a candle at the end of the meal. Finally, the wine selections were quite good.
Posted by Becco Is One Of My NYC Favourites! on 11/21/2005
I've been flying for weekends to NYC for twenty years and, over that time, have a few places that I can count on to be good whenever I go, whatever weather and whomever might be the personalities of those tagging along with me. Becco is consistenty great food, very NYC ambiance and I know it will be a hit with my friends. It is everytime. Can it get a bit loud? Hey, it's New York. Get used to it! At least there's no horns inside! Their specialty is the never-ending three pastas which are absolutely fabulous! The rest of the menu is good, too, as is their wine list: modestly priced and not pretentious. There are countless restaurants in NYC to choose from. All of them are at least decent or they don't stay open more than a couple months. Few are as consistently good and pleasing as Becco. Eat the bar if the table wait is too long. If you'd like to sneak in, ask NICELY after curtain at 8pm MON - SAT. NYC, I've found, is like every other city in the world: you get what you give. Start with a smile, a good attitude and Becco. You can't miss. Another reason why I love NY!
Posted by christina on 10/24/2005
I have been enjoying Becco for many years. The food and service is always good, but I really love the fresh pastas and great wine list. Becco is a great value and well worth the trip to restaurant row.
Posted by Experienced on 10/13/2005
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food, really quite good. Usually the establishments on "Restaurant Row" just churn out the chow for the tourists and theater-goers, and so I was pretty skeptical when our out-of-town friends said they wanted to eat at Becco's. Yes, it's big and crowded...my recommendation...go with a bunch of friends AFTER the theater crowd has left (around 8PM). Service should be better then.
Posted by Sid on 09/27/2005
My wife and I have been eating at Becco for years. The food and service are great. It's tight between tables but that's part of its charm and it gives you the opportunity of sharing your experience and recommendations with first timers. You are not rushed and the wait staff is friendly and attentative to your needs. At $25 for bottle of wine and $4.50 for a fantastic dessert sampler combined with a delicious meal, what more do you want?
Posted by NY native on 09/23/2005
I went with a group on a weeknight and as soon as we told the waiter we were not going to a show he disappeared for 20 minutes. It was all we could do to get his attention and order appetizers. He kept trying to sell us the special family style, after we told him we wanted to order ala carte. After about 45 minutes of pushing drinks, our appetizers arrived. However, we still had not ordered dinner and had to eat the appetizers with our menus on our laps! The food was actually good, but it took us 2-1/2 hours to find out. I would not go back, the service was subpar.