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Posted by Westchester Couple on 03/28/2012
My husband and I went to Becco for my birthday on February 19th of this year. Since we are fans of Lidia Bastianich, we were eager to dine at "Becco". We had a 1:00 p.m. reservation, and once we arrived, we found the place to be packed. The restaurant is a series of different rooms - all either too dark, too bright or just right - and very disconcerting. We were led through a narrow and crowded bar area, to the back into a dining area that was way too bright due to the over head glass skylight. The tables for two were literally only 4 inches apart which made it seem as if you were dining with the people to the right and left of you and it is very noisy. At one point, the couple on one side of us left, and a young woman was seated next to us - and due her enormous girth, she nearly toppled over everything on our table! Then, her very elderly uncle arrived, wearing cataract glasses, and proceeded to go into great detail about his recent cataract surgery. This while we were trying to enjoy our meal. The tables are ridiculously close and do not make for a pleasurable dining experience. The food was good, not great. The only very good thing was the $25 wine list, so at least we were able to enjoy a decent wine at a decent price. Also, there seems to be no dress code - people were coming in dragging backpacks and dressed as if they were about to mountain climbing. Really? It seems that "Becco" is just a tourist trap relying on Lidia's reputation.
Posted by Jeff on 03/15/2012
Took my office team into NYC for show and dinner. Thought taking them to Becco would be a treat. When we arrived we were seated at a table that was 4 tabletops of 2 - set for 13. The 4 people on the ends of the table were half off the table. When we asked what could be done about it - we were told that that ths was their "normal" tabletop for 13 and nothing could be done as they were completely booked. At that point instead of making a scene in fromt of my employees with no place to go - I opted to instead to try to enjoy the meal and not ruinit for my employees. We chose the prix fix 4 course dinner. The salad was OK, the three pastas while plentiful were again just OK - not very flavorful - the tomato sauce on the spaghetti could have come out of a jar, the semolna gnocci were like hockey pucks, The main course got good reviews from everyone and the dessert sampler was average for this type of restaurant. I know that they were bringing a sampler however the three small scoops of sorbet didn't get past 3 or 4 people before it was all gone. The great things were the bread and the $25 wine - which we consumed to get us out of our misery of being so tight. While they comped us some prosciutto and cheese for the appetizer - it did not make up for how tight and uncomfortable everyone was. I am sure that they don't need my business - but just in case they are interested. I will never come back to Becco.
Posted by Margot Mann on 02/08/2012
Loved it. We went for lunch and had an excellent meal. Especially loved the dish of olives they put on the table. It was awesome. We had alot of fun. It was great!!!
Posted by Long Island on 01/18/2012
The restaurant was beautiful and had great ambiance. The menu choices were wonderful and offered something for everyone. Although the all-you-can-eat pasta was intriguing, I went with a stand alone dish and I wasn't disappointed. Of course, I knew that my kids would not be able to finish their portions so I would still have my chance to taste several choices. Our server was very nice and helpful. He was able to make several suggestions that were really appreciated. I will go back the next time I am in NYC. Enjoy!
Posted by nancy on 01/07/2012
We went to Becco for the first time with friends who recommended it to us. The wait staff was attentive, the food was very good. We paid quite a bit for dinner and dessert and coffee, but it was well worth it. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves to eat well made food. The swiss chard ravioli was out of this world and the other two pastas in the trio were excellent.
Posted by Christy on 01/01/2012
I thouroughly enjoyed my night out with friends at Beccos last year but was very disappointed thereafter. The staff is so agressive about turning over tables that it's difficult to enjoy your conversation or your meal. Our waiter asked us 3 times within about 6-7 minutes if we were ready to order. About 15 minutes into our main course, the wait staff hovered around continually asking to take dishes, etc away. We were clearly not finished with our meal and it made us very uncomfortable. Between the the constant interuptions and the noise level, I'm not sure our small group was able to hold a complete conversation. I decided to give Becco's a third chance thinking it might have been an anomoly but we had a similar experience with an added annoyance of having a table for two up against another table for two. There was literally 4 inches between our tables. Are you kidding? Are times really that tough?
Posted by Dee on 11/15/2011
I go to NYC many times a year. Although there are lots of restaurants I enjoy I never get tired of Becco. Whenever I bring someone to NYC for their first visit Becco is the restaurant of choice and no one has ever been displeased. The service and food have always been excellent. I don't eat red meat and when having the pasta trio of the day they always make a substitute pasta dish without meat for those of us who don't eat red meat. Pleasant, fun wait staff even on the busiest of days. Never disappointed. They have a wonderful wine list including a good choice of bottles for $25. I look forward to my next visit. I highly recommend Becco but be sure to make a reservation!