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Posted by Teddy on 06/09/2010
Try the fishs soup. Not a bad combination on a hot day. Very good and frendly service
Posted by Gina on 05/30/2010
I recently took my mother to NYC for her birthday. We spent a few days seeing a play, visiting the Tut exhibit and just "visiting home". On our last night, a friend met us for dinner and we went to Becco. All of us (all Italian btw) knew Lydia and had high expectations. All of us had the Pasta special with a side order of meatballs for the table. All of us had the same reaction: dry, tasteless, hard as rock meatballs, 1 pasta overcooked, 2 pastas severely undercooked. (There is a difference between al dente and raw.) The ONLY redeeming factors were the wine and the desserts. Not only will we never patronize another Lydia restaurant, but we will spread the word to stay away. There are tons of good Italian restaurants in NYC, this is not one of them.
Posted by anonymous on 05/29/2010
I visited last summer and absolutely loved the place. I ate there twice in two days as I loved it so much. I plan to return. The dishes were wonderful. It tasted like home cooked, only even better. I absolutely know fabulous food and especially excellent Italian food. This is it. The wait staff were fine and competent. The tables were not too close last year. I would gladly suffer close tables, if they are close, for the food. If you don't like lines, reserve a table, which I will do now that I have read about the lines.
Posted by frank on 05/23/2010
Becco actually has good food--especially their meatballs. That being true, it makes how poor the service is all the more distressing. Did no one at this restaurant learn the basics of how to run a quality business? For some reason the owners think it's fine to have the patrons line up outside like it's the shake shack. At least the people working at the shake shack are friendly. Several of the people working the Becco door were rude when I asked about the line, and if weren't for my elderly parents, I would not have waited. Once you get inside things aren't much better with tables positioned absurdly close together. I won't be returning to this restaurant, and if you are looking for a place to go before the theater there are MANY better options in the hells kitchen area.
Posted by Sally A. on 05/06/2010
I've been to Becco's many times and thought the tables were close. But now they are even closer. There is no room for wait staff to move around, let alone patrons to get to or from their tables. Food continues to be consistently good, but I hesitate to go back because of the cramped atmosphere despite the good food.
Posted by Mangia NYC on 04/09/2010
Just agreeing with the others who found this restaurant cramped and noisy. A drink spilled on our teeny table and no effort was made by anyone to clear the spill. *I* ended up bussing the plates away. It was impossible to have a conversation. The people next to us joined in our conversation because we had to talk so loud just to be heard they thought they were included in our conversation. The food was pretty good but I can find food that good for less money in a much nicer environment less than 10 short blocks away. It occurred to me that Lidia herself would probably not enjoy eating there. It's too bad. I've eaten at a lot of Italian places in NYC but don't plan to dine at Becco again. It's for tourists only.
Posted by Cody on 04/07/2010
We cannot understand what has happened here. Becco it seems has begun to rest on its past...not great practice for any restaurant however when you are in the theatre district of NYC you can possibly get away with it. Overall the quality and prep of some of the dishes are what is at fault. Dry overcooked chicken,,,,burnt lasagna to mention a few. Best part is their own wine list and sorbets, breadbasket and olives. As well, the front of the house seem to be a bit inexperienced as well, too young and not aware of what is going on in a busy place.