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Posted by Isabella and Aldo on 08/28/2006
Aldo and I had just returned from a vacation in Italy and were looking for a restaurant that would not only allow us to experience the fine dining Italian style but also enjoy the service of warm and friendly people just like in the old country. Biricchino was the place we were looking for. The homemade sausages and fine french bread was only the beginning of a sensational meal. The waitresses were professional yet simple and went out of their way to see that we were enjoying our meal. The chef occassionally walked into the dining room with a smile and on one occassion we exchanged stories about our experiences in Italy.. Our primo piatto, risotto alle seppie, which is a firm risotto colored with squid ink, certainly enticed us and the flaor was out of this world. Our secondo piatto was the fish of the day which was a Halibut smothered in some sort of white wine sauce. Our meal would not have been complete without a frothy Venice style Cappuccino. We highly recommend this restaurant not only for its authentic Northern Italian cuisine but also for its relaxing service..
Posted by Anonymous on 05/18/2006
Our server had no clue about anything on the menu, and we were all mislead into ordering dishes that we did not care for. It was a bland and uninspired meal that begin with chewy bread and hard butter.
Posted by Nick on 03/09/2006
I was so upset with my experience at this restaurant that I joined Menupages to review it. The general quality of restaurants in NYC is good enough to make me forget how poor and overpriced most restaurants in the US and Europe are, but Biricchino brought the memories back. To start with, some decent if uninspired bread was ruined by butter that came straight from the freezer. They took the wine menu from the table before we could order. After some time waiting for service in an empty restaurant, my friends and I received meals that were not very good. Admittedly it is difficult to eat a decent meal in midtown for a decent price. But I'd rather walk a few blocks to Times Square and eat at some generic touristy place than go back to Biricchino.
Posted by devan on 05/23/2005
I don't know what that previous reviewer's problem was, but our dinner at Biricchino was fantastic and the service very friendly and attentive. We each had a drink, appetizer, main course and dessert and paid $40 per person, including tax and tip. That's pretty good in this town! Everything was delicious.
Posted by Ella B on 05/23/2005
Before a show at the Garden, I went to Biricchino with a friend for an early dinner. There were few other patrons in the restaurant, and we we seated immediately. The appetizer, a soprasatta, prosciutto and mozzerella starter, was bland and dried out. Both of us ordered the specials -- I the eggplant parmigiana and my friend the swordfish. The eggplant parm was swimming in cheese and oil, while the swordfish was dried out and the mashed potatoes that accompanied it tasteless. The waiter was inattentive at his best, and rude when, not 2 minutes after paying the tab, he tapped our table and told us to leave since they had people waiting. Too stunned with his audacity, we got up -- only to see ONE small party of 2 waiting comfortably at the bar. I will definitely NOT return and urge others to stay away as well.
Posted by Andreas on 05/22/2005
The atmosphere was OK but from there all went down hill. Indifferent waiters and cold food served late even though the place was not full. No more need be said.
Posted by Customer on 04/08/2005
The food was very good. The sausage was recommended by the Manager - she was so right! The chef came out to greet us and was very pleasant. Will be back!