Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Becco - Review

Becco - Dude Grade: C
355 W 46th St, New York 10036
Btwn 8th & 9th Ave
Phone: (212) 397-7597

The wife and I were in midtown for a show (That M*Fer with the Hat rawks!) and since we were in a rush, we decided to hit up Becco - Lidia Bastianch's place. We never eat around this area since it's packed with tourists, but if you're seeing a show this will work.

Our Menu
Antipasti *
Marinated Mushrooms, Boccocini, Roasted Peppers, Pickled Cauliflower, Olives, Chickpea Puree, Eggplant, Green Beans, Octopus Salad
A pretty fun combo of dishes that reminded me of a local Italian American deli, but done slightly better.

Spinach Gnocchi, Rigattoni with Tomato Sauce, Papperdelle with Lamb Ragu
All you can eat pasta that actually has decent texture, but average flavors. I was satisified since it had a good chewy texture and it was all you can eat, but I wouldn't necessarily say it was good. I asked for a bottle of olive oil and they brought back a beauty (Frantoi Cutrera). Adding a good amount to the pasta and tossing it together made the dish jump - however, I should never have to adjust a dish.
Rating System
--- What the F - in a bad way | (no stars - poor to average) | * Good | ** Great | *** What the F – in a good way

Overall Restaurant Experience
  • Food (C-) – The food wasn't bad, but nothing to run over to the chaos that is the theater district.
  • Service (A) – Sat at the bar and the bartender was extremely attentive and friendly. He even provided a phenomenal bottle of olive oil for us to top off our pastas with.
  • Atmosphere (C-) - Typical theater district place - dark wood, low ceilings, noisy as hell. It was packed with out of town tourists/theater goers. People will try to chat you up if you sit at the bar, which we didn't mind so so much. It was completely packed at 5:45pm on a Wednesday.
  • Price (C+) - Phenomenal price - $22 for all you can eat pasta and antipasti.
Closing Comments
Phenomenal price for ok food. I would only go back if I were in the area needing quick eats (we were in and out within 30 minutes) before a show. Otherwise, there are way too many excellent pasta places around town.

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