Becco at W. 46th Street
- Susan Nolan Feb 17, 1999 09:41 AM
I am due to go there with my family on 2/23. Does
anybody know how the food is there? I am suppose
to have the Prix Fixe Dinner. Looking forward to a
reply. Thank you.
re: stephen kaye
Thank you Stephen and Dave for your take on Becco. While I and my children love pasta, my husband would rather not indulge. He enjoys a grilled chicken , potato and vegetable. So I'm glad to read that the restaurant does have an ala carte menu, otherwise he'd starve. We are going to the theatre afterwards to see Ragtime, so our time is limited and we've got reservations for 6:l5 P.M. which should be enough time. Thanks for the time
you've taken. Susan.
I'm not quite as enthusiastic about Becco as Stephen,
but it can be great fun. If you order the prix fixe,
expect a less than exciting antipasto and three fresh
pastas, brought to your table hot. When at least one
of those pastas is a winner, you can have a more than
satisfying meal here. On a few visits,the pasta was
all in the gloppy white sauce genre, very heavy and
overly sauced. But usually, at least one of the
pastas is terrific, and on a good night, two are very
The wines are extremely well-priced and the service is
usually fine. If you aren't going to the theater, I'd
strongly recommend going while the theater is on (that
is, from 8-10:30 or so) -- Becco is often a madhouse
pre-theater, although they will do a good job of
getting your party out on time if necessary.
Also note that the a la carte menu is much more
expensive than the prix fixe, but to the restaurant's
credit, you will not in any way feel like a second-
class citizen if you order the prix fixe.
>>Becco<< I am much less enthusiastic about Becco now
than in years past. Perhaps it is a product of its
own success, but in my last two visits, the food,
while good, was lacking in spark, the room can be a
madhouse, especially before theater and on Friday and
Saturdays, and the service appeared harried.
I love the concept, appreciate the wine list, and wish
that I could be more positive.
If you do go, I recommend that you consider either the
antipasto and pasta or a main course and salad, unless
you are a very, very big eater; antipasto, pasta and
main course might do you in.
Jim Zurer -- Washington DC
re: Jim Zurer
Jim, I do believe you are right. I think I'll stick to the antipasto and pasta, while my husband who doesn't enjoy pasta all that much will opt for an entree and salad. As Manhattan has such a variety of restaurants, I rarely go to the same place twice. I do appreciate diversity. Thanks for you help. Susan.
2 quick tips; When you order the pasta, only let the
waiter put 1 spoonful of each in your plate. Taste each
and see which you would like seconds on.
The wine is broken up into a $10 list and $15 list.
Try to go with an Italian red on the 15 list.
Get there early!!!!!
FOOD WAS EXCELLIANT. WE MET THE OWNER
OF THE RESTURANT. SHES ALSO ON TV AS A
CHEF. HER NAME IS LYDIA. PERHAPS YOU SAW HER ON CH 13. I LOVE TO COOK, ESPECIALLY ITIALIAN, AND I HAVE TO SAY IT WAS AMONG THE BEST ITIALIAN RESTURANTS I'VE EATEN AT. ITS ALITTLE CROWDED, BUT MOST OF THE RESTURANTS IN THE CITY ARE. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL ENJOY IT VERY MUCH.
re: Susan Nolan
I hit the wrong button, so I didn't finish my message and not being too adept at working a computer, I just started all over again. So excuse the repetition, but I just wanted to thank everyone who responded to my queries about Becco. I look forward to eating there tomorrow. I'll let you all know how I and my family enjoyed it. Chow, chowhounds!!!
re: Susan Nolan
I went to Becco last night with my family and everything went fine. It was very crowded upstairs and downstairs, but we had reservations so there was no problem. Bob had the veal chop which was pricey but delicious and they have a few beans and escarole with it. Vivian enjoyed the roast chicken and mashed potatoes. Chris and I had the pasta sampler. They all had salad and I had the grilled vegetables and seafood antipasto. There were so many things on the plate and all so great that the prix fixe amount was worth it just based on the platter. The pastas were so, so. Last night they had homemade spaghetti with tomato, olive and basil sauce. That was the best. Asparagus ravioli that was too mushy. Orrechite macaroni with sausage and broccoli rabe that was fine, but dry. All in all a pleasant meal, but there are so many restaurants in Manhattan to go to, that I doubt we would do a repeat visit. Chow!