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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.

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    stephen kaye Feb 17, 1999 09:54 AM

    we love the place, go with the pastas, and antipasti. we're a `little biased joe is a friend of ours. enjoy

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      Susan Nolan Feb 18, 1999 08:19 AM

      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.

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      Dave Feldman Feb 17, 1999 11:34 PM

      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
      good.

      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.

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        Jim Zurer Feb 18, 1999 09:20 AM

        >>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

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          Susan Nolan Feb 19, 1999 08:20 AM

          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.

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          John Knoesel Feb 19, 1999 06:38 PM

          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!!!!!
          Regards, JK

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            PAT Feb 21, 1999 06:35 PM

            SUSAN NOLAN,
            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.

            PAT

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              Susan Nolan Feb 22, 1999 08:09 AM

              Thank you to everyone who responded to my queries

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                Susan Nolan Feb 22, 1999 08:13 AM

                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!!!

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                  Susan Nolan Feb 24, 1999 07:42 AM

                  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!

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                    Dave Feldman Feb 25, 1999 02:40 AM

                    Susan,

                    Thanks for reporting back. Your experience is well
                    within the normal range for Becco. I also find that
                    the simpler, tomato-based pastas tend to be best.
                    I've found too many of the richer preparations to be
                    mushy and nondescript.

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