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Basta Pasta

...any been there? Going for the 1st time next weekend and would love to hear your feedback. Thanks

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  1. Haven't been in a long time, but the uni pasta and the pasta that they make in the cheese wheel stand out.

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    1. re: fooder

      They are my two favorite dishes on the menu as well. The pasta with the cheese wheel is the spaghetti with prosciutto and parmigiano reggiano, IIRC. I haven't been in a while either, and I really should go back. It's a really cute place and the service is always excellent.

    2. I love Basta Pasta and I'm really glad you brought it up. I like the 2 dishes mentioned here but I also really like the pork chop. It's big so order accordingly.

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      1. Definitely a great place, the two dishes mentioned are their most known, for a light appetizer the caesar salad is very elegant. standard I know but often overlooked by restaurants as a throw away.

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        1. re: Francofoodie

          Thanks everyone. I'm going this Sat. night & will report back.

        2. I am so surprised to hear the positive reviews. I was really looking forward to my meal here and was left feeling confused and unsatisfied. The cheese wheel is definately cool and I think that the service was really good but I didnt like the food in the least bit. Maybe I will go back and try again.....

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          1. re: mieliepap32

            When did you go and what did you have?

              1. re: mieliepap32

                couldn't agree more re: leaving basta pasta feeling confused and unsatisfied. my friends who live across the street love it...they also don't like leaving 17th street much. i don't get basta pasta and never will. the service is awful, they bring food out one a time and forget or mess up orders regularly. Plus, its overpriced, the portions are small and the food just isn't that good. ok, rant over.

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              2. Anyone know the dress code here? Is it more business casual or are jeans ok?

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                1. Thank you everyone for your input. Four of us went last Saturday night. It was a 'different' experience. Asian/italian menu? Well, not really. MOre like an italian menu run by all asians with 90% of the patrons being asian. That was fine, but it made it difficult when we asked our waiter questions and he didn't speak any English, and never sent anyone over who did. It was packed by 6:30pm and stayed that way the entire time we were there, so many folks must like it. I didn't. The bread basket was terrible bread, not worth eating. We ordered and shared 4 appetizers, which they brought 1 at a time. We didn't mind that at all. But, the food was 'eh". Fried calamari had no noticable breading, and the portion was small. We ordered a grilled calamari stuffed with raisens and other interesting stuff...tasted more morrocan, and I liked that best. The other 2 appetizers were forgetable. Three of us ordered pasta with shellfish...again, forgetable. The other person ordered a shrimp, mushroom risotto, which was ok. THe wine list didn't impress either. With so many terrific italiian places to go to, we will not go back here, nor can I recommend it.

                  But THANK YOU all who shared your opinions...all are worthwhile and meaningful.

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                    1. re: synergy

                      Greenwich Grill, a Japanese influenced Italian restaurant in Tribeca, has been my favorite for the past year. So I had to go to Basta Pasta to compare. We ordered a few appetizers which were ok but nothing memorable. We also ordered the pastas - the uni and the bolognese. Both were unimpressive. Greenwich Grill not only has much better food but the atmosphere is nicer and the service is professional. For a even more affordable Japanese Italian, go to Tribercafe on Church St. It opened early this year. The pastas are all delicious and are all under $10! Basta Pasta was a disappointment.

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                      Basta Pasta
                      37 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

                      Greenwich Grill
                      428 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

                      TriBeCafe
                      277 Church St, New York, NY 10013

                      1. re: wadawada

                        I feel the need to come to Basta Pasta's defense by saying that it's a unique type of restaurant that appeals to a niche clientele who appreciates this type of cuisine. They do a great job with offering dishes that are creative, nuanced, delicately balanced, and well priced.

                        If you enjoy wafu pasta (Japanese-style pasta) you'll most likely love Basta Pasta. The reason why such a large percentage of their clientele is Asian is because this type of cuisine is very popular in Japan and to a certain extent Hong Kong and Taiwan. I could understand why it gets poor reviews from those who might not be fans of this particular style of cooking or those who prefer "stronger" flavors in food. Sorry for the gross generalization, but I find that for the most part, certain foods that taste amazing to the Asian palate/tastebuds could be perceived as bland to someone who has a more western palate.

                        I love Greenwich Grill and TriBeCafe as well, but find myself going back to Basta Pasta most frequently because of the wide variety of pastas they offer and the reasonable price point for the quality. I also love that you could get small portions of the pastas there so you could indulge in more than 1 type of pasta per meal.

                        Here's how the 3 restaurants compare:

                        PRICING (most to least expensive)
                        1. Greenwich Grill (although their lunch prix fixe is a steal from $12-$18! And they offer sushi from Sushi Azabu!)
                        2. Basta Pasta
                        3. TriBeCafe

                        QUALITY + EXECUTION OF PASTA DISHES
                        1. Basta Pasta
                        2. Greenwich Grill
                        3. TriBeCafe

                        QUALITY + EXECUTION OF ALL DISHES
                        1. Greenwich Grill
                        2. Basta Pasta
                        3. TriBeCafe

                        AMBIANCE:
                        1 (tied) - Greenwich Grill / TriBeCafe
                        2. Basta Pasta (a bit on the bright side)

                        SERVICE
                        I've found all 3 to be impeccable

                        Here are my favorite pasta dishes at Basta Pasta. I was attempted to post their entire list of pastas because they're all great, just different. Would highly recommend going as a party of 3+ and ordering 2 small pasta dishes each so you could sample a wide variety. My top 5:
                        1. Linguine Ai Ricci Di Mare linguine with fresh sea urchin & basil in pink sauce
                        2. Orecchiette Al Pollo Organico orecchiette with free range chicken ragu, fresh tomatoes & sliced prosciutto
                        3. Spaghetti Con Uova Di Pesce spaghetti with tobiko (flying fish roe) and shiso
                        4. Crespelle Con Funghi E Ricotta homemade silk handkerchief pasta with mixed mushrooms, lemon zest & ricotta cheese
                        5. Tagliolini Con Ragu Di Pesce homemade tagliolini with chilean sea bass ragu, capers, & shredded zucchini in spicy tomato sauce

                        They also do a great job with their fresh fish carpaccio!

                        To wafu pasta lovers - don't let the negative reviews dissuade you. Give it a try and report back!

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                        Basta Pasta
                        37 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

                        Greenwich Grill
                        428 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

                        Sushi Azabu
                        428 Greenwich St (basement), New York, NY 10013