Basso56

4.6
726 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

Located in the Theater District of New York and blocks away from Central Park, Basso56 serves freshly prepared Italian fare with a subtle modern twist. Owner and chef Paolo Marco Catini offers guests artfully plated, seasonal dishes. Homemade papardelle pasta with wild boar sauce, pan-roasted duck breast with dried figs and grilled salmon covered in a roasted pepper puree make for satisfying entrées. Basso56 provides lunch with pre-fixe course options. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are on the menu, as well as scrumptious desserts with wine pairings.



Reservations are for diner's only, as this is a full serving restaurant. Also should your party size change, please notify restaurant as soon as possible.

Basso56 features numerous glowing reviews on websites like Yelp, Foursquare and TripAdvisor. It has an extensive wine list and a contemporary, yet casual setting. This restaurant welcomes reservations and also hosts private events.


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday:12pm-10:00pm
Tuesday:12pm-10:00pm
Wednesday:12pm-10:00pm
Thursday:12pm-10:00pm
Friday:12pm-10:30pm
Saturday:12pm-10:30pm
Sunday:4pm-10pm
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Phone number
(212) 265-2610
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
Between Broadway and 8th Avenue
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wine
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C
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect Sunday night supper with the perfect chilled straight up martini. Sorry we didn't know about this gem years ago.

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SP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Basso56 is very good Italian fare. Quality is high throughout. The dishes are traditional rather than extravagant, and without a lot of fanfare but it is what makes it more 'homey' for me. Been coming for years.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third year in a row dining after the theater for girls weekend; we plan on being back next year too. Absolutely delicious!

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SH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely pleasant experience! Food was fantastic, staff was very friendly. This establishment wasn't anything out of the ordinary but the staff creates a very positive atmosphere!

Highly Recommended

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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional, great wine and good service. Genuine Italian restaurant with great pasta. Went there with my Italian friend which made the experience even more genuine.

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FL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good italian menu, although I believe most workers at the restaurant are from Albania.
Portions are generous, reasonably priced for a good venue in Manhattan , a bit confined given small premise.
This was my second visit, and I didn't regret it!

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T
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

They were especially accommodating when traffic delayed our arrival and still hustled to let us make our curtain time without feeling rushed at dinner

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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! I will definitely go back!

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Great service! Very accommodating! Highly recommend.

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AW
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and outstanding food! I would recommend to all!!!

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AH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Delicious cuisine in the shadow in Carnegie Hall. Nice variety on the menu and attentive staff.

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JM
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're in New York City about 3 times a year and most times we end up at Basso56. Love the atmosphere; it's cozy, friendly and the food is excellent. We've never had a disappointing meal, and their specials are amazing. At our most recent stop I had homemade ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach; my husband had the Lamb Shank - it fell off the bone.
Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

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B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Hosted a small business dinner for 7 people on a Monday evening. Hostess and wait staff were attentive and professional. Drinks and wine selection was fine and appropriate for the venue. Ordered three appetizers which were good but portions were quite small. Waited over 1 and a half hours after the appetizers were served for our entrees to arrive, no explanations, no apologies, no offer of a complementary anything for our extended and frankly embarrassing kitchen service ... food was just OK, there are much better choices in the area and we will certainly not return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here quite a few times. My favorite italian restaurant!! The food is Delicous!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! We had a party of 9, none of us from NY, some used to dining out and some not. All of us agreed the food, service and atmosphere were fantastic. Every meal was absolutely delicious. Staff was also really helpful hanging up wet coats, graciously managing our large party as subparties drifted in, and even taking a great family photo for us. Thank you!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here every year from out of town and Basso 56 is the first restaurant we eat at everytime. We are never disappointed. Great food, great staff and wonderful service

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LT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My dear friend Ann and I go to NYC once yearly for a day trip at Christmastime. We were looking for a nice Italian restaurant with special offerings instead of the same old dishes one usually has.Basso 56 had it all: great food, great service and ambiance.

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UW
New York Area
203 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Basso for nearly 12 years and it never fails to please me! The service is very personal and the wait staff is very professional and friendly. I was on time but my guest were an hour late because they were delayed by an accident. The staff was very pleasant and didn't rush me or us after my guests arrived. I ordered the duck breast rare and it was served exactly as ordered. It was delicious. My favorite salad, carciofa with parmegiano and truffle oil was perfect as usual.

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DM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Basso56. The food was outstanding as was the service. Mikaela was our server and she could not have been better. She was very personable and readily helped with all of our inquiries. We will definitely make Basso56 a regular stop when we visit New York City.

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MA
London
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with outstanding food, especially given the prices. Would book again without hesitation.

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DC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very good choice for pre-theatre dinner with both very good food and location.

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GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid food! Quick service! Love the fragili cocktail.

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VK
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We make this a must do whenever we are in NYC. We love the food, service and ambiance you can't go wrong.

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SA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We reserved a table at Basso56 for dinner before a show at Carnegie Hall. The restaurant is just a short walk to Carnegie Hall, and there are a number of parking garages in the area if you plan ahead.
The tables are close together, but somehow they make it work. They menu is quite extensive, with choices for everyone. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals, and we stayed for coffee and dessert. The wait staff was wonderful. and we never felt rushed, even though every table was full and people were waiting. We would definitely return for another great dining experience!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my midtown favorites for delicious and unpretentious Italian food (e.g. roasted monkfish with proscuitto and sage or a fabulous spagetti and meatballs) and some beautiful bottles of wine (amarones and brunellos). Make sure to have a reservation unless you are ok with sitting at the bar.

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RP
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is a particular favorite of ours.
We have been going for at least 12 years.
The food is excellent and the service is as well.
There is a welcoming feel about the place...a nice comfort level.
We are already planning to go back to Basso in a few weeks.
Can't wait

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JR
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service all the way. Will be back. Food was wonderful.

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GC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were knowledgeable and they could help to describe menu items to us. We ordered a wonderful appetizer and it was adapted so it would be appropriate for the four of us. The complimentary bread and olives were wonderful, and they brought us more olives. Each of the pasta dishes we ordered were delicious. Caution was given if dishes might have a particular taste which may not be to everyone’s liking. We had a leisurely dinner with a shared dessert and had plenty of time to get to the theatre. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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MW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down our favorite restaurant in New York City.

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BD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, and price was very reasonable. It was my husband's birthday, and the staff was so nice and made our evening special. Would absolutely reccomend this restaurant.

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JP
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The pastas and salads are very good. I've not tried other dishes. The ambiance is upscale and pleasant. You can actually talk with your companion. Service is very good. I have a walker and transport chair and they are very accomodating

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s
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our "go to" pre-Carnegie hall, pre-city center and pre-theater restaurant. We were an hour early for our reservation (early departure from the suburbs and light traffic) and we were cheerfully seated at the bar until our table was available. Excellent food (try the specials) with good wine by the glass and attentive & prompt service. A short walk from the excellent parking garage straddling 56th and 57th streets just west of 8th avenue.

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RA
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

You can always bet that Basso will deliver a great meal, dining experience and good value. This is a cozy little place that has decent scenery. If all you want is a meal, this is the place to go. For the best in ambiance and decor, perhaps another location.

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Made a reservation there for a pre-concert dinner. Nothing special in any way. Very average food, service, etc.

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EK
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Basso56, and try to visit every time we're in NYC. This is a lovely restaurant with excellent food and service. Highly recommended.

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy Basso56. The atmosphere is very warm, and the food is very good. I had done homemade ravioli in a butter and sage sauce and it was very good.

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BE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here on our arrival night into the city. My wife loved her Trout and I went traditional with Rigatoni Bolognese, fantastic! Only negative was I asked for anchovies on the side when ordering my Caesar’s salad, and to my surprise they didn’t have any. But the lack of anchovies didn’t stop me from smiling all night as I spend a great evening, enjoying great Italian food, with my beautiful wife.

A perfect way for us to start our 3 day getaway. We will be coming back...... hope they gave anchovies then..lol

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just lovely. The pasta was delicious as was the martini I will go there more often now.

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OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good as usual. One of my favorite restaurants when I’m in the area.

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MO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A warm, inviting atmosphere staffed by a wonderful group of professionals and a wonderful chef.

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