Basso56

4.5
631 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Pre/post Theatre

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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Broadway and 8th Avenue
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wine
What 631 People Are Saying
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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to dine here. Welcoming staff and excellent food! We will be back often!!

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BP
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A pleasant find - small and comfy so long as you are not seated by a large party
Food was good and dished nicely

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S
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a welcoming and wonderful evening. The owners are the workers and that is never a bad thing

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B
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

I have been at Basso A lot of times and the dinner have been good but this time the food was not good.
The beef we order was over cooked and it was not good.
The server took the plate before we was finished.

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SO
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good atmostphere for tucked away Italian. Service was impeccable! Pasta with eggplant was good, but pasta was a bit hard and I like mine al dente. Otherwise a lovely place for dinner.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very noisy on a Saturday night, tables jammed together, food mediocre, coffee too hot to drink before leaving for show. Not great, and pretty expensive for what you get.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great choice!

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. It is welcoming from the minute you enter. The staff is wonderful and the food is delicious.

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GF
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Been to this restaurant many times. Maybe they had a bad night but the food was sub par. Marinara sauce was weak(thought of asking for some oregano to sprinkle on it) and my wife’s seafood risotto was pasty and the calamari was tough. Sorry guys I hope this isn’t permanent

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C
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A classic place for reasonable Italian. Quiet and excellent service, even the manager gets involved –in so many locations, the manager hangs around the front and does nothing else. Food is at the top, think their ravioli is one of the best. I had Branzino and was well prepared and presented. All around great experience, and it doesn't damage your wallet. Special thanks to the service who has waited on us the last two times and adds to the experience. Yeah... I like this place.

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R
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth your visit to experience the dining .

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I have dined here with my wife 9 times over the last 6 years. We are always treated well and the food is outstanding. This time we felt rushed, it was our anniversary so we were kind of put off. My wife also said her food was not as hot as it should to have been. Other than that it was a great experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service excellent.

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

We have been coming for years and it never disappoints! Great food, service, atmosphere !

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C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time here. It was just as wonderful as the first time. The food is fresh. Service was
excellent. One of our favorite places to eat when in the city. The Spaghetti and meatballs are Amazing..

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love it there!

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual specials are great but so the regular menu

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c
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner and the waitress made our Anniversary celebration memorable. This is a place that considers service to be very important. And the food is excellent. It is a bit pricey but is worth it . Our son recommended it and we were not disappointed .

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We sooo enjoyed our visit to Basso56, based on another friend’s recommendation. Very good food and good value. Have already passed on the name and will keep it as a good option!

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Family meeting

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UF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Basso56 serves consistently delicious food and its prix-fixe weekday lunch is the absolute best bargain in the city.

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NW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We had a pleasant experienced at Basso56, but it's overrated in my view. The service was attentive. On the whole, our appetizers and entrees were average. No dish was extraordinary. The pan fried and grilled fish dishes were acceptably prepared; however, the seafood in the pasta dishes was overcooked.

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TG
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. One of the best in NYC

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DS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for pre-fixe lunch with co-workers. Food was delicious, service was great! Had gnocchi with tomato basil sauce; thoroughly enjoyed it. Flavor was outstanding. Also liked that tables were not so close together. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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HB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A top spot around the Columbus Circle area. We had dinner prior to attending the jazz club. Food, service and atmosphere were all excellent. Fairly extensive menu. Good bar. We would definitely go there again and highly recommend it.

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DF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Basso 56 for many years. Every time we are in the city we try to make time during our stay to dine here. Recommend making reservations prior as sometimes we end up trying to get in last minute and tables are full. It's wonderful to be greated at the door and remembered each time you return. Makes you feel special! Everyone is very friendly and the food is amazing. We love it!

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C
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent skirt steak, and sauteed spinach.
My friend had the salmon which she found tough and dried out. Her cheesecake also
tasted dried out not moist as Italian cheesecake should taste.
I was very happy with my meal.

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r
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always superb cuisine, superior service and a warm welcome, all at a fair price.

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CM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding (the pasta was as good as any I've had in Rome), as was the service. The prix fixe lunch special is such a great deal. For 6 people to be able to have a delicious lunch, with apps, entrees, dessert and some drinks for $40/pp including tax and 20% tip, is remarkable. What a deal! I would come back in a minute.

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DA
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic find, little gem with massive UPS. Food and service were excellent. Our last night in NYC and we couldn’t have picked a better place to toast the big apple!

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EO
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is consistently good. The food is very good and well priced. The staff is very friendly and eager to please. We met a couple from out of town and they were glad they found this restaurant - so are my husband & I!!!

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AD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was very disappointing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very friendly and with a personal note. Food was excellent and wine was excellent too.

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r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This lovely restaurant is a dream - simple but sophisticated- with wonderful service and delicious food.

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A
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a supreme dinning experience. The staff is outstanding and very accommodating. It’s my second home

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AN
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fabulous. Delicious homemade pastas. Healthy and vegetarian options. Excellent menu. Salads and starters too. Wine is excellent. Lunch prix fixe is a steal. Wonderful montepulciano. Love it though it’s nowhere near me.

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j
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my Favorite. Food is great and Alex and Paolo always do their best to make you feel at home.

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h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

attentive staffs, good home-style cooking, cozy environments.

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TL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent find for an easy meal. Welcoming and warm. Great food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The service was lackluster. The food was awful. The prices were steep. The restaurant smelled musty and no air flow. It was terrible. I would never recommend this place nor go back. Just terrible. And we eat out all the time and are foodies. This place was not good.

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