Basso56

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1194 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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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.


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MI
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good service.nice atmosphere

BP
Peru
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delish. Servicer knew her stuff. Would return!

TB
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a discovery! I can't believe I hadn't ever been to this place before. All of our dishes were first-rate, the service was attentive and friendly and the wine list is one of the best I've ever seen. Not that it was one of those 100 page tomes of wines you would never buy for dinner - who buys a $500 Amarone to have with pizza? But it had interesting choices at a range of prices starting in the low $40's. Salads were generous and interesting. A good range of vegetarian options for me. And a great location for events at City Center and really not far from the main theatre district.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd time I have been to the restaurant. Service was excellent, they make delicious homemade pasta. The seafood is always very fresh and the chef integrates everything to make a wonderful melody of flavors.

W
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy the prix fixe lunch and the daily specials offered. On this visit we ordered the trout and pasta with fresh tomatoes and eggplant sauce for our entrees. Both delicious. Service is professional and friendly. This is one of our favorite restaurants

SS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect spot for an anniversary dinner. The space is cozy and nice. The service is friendly and responsive. And the food was delicious, especially the lobster-stuffed crepes, which were fantastic. We're already planning a return, this time with my parents. We loved it.

EG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely Italian meal and very cosy and comfy restaurant.
The staff were very welcoming and the food came so quickly!

Would recommend

LA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful little find. Great food, lovely service, a well-designed spot. You can actually hear each other converse.

OT
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! Food was fresh and yummy. Highly recommend.

s
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lunch in Midtown West. Delicious choices and fresh presentation, attentive team
Will definitely return.

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food, good value. Our waitress seemed quite harried and her accent was a bit difficult to follow.

C
Seattle
106 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The only problem was that we were a party of 2 surrounded by large, loud tables.

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Disappointed. Food was just ok. I ordered the linguine with clam, very dry and not very good. The appetizer was just ok we ordered the calamari and tomato mozzarella. We were seated next to washroom and can smell the washroom.

SD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant. Everything was absolutely perfect. I was very pleased with the variety of options on the menu. I will definitely be returning.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Wanted to go with our two teens to a nice Italian restaurant in Columbus Circle area. Yelp gave Basso a great a review and it did not disappoint! Will definitely visit again!

V
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and service were good. The one reservation I have is about the physical structure of the restaurant. Like many dining spots in New York City, Basso56 is long and narrow. We were a party of four and my chair projected into the aisle, which was heavily used by wait staff and customers. No one bumped into me, but if you don't appreciate the bustle immediately behind you, be sure to request a table (there are a number of them) that is off the main aisle.

V
Nashville
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant came highly recommended - definitely did not disappoint! My wife had the lamb shank special and I had the pasta bolognese - both were fabulous. Portions are huge, wine list is affordable and service was spectacular - give them a try when in town.

TJ
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go to restaurant in NYC. It is consistently very good. I had a colleague with me who had never been to this restaurant before and he cannot stop raving about the restaurant. Enough said.

M
Baltimore
363 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so pleased with our lunch on Thursday, we came back on Friday. What can we say; we dined again on beautifully prepared dishes by Chef Paolo. Elona, our server, took excellent care of us. They started us off with a nice assortment of breads to go with the marinated red and green olives. My husband enjoyed the Crocchetta Di Formaggio Di Capra (goat cheese croquet with roasted eggplant puree over mixed field greens). It was very cold outside and soup was what I needed and wanted; so, I had the soup of the day, which was a zucchini, potato and onion puree. It was hot, delicious and satisfying. My husband asked if he could have fettucine instead of rigatoni Bolognese, and they cheerfully made the swap of the pasta type. I knew I wanted to try Chef Paolo’s homemade ricotta and spinach ravioli in a sage butter sauce. They made me think of the raviolis I have enjoyed in Italy. They were that good! For our sweet ending, my husband had 3 scoops of chocolate gelato, and I had the ricotta cheesecake with strawberries and apples, along with fresh coffee. We wish we lived in Manhattan so that we could enjoy Chef Paolo’s dishes more often.

E
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We return annually in Feb with guests from Canada. They insist and we happily comply
Every aspect of the evening was A+: food service and atmosphere.

M
Baltimore
364 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an excellent choice we made with Basso56. We arrived a little early for our reservation. We were warmly greeted by Mihaela, who showed us to our table and explained that the Chef would arrive in about 10 minutes. We were happy to come in from the rain and have a warm place to sit. Chef Paolo arrived and came out to greet us. We were pleased to learn that he was born in Abruzzo and had worked for Cipriani in Venice. He explained that they make all their pastas by hand. I knew then we were in for a real treat. The restaurant offers a 2-course lunch for $18.95 or 3-course lunches for $24.95 – Monday thru Saturday, both include coffee, tea or soda. This has to be the best offer in New York.

My husband and I decided we would do the 3-course lunch. They brought a basket of different kinds of bread along with a dish of marinated red and green olives to start us off. We started off with the Insalata Di Bietole e Spinaci (mixed field greens, roasted walnuts and dried cranberries) and Mista Della Casa (radicchio, endive, baby arugula and tomatoes with extra virgin olive oil & balsamic vinegar). The salads were fresh and bursting with flavors.

I was so pleased to see that they had Fettuccine Con Funghi, Piselli e Panna I could not wait to try it. It is homemade fettuccine with mixed mushrooms and green peas in a light cream sauce. My husband ordered the Ravioli of the Day which was ricotta and spinach ravioli in a sage butter sauce. I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I was when they placed my fettuccine in front of me. The smells and then the taste immediately transported me back to Italy. My husband felt the same about his raviolis. There is something about fresh-made pasta that changes everything in the taste. We ended this fabulous meal with Panna Cotta and Chocolate Cake garnished with strawberries and apples. Mihaela and Ardid took excellent care of us while we dined.

MN
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was very good. Excellent gnocchi! Good wine selection.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s really good💕
I love how flavorful this soup is with all the fresh herbs and vegetables in it.

A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex and his staff are always courteous and prompt. The food is exceptional and is fresh. I have been coming here since 2012 and I will not go anywhere else in the city for Italian food. The restaurant is quaint and beautifully decorated.

Thank you again Alex for treating my guests and me like family. Cannot wait until the new location opens.

M
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I used to go to Basso regularly and then, for whatever reason, stopped going as frequently. Decided to go back and so glad I did because it was great. The food was delicious and it is one of the best values in the City for Italian food!

MZ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Unfortunately my experience was nothing special. It was all OK and perhaps I was disappointed due to my expectations being too high. It was not too expensive so I guess I got what I paid for.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit to Basso because we loved it so much last year on our annual NYC weekend.
The food, service and atmosphere are what every restaurant should be.

T
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, unusual food choices... great value (inexpensive)...we had an amazing server: attentive, polite, friendly but appropriate

LH
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reservation 26101 here.... Very well-prepared food. Great sauce and pasta. Excellent trout special. Desserts admirable. Service-- Always very attentive without hovering. Marius was an outstanding waiter. I jokingly told a friend that my wife and I wanted to adopt him. Pleasant and quiet atmosphere. Very affordable. Hope that we can return when we visit NYC again.

C
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole dining experience was exceptional!

UW
New York Area
226 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m not the most unbiased reviewer about Basso but, with that said, lunch was marvelous! I had the grilled calamari over arugula — perfectly cooked and tender. Then I ordered the striped bass lunch special. Again, perfectly cooked and attractively served! My favorite white wine is the Kerner Gruberg Veltliner — mine rally and dry. Service is always efficient and pleasant.

j
Seattle
152 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food always good.
Service excellent.
Nice space.
Good value.
Will return!
Thanks!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Very courteous service. Good value.

SJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Marius was a fantastic waitor with lots of personality. My friend's shrimp was over-cooked. Overall a good night.

HE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basso is a favorite of mine. Always fun with friendly service. Great for a meal before an event at Carnegie Hall or Jazz at Lincoln Center

j
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Basso 56, and we will return. Our pasta dishes and dessert were delicious. The service was attentive and efficient. We enjoyed our evening there.

DP
Poconos
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everyone in my party enjoyed their food. Most felt that the pasta portions were a tad small. However the vela parmigiana portion was huge. Personally I did not like the red sauce they use (tart, thicker gravy style) but that’s my personal preference only. The quality of the food and the execution was excellent.

BS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Will go back. Food was great!

JA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Arrived early. Raining. Kindly seated me before restaurant service began so I need not wait outside for my companions to arrive.

MI
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and so artfully presented