Permanently Closed - Basso56

4.6
1209 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

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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NickDanger3rd
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always warmly greeted and then there is....Always great food, nice wine selection, great service, excellent atmosphere. All dietary preferences available. Perfect for pre-theater dining or a let's sit & chill out dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
West Virginia
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service!

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CraigA
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding! A jewel in the heart of the city!

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BAMNY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked Basso56 for its proximity to our hotel. This was our first visit. We had made a reservation and it was honored immediately. We very much enjoyed the setting and the food was very good. All the service persons were amiable and attentive.

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ednag
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. I will definitely come back.

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HellsKitchener10019
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, food is amazing. The price fix lunch menu is FANTASTIC!

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Mizpez
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful service, food and atmosphere! Very convenient to Carnegi Hall, if you tell them you have tickets they will get you out in time to turn off your phone before the musicians get on the stage!

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vipDoctorB
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great small restaurant a couple of blocks from Carnegie Hall. Not destination dining but very good. My wife had shrimp with asparagus atop risotto with a pesto infusion, and I had ravioli stuffed with butternut squash.

Pre-concert dining at its finest. Our waitron was excellent. Great to have a conversation without having to scream above the din, as one must do in so many restaurants.

If we’re in the neighborhood again, we’d definitely return.

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MC1E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly greeting, server was knowledgeable and courteous.
Clean, inviting setting and food was hot and delicious.
Overall wonderful experience.

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DonnaW
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had made reservations following a show; food was pretty good. The manager walked around the restaurant looking for open seating, gave a feeling of being rushed.
Wait staff seemed to feel her vibe, we felt uncomfortable, left right after dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed this quaint little restaurant while visiting NY. Very authentic, food was fantastic and the setting was cozy and inviting.

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vipRoslynite
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been here several times and enjoyed each visit. They seemed to have changed the brand of coffee they serve. The prior brand was excellent. Coffee n this last visit was subpar

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vipericn
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and attentive service! Highly recommend when in the area.

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BarbS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quaint restaurant with extremely great service. The filet was cooked to perfection! Excellent home made pastas.

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vipMICHELEK
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good service.nice atmosphere

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BiancaP
Peru
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipTomB
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

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Wendy
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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

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SteveS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
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.

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EllaGraceM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

Would recommend

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LynnA
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! Food was fresh and yummy. Highly recommend.

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StephenW
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. In addition to some very good salads, I ordered a trout special—which was delicious—and my wife had a seafood pasta dish, which she said was very good. Our waiter was very attentive and pleasant.

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vipsharic
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.

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vipSarcko
New York Area
7 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.

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vipChesterfield
Seattle
137 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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Anonymous
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.

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StephanieD
Washington DC
8 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.

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Micheleu
New York Area
2 reviews
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!

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Virginian
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.

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vipVolfan13
Washington DC
36 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.

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vipTJBB
New York Area
61 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.

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vipMaggi
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.

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vipEaterouter
New York Area
57 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.

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vipMaggi
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.

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vipMarcoN
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 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.

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Albanese
New York Area
6 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.

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vipMatt
New York Area
56 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!

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Permanently Closed - Basso56 is rated 4.6 stars by 1209 OpenTable diners.