Basso56

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1150 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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious!!

D
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Basso56! Everyone from the owner to every employee seemed to love working and being there. The food was excellent, the wine was excellent and the experience was great. We went out of our way to find the Owner and thank him in person.

PE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding and the food...I enjoyed every part of our meal. This is now our favorite Italian spot in NYC!

EG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We loved the service and location. My wife was smart and ate excellent pasta. I was not that smart and the veal was chewy and not quite up to snuff. My fault... will order better next time in Manhattan. Overall nice experience.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great, food was great, prices were very reasonable. Extensive menu with a ton of choices, all of which looked fantastic. I would come again!

HK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS great dining!

JR
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent. The ambiance is very nice. My husband had the brazino which he said was the best he’s ever had. I had perfectly grilled lamb chops. This restaurant is a gem.

c
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely prix-fixe lunch with many options for both appetizers and mains. Portions were fairly large for a prix-fixe, where often there is some skimping on size. Food was delicious, and service very accommodating. I had the mozzarella app, which came wrapped in a thin slice of speck ham and was broiled - a wonderful combination of flavors. Main was the sliced skirt steak which came med rare, as ordered. My friend and I split dessert, a yummy panna cotta. A real find in pricey midtown Manhattan. Will definitely be back.

l
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

the pasta dishes were extremely bland. Servers were delightful however.

MW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was the first time ever in NYC, found Basso 56 trip advisor. All the comments were positive. We made reservations ahead of our visit. We were very happy with everything. The food, drinks, and waitress were excellent. I loved the homemade beet gnocchi were delicious, gelato and sorbet were very good, and my husband had a mix of seafood with pasta was delicious. When we visit NY again we will definitely done at Basso56 again!

JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service!

R
New England
472 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great Italian food. Low key place which focuses on food and service. No pretense . Good for theatre evening.

E
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went for dinner before theatre in the neighborhood. Good food, brought promptly. Service very attentive and courteous. Would just ask that they have the specials printed. They were numerous and it's simply impossible to remember them all when they are stated so rapidly. They should also provide prices of the specials. Overall it was a good experience and I would return for pre-theatre.

PR
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!!
Enjoyed it immensely!!

TL
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basso 56 never disappoints. The staff and food are excellent and authentic. Plus the location takes you a bit away from the theatre district restaurants which is wonderful.

T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary and my birthday. Basso56 never disappoints with its quality, creativity and attention to detail, and customers!

DC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy!!

RS
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took our grand daughter for her Birthday. Food was great . Service was great. Enjoyed it very much.

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Basso 56 is a quaint basement restaurant. Upon arrival you feel a bit cramped with very limited waiting area. Seating is not intimate or roomy, BUT, despite the lack of spaciousness, it is well worth the wait and closeness to other folks. The service is very good, plenty of staff on the night my wife and I went. The wine list is good, and all Italian (brush up on Italian wines if your not too savvy with those wines). The menu has nice choices and the specials were very appealing. I got the trout with mashed potatoes and spinach. The sauce was excellent. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and would recommend for a nice night out.

SM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 3rd time there. My favorite hotel is walking distance so this has become a tradition when I visit NYC. Haven’t found a better authentic Italian restaurant then Basso56. A must eat!

NA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to Basso56 for dinner after walking along Fifth Avenue to look at the holiday windows. The restaurant was full, but we had a reservation and didn't have to wait long for our table. The waitstaff was helpful, friendly, and prompt with our orders. We all enjoyed our dinners, and were so glad to be in a warm and cozy place, after walking around in the cold.

s
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service. Must make reservation because its always popular and packed!!

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal while in NYC for the night. I had the beet gnocchi and my husband had the veal. Both were superb and cooking is one of my hobbies. Excellent wine and yummy gelato!

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience! Our friend Rick and Susan recommended and did not disappoint! We loved it all!
Beet Gnocchi were as good or better than I had hoped for after looking at the photos on line previously
We will be back !

J
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely the best Italian meal I've had. This was my first time at the restaurant and will definitely make it a standard for each trip to NY.

B
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Italian food at a surprisingly affordable price. The service was outstanding and we were there at 7:30 on a crowded Saturday night. Tables are tight but not at all unusual for New York City.

G
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Main courses were excellent. Appetizers were not that great.

S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every year, we come to NYC for girls weekend and a show; Basso 56 is a fantastic part of this tradition- fabulous dinner!

BM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was priced appropriately and tasted phenomenal!

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to Basso 56 for around 8 years..sometimes once a year, sometimes twice. I am never disappointed. The staff is friendly, the food is outrageous and there is an feeling of eating in your grandmother's kitchen, with the offered fare being better than any other I have been to in the city. THANK YOU BASSO 56 for your continued amazing service l, great food and amazing atmosphere.

n
Wilmington
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner! We started out with the burrata special. It was outstanding. For the main course I had the crepes stuffed with lobster and my husband had a seafood pappardelle special. They were both delicious. Would highly recommend the restaurant

EP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service and food was very good

DW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous little place with great service, scrumptious food and a lively atmosphere.

KC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful restaurant-food, service, value...fantastic!

AS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service was excellent!
Restaurant was very crowded, but we never felt rushed

N
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent pasta specials--very tasty and beautifully presented.

JC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was the second time for me and I was neither disappointed or embarrassed to have recommended Basso56 for my friends get together.

The calamari appetizer was amazing. Tender and lightly breaded with a touch of sauce. I had the risotto with seafood and my wife had the ravioli with spinach and mushrooms. Both were on the special but not overly priced. The portions were more than enough and cooked beautifully. The thick crusted bread was on point and the wine from Tuscany was perfect.

Our friends enjoyed their meals as well and the bill was reasonable for anywhere never mind Manhattan. I would come again and highly recommend Basso56.

k
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal. We had a group of 8 but our waitress was terrific and helped with suggestions. The barrata appetizer was to die for and the homemade pastas were excellent.

LG
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basso56 was incredible! This was the closest thing we've had to the actual food they serve in Italy! This place is DEFINITELY worth checking out!

C
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to Italian restaurant in NYC. The food is consistently delicious, the ambiance comfortable and inviting and the service exceptional!