Basso56

4.7
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1116 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.


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KC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

AS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JC
New York Area
8 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
11 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!

SC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful restaurant, staff friendly and very attentive. The food was delicious and reasonable so much so that we went back again for more.

k
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic pasta, great service. Can’t wait to go back.

m
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love having dinner here! Wine prices are reasonable and food is always great.

a
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant delicious food

B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, great service and friendly atmosphere

BF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent quality over many years. My “go to” for a special occasion or to introduce to friends visiting the City, because I am confident that it will be everything I want and expect. This is a well-run restaurant with extensive food and wine menus. The quality of the meal is always superb and the service is always on point - year after year. And, all of this at reasonable prices. What’s not to love about Basso56?

j
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always the people, the service and the food was excellent. We shall return.

SS
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Italian restaurant with very good menu and efficient, friendly service!

VK
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we are in the city we make sure to have dinner at Basso56. Great food, excellent and consistent service. I would highly recommend reservations.

W
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal. Tried three entrees, an appetizer, and a dessert, all delicious. Additional tempting items that we couldn’t try this time. Friendly service. Good wine. Becoming our favorite for visits to the City.

J
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had great pasta dishes along with a nice bottle of white wine. The service was excellent! Will definitely return.

LM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go here every time we are in NYC. Great cozy atmosphere and terrific food/service.

v
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service are always excellent, highly recommended.

N
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous selection and great value at lunchtime

a
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding and service was very attentive. Probably the best Italian food we had in Midtown. Everything on the menu is great

JT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good and lunch service was great. Lunch set menu prices are very reasonable.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A refreshingly friendly and unpretentious Italian restaurant, especially in light of its midtown location. The food is consistently delicious and the menu has something for everyone. It’s not a foodie’s paradise but then it’s not aspiring to be. The owner/manager is warm and relaxed. He always remembers regulars. The lunch time prices fix is a terrific deal. Highly recommended.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent one of our favorites! Food is great and always delicious

V
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Very quick also. Would definitely go back again.

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time that we’ve eaten in Basso’s 54 . It is consistent with excellent food and service. We were never hushed and all the staff at Bassos54 is courteous And professional.

G
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience overall, starting with the host, Irina, giving us a wonderful table per my request. The service was fast and super friendly...
The food was superb... we are gong back again...

D
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection, and great portion. Very modestly priced and we absolutely loved our meals. Place is small so a reservation was very helpful

GD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

DM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basso56 is one of our favorite restaurants when visiting New York City. The service is impeccable, the food outstanding. Basso56 never disappoints.

v
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoy Basso56, especially for lunch! Their wine list ist outstanding. They are very attentive to our food allergies.

MT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food. welcomiing "neighborhood" atmosphere. Impeecable service.

r
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always on their game. Most under-rated restaurant in NY

CB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious. The service was excellent and I felt that the visit was well worth the cost.
The meal was well prepared and presented and the staff was efficient, helpful and friendly. I would definitely dine there again.

S
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic everything.....food, service et al. A great Italian find. Have already made referrals.

M
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the beat place for lunch! Loved the selection and the price fix menu. They need. Better sign outside to locate the place. 👍

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I surprised my wife with an anniversary dinner before a show at Carnegie the other night. Two friends joined us last minute and we had zero issues modifying our reservation.

We were greeted by pleasant staff members who provided us a round of Prosecco for our anniversary. That was very kind!

Appetizers - we ordered the fried calamari and mozzarella/roasted peppers. Both were outstanding!

Dinner my wife had eggplant and I had the striped bass w/ clams. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Our one friend loved his pasta dish whole our other friend felt hers was good but slightly too heavy for her. When we received our check they took her meal off. This was not necessary but appreciated. The price per couple was definitely affordable.

Overall we had an excellent experience here and can not wait to return! I hope this review persuades others to visit this lovely and friendly establishment!

Thank you Basso56 for a great anniversary dinner!

K
Charlotte
47 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been going to Basso almost 20 years and it is still outstanding

KW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modern, clean, relatively quiet, great food, great service. Will definitely return & highly recommend.

FN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service... friendly and professional. Outstanding food and reasonable prices.