Becco

4.6
23682 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Lidia Bastianich & her son Joe's Theater District mainstay. Best known for the $24.95 pasta tasting menu & the great selections on the $33 Italian wine list. Loved by locals & out of towners alike, Becco has been serving consistently delicious regional Italian cuisine since 1993. Located on the famed Restaurant Row in NYC's Theatre District, Becco is open for lunch & dinner seven days a week. Enjoy signature dishes, like the Osso Bucco, as well as the bounty of fresh seasonal preparations. The Reserve Wine list has many of Italy's best known producers, as well as some more eclectic wine makers. A knowledgeable staffer will be on hand to help you make a great choice. With 18 years on restaurant row, great food & great service help make Becco the right choice time & time again.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience2

It was very busy, it seemed even overly busy judging by the dense crowd of people packed into the bar waiting for their reservations. My wait took about 15 minutes and there was no possibility for social distancing. As a result of the sheer volume of diners, service suffered. I came here regularly in the past and I’ve never had to wait 20 minutes at a table to be greeted by a waiter and given a menu. The pasta service was not as seamless as in the past - I had one pasta and the other two didn’t come out for 15-20 minutes. Just an uneven meal experience and possibly just an off night for the restaurant!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Tables are too close to each other and certainly violate NYC COVID related restaurant requirements.

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NancyP
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We’ve eaten here on every trip to NYC over the past 19 years. Have always loved it. This time a couple of things were outstanding as usual and a couple were disappointing. Some of the breadsticks were definitely old. And the sorbetti trio disappointingly tasteless and bland. Both the Ceasar salad and the Pear Gorgonzola were good. The mussels in spicy tomato sauce were exceptional but the panna cotta that I have always so enjoyed was almost non-existent on the plate the portion was so minuscule. They make a wonderful Manhattan in the bar, however.

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vipnormar
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious meal

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SharonP
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Some food excellent,some good, we watch lidia all the time ,so this was our first time at one of her restaurants, we think she’s great, miss her mom. We are Italian and a lot of her recipes are how we cook, and our grandparents, we owed a Italian pizza restaurant in ct, for 42 years so we can be critical.

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ClaudiaW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks, appetizers, and entrees were all delicious and generous portions. Service was excellent. Would definitely eat here again and recommend it.

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Disappointed4sure
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The menu was just ok for choices
Tables way too close together
Service was not up to par
Waiter dropped a whole tray which just missed my sisters head we were taken to a table then told it wasn’t our table
Food was ok - not as good as I imagined-

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BillT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived at our reserved time & were seated immediately. The restaurant was busy as usual & our waiter introduced himself & proceeded to get us our wine & bread right away. Our dinners were excellent & so was the service. This is one of our favorite restaurant when we come to New York.

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LisaC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, Becco did not disappoint. From the friendly greeting to the delicious food and wine choices left to our server (who didn't disappoint either), we felt well cared for. The noise level on an early Sunday evening was quite distracting, but there may be no way to counteract that. All told, it was a lovely, delicious dinner and we will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food is still amazing, the value is good for NYC, but the service tonight was abysmal. Maybe they’re short staffed, which is to be understood, but never an apology for the long waits for food or water. They need to do better…

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CarolM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rewarding experience. Food delicious, and service attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girls and I had a late dinner and decided to sit at the bar. Great bartender, service and food!

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vipArthur
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Over crowded, even in middle of a pandemic? Place is tired and needs a total refresh, but why bother when you're running a cash cow? Actually felt sorry for staff as we know they are overworked. Lida needs to check on things.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Forgot our starter, we had shared it was an occasion celebrating two missed birthdays due to lockdown - wouldn’t have minded but tables around us were provided with a cake and birthday wishes. Waiters excellent, food was good but overpriced. Would go back but stick to lower end dishes.

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vipUmtigr
Memphis/West TN
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Crowded, lively and great service. The food was exceptional value and delicious. I should have taken advance of the coat check, but that is my own fault. I’ll know next time.

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vipJustok
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We were seated in the bar area which was extremely crowded and my boyfriend kept getting hit by people walking by. It was also extremely hot in there (it was in the 40’s outside and at least 85 inside). I had to take my sweater off and dine in the tshirt I had layered under it. We couldn’t understand our waiter so we didn’t know what the specials were. My lemon chicken was dry and not very flavorful. The bread basket had stale breadsticks and boring bread. The dipping sauce that came with it had no flavor so we piled on salt and pepper. The only good thing was the dressing on the green salad. We will not return and would not recommend.

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vipiggy
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were wonderful. Love the 3 pastas for one price. Been there before and planning on going back. Excellent Italian food!

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LaurenS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Becco NEVER disappoints. Even in a time where staffing levels are challenging and Covid restrictions overwhelming, I felt like I was transported back to easier times. Everything we ordered was perfect and the staff worked in great synchronization. I love how loud and energetic the vibe is - just like having a Sunday dinner with our large, extended Italian family. We celebrated the birthday at the table next to ours and all around were people happy to be going back to the theater or back to the city. An added bonus was getting a quick glimpse of Executive Chef Billy Gallagher, who I’ve watched with Lidia over the years! Can’t wait to go back. For reference, we had the braised short ribs with acorn squash spaetzels, the hanger steak with buckwheat polenta and roasted root veggies, the baked shrimp appetizer and my daughter had pasta. We also shared a few desserts. Amazing meal!!

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Robert
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant in NYC. Great food and service.

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SARA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Nothing was not a treat to eat! Will go again!

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TomS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The experience was incredible.

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Kathy
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gentleman who greeted us at the door was so, so thoughtful when I had to dig in my purse for my photo ID. I call him a gentleman because that's exactly what he was. Then, the hostess - what a lovely girl. We were a little early, but she seated us immediately at a GREAT table (I'd like to get this table every time!) Our server (#135 Alejandr) was courteous, thoughtful, and - best of all - brought our bottle of wine very quickly (we were parched from a full day in NYC!) He didn't rush us through our first glass of wine, then took our orders with a smile (I love a waiter who says things like "very good choice" and "certainly, sir") - what a great guy! And the food!! Well, it's our 4th time at Becco only because we don't get to the city as often as we'd like, especially in the last year... we'd dine at Becco weekly if we could! The food is absolutely delicious. Even the bread was outstanding! A wonderful ending to a wonderful day in "the Big Apple".

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EllynC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was one of the best pre-theater meals we've had in a long time. I loved the chicken milanese- very moist inside, crispy outside. Just right! Our waiter was terrific. All our dishes came out promptly and four of us were served at the same time.
We had plenty of time for coffee and dessert before we left for theater- no rushing.
I would definitely recommend Becco. OH- and try the pasta special. Three different pasta dishes all on one plate- and as much as you want!

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SarahG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good value-food was good, sea bass very good.
Waiter was funny and helpful.
Liked the option Caesar salad or antipasto for the all you can eat.

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GuyG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We were very excited to go to one of Lidia’s restaurants while visiting NYC. I really learned how to cook good Italian food from her. Love the idea of fresh hot pasta coming right out of the kitchen. We enjoyed a nice very reasonable priced white tablecloth dinner with the excellent Friuli wine and desert cannolis. Good Caesar salad. Unfortunately the pumpkin ravioli tasted odd with the spiced filling and the sage butter sauce. The shrimp penne with vodka sauce was ok. But the pasta with pesto was excellent. Unfortunately Covid has diminished many restaurants and we will come again and try other dishes. Wishing Lidia and her staff Happy Holidays!

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KATHERINEL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We had the pasta special ziti with shrimp we both received 1 shrimp in the serving. The pumpkin ravioli was not good under seasoned I had it before was so much better. We ordered a bottle of white wine just left on the table would have been nice if is was on ice as we ate during the meal. The meatball appetizer was excellent. The last time I ate here the food was so much better.

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ChristopherL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent as usual and the server was very helpful and pleasant. Loved finally getting back since Covid-19 started.

JC
JessicaC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, the server was fabulous. Really enjoyed our dinner!

JP
JoeP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food5service3ambience2

Very small tables, and too, too many people stack as sardines in a room. I counted 40 people in a 20 x 20 room. very bad!!!!

LH
LeslieH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is only my third time at Beco in about 10 years (from out of town) and it lived up to my expectations from my memory. Did not disappoint, highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I felt as if service was rushed and very inattentive and very generic. This is disappointing compared to previous visits. I took friends from out of town and was really disappointed in our experience. Could possibly have been the time of year, but overall, disappointing.

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Vince
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From entering the restaurant one received top notch service from greeter to server.
Food was prepared as asked for. Cannolis was excellent as was the whole meal. Was recommended by nephew didn’t disappoint us.

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vipKathy
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the wait staff most gracious.

SA
vipSarahA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It’s a good standby but so busy and crowded. It’s difficult to have a quiet conversation. They do try to be accommodating.

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JosieE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service!

DT
DebbieT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was so excited to eat at Becco because I enjoy watching Joe and Lydia on TV, but dinner was disappointing. We liked the atmosphere in the restaurant, but the staff seemed rushed and didn't seem to really care whether we ate there or not. I noted on our reservation that it was my daughter's birthday, but no recognition of that. The Caesar salad was very good, but we decided after eating our average tasting meal of Halibut (inconsistently cooked and no seasoning) and Veal Marsala (tough), that we should have ordered the 3-pasta special meal, which was less expensive and maybe more in their wheel-house! Interestingly, other folks were asked by who seemed to be the manager, if he could hang up their coats, but not us. And as we were leaving, he made no effort to hold the doors open for us (mother & daughter) as he had done for others. We certainly ate and drank as much as others, tipped well, were not problem guests, and being polite, did not complain. I would suggest that Joe visit the restaurant so he can work with his staff and critique them as he does the chefs on the various cooking shows. Too many other wonderful restaurants to recommend!!

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WalterS
Oklahoma City
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As good as expected. On our visits to NYC. We always book Becco for our first night. It did not disappoint.

MR
vipMaryR
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matinee at 2; dinner at 5; train home at 8. Wonderful day in NYC. We have never been disappointed by Becco.

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BeverlyT
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed tasty

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GregoreyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We loved the food and atmosphere

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You can order delivery directly from Becco using the Order Online button. Becco also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Becco also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 397-7597.

Becco is rated 4.6 stars by 23682 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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