Basta Pasta Ristorante Italian

★★★★☆
  • 37 W 17th St

    New York, NY 10011

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  • 212-366-0888

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Mon-Sun: 12pm-11pm

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I just treated my GF and two clients to a very expensive meal at Basta Pasta. Although the food quality is fine, the portions are embarrassing. I ordered lamp chops for $26 and received (and this is not an exaggeration) two quarter-sized

3
★★★★★

I just treated my GF and two clients to a very expensive meal at Basta Pasta. Although the food quality is fine, the portions are embarrassing. I ordered lamp chops for $26 and received (and this is not an exaggeration) two quarter-sized

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This place is really great! Reservations would be a good idea. The atmosphere is very modern, trendy, Asian. The staff is surprisingly nice. There is also a pretty large group of loyal customers, which I have always found to be a good

3
★★★★★

This place is really great! Reservations would be a good idea. The atmosphere is very modern, trendy, Asian. The staff is surprisingly nice. There is also a pretty large group of loyal customers, which I have always found to be a good

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Its not an italian resturant and its as expensive as the Hilton Hotel in time square resturant.

3
★★★★★

Its not an italian resturant and its as expensive as the Hilton Hotel in time square resturant.

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Its the coolest fusion food in NYC.

2
★★★★★

Its the coolest fusion food in NYC.

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This place is unbelievable. Every single time! They make the simple classic dish of spaghetti into a masterpiece by tossing the pasta in a hollowed parmesan reggiano wheel, topped with prosciutto. The cheese coats every strand of spaghetti! The asparagus appetizer was cooked perfectly and pleased even the most anti-vegetable person at the table. What makes this Italian restaurant stand out from the rest, is the Japanese flare on some of the dishes!

2
★★★★★

This place is unbelievable. Every single time! They make the simple classic dish of spaghetti into a masterpiece by tossing the pasta in a hollowed parmesan reggiano wheel, topped with prosciutto. The cheese coats every strand of spaghetti! The asparagus appetizer was cooked perfectly and pleased even the most anti-vegetable person at the table. What makes this Italian restaurant stand out from the rest, is the Japanese flare on some of the dishes!

Pros: Spaghetti, Lamb, Asparagus, Etc.!

Cons: Always packed!

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Where do I begin?
Service was great, very attentive without being over-bearing. The waiters are super-polite and helpful. The ambience is very nice and romantic. I would recommend reservations because this place does get filled up quickly. The food was, well small, especially for the price. But once you bite into it, you're willing to fork over twice as much. Fresh and delicious! The seafood pasta was done just right without being smothered in sauce, the mussels were some of the best I have ever tasted, and you can't beat the giant wheel of cheese that your pasta arrives in.
I wish I could eat here every day of the week because I doubt I'll ever get tired of it.

2
★★★★★

Where do I begin?
Service was great, very attentive without being over-bearing. The waiters are super-polite and helpful. The ambience is very nice and romantic. I would recommend reservations because this place does get filled up quickly. The food was, well small, especially for the price. But once you bite into it, you're willing to fork over twice as much. Fresh and delicious! The seafood pasta was done just right without being smothered in sauce, the mussels were some of the best I have ever tasted, and you can't beat the giant wheel of cheese that your pasta arrives in.
I wish I could eat here every day of the week because I doubt I'll ever get tired of it.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

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You have to be a bit adventurous even to consider an Italian-Japanese fusion, but I'm Italian, and I like Japanese creations, so I gave it a try. I was not disappointed. The spaghetti with sea urchin sauce were delicious, and with a friend we tried different appetizers, all inventive, all good. And the pasta was really al dente.

2
★★★★☆

You have to be a bit adventurous even to consider an Italian-Japanese fusion, but I'm Italian, and I like Japanese creations, so I gave it a try. I was not disappointed. The spaghetti with sea urchin sauce were delicious, and with a friend we tried different appetizers, all inventive, all good. And the pasta was really al dente.

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I would like to start with a bit about myself: I am a 40+ year old male, native New Yorker of Italian decent whos family has been in the restaurant/food business for over 90+ years and consider myself well traveled. I have been going to Basta Pasta weekly now for about 5 or so years and the food just gets better ever time. The casual dinning room is very reminiscent of an eatery in Milano or Bologna, where the showcase is the food. The food is everything but casual: the foie gras is exceptional, Chilean Sea Bass sublime, rib eye is always done to perfection, one of the BEST Caesar salads in town and lets not forget the pastas. Each and every one is unique never bland and full of depth, my favorite is one with uni in a pink sauce over spaghetti, YUM!!!!! The chef has the foresight to rotate many ingredients of the dishes so there is always a pleasant surprise to your favorites. You will NOT get bored with his menu. I have also ALL WAYS found that these masterpieces on a plate to be delivered by a staff of well trained servers that are eager to please. I have never had to wait for a cocktail, pepper or more cheese. At times I may have to wait for a table to become available but with the expertise of the bartender it's never too much to ask. He makes an awesome Negroni! I LOVE this place and am going back tomorrow night which will make it the second time this week!
Enjoy!

2
★★★★★

I would like to start with a bit about myself: I am a 40+ year old male, native New Yorker of Italian decent whos family has been in the restaurant/food business for over 90+ years and consider myself well traveled. I have been going to Basta Pasta weekly now for about 5 or so years and the food just gets better ever time. The casual dinning room is very reminiscent of an eatery in Milano or Bologna, where the showcase is the food. The food is everything but casual: the foie gras is exceptional, Chilean Sea Bass sublime, rib eye is always done to perfection, one of the BEST Caesar salads in town and lets not forget the pastas. Each and every one is unique never bland and full of depth, my favorite is one with uni in a pink sauce over spaghetti, YUM!!!!! The chef has the foresight to rotate many ingredients of the dishes so there is always a pleasant surprise to your favorites. You will NOT get bored with his menu. I have also ALL WAYS found that these masterpieces on a plate to be delivered by a staff of well trained servers that are eager to please. I have never had to wait for a cocktail, pepper or more cheese. At times I may have to wait for a table to become available but with the expertise of the bartender it's never too much to ask. He makes an awesome Negroni! I LOVE this place and am going back tomorrow night which will make it the second time this week!
Enjoy!

Pros: FOOD FOOD & the FOOD!!!

Cons: the secret got out of this hidden gem....dammm!

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We were a party of four, but two of them came in late, by 20 - 30 min., I understand that the manager must rotate tables and need to accommodate later reservations, but he made a couple of nasty and sarcastic comments! It was totally un-necessary! I worked in a restaurant business for over 7 years, so I know how stressful it is, and I was a manager once, but I never made that kind of rude comments to my customers! Although food is good, his comments made a bad taste in our mouth. Specially, those were friends from Paris, so it was a special reunion dinner...!

0
★☆☆☆☆

We were a party of four, but two of them came in late, by 20 - 30 min., I understand that the manager must rotate tables and need to accommodate later reservations, but he made a couple of nasty and sarcastic comments! It was totally un-necessary! I worked in a restaurant business for over 7 years, so I know how stressful it is, and I was a manager once, but I never made that kind of rude comments to my customers! Although food is good, his comments made a bad taste in our mouth. Specially, those were friends from Paris, so it was a special reunion dinner...!

Pros: Great food

Cons: Prepare for a rude comments by a manager!

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You really can tell how good / bad a service is when something goes wrong... My friend (who had the same dish before) took one bite of his clam pasta and stopped, saying the clams were bad, pungent odor right up his nose. But when he gave the plate back to the waitress explaining about the clams - her response was 'having not eaten this, I cannot say anything, but I'll check with the kitchen.' After a minute she returned with the same plate, placed it in front of my friend and said, 'There's nothing wrong with it'. Of course he refused to take it back. When she asked 'would you like something else?' - he was so upset he just said no. Did they do anything about this? Nothing. An empty plate arrived in front of him as if to suggest sharing the rest of the food with us. When the bill arrived the clam pasta was still included. We called the manager, who knew nothing of the incident....he agreed to take it off the bill, but did nothing more. Come to think of it he was rather stubborn about it -- all he said was that he gets fresh clams every day. I had always associated Japanese with good service, so this was a huge disappointment.

0
★☆☆☆☆

You really can tell how good / bad a service is when something goes wrong... My friend (who had the same dish before) took one bite of his clam pasta and stopped, saying the clams were bad, pungent odor right up his nose. But when he gave the plate back to the waitress explaining about the clams - her response was 'having not eaten this, I cannot say anything, but I'll check with the kitchen.' After a minute she returned with the same plate, placed it in front of my friend and said, 'There's nothing wrong with it'. Of course he refused to take it back. When she asked 'would you like something else?' - he was so upset he just said no. Did they do anything about this? Nothing. An empty plate arrived in front of him as if to suggest sharing the rest of the food with us. When the bill arrived the clam pasta was still included. We called the manager, who knew nothing of the incident....he agreed to take it off the bill, but did nothing more. Come to think of it he was rather stubborn about it -- all he said was that he gets fresh clams every day. I had always associated Japanese with good service, so this was a huge disappointment.

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We had made reservations for 9:30pm, went earlier cause we were in the neighborhood around 8:30pm. They couldn't accommodate us earlier, although it was obvious there were empty tables. But we were easy going so we just ate at the bar. I agree with the other reviews, the food was nice, but nothing special. You can't order wine by the glass, you have to buy a bottle. We weren't paid any special attention until we started spending money, and after spending $100 on just two people, we finally got a goodbye from staff as we were leaving. While eating, I saw the bartender hound a patron cause he was gonna leave after drinking one Heineken from the bottle without leaving a tip. The bartender actually made the patron leave a tip. Poor form! Doesn't matter if you're Japanese trying to play fusion, but failing miserably and just making overrated Italian food, show some common decency and humanity. They act like they are a One and Only, so they can afford to be snooty, expensive, and exclusive. Too bad I can think of 20 other restaurants just like them.

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★★☆☆☆

We had made reservations for 9:30pm, went earlier cause we were in the neighborhood around 8:30pm. They couldn't accommodate us earlier, although it was obvious there were empty tables. But we were easy going so we just ate at the bar. I agree with the other reviews, the food was nice, but nothing special. You can't order wine by the glass, you have to buy a bottle. We weren't paid any special attention until we started spending money, and after spending $100 on just two people, we finally got a goodbye from staff as we were leaving. While eating, I saw the bartender hound a patron cause he was gonna leave after drinking one Heineken from the bottle without leaving a tip. The bartender actually made the patron leave a tip. Poor form! Doesn't matter if you're Japanese trying to play fusion, but failing miserably and just making overrated Italian food, show some common decency and humanity. They act like they are a One and Only, so they can afford to be snooty, expensive, and exclusive. Too bad I can think of 20 other restaurants just like them.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Expensive, bad service, nothing fusion about it.

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I rarelly write review for restaurants. Either it's fantastic or either it's really not worth trying. Plus I usually give it a second chance. However, this particular restaurant just make ppl disappointed. The service is really bad, even though food is not bad. Agree with previous review writers, the owner/maneger is rude and make ppl feel uncomfortable. Really a shame.

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★★☆☆☆

I rarelly write review for restaurants. Either it's fantastic or either it's really not worth trying. Plus I usually give it a second chance. However, this particular restaurant just make ppl disappointed. The service is really bad, even though food is not bad. Agree with previous review writers, the owner/maneger is rude and make ppl feel uncomfortable. Really a shame.

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I went with my wife during the week, we were really early and could get a table, the place was full within 1 hour. The food was excellent, Service was one of the best i had in NYC yet. I can recommend the Spaghetti Parmegiana with Procioutto, you will see :)

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★★★★★

I went with my wife during the week, we were really early and could get a table, the place was full within 1 hour. The food was excellent, Service was one of the best i had in NYC yet. I can recommend the Spaghetti Parmegiana with Procioutto, you will see :)

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We came here for dinner. We had a large group and had made a reservation. We were seated quickly. I have to say that the service at this restaurant is odd at best, and perhaps just a step above incompetent. They are extremely careful about their menus and kept warning us not to break them and not to get them dirty. Whenever they wanted to get our attention, they would come up behind us and tap us on our shoulders. It was odd. The wine list is miserable and quite overpriced. All that said, the food is fairly good. The mushroom, mussel, duck and squid appetizers were tasty, as was the pasta made at the tableside. The spaghetti with flying fish roe and the spaghetti with shrimp were not remarkable, and I am told the steak wasn't memorable either. However, the lamb chops were quite good. Overall, I would not come back here, but I might recommend it for an interesting experience, particularly as the pastas are reasonably priced.

1
★★★☆☆

We came here for dinner. We had a large group and had made a reservation. We were seated quickly. I have to say that the service at this restaurant is odd at best, and perhaps just a step above incompetent. They are extremely careful about their menus and kept warning us not to break them and not to get them dirty. Whenever they wanted to get our attention, they would come up behind us and tap us on our shoulders. It was odd. The wine list is miserable and quite overpriced. All that said, the food is fairly good. The mushroom, mussel, duck and squid appetizers were tasty, as was the pasta made at the tableside. The spaghetti with flying fish roe and the spaghetti with shrimp were not remarkable, and I am told the steak wasn't memorable either. However, the lamb chops were quite good. Overall, I would not come back here, but I might recommend it for an interesting experience, particularly as the pastas are reasonably priced.

Pros: Decent food

Cons: Odd Service

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Went with my brothers for a rare get together meal. The food was excellent and the service was attentive and polite. But the evening was ruined by the owner/manager who asked us to leave because there were people waiting for tables. I'm sorry, my brothers and I dropped over $300 to dine there for the rare occassion for us to get together and enjoy each others company. This is more important than anything. We didn't need to be told to leave just because we were spending an extra 1/2 hour after the meal talking at the table. This is enough for me to never return there. My brothers shared my sentiment as well. Left a very bad taste. What sort of people run this restaurant? This is the sort that looks at the almighty dollar before everything else. Not a place I would want to patronize. Goes to show you that great food is never enough. Good relationships with customers is very important.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went with my brothers for a rare get together meal. The food was excellent and the service was attentive and polite. But the evening was ruined by the owner/manager who asked us to leave because there were people waiting for tables. I'm sorry, my brothers and I dropped over $300 to dine there for the rare occassion for us to get together and enjoy each others company. This is more important than anything. We didn't need to be told to leave just because we were spending an extra 1/2 hour after the meal talking at the table. This is enough for me to never return there. My brothers shared my sentiment as well. Left a very bad taste. What sort of people run this restaurant? This is the sort that looks at the almighty dollar before everything else. Not a place I would want to patronize. Goes to show you that great food is never enough. Good relationships with customers is very important.

Pros: Great Food

Cons: Rude, Greedy Management

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What a wonderful combination of Italian food and Japanese service. Though at one point I had to hold back extreme laughter, I enjoyed my food and my experience. Apparently this place was inspired by Iron Chef - the entire kitchen is open and visible, except a small area in the back where they get the bread from. And speaking of bread, the service here is absolutely excellent. My bread basket and water glass were never empty, and I ate alot of bread and drank alot of water, so that's saying something. I ordered the lunch special: minestrone soup, spaghetti with fish eggs, tea, and some unknown dessert (it changes from day-to-day and no one there spoke enough English for me to understand what it was... from what I could tell it was some small cakelike thing with small pieces of fruit in it, served with cream), all for $18. I don't know why people are complaining about the portion sizes, I was sufficiently full by the time my meal was over (maybe from all the bread). I would definitely go here again.

2
★★★★☆

What a wonderful combination of Italian food and Japanese service. Though at one point I had to hold back extreme laughter, I enjoyed my food and my experience. Apparently this place was inspired by Iron Chef - the entire kitchen is open and visible, except a small area in the back where they get the bread from. And speaking of bread, the service here is absolutely excellent. My bread basket and water glass were never empty, and I ate alot of bread and drank alot of water, so that's saying something. I ordered the lunch special: minestrone soup, spaghetti with fish eggs, tea, and some unknown dessert (it changes from day-to-day and no one there spoke enough English for me to understand what it was... from what I could tell it was some small cakelike thing with small pieces of fruit in it, served with cream), all for $18. I don't know why people are complaining about the portion sizes, I was sufficiently full by the time my meal was over (maybe from all the bread). I would definitely go here again.

Pros: service, food

Cons: none that I can think of!

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I love this quirky restaurant. The food is TERRIFIC. The ambiance is for all ages, types and yet feels hip and lively. From the art on the walls to the large cheese wheel that gets rolled around on a cart. I've had many birthday parties here, many dates, dining with friends and it's really my "go to" place.

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★★★★★

I love this quirky restaurant. The food is TERRIFIC. The ambiance is for all ages, types and yet feels hip and lively. From the art on the walls to the large cheese wheel that gets rolled around on a cart. I've had many birthday parties here, many dates, dining with friends and it's really my "go to" place.

Pros: FOOD, staff, decor, art

Cons: little loud, not for the somber or boring ;-)

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I love this place! Great service, fabulous food and great art work! Open over a decade and just as good today as the first time I eat there. Highly recommend it for lunch or dinner but you may want to make a reservation as they seem to be busy and full almost every night and if that is not a good sign then what is!?

2
★★★★★

I love this place! Great service, fabulous food and great art work! Open over a decade and just as good today as the first time I eat there. Highly recommend it for lunch or dinner but you may want to make a reservation as they seem to be busy and full almost every night and if that is not a good sign then what is!?

Pros: Always yummy!

Cons: Always busy!

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Wonderful atmosphere, decor, and food. I really love the pasta with cheese from the cheesewheel. Pasta with the ox tail sauce is another favorite. The bellini drink was also really good.

5
★★★★★

Wonderful atmosphere, decor, and food. I really love the pasta with cheese from the cheesewheel. Pasta with the ox tail sauce is another favorite. The bellini drink was also really good.

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First of all, the lighting in this place is ridiculous. It is bright and not flattering at all. Crowd was unattractive and extremely loud even though they were sitting half an inch from each other. As if that wasn't enough to ruin my appetite when I first got seated, the waiters and waitresses were unprofessional and had no personalities whatsoever. They were so weird. I don't think they believe in smiling or even talking. Seriously, they don't talk! I had the "Asparagus al dente" as the appetizer and it was very disappointing. Anyone can boil some asparagus and melt some cheese on top. The salmon pasta dish I got wasn't great either. Every dish my dining partner and I tried tasted like it was prepared by a 7 yr old. I really want to be fair and say something positive about this place but I just can't think of any! I'm sorry. Please train your staff, your chefs, and create a whole new menu. Don't forget to dim the lights!

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★★☆☆☆

First of all, the lighting in this place is ridiculous. It is bright and not flattering at all. Crowd was unattractive and extremely loud even though they were sitting half an inch from each other. As if that wasn't enough to ruin my appetite when I first got seated, the waiters and waitresses were unprofessional and had no personalities whatsoever. They were so weird. I don't think they believe in smiling or even talking. Seriously, they don't talk! I had the "Asparagus al dente" as the appetizer and it was very disappointing. Anyone can boil some asparagus and melt some cheese on top. The salmon pasta dish I got wasn't great either. Every dish my dining partner and I tried tasted like it was prepared by a 7 yr old. I really want to be fair and say something positive about this place but I just can't think of any! I'm sorry. Please train your staff, your chefs, and create a whole new menu. Don't forget to dim the lights!

Pros: NONE.

Cons: Service, food, ambience, decor, lighting.

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This was way below anything you have in Japan as Italian food; I don't even know what kind of flavor they are trying to create. You may say the food is "delicate", in other words, it's "weak" and "uninspiring".

The manager and the waiers were all rude. I would look pass it if the food was goof but it was below average in both Japanese and Italian standard. Sad to see if people think this is what Japanese Italian is all about because IT IS NOT!!I hope they would retrain the waiters and the chefs in Japan. Their little success here seems to ruin the attitude and the food. Will not recommend.

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★★☆☆☆

This was way below anything you have in Japan as Italian food; I don't even know what kind of flavor they are trying to create. You may say the food is "delicate", in other words, it's "weak" and "uninspiring".

The manager and the waiers were all rude. I would look pass it if the food was goof but it was below average in both Japanese and Italian standard. Sad to see if people think this is what Japanese Italian is all about because IT IS NOT!!I hope they would retrain the waiters and the chefs in Japan. Their little success here seems to ruin the attitude and the food. Will not recommend.

Pros: open kitchen

Cons: rude service, uninspiring food, small portion

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I'm surprised it took me this long to write a review for this place even tho it was my favorite lunch spot for a long time. I went there last night for dinner and had a great meal. For appetizer I had my usual fav, Asparagi al Parmigiano (Al dente asparagus with golden parmesan crust) so good I always scraping at my plate after. For my entre I ordered the pasta special that night which was: Spaghetti w/ Italian sausage, collard greens(I ordered w/out) and tomatoes in garlic and oil --- this was delicious and I'm already craving it again. My bf ordered the Ravioli di Vitello, Prosciutto e Mozzarella (veal, prosciutto and mozzarella cheese ravioli with fresh tomatoes in Parmesan sauce) which I tasted and I am definitely trying the next time I go, too bad the portion wasn't so big but at least I didn't feel overly stuffed. I also agree w/ everyone that the spaghetti tossed in a parmesan wheel w/ basil & thin sliced prosciutto is good as well as their minestrone soup. The flan that we ordered for dessert was also great. They have a nice prix fixe for lunch which is a good deal.

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★★★★☆

I'm surprised it took me this long to write a review for this place even tho it was my favorite lunch spot for a long time. I went there last night for dinner and had a great meal. For appetizer I had my usual fav, Asparagi al Parmigiano (Al dente asparagus with golden parmesan crust) so good I always scraping at my plate after. For my entre I ordered the pasta special that night which was: Spaghetti w/ Italian sausage, collard greens(I ordered w/out) and tomatoes in garlic and oil --- this was delicious and I'm already craving it again. My bf ordered the Ravioli di Vitello, Prosciutto e Mozzarella (veal, prosciutto and mozzarella cheese ravioli with fresh tomatoes in Parmesan sauce) which I tasted and I am definitely trying the next time I go, too bad the portion wasn't so big but at least I didn't feel overly stuffed. I also agree w/ everyone that the spaghetti tossed in a parmesan wheel w/ basil & thin sliced prosciutto is good as well as their minestrone soup. The flan that we ordered for dessert was also great. They have a nice prix fixe for lunch which is a good deal.

Pros: everyone is really nice

Cons: portions are a bit small

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I'm not usually a fan of mixing seafood and pasta, but Basta Pasta does it just right! You have to try the Bow-tie pasta with salmon, spinach & fresh tomatoes. Start off w/ the Crispy sauteed tender baby chicken w/salad and you are in for a well-rounded meal that you will be happy with. I had high hopes for the signature pasta - Spaghetti with parmesan reggiano cheese & Parma prosciutto - but found myself disappointed even though it was served in a giant cheese wheel tableside. Go with the salmon pasta and the baby chicken salad and you will be in for a real treat!

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★★★★☆

I'm not usually a fan of mixing seafood and pasta, but Basta Pasta does it just right! You have to try the Bow-tie pasta with salmon, spinach & fresh tomatoes. Start off w/ the Crispy sauteed tender baby chicken w/salad and you are in for a well-rounded meal that you will be happy with. I had high hopes for the signature pasta - Spaghetti with parmesan reggiano cheese & Parma prosciutto - but found myself disappointed even though it was served in a giant cheese wheel tableside. Go with the salmon pasta and the baby chicken salad and you will be in for a real treat!

Pros: Bow Tie Pasta w/Salmon & Crispy Tender Baby Chicken Salad

Cons: Spaghetti with parmesan reggiano cheese & Parma prosciutto

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I had worked with a co-worker whom was friends with the owner in Japan and heard it was a great places, it just took me a few years to go.....

I had taken my girlfriend to Basta Pasta and I thought the atmosphere
and the setting was very nice, we were greeted with alot of smiles.
We ordered the
1 Fish Carpaccio of the day * Very clean flavors *
1 The Grilled Quail * very juicy and rare *
1The Chilean Sea Bass with the spicy Tomato Sauce and linguine * Very tender * & flavorful
1 Seared Beef Tenderloin with foie Gras * Served rare with a generous amount of Foie gras!
3 glasses of Sauvignon Blanc
1 order of the Green tea ice cream
The service & Food was much better than most so called * 3 star Restaurants.

I would highly recomend this place, It is much better than alot of NYC establishments

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★★★★★

I had worked with a co-worker whom was friends with the owner in Japan and heard it was a great places, it just took me a few years to go.....

I had taken my girlfriend to Basta Pasta and I thought the atmosphere
and the setting was very nice, we were greeted with alot of smiles.
We ordered the
1 Fish Carpaccio of the day * Very clean flavors *
1 The Grilled Quail * very juicy and rare *
1The Chilean Sea Bass with the spicy Tomato Sauce and linguine * Very tender * & flavorful
1 Seared Beef Tenderloin with foie Gras * Served rare with a generous amount of Foie gras!
3 glasses of Sauvignon Blanc
1 order of the Green tea ice cream
The service & Food was much better than most so called * 3 star Restaurants.

I would highly recomend this place, It is much better than alot of NYC establishments

Pros: Great service and food!

Cons: Not enough money to go once a week

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The service was just ZERO. I went with a group of 5 ppl and until 4 of us finish the main course and ready to order the dessert, my poor friend's main course didn't arrive. When we asked over and over when my friend's food was coming, the waiter with attitude and partly ignoring kept on saying it was coming soon. My friend couldn't wait any longer and wanted to cancel the order since everyone was done eating but they didn't let us...His food finally arrived and the waiter asked my friend "so you still want it? or no?"
None of us could believe how rude the waiter was...no apologize for the wait at all...

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★☆☆☆☆

The service was just ZERO. I went with a group of 5 ppl and until 4 of us finish the main course and ready to order the dessert, my poor friend's main course didn't arrive. When we asked over and over when my friend's food was coming, the waiter with attitude and partly ignoring kept on saying it was coming soon. My friend couldn't wait any longer and wanted to cancel the order since everyone was done eating but they didn't let us...His food finally arrived and the waiter asked my friend "so you still want it? or no?"
None of us could believe how rude the waiter was...no apologize for the wait at all...

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This is one of my casual eateries. Their dishes are great, decor is clean & simple and love their open kitchen. This is not for a loud or large group and reservations are recommended (even for 2ppl). It you have particular orders or intricate wine list & explanations, this is not a place for you. Small birthday celebrations among 3-4 ppl are often typical and they do try to make it special by writing your/birthday person's name. If you want a special cake, please order 2-3 days in advance. This is one of those usual or casual place. Nothing impressive, no disappointment.

2
★★★★☆

This is one of my casual eateries. Their dishes are great, decor is clean & simple and love their open kitchen. This is not for a loud or large group and reservations are recommended (even for 2ppl). It you have particular orders or intricate wine list & explanations, this is not a place for you. Small birthday celebrations among 3-4 ppl are often typical and they do try to make it special by writing your/birthday person's name. If you want a special cake, please order 2-3 days in advance. This is one of those usual or casual place. Nothing impressive, no disappointment.

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I thought the food was excellent (particularly the spaghetti dish that they prepare at your table), but if you're not Asian, the waiter practically ignores you. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is Chinese, Japanese, etc. Unless of course you don't mind being treated like a second-class citizen.

2
★★★★☆

I thought the food was excellent (particularly the spaghetti dish that they prepare at your table), but if you're not Asian, the waiter practically ignores you. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is Chinese, Japanese, etc. Unless of course you don't mind being treated like a second-class citizen.

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Lousy Service

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The service isn't the greatest on earth but this place does get packed and it's small so I can see why it's that way. I'm more concerned about the food being good and it's well done here. Especially since the food is not too heavy and really brings out the flavors of all the ingredients.

Try it out and judge for yourself but the food is good anyway you look at it.

2
★★★★★

The service isn't the greatest on earth but this place does get packed and it's small so I can see why it's that way. I'm more concerned about the food being good and it's well done here. Especially since the food is not too heavy and really brings out the flavors of all the ingredients.

Try it out and judge for yourself but the food is good anyway you look at it.

Pros: Good food that can be creative

Cons: Waiting

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i enjoyed the food the first time so i went back with a big group of people...i never met a waiter with such bad attitude and service...and the manager didn't do anything about it when we complained...we'll never go back again

0
★☆☆☆☆

i enjoyed the food the first time so i went back with a big group of people...i never met a waiter with such bad attitude and service...and the manager didn't do anything about it when we complained...we'll never go back again

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One of my newest haunts. I went with a friend to check the place out, I've had it on my must try list and we had a blast! Went back with a friend from out of town, and again we were served with the most delicious fusion of Italian Japanese, or Italian, depending on the dishes you order.

It has become my favorite place to grab Italian! I love the open kitchen!!! Dishes are not typical American Italian... order appetizers, entrees... etc... I love their pasta served in a half wheel of Parmasean... they dip the pasta and then place it on a plate over prosciutto.... you will make the other diners envious!!!

2
★★★★☆

One of my newest haunts. I went with a friend to check the place out, I've had it on my must try list and we had a blast! Went back with a friend from out of town, and again we were served with the most delicious fusion of Italian Japanese, or Italian, depending on the dishes you order.

It has become my favorite place to grab Italian! I love the open kitchen!!! Dishes are not typical American Italian... order appetizers, entrees... etc... I love their pasta served in a half wheel of Parmasean... they dip the pasta and then place it on a plate over prosciutto.... you will make the other diners envious!!!

Pros: food, unique dishes, experience

Cons: reservations

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Basta Pasta is one of my favorite places to eat .The staff is polite and respectful.The presentation of the food is beautiful.I would recommend eating the chilean sea bass.The complimetary crackers with some special cheese spread is soooo goood.Our waiter was very tending seeing that we enjoy our meal

2
★★★★★

Basta Pasta is one of my favorite places to eat .The staff is polite and respectful.The presentation of the food is beautiful.I would recommend eating the chilean sea bass.The complimetary crackers with some special cheese spread is soooo goood.Our waiter was very tending seeing that we enjoy our meal

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Fantastic food. The pasta is perfectly done. True the portions are huge "super-sized" plates, but the food is very well balanced, beautifully presented. Our server was competent, though not very informative nor knowledgeable of the wine menu.

2
★★★★★

Fantastic food. The pasta is perfectly done. True the portions are huge "super-sized" plates, but the food is very well balanced, beautifully presented. Our server was competent, though not very informative nor knowledgeable of the wine menu.

Pros: Food, Value

Cons: Service

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The service at this place was snobby, rude, and irresponsible and refused to seat us.

Friends and I have a weekly dinner gathering. I made reservation for 10 over the phone during the day. The man with japanese accent told me it was no problem and I was looking forward to visitng this place.

When we showed up at the restaurant, the manager claimed that I made reservation for TWO instead of TEN and flat out told us "we don't seat that many" and refused to even apologize for the miss communication. He simply expected us to leave. I was baffled by his rude behavior!

The ten of us coming from all over town was stranded with no place to go. Still if he apologized I would have walked away wanting to come back later.

I think their little success is getting to their head.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The service at this place was snobby, rude, and irresponsible and refused to seat us.

Friends and I have a weekly dinner gathering. I made reservation for 10 over the phone during the day. The man with japanese accent told me it was no problem and I was looking forward to visitng this place.

When we showed up at the restaurant, the manager claimed that I made reservation for TWO instead of TEN and flat out told us "we don't seat that many" and refused to even apologize for the miss communication. He simply expected us to leave. I was baffled by his rude behavior!

The ten of us coming from all over town was stranded with no place to go. Still if he apologized I would have walked away wanting to come back later.

I think their little success is getting to their head.

Cons: Rude/Irresponsible

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Basta Pasta is a like a typical Italian restaurant you would find in Japan. Several of its pasta offerings are favorites of patrons in Japan, such as the Tobiko pasta.

I would highly recommend the Uni pasta if you are a fan of sea urchin, although sometimes there are misses when the sea urchin is not as fresh as it should be. The filet mignon with foie gras is delicious, but a little heavy, I suggest sharing that with others. Another all time favorite is the parmagiano reggiano pasta with prosciutto, they prepare the pasta in half wheel of cheese tableside.

Wine selection is decent but not broad, and decently priced. I'd recommend calling ahead for a table if you go during busy hours, cause they do get packed somewhat.

2
★★★★★

Basta Pasta is a like a typical Italian restaurant you would find in Japan. Several of its pasta offerings are favorites of patrons in Japan, such as the Tobiko pasta.

I would highly recommend the Uni pasta if you are a fan of sea urchin, although sometimes there are misses when the sea urchin is not as fresh as it should be. The filet mignon with foie gras is delicious, but a little heavy, I suggest sharing that with others. Another all time favorite is the parmagiano reggiano pasta with prosciutto, they prepare the pasta in half wheel of cheese tableside.

Wine selection is decent but not broad, and decently priced. I'd recommend calling ahead for a table if you go during busy hours, cause they do get packed somewhat.

Pros: Al dente pasta, Inventive

Cons: Impersonal service, unless you speak, Japanese

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i'm almost reluctant to write a recommendation, because then it would be too difficult to get a table. i absolutely love this place. with its japense influence, the pasta is fresh and light. it's absolutely delicious. the service is very friendly and unobtrusive. the ambience is simple and fun with its open-air kitchen.

2
★★★★★

i'm almost reluctant to write a recommendation, because then it would be too difficult to get a table. i absolutely love this place. with its japense influence, the pasta is fresh and light. it's absolutely delicious. the service is very friendly and unobtrusive. the ambience is simple and fun with its open-air kitchen.

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I've frequented this Japanese-run Italian restaurant for a number of years now and keep coming back for the simple reason that it provides a consistenly pleasant dining experience. The open-kitchen provides a lively and somewhat unique ambience, as does the changing artwork and mechanistic efficiency of the staff. The service is always courteous, although occasionally slow when it's busy. Although the prix fixe is a great deal, I find the quality of the dinner cuisine to be a far better indicator of the chefs' talents. I highly recommend the anchovy vegetable dip, sliced duck entree, and warm chocolate cake. If you want family style Italian, this is not for you- their dishes are generally nicely proportioned so that you can still enjoy an appetizer and/or dessert, but it's not about quantity here. The ingredients are fresh, which means terrific sauces.

2
★★★★★

I've frequented this Japanese-run Italian restaurant for a number of years now and keep coming back for the simple reason that it provides a consistenly pleasant dining experience. The open-kitchen provides a lively and somewhat unique ambience, as does the changing artwork and mechanistic efficiency of the staff. The service is always courteous, although occasionally slow when it's busy. Although the prix fixe is a great deal, I find the quality of the dinner cuisine to be a far better indicator of the chefs' talents. I highly recommend the anchovy vegetable dip, sliced duck entree, and warm chocolate cake. If you want family style Italian, this is not for you- their dishes are generally nicely proportioned so that you can still enjoy an appetizer and/or dessert, but it's not about quantity here. The ingredients are fresh, which means terrific sauces.

Pros: Friendly, Delicious, Interesting ambience

Cons: Noisy

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Having travelled extensively in Europe and Asia, I have had the pleasure of eating at many wonderful restaurants. Although Basta Pasta is not your typicial "hearty" Italian family restaurant, it is my absolute favorite restaurant in New York.

The menu contains both Japanese fusion and plain Italian dishes - everyone should be able to find something they like. For those who appreciate fresh ingredients and truly wonderful cooking, this is the place for you.

In the Japanese style, portions are not gigantic like American standards, but they are the perfect size. (I saw some complaints about the portions in other reviews but really, it's no wonder Americans are so fat!)

The waitstaff is attentive and kind, true to the Japanese standards of service. The decor is minimal, but decorated with the works of art that change from month to month. Overall, there is nothing to complain about!

2
★★★★★

Having travelled extensively in Europe and Asia, I have had the pleasure of eating at many wonderful restaurants. Although Basta Pasta is not your typicial "hearty" Italian family restaurant, it is my absolute favorite restaurant in New York.

The menu contains both Japanese fusion and plain Italian dishes - everyone should be able to find something they like. For those who appreciate fresh ingredients and truly wonderful cooking, this is the place for you.

In the Japanese style, portions are not gigantic like American standards, but they are the perfect size. (I saw some complaints about the portions in other reviews but really, it's no wonder Americans are so fat!)

The waitstaff is attentive and kind, true to the Japanese standards of service. The decor is minimal, but decorated with the works of art that change from month to month. Overall, there is nothing to complain about!

Pros: Fabulous Food, Wonderful Service, Great Decor

Cons: None

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I took an out-of-town friend here for luch and it was great. The portion was large enough for me to have lunch the next day. The pasta was delicious, the salad fresh and crisp, and the dessert heavenly. We also have a cappuccino afterwards, all for $15! I was very happy and would recommend their lunch to all.

2
★★★★★

I took an out-of-town friend here for luch and it was great. The portion was large enough for me to have lunch the next day. The pasta was delicious, the salad fresh and crisp, and the dessert heavenly. We also have a cappuccino afterwards, all for $15! I was very happy and would recommend their lunch to all.

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I basically like this place lots for food but I need to get more volume for any foods. Their portion are just too small for Italian food. Since it is Japanese owned place, their portion might be very Japanese size... Last time when I went there, I spent $100 for wine, antipasta, entry, and deseert. It is just little price for that size...

1
★★★☆☆

I basically like this place lots for food but I need to get more volume for any foods. Their portion are just too small for Italian food. Since it is Japanese owned place, their portion might be very Japanese size... Last time when I went there, I spent $100 for wine, antipasta, entry, and deseert. It is just little price for that size...

Pros: nice service

Cons: , small volume

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Basta Pasta is a great place to come with a friend or a group of people. The price is moderate and the food is always tasty. Some dishes are tastier than others (I love the tender baby crispy chicken). Even the salad dressing is great.

Our friends always thank us for recommending this great find. Oh and the wait staff is the friendliest in Manhattan- they ALL greet you on your way in and on your way out.

2
★★★★★

Basta Pasta is a great place to come with a friend or a group of people. The price is moderate and the food is always tasty. Some dishes are tastier than others (I love the tender baby crispy chicken). Even the salad dressing is great.

Our friends always thank us for recommending this great find. Oh and the wait staff is the friendliest in Manhattan- they ALL greet you on your way in and on your way out.

Pros: inexpensive, good food, not too crowded

Cons: you need reservations

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The restaurant, its food and decor can be summed up in two words: PLAIN and CLEAN. I guess that's what Japanese people value because there were a lot of Japanese patrons. Don't be misled. This is NOT a trendy Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant. A couple dishes mixed Japanese and Italian flavors together. But most dishes were regular Italian fare. Though I wouldn't recommend you go for the Italian food, if you want to take a group of friends to a clean and decent tasting restaurant in the Union Square area this is it.

1
★★★☆☆

The restaurant, its food and decor can be summed up in two words: PLAIN and CLEAN. I guess that's what Japanese people value because there were a lot of Japanese patrons. Don't be misled. This is NOT a trendy Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant. A couple dishes mixed Japanese and Italian flavors together. But most dishes were regular Italian fare. Though I wouldn't recommend you go for the Italian food, if you want to take a group of friends to a clean and decent tasting restaurant in the Union Square area this is it.

Pros: location, clean, good for groups

Cons: plain food and decor, quiet

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My dinner at BP was a surreal experience. My pasta was perfectly italian (al dente italian style, NOT American al dente), and my steak was perfectly Japanese (Rare in Japan= Medium in the US). Service was good and supportive. The menu in Japanese/Italian/English was a nice touch. The room was full and remained full on a Thursday night. 50-50 mix of Anglo and Asian people. The food was good, the price was nice, and the space is a nice twist on the open kitchen concept. I liked that the bar seemed far away. Though there was some fusion-esque menu items NO WHERE does the place claim to be a fusion restaurant.

2
★★★★☆

My dinner at BP was a surreal experience. My pasta was perfectly italian (al dente italian style, NOT American al dente), and my steak was perfectly Japanese (Rare in Japan= Medium in the US). Service was good and supportive. The menu in Japanese/Italian/English was a nice touch. The room was full and remained full on a Thursday night. 50-50 mix of Anglo and Asian people. The food was good, the price was nice, and the space is a nice twist on the open kitchen concept. I liked that the bar seemed far away. Though there was some fusion-esque menu items NO WHERE does the place claim to be a fusion restaurant.

Pros: Food

Cons: Little noisy, Crowded

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The Japanese know how to deliver good service. I'm surprised that they have also learnt to cook good authentic Italian cuisine. We always come on a weekend without reservations. Last time we ate here, I was trying to sit down at a table that was reserved for Susan Sarandon. I am haapy to report that I am as well treated as the celebrity.

2
★★★★☆

The Japanese know how to deliver good service. I'm surprised that they have also learnt to cook good authentic Italian cuisine. We always come on a weekend without reservations. Last time we ate here, I was trying to sit down at a table that was reserved for Susan Sarandon. I am haapy to report that I am as well treated as the celebrity.

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That's the greatest extent of the fusion that I've experienced here. Most pastas are purely Italian, although there are a few that incorporate some Japanese influence. You have to look to the (overly-expensive) entrees to get more of a fusion flavor, and even those have a good amount of purely Italian choices. The pastas are quite good, but are prepared firmer in most dishes than al dente, so be aware of this if you like softer pasta. Portions are medium at best; there definitely are better values for good Italian food in the City. Menu is interesting and varied; one would not get bored eating here often. Service is as cold and utilitarian as one might expect from the average Asian restaurant -- perhaps familiarity with this is why the clientele is so abundantly Asian?

2
★★★★☆

That's the greatest extent of the fusion that I've experienced here. Most pastas are purely Italian, although there are a few that incorporate some Japanese influence. You have to look to the (overly-expensive) entrees to get more of a fusion flavor, and even those have a good amount of purely Italian choices. The pastas are quite good, but are prepared firmer in most dishes than al dente, so be aware of this if you like softer pasta. Portions are medium at best; there definitely are better values for good Italian food in the City. Menu is interesting and varied; one would not get bored eating here often. Service is as cold and utilitarian as one might expect from the average Asian restaurant -- perhaps familiarity with this is why the clientele is so abundantly Asian?

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This is basically an Italian restaurant run by Japanese people. Thought the food would be a fusion between the two cultures, but its basically plain Italian types of cuisine. Though you can't go wrong with the pasta and sauce there was nothing exceptional about their dishes nor was there much flair to anything else to this place. Their selection is limited and overall is a little too expensive for something thats pretty ordinary.

1
★★★☆☆

This is basically an Italian restaurant run by Japanese people. Thought the food would be a fusion between the two cultures, but its basically plain Italian types of cuisine. Though you can't go wrong with the pasta and sauce there was nothing exceptional about their dishes nor was there much flair to anything else to this place. Their selection is limited and overall is a little too expensive for something thats pretty ordinary.

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Italian plates completely arranged to Japanese people.
Too much PANKO "called in Japanese, bread powder"on any starter plates, and servers walking around to check our tables, noisy-noisy(kitchen room is in center of the restaurant).
I think we could go to real Italian restaurant which we can find easily in Manhattan... There are a lot of Japanese clients.

1
★★☆☆☆

Italian plates completely arranged to Japanese people.
Too much PANKO "called in Japanese, bread powder"on any starter plates, and servers walking around to check our tables, noisy-noisy(kitchen room is in center of the restaurant).
I think we could go to real Italian restaurant which we can find easily in Manhattan... There are a lot of Japanese clients.

Pros: Noisy, Expensive, Too much crowded

Cons: Not real Italian food

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this place offers Japanese version of Italian cuisine. For Japanese, the food tastes pretty good. Service is also pretty close to what you expect in Japan. All the wait staff are Japanese. I saw Yoko Ono dining there earlier today. I recommend trying uni (sea orchant) or tarako (cod roe) pasta.

1
★★★☆☆

this place offers Japanese version of Italian cuisine. For Japanese, the food tastes pretty good. Service is also pretty close to what you expect in Japan. All the wait staff are Japanese. I saw Yoko Ono dining there earlier today. I recommend trying uni (sea orchant) or tarako (cod roe) pasta.

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Host insisted I'd asked for a table for two, when I had walked in with two other people, held up three fingers, and said "table for three please." Fine, a misunderstanding, but he insisted that it was my error in a somewhat rude way. Entrees delivered five minutes apart - not acceptable. Food is competent but recipes are uninspired and almost minimal. Very noisy room. All in all I think you can do a lot better for the money.

1
★★☆☆☆

Host insisted I'd asked for a table for two, when I had walked in with two other people, held up three fingers, and said "table for three please." Fine, a misunderstanding, but he insisted that it was my error in a somewhat rude way. Entrees delivered five minutes apart - not acceptable. Food is competent but recipes are uninspired and almost minimal. Very noisy room. All in all I think you can do a lot better for the money.

Cons: Noisy, Expensive

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This is the type of weird and wonderful restaurant that makes New York the restaurant town it is: Italian food executed by Japanese cooks. A branch of a Tokyo-based chain, Basta Pasta takes Italian cuisine and makes it, as expected,…

 

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