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Becco – Italian – Hell’s Kitchen
June 29th, 2010 by plumpdumpling

Finding restaurants that can hold a group as big as my office’s monthly dinner club of co-workers past and present can sometimes be a major challenge, so super-touristy places like Becco are sometimes our only choice. Luckily, super-touristy doesn’t have to mean super-might-as-well-have-gone-to-McDonald’s.

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antipasto misto

I know the last picture is awful, but that carrot was so crazy soft and delicious that I had to publicly preserve its memory.

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osso bucco

My friend Ash ordered the osso bucco, and everyone was amazed as she went to town on it, scooping the marrow out of the bone with a tiny fork first so she could be sure she didn’t fill up on anything else.

But Becco’s main draw is its unlimited pasta special. For a stupidly low price, you get the three house pastas of the day brought to your table in heaping piles until you beg your server to stop. That night, ours were:

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mushroom ravioli

(Even with my usual distrust of mushrooms, the ravioli was easily my favourite of the three.)

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spaghetti

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veal bolognese

Now, I have to admit that pasta never exactly blows me out of the water (unless it’s gnocchi). A lot of it is way too bland for me after growing up with a mother who must have used half a gallon of oregano in her spaghetti. But this was really, really good pasta. My boyfriend couldn’t stop talking about it for days, actually. And even the Brooklyn-born Italian in our group didn’t complain.

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apple strudel with house-made cinnamon gelato

This dessert was the hugest disappointment of my life, but I don’t think it was Becco’s fault. When I ordered it, I guess I was thinking of streusel or an apple brown betty or something, because I expected apple pie filling with a crumbly brown sugar topping. Instead I got apple pie filling and a flaky crust. NOT THE SAME. Very light and not overly sweet, but these are not the things I look for in a dessert.

Funnily enough, I chastised my boyfriend and the Italian for ordering the zabaglione with seasonal fruit, thinking it was the equivalent to a stupid fruit cup with some whipped cream. But dude, zabaglione is great. The custard was suuuuuuuper-intensely flavorful and much more dense than I would’ve imagined. GET THE ZABAGLIONE. You’re welcome.

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Some glamour shots of my friends, because they’re vain.

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I kind of get a kick out of going to places like this from time to time, because they’re so unlike most NYC restaurants. Meaning huge and bright and full of people who actually eat. I definitely recommend Becco for big groups and anyone who wants to feel like he’s at a huge family dinner for a night.

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355 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036 (map)


13 Responses  
  • kimz writes:
    June 29th, 201011:52 amat

    If Alison gets a hold of this review she might virtually slap you.

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      June 29th, 20102:32 pmat

      I definitely thought about Alison while we were eating here and took special delight in liking it after all of her naysaying. I can see not liking the idea of it, but I promise it’s delicious.

      • kimz writes:
        June 29th, 20104:47 pmat

        I’m gonna go with the “It’s Italian food, even if it’s not delicious, it’s still delicious” retort.

        • plumpdumpling writes:
          July 6th, 20109:27 amat

          Basically. I never don’t enjoy it, but I apparently only love it when it’s pumped full of high fructose corn syrup.

      • Alison writes:
        July 4th, 20107:31 pmat

        I’ve been schooled, y’all.

        • plumpdumpling writes:
          July 6th, 201010:06 amat

          I like having friends who don’t automatically like everything that everyone else likes, though. And it was good that you sent me into it thinking I wasn’t going to like it, because then liking it was an extra-good surprise.

  • Tina writes:
    June 29th, 20104:43 pmat

    Kamran is a GQ motherfucker and rocks a swest like no one I have ever seen (including Jim Tressel).

  • Bachelor Girl writes:
    June 30th, 201011:42 pmat

    Osso bucco? Unlimited pasta? SOLD!

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      July 6th, 201010:12 amat

      I sometimes forget that eating bone marrow is, like, totally normal for some people. When Ash dug into that thing, I was like, “Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!” But I’m sure you’d do the same thing.

  • kimz writes:
    July 8th, 201012:15 pmat

    Also, I love veal bolognese.

  • Tracey writes:
    July 8th, 20109:02 pmat

    This post made me wish I had gotten to try your Mom’s oregano-y pasta.

    Her stromboli is etched into my memory.

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      July 12th, 20105:26 pmat

      Just as your mom’s sausage stuffing/dressing is etched into mine. And also her fudge bars.

      I don’t mean that as a euphemism.


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