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.

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.

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:

mushroom ravioli

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


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.

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.

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

Rating One StarOne StarOne StarZero StarsZero Stars

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.

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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