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“Thoroughly enjoyed the evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Basso56

Basso56
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Ranked #71 of 13,559 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Midtown
Description: Fine dinning restaurant
San Francisco, CA
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99 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Thoroughly enjoyed the evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

We recently flew in from SF to meet up with some friends from Sweden for dinner. Our friends picked the restaurant based on reviews on TripAdvisor. Thanks everyone - great suggestion! First of all - the service was outstanding!! Our server was originally from Russia - and she really hit it off with our Swedish friends which made for a fun part of the evening (and later she brought us Limoncello shots on the house). We have access to a lot of great Italian food in SF, so our standards are pretty high. I have to say that we really enjoyed the meal at Basso56. The food was interesting - creative and unusual without being wacky or too far out. All the ingredients were extremely fresh and everything was prepared to perfection. And they offered negroni's - always a hit with me - we ordered them for the table, and everyone enjoyed. Perfectly balanced so the Campari did not overwhelm the drink. We also enjoyed the wine list - which had a really nice selection at a variety of price points. We found a great Amarone - which is generally hard to find in restaurants and retail in SF - so we jumped all over it. In fact, they had several Amarone's - and the price was close to SF retail for the one we chose. It was great and helped us create our own atmosphere at the table. In summary, excellent service...really great drink options...super food...loads of fun vibe. Really great meal with outstanding company! We had a great time and would return.

  • Visited June 2013
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NYC
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195 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

Very nice New York experience. The place was packed on a Friday evening but our table for 6 was reserved and waiting. This is a tight space but once you're seated everything works out fine.
Excellent soft-light ambiance. The food is very good, though not crazy "wow" for our 1st time. But everyone enjoyed their meal and we would all go back. Our server was excellent,

  • Visited May 2013
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New York City, New York
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Overrated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013

I have lived in Manhattan for about a year and when my family and I were going to see a show at Carnegie, I thought this place would be perfect. Based on the reviews here, I expected better food. The service was great from start to finish and it was fast, but the food just wasn't that good. My mother-in-law makes a better veal parmesan and the bucatini all'amatriciana was just chunky and didn't taste right, especially when you compare it to the same dish at Batali's Lupa- which is surprisingly rated worse than this restaurant). The buffalo mozzarella appetizers were pretty good, as was the tiramisu dessert.

However, the bill gets out of control way too fast! Our bill was over $250 for 4 of us after my husband and I split our entree and we each only had one drink. 2 mozzarella apps, 4 glasses of wine, 3 entrees, 1 dessert= $250? Maybe $150, but not $250 and not for that quality of food. It wasn't NY italian and tasted like something you could get at Macaroni Grill, seriously. If you want the best chicken parm of your life and a classier experience for the same price just a couple avenues further away, go to Bello.

  • Visited June 2013
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3 Thank starlight1384
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Miami
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nice food and wonderful staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

We took our grandchildren , 6&9, for their birthdays. Although there is not a children's menu, the staff was very accommodating - made sure everyone was happy and food allergies were addressed. They graciously cleaned up an accidental spill and our waitress Violetta served us quickly and professionally. We would definitely return on a more relaxing evening!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Tbyrich
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“stood to expections”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

A very pleasant Italian restaurant in mid Manhattan. The food was well prepared and tasty. Service was excellent. A large and reasonably priced wine list. Overall a good value/price.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Alon Y
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