Friday, December 7, 2012

New York: Becco

We were all able to secure a flight out of NYC that week on Friday so Thursday night was our last dinner in NYC.  We walked around Hell's Kitchen for a bit, looking for a place to eat.  At first we though sushi, then it turned into BBQ, and then we finally decided on Becco. 

355 W 46th St 
Between 9th Ave & 8th Ave 
New York, NY 10036 
Hell's Kitchen

Becco, means to peck and nibble.  The bird logo is quite fitting haha.

Complimentary starters.

white bean
I forgot what they called it, but I'm just gonna call it white bean hummus :P  It's exactly like a hummus but instead of garbanzo beans, they use white beans.


Assortment of bread.  The bread at the front with the rosemary and caramelized onion was very good.  Salty though.

fattoria paradiso sangiovese
Becco is known for having a $25 wine list, so we picked a Fattoria Paradiso Sangiovese.

prosciutto san daniele
Our antipasti.

prosciutto san daniele
Prosciutto San Danielle.  You can choose between San Danielle or di Parma.  I'm a fan of San Danielle.

parmigiano reggiano
Chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano.

veal with tuna aioli
Tonnato di Vitello.  Roasted veal loin sliced paper thin & topped with diced plum tomato, capers, scallions & tuna aioli.  I was not a fan of this... thanks to the tuna aoili.  It was like tasting creamy canned tuna on top of veal.

So we found out that the only pasta option is if you order the Sinfonia di Paste, which is unlimited pasta.  There's three different pastas daily and those are the options.  Instead of ordering individual pastas, the guys just ordered an entree, with the unlimited pastas as an add-on.  Janice just got the Sinfonia di Paste.

penne bolognese
Penne Bolognese.  Probably my favorite out of all of them.  Heaty meat sauce.

gnocchi gorgonzola
Gnocchi Gorgonzola.  It was good, but gnocchi was definitely overcooked so it was very soft and mushy.  

being served
Server serving the spaghetti from the pan.  That's probably the reason why the pastas are so overcooked since it just sits in the pan while the servers are serving it.

spaghetti marinara
Spaghetti Marinara.  Overcooked as well.

caesar salad
Comes with Caesar's Salad.

Jimmy's Porterhouse d’Agnello.  Grilled domestic porterhouse lamb chop with scaffata, and finished with extra virgin olive oil.

ox shank
Edwin got the Osso Buco alla Becco.  Braised veal shank served with farro tossed with butternut squash.  Very heavy and hearty.  They also give you a small spoon for the marrow.

joe's veal
Link and I went for the Costoletta di Vitello alla Joe.  “Joe’s Veal Chop” grilled & served with garlic mashed potatoes, caramelized shallots & escarole with prosciutto, then finished with extra virgin olive oil.  Very thick piece of veal.  Cooked perfectly.

garlic mashed
The super garlicky mashed potato.

In the end, Becco was more like an Italian steakhouse than a pasta place.  Nothing to complain about, but we had crazy food coma once we were done.  I think Edwin, Link, and I were tired both mentally and physically from everything that happened that week when Sandy hit.  It was fun since it was with good friends (bromantic trip) and everything is more fun with alcohol but we were definitely ready to go home.