Originally part of a Tokyo-based chain, Basta Pasta draws a predominantly Asian clientele to the pink-linened dining room, facing an open kitchen. Seared foie gras perched atop a brilliant saffron risotto cake mimics a luxe piece of sushi (it’s too small but dazzling). Mussels, clams, shrimp and squid are bathed in tomato sauce and piled over spaghetti; lobster salad with snap peas and a lemon aioli is charmingly springlike, and a nice preface to heftier entrées like grilled sea bass or braised short ribs. Service is gracious and personable, and thank-yous from the staff abound.
|Venue name:||Basta Pasta||Contact:|
37 W 17th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth and Sixth Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri noon–2:30pm, 6–11pm; Sat 6–11pm; Sun 5–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F to 14th St, L to Sixth Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $18. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|