Basta Pasta

Restaurants, Italian Flatiron
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Basta Pasta
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
Address: 37 W 17th St
New York
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
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Robert C

I'm been coming here since the day it opened and in addition to the always excellent service and great food, this has to be the most accommodating staff in NYC.


Japanese pasta! Speaks to my heart. I went with two other friends and we went to town ordering multiple appetizers (braised octopus, duck breast), three pastas (uni pasta, spaghetti in a cheese wheel, handkerchief pasta), and lamb chops. I also ordered this non-alcoholic drink that was delicious. People unfamiliar with Japanese Italian food may be a little hesitant about the combination, but trust me it's worth checking out. Make a reservation if you plan to come - this place gets very busy.


Think of it as Japanese-Italian fusion in which the pastas are a "cleaner" and lighter version of what people may think of as authentic Italian cuisine. I personally prefer these pastas over the classics because of the different tastes. I recommend the uni pasta for any uni lovers and the spaghetti with prosciutto is a classic because you get to watch your pasta being made inside of a cheese wheel.