On the Road Exploring Restaurants Inspired by Great Chefs
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Becco in Hells Kitchen
Very nice way to start your meal
Stinging Nettle Soup Tastes Better than it looks
This week I was in New York and wanted to try some new restaurants. I was staying on the West side at Ink48 and was looking for a place to eat the first night I was there. The concierge and a lady who had written a book on Hell's Kitchen suggested Lidia Bastianich's Becco. Becco is a busy restaurant but I was luck to score a great table a I walked in. As I was eating I noticed the early-bird crowd was flowing out as new people flowed in. The name Becco is derived from the Italian verb, beccare, which means to peck, nibble, or savor something in a discriminating way. Becco is the type of restaurant where you can get a high quality meal at a very fair price. They started the meal out with a plate of bread, sweet pepper hummus and some great olives. I ordered to start a bowl of the Stinging Nettle Soup which was the soup of the day, my guess this was less than 50 calories and very healthy. Stinging Nettle is a cousin of poison ivy, it is blanched to remove the toxins and then prepared in a vegetable broth and topped with a dollop of soft cheese. It was very tasty!! Every entree comes with a Caesar Salad which is pretty decent. My main course was braised veal shank served with farro tossed with butternut squash. What I like about this veal shank besides how moist and flavorful it was, was that it did not come with the typical root vegetable melange. It came on a bed of farrow with a tomato base Italian gravy. Overall the meal was very good. If you have a chance to go there look into their all you can eat pasta offering which allows you to choose any or all of three fresh daily pastas. Overall I recommend Becco my only complaint is that the service is just OK not great.