37 W 17th St. New York, NY 10011bastapastanyc.com•
Apparently “Basta” means “enough” in Italian. And one bite was more than enough to know this place is as FAR as you can get from 4 stars. What is wrong with you Yelpers?
The only thing worthy of note was the cranberry iced tea. Both appetizers and both entrees were as tasteless as the menu they were printed on. I guess the whole Italian-Asian fusion thing isn’t as easy to pull off as Mexican-Asian.
But to get more specific, the duck salad was eh. The yellowtail carpaccio was anything but carpaccio, thicker than most sashimi. Both the pumpkin gnocci and the silk handkerchief pasta were as bland as balsa wood. In fact, everything was so lack-luster we cut our losses and didn’t even bother with dessert.
I couldn’t wait to get back to my office so I could grab a piece of gum to get the taste of “blah” out of my mouth, but the torture would continue for another 15-20 minutes just to get the check, even after having to ask for it.
What a waste of a lunch date with the wife.