Basta Pasta is definitely one of my favorite NY restaurants - the restaurant is set in Chelsea and is always bright and constantly lively. There's an open kitchen in the center of the room out of which lovely smells emanate and large rounds of cheese are constantly making their way to tables.
Smoked sliced duck breast with watercress and arugula ($11) - probably one of my favorite salads ever. The duck breast is incredible tender and has a really intense, smokey flavor. The bitterness of the arugula ties the entire salad together perfectly.
Fluke Carpaccio ($12) - very delicately flavored with a fine layer of "freshly grated" salt.
Spaghetti with shiitake, mozzarella & fresh tomatoes ($15) - my favorite dish! I love shiitake and it works really well with the mozzarella and perfectly ripe tomatoes.
Spaghetti with shrimp and okra ($14) - very spicy and fresh.