• Critics’ Pick
  • Babbo

  • Italian $19-$38
  • 110 Waverly Pl.
    New York, NY 10011
  • Neighborhood: West Village
  • Phone: 212-777-0303
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So much of what we take for granted when we go out to eat Italian — or go out to eat, period — began with Babbo: Fine dining with a rock-and-roll soundtrack. Allegiance to both the most classic Italian recipes and the most local, seasonal ingredients. The bearlike embrace of offal — those lamb’s tongues, that testa, those sweetbreads and calf’s brains! And let’s not forget wine by the quartino; pasta tastings; and all that evocative, goofily charming menu language like Mint Love Letters and Spicy Two Minute Calamari Sicilian Lifeguard Style (is that really how Sicilian lifeguards do lunch?). When the joint opened in 1998, there wasn’t another Italian restaurant like it. And to Mario Batali and his partner Joe Bastianich’s credit, it feels just as fun and fresh today.

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    Mon, 5:30pm-11:30pm Tue-Sat, 11:30am-2pm and 5:30pm-11:30pm Sun, 5pm-11:00pm

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    Full Bar

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