110 Waverly Pl., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
By dy4L on 3/16/2011
It was my first time dining with them. We were sat immediately, lovely ambiance and punctual service. Server was knowledgeable of the menu. Our appetizers of pumpkin lune, mint love letters and octopus were absolutely delicious. Everything was excellent until our entrees arrived. It took about an hour from when we sat to see our server again. Never came back to see if everything was okay, refill our drinks, when we asked the manager for another martini- came back with the wrong drink. It took almost 2 hours for our entrees to arrive, when it did the lamb was over cooked. But the saving grace of it all were the desserts, especially the maple mascarpone cheesecake. The food was exceptional but the cheesecake made the meal. We just expected much more of the service from a restaurant of this caliber.
By jonasark on 2/15/2011
Maintains all the pomp of a celebrated place but the service is snooty, and the food (esp the pasta dishes) feel mass produced, flat and uninspired - the assembly line feel in the kitchen is tangible in the presentation.
By mmstandard45 on 11/30/2010
I have been here only once for a birthday celebration. Service was great and attentive. The seafood dish were delicious and flavorful. We were all drinking a lot that night but the food still a pleasant and interesting experience. The decor was classy and beautiful! I look forward to going back again!
By Mangetout on 10/11/2010
I organized a (very early--it's still hard to get a reservation here) dinner at Babbo with eight friends and colleagues, and we all looked forward to the event with great anticipation, given this restaurant's reputation. The atmosphere of the restaurant is warm and pleasant. Our waiter was efficient, but stiff and unfriendly--he provided a real contrast to the sort of warm-while-extremely-professional service that good NYC restaurants (Gramercy Tavern, Gotham, etc.) seem to take pride in (as well they should). The food was delicious, of course, although not life-changing, and one might almost expect it to be the latter considering the price of a meal here. Overall, I'm glad we went, in part just to see what the fuss is about.
By woodman on 7/4/2010
We just completed reading the negative reviews that were posted. Are you people here living on earth? Do you have no dining sense at all? Let me tell you about Mario's place, Babbo. We made our reservation a month in advance and flew in from Toronto Canada on the July 4th long weekend. This was probably the highlight of our weekend to NYC. Upon entering Babbo we were treated with the utmost regard. We were a few minutes early but were able to get our seating right away. In short, the wait staff were not only knowledgeable about all menu items, but also extremely accommodating to our every need. The Sommelier was kind and took the time to explain our wine choice(s), made alternative reccommendations and was well versed in the art of wine. The food - second to none. I won't get into everything we had that evening but the Porcini mushroom tasting menu was amazing as was the carne cruda. Everything else was WOW! As an Italian myself, I am somewhat discriminating when it comes to Italian restaurants. But Babbo meets all of my expectations and then some. We've dined in some of the best 5-Star restaurants in the U.S. and we can confindently say that Babbo is at the top of our list. Overpriced? No! Pretentious? No! Value for money? Absolutely! We can't wait to go back and experience once again the true dining experience.
By JudgeJudy on 5/8/2010
Bustling Bar when you first enter is the attempt to be "cool" and "seen" (yawn). The food isn't special and it's over priced. LUPA is the restaurant to go for special italian food, not Babbo. BOO Babbo!
By twice on 4/26/2010
i have to disagree with the prior comments on the service. i found the host, server and sommelier all very professional and helpful as well as happy to provide suggestions. if you can't get a reservation, trying walking in at 5 and you might snag one of the tables near the bar. it's close quarters but comfortable and we bonded with our neighboring tables. the food was, of course, unforgettable. try the osso bucco for two!
By aliabarca on 4/5/2010
A high priced, no service restaurant with lots of attitude and no class. Horrific wait staff. Mediocre cocktails. No attention to detail. Water glasses sit empty forever, no butter is brought with the bread. Questions are answered in a rushed and surly manner. The only real workers are the poor busboys who work like slaves. But the waiters are pretentious and have no class and don't give a damn about giving good service. The food is good but everything else is so bad, that you won't enjoy the food you'll be so pissed off at the service. A pretentious over-rated restaurant with terrible service. Avoid it if you can.
By danac123 on 2/18/2010
Finally I made it to Babbo. I had the Tasting menu with the wine pairing. The food and wine was very good but the waiter was "pushy". Our reservation was for about 9 pm and I assume that he wanted us to finish and go. I hope that next time I will get better service . I will give it another chance in the future.
By kanichols17 on 2/2/2010
Terrible experience at Babbo. The service was poor (rude even) and they were unwilling to accommodate the entire table due to one person's allergy (the person was willing to eat anything that didn't have wheat). Everyone at the table wanted to do the tasting menu and they refused to serve the entire table as they could not accommodate the allergy (even though the person with the allergy offered to eat something else or only the portions without wheat). Not only did they refuse to accommodate us, the server was rude and offensive in her communication of the issue. An unfortunate experience at a place we used to frequent and an embarrassment in this day and age.