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Babbo

110 Waverly Pl., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
212-777-0303

Avg. Rating

8
Food: 8
Service: 7
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

69% would go back.

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traditional tasting menu

By seery2 on 10/9/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

The tasting menu was completely unbalanced. It started off strong with a parmesan custard paired with a duck breseola, followed by two satisfying pasta dishes and one small but excellent pork entree. However, four of the eight tasting courses were dessert. Although they were delicious, this was excessive, and frankly a little sickening. We cannot recall a single vegetable which was served to us in the entire 8 course tasting menu. We find this disturbing and wonder who is planning these menus. It would have been an excellent experience if two of the dessert courses would have been substituted with more savory dishes (for instance a vegetable, salad or seafood option would have been great). That still would have left two more dessert courses, more than enough to satisfy any normal person's sweet tooth. Each course was excellent on its own, but this much sugar is overkill. We left feeling jealous of our neighbors' savory entrees.

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94 out of 166 people found this review helpful.

Business Dinner

By ksherry on 10/9/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Babbo.... Elegant environment, very white and crisp. Tables downstairs and upstairs. Restaurant was unassuming. We had a group of 7, and we did the pasta sampler, paired with wine tasting for $120/person. It was a great deal. Each course was better than the next, and the wine pairings were superb. With that being said, there is a lot of wine and a lot of food. You get almost a full glass with every course. The Black Squid pasta was great, as was the ravioli. I thought the service was appropriate - The dinner lasted 3+ hours - we definitely could have cut that down. Net net, food wise , one of the best places i've been to in the city. Everything we had was better than the next.

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69 out of 134 people found this review helpful.

BABBO: THE WORST NIGHT OF OUR LIVES

By BrunoMastretta on 9/21/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

THE WORST NIGHT OF OUR LIVES: The bold men at the entrance is extremely rude. He ignored us and kept me and my wife waiting for 2 ours standing up, and when we complained he even yelled at us!!!. 1)Mr. Batalli:Why low class employees?; 2)Rank:Food is not that good -27 Zagat ranked? Never!; 3)Clients:OPEN YOUR EYES!; 4)Zagat&other Rankers: Be objective!. Dont loose the credibility to pamper Mr. Battali…, without that this is only a restaurant directory.

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69 out of 143 people found this review helpful.

Not much I can say...

By TheForestEnds on 6/4/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

Most words are just not sufficient to describe the beauty of Babbo. I have been several times, but never had the tenacity to write a review. Here it is: JUST PLAIN AMAZING. The mystique behind this little gem makes you want to love the food, but then, bam, the food proves itself. I walked in and got a bar seat immediately, tonight around 10, and I was treated very well. I had the stinging nettle pappardelle with wild boar ragu. Amazing. Then, the hazelnut chocolate cake with hazelnut gelato. A revelation. Go to Babbo. That is my only advice.

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64 out of 123 people found this review helpful.

IT SUCKS

By camilogpg on 3/3/2009

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Worst experience of my life!!! The maitre is unfriendly and displeasing, so are the waiters, and the sommelier. The food is crappy as well....skip it, better go to SBARROS

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78 out of 171 people found this review helpful.

Good but making reservations is a joke

By lindie on 1/28/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have been here a few times - the food is very good for sure - but good luck getting a reservation - their system is an antiquated joke - their phone is constantly busy, you have to book reservations a month in advance and if you don't call before 11AM you are out of luck - on top of that, every time I call I am kept on hold for at least 10 minutes, which is just rude. They should consider getting a better system if they are so great that they need to make reservations a month in advance - the ordeal of making reservations alone is not worth the effort and neither is the restaraunt.

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63 out of 123 people found this review helpful.

FRAUD

By briminyc on 12/18/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

Everything was going great at Babbo. We ordered the goose liver ravioli to share, along with several other starters. Although the ravioli tasted excellent, it had a bit of a bite which I discussed with the server. The server proceeded to inform me that "goose liver ravioli" was not exclusively goose liver but also contained pork and chicken. This is nothing short of FRAUD. Anyone who is a fan of goose liver knows full well that it has a very different taste than chicken or pork. It didn't necessarily matter to me that it wasn't 100% goose liver, but it is inexcusable for the menu to state something other that what it was. It did not matter how good the rest of the food was after learning this. Shame on Mario for misrepresenting the food on his menu! I will not be back.

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71 out of 159 people found this review helpful.

Vegetarian at Babbo.

By carlyh on 6/25/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Somehow, my family and I managed to walk up to the door of Babbo at dinner-time on a Wednesday and get seated upstairs immediately. My boyfriend, a huge foodie, could not believe our luck & I did not understand how unusual this is until I called him, bragging, from Babbo's cramped, one-person bathroom. All in all, the service was impeccable and the waiters were sweet, attentive, & not too overbearing. But being vegetarian, I found that the restaurant had little to offer besides my dish -- the goat cheese tortellini with orange drizzle & fennel. I also ordered the funghi appetizer which I found to be much too salty, and could hardly finish it. My parents & brother were very satisfied with their meals, but being meat-eaters, this seemed much more expected. I found the place to be very well priced when paired against all the hype it gets, & walked out of the restaurant feeling satisfied -- but not blown away -- by the food and overall experience. Though the ambiance is great, Babbo is not the first place I would consider when in the mood for Italian (although I might test it out someday but better prepare for the carnivorous menu).

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54 out of 100 people found this review helpful.

what a crappy experience!

By judycyr on 6/22/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I am a food lover and particularly enjoy good food. The restaurant came highly recommended so I brought 3 of my friends who flew in from Amsterdam. All I can say is it was at best average. If you want a boring $17.00 salad go there and order the arugula salad. Trust me you can do much better at home. I ordered a ravioli that had black truffles. Without that description you would never have known it. All in all it was a waste of money and a boring experience.

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66 out of 133 people found this review helpful.

Pomp and circumstance

By nuriselena on 6/16/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

To be fair, the food was excellent. That said, the music was too loud, the staff was too pompous and the service was nothing short of awful. It started when the wait staff could not be bothered with questions; they were outright feisty. Did I mention the music was too loud! I thought maybe they had a rough day or I was too sensitive. Nah, I have heard of others with similar stories. I don't get all the pomp and circumstance. I don't like being mistreated by the wait staff, I would never do it to them. I think me and my AMEX will be dining someplace else with our very special guests.

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