110 Waverly Pl., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
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 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 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 motherhen on 12/29/2009
Spectacular food, they allow you to choose items from tasting menu to create your own "mini" tasting menu. Had the frutti di mare and the baccala ravioli, both perfect. The Maitre d', the same one we've seen for years, is always very nice. The lady that takes reservations and confirmations is helpful and polite. The sommelier was knowledgeable and put on a fun show. I have a laundry list of complaints about the waiter that wouldn’t fit with the character restriction. He was unhelpful and complained about going up and down the stairs for bar orders. Management may contact me: Server 1484 Paul G Ck 2558 Husband refuses to leave a message tip. Busy, fun place, not stuffy. You can wear your orange crocs here! Will return for incredible food but will ask for a real waiter next time.
By seery2 on 10/9/2009
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.
By ksherry on 10/9/2009
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.
By lindie on 1/28/2009
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.
By carlyh on 6/25/2008
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).
By stephenm on 2/1/2004
If you want typical italian dishes prepared better than typical, go to babbo. The food and service are excellent. However, at this price, I would expect to be suprised and delighted by some inventive twist on the part of the celebrity chef, especially on the tasting menu.
By tbone on 2/1/2003
Since my wife's name is Bobbie, we decided to try Babbo. The food though a little too wild to be a regular here, we did love the food. And when Mario clomped past my table I had to shake his hand. We will be back, but not too often