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 kim34 on 3/19/2011
i love batali's restaurant....
By KristenShoark on 4/19/2011
I came here with a friend of mine and I have to say we weren't disappointed. The service was great and attentive and the several dishes we split were amazing. If your in the area you should definitely give it a try
By shamrock on 1/31/2003
From savory chickpea bruschetta to the infamous beef-cheek ravioli, Mario's molto interested in blowing your mind with creativity and cleverness with his high-rolling, rib-sticking peasant fare. The lovingly crafted pasta, succulent meats, delicate vegetable balances, and lambent finishes will seductively educate most, and delight the already sophisticated. Bonus for single women: When I beat my companions to the restaurant, I had a drink at the bar, and even though I wasn't dressed like a glamapuss, the debonair host and gentle bartender made me feel like one.
By dtulsa on 2/21/2003
this place is amazing -- if you're willing to eat animal faces. lamb's tongue salad, beef cheek ravioli, and pasta amatriciana (pig jowls) ended my vegetarian days.
By CityGirl3 on 4/17/2003
When you can't get in, which is all the time, eating at the bar is great. If you are with another person, the steak is truly amazing. Love the salads and that lamb pasta. But the bolognese is THE BEST!
By frankie on 9/21/2003
i cant get over the service here, they all know everything, its amazing, the waiters, the wine stewarts, even the coak check girl knew my name, the food is tremendous, the lamb dish is the best, the gnocchi pasta was great, and all the deserts very good.. a little expensive, but i guess its worth it...
By Bollan on 8/15/2005
Was recommended their classic tasting meny with wines. First out a cured salmon wich was quite poor and not italian at all. Then onto two fantastic pasta dishes (world class) especially the Papardelle. After that two mainstream main coarses good but not spectacular and hardly any "italian" about them. They then finished off our table with 4 !! different desserts. 2 fantastic ones and 2 below average. All in all a night with mixed impressions. Service just perfect as were the wine choices. But som of the dishes on the menu were just not up to the stantard. Should have been more "italian" and really dont do justice to their brilliant chefs. A tip just go a la carte.
By ywwan on 11/5/2005
One of my favorites, I have tried most of the menu. Mario Batali outdoes himself with the pasta and the flavored red meats, you really can't go wrong. My stand out favorites include the mint love letters, papardella with wild boar and the duck. Although he does a good job with the seabass, the branzino is only so-so and as a general matter, stick with the Asians (Japanese or Chinese) when it comes to fish. If you go to the trouble of booking a month in advance, indulge yourself with the tasting menu, the excellent pairing of wine with the different courses is well worth it.
By nycfoodie1234 on 1/8/2008
Babbo is truly one of those restaurants that you have to experience for yourself. The effort to get a reservation can be overwhelming (I bought mine on tablexchange.com), but once there it is worth every penny. The meat dishes are absolutely sublime, and its really worth trying all of the wild game on the menu. If you havent read the book Heat, its a great read, and will give you some additional perspective on the meal. http://nyc.tablexchange.com/restaurant/babbo Perfect date spot as well....if you cant get in try Lupa down the road