110 Waverly Pl., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
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
By FatBastard on 9/28/2007
I will try to conserve space, as raving about Babbo seems about as helpful to the general public as noting the skill of number 23 while he played ball. Every time I've been to Batali's flagship, I've been so satisfied. Don't bother with the entrees -- start with the cockles and then load up on pasta; some of my favorites include black spaghetti and both raviolis. Service is a highlight, with waitstaff unbelievably pleasant and sommelier someone to be trusted. It's not fun re-dialing for fifteen minutes starting at 10am one month to the numerical date in advance, but it remains worth one's while.
By Katie10023 on 9/24/2007
I can easily say that Babbo is my favorite restaurant in the city! Everything was wonderful about my experience. Service was the best!
By jane928 on 8/26/2007
Thrilled to get in on the first seating of the waiting list. Disappointed with the bartender as we waited for our table. He was very snobbish and purposely ignored us. The rest of the staff was wonderfully accomodating. We were the last on the list but received the best table! Our Service Manager Jim was outstanding!!! We were going to go with the tasting menu to get variety, but decided to order several different dishes and share. Jim matched what we ordered with the perfect wine selection. We could not have been more pleased with the entire experience after sitting down. Food was fabulous, service great (except the male bartender). We had a night to be remembered.
By daryasaze on 8/24/2007
overall a wonderful experience on our anniversary, the food especially was absolutely tremendous, we had the traditional tasting menu with the wine selection and were nearly blown away. perfect combinations of ingredients coupled with the right choice of wine is hard to come by in most places (i am usually terrified of tasting menus as a rule). one minor detail: too much staff. we sat upstairs, and the floors were shaking from the amount of waiters running around all the time. peace and quiet is not necessary in this place, but they could do with less people working there
By drangers on 6/19/2007
The food is totally delicious and service is wonderful. Highly recommended!
By motherhen on 12/27/2006
The food and service were phenomenal. My many questions and requests for specific recommendations were accommodated. We never felt rushed despite a full house and a very famous person actually waiting in the vestibule to be seated. Our table was at the top of the service staircase. I guess some would consider it an iffy seat but I loved it! I saw everything that came into the upstairs dining room. I had the grilled octopus and thought it was the best thing I ever put into my mouth until I ate the HUGE plate full of the black spaghetti with rock shrimp. Everything was served steaming hot, the pasta perfectly al dente. Dessert was a walnut and honey torta with gelato and pomegranate seeds. The waiter's wine-pairing recommendations were perfect. The ONLY negative thing I can say is the red leaf salad was plain and underdressed by my standards. The upstairs room was beautiful and cozy. The atmosphere was business casual. My husband wore jeans and didn't feel the least out of place. I would bring restaurant-seasoned children here. I would bring a date if my husband would give his blessing and pay for the meal.
By csb51 on 12/25/2006
I'm confused! I came across this site looking for information about another restaurant and noted the extreme differences in reviews. I've been to Babbo and I decided to see if the same existed and if the experiences were similar to mine. I discovered more of the same and based on some of these reviews you might not go. However, I consider Babbo one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. I made a last minute reservation and was pleased to get a table for two at 10:00 on a Saturday night (as not to have to drive back to CT afterwards we stayed in the city). We waited only 10 minutes at the bar, no big deal. We were escorted upstairs and waited on hand and foot by everyone. The recomended wine was paired perfectly with the meal (plus I was charged less than my stated budget). The food was outstanding beyond description and the staff did not miss a single thing. Every aspect of this eating experience was perfect and for NYC I would say the price was very reasonable. I can't wait to go back to Babbo again!
By nighthen on 11/10/2006
After a pleasant dinner only weeks before, I decided to revisit Babbo to try more dishes on MarioÂ’s inventive menu. Upon arrival, we were asked to wait by the bar. We sat down for a glass of wine. Ten minutes later, the host and hostess tells us to get up, not to be seated, but to make room for two patrons who wanted to eat at the bar. Now mind you, they did not politely ask, but instead rudely insisted that we wait standing. Even the bartender offered his apologies. After expressing my feelings to the pair about their blatant rudeness, they shamelessly explained with a snooty smirk on their faces that they make more money on two meals than on our drinks during our wait. Consistent with previous reviews about refusal to book tables for two during prime hours and refusal to seat partially arrived parties, it is obvious that someone has trained these employees that maximum revenue is more important than basic common courtesy and service ettiquette. This is a classic example of a hyped up restaurant that does not have to rely on service anymore to keep the tables full.
By CTchef on 10/22/2006
didn't want to go--hated Po back in the day (bad ideas and crass technique)--got dragged in by friends and it wont happen again! my marinated anchovies looked and tasted just like the jarred version from Spain, my pasta with baby octopus was inedible and bread, the only thing I ate, came a slice at a time upon request only. additionally the wine was not good and the second bottle wasn't any better--wasn't corked, was just dead in the bottle, a poor choice of the wine buyer. plates were bussed with total indifference like no one cared or noticed that two out of four people left their food uneaten.