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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.

68% would go back.

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By CTchef on 10/22/2006

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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450 out of 905 people found this review helpful.

Oldest Trick in the Restaurant Book........

By Essen on 1/2/2006

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

For months have tried to get an 8pm reservation (30 days in advance)for 2 people. But Babbo won't accommodate a mere deuce in the middle of primetime since they would lose $$. Who wants to have an expensive romantic dinner at 5:30? Well there are other fish in the great sea of Manhattan dining.......

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445 out of 866 people found this review helpful.

Stick with Red Meat and Pasta!

By ywwan on 11/5/2005

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

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.

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383 out of 769 people found this review helpful.

Belive the hype!!!!

By Bollan on 8/15/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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360 out of 716 people found this review helpful.

HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT

By Ditas on 5/9/2004

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

Highly overrated. Nothing special or memorable about Babbo. Even had their house specialties, goat cheese tortellini, mint love letters, sweetbread, pappardelle bolognese, pancetta rapiena. I think we really gave it a chance, hoping it would deliver the goods and live up to its rating. Will not go back, Don't waste your time or money.

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234 out of 492 people found this review helpful.

perfectly prepared traditional italian

By stephenm on 2/1/2004

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

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.

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245 out of 443 people found this review helpful.

A rip off

By wierzbao on 11/12/2003

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

First, I have never seen restaurants in Italy which would give table at 5.30 or 11.30PM for dinner. Second, portion does not have to be microscopique to be good. Then, they could at least treat you like a customer. Only the wine was good.

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324 out of 656 people found this review helpful.

wow service beyond belief...food not bad either

By frankie on 9/21/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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...

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207 out of 394 people found this review helpful.

Magnificent

By Jeca9 on 4/29/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Babbo lives up to its reputation. The dishes are interesting, daring, and so very delicious. My only complaint is that I'd love to visit Babbo more often, if only I could afford the large bill. The food is worth the price however, for at least one visit.

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259 out of 517 people found this review helpful.

Great to eat at the bar!

By CityGirl3 on 4/17/2003

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

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!

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