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110 Waverly Pl., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
Oldest Trick in the Restaurant Book........
By Essen on 1/2/2006
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.......
By camilogpg on 3/3/2009
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
A rip off
By wierzbao on 11/12/2003
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.
Terrible experience! You ruined my night!
By faacon on 2/13/2016
It was my second time at Babbo. I chose the place because I wanted a romantic Italian atmosphere after the Opera so... The food was OK, the wine was OK - although very pricy, few bottles below $100, even the ordinary ones that you usually pay $40 in other places - but the point of my disappointment was the terrible loud heavy-metal rock music playing non-stop in a very pumped up volume! I could't even talk to my partner and had difficulties communicating with the waiter... I felt like I was at an Irish Pub instead! Those ones with Live music! I tried real hard to forget about that but it was really annoying... I complained to the waiter and he said he couldn't do anything about it as it was a "manager's" choice! After that I had no options but ask for the check and leave without finishing my pasta and my vino... Congratulations Mr. Manager, you ruined what was supposed to be the perfect night for me! Hope to never see you again.
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.
what a crappy experience!
By judycyr on 6/22/2008
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.
Unwilling to accommodate guests
By kanichols17 on 2/2/2010
Terrible experience at Babbo. The service was poor (rude even) and they were unwilling to accommodate the entire table due to one person's allergy (the person was willing to eat anything that didn't have wheat). Everyone at the table wanted to do the tasting menu and they refused to serve the entire table as they could not accommodate the allergy (even though the person with the allergy offered to eat something else or only the portions without wheat). Not only did they refuse to accommodate us, the server was rude and offensive in her communication of the issue. An unfortunate experience at a place we used to frequent and an embarrassment in this day and age.
A shadow of what was probably a good restaurant
By jonasark on 2/15/2011
Maintains all the pomp of a celebrated place but the service is snooty, and the food (esp the pasta dishes) feel mass produced, flat and uninspired - the assembly line feel in the kitchen is tangible in the presentation.
over rated, no consistency
By francat on 3/5/2003
I have been there many times, some great some really disastrous, with those prices, I just don't want to take a chance again.
Rude & Detached Mercenary Staff
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.
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