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Babbo
Babbo

Babbo

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110 Waverly Place, New York City, NY 10011
(212) 777-0303
http://www.babbonyc.com/
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Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, opened by Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich in June 1998, is an exuberant celebration of the best of Italian food, wine and lifestyle. Hailed with a glowing 3-star review ... Read more
by Ruth Reichl of the New York Times shortly after its opening, Babbo has since been met with much critical acclaim, and was the recipient of the James Beard Foundation's Best New Restaurant Award for 1998. The menu is a roster of Chef Mario Batali's lusty creations, incorporating the best and freshest seasonal produce, Italian cheeses, meat, game and seafood, accented with fine Italian olive oils, traditional aceto balsamico and many unusual ingredients that will surprise and delight. The wine list represents one of the most extensive and intelligent collections in the city, and indeed the country, presided over by Bastianich and Beverage Director Alec Steidl and served by our expert wine and service teams. Babbo seats up to 90 diners in its split-level dining room, and has a lively bar area where patrons may enjoy a quartino (quarter-liter) of wine, or choose to have a full meal. We are located steps from Washington Square Park, in the center of romantic and colorful Greenwich Village.

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Miravet

This Greenwich Village Italian, which has a loyal following of regulars, will forever live on in infamy as the venue where the two sons of media mogul Rupert Murdoch tried to talk him out of marrying Wendi Deng (who he did but subsequently divorced). But don't let that put you off your appetiser.

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Local from New York City

Great attent to detail and delicious food. Gracious and helpful staff. Wine list is very nice.

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Local from Brooklyn

Babbo is exceptional from the moment you walk in the door. The upscale Italian food is delicious and the service is warm and attentive. A fantastic date spot. Intimate and down-to-earth. The biggest challenge is getting a table though walk-ins are possible for the counter, especially at off-peak times. Highly recommended. One of my favorite restaurants in the West Village and one of the nicest upscale Italian spots in town.

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Local from New York City

The Brasato al Barolo is absolutely amazing! It's crowded but worth it. Is the best Mario Batalli's restaurant.

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I went a long time ago and til this day I remember the food was awesome and the dessert was delicious everything was great I had a good experience there

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Local from New York City

One of the first Mario Batali restaurants that I ever have had an opportunity to eat at. As a young foodie, this was definitely one of my favorite restaurants.

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Local from New York City

I love Mario Batali's Italian restaurants. Del Posto is one of my favorite restaurants in the city, and Babbo isn't far behind. It is very hard to get reservations, and the tables in the cute carriage house are practically on top of one another, but the food and wine are amazing. I have never been disappointed by any of the mouthwatering pasta dishes.

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Local from Lincoln Center

Great restaurant for a special occasion on a cute tree lined block in greenwich village. The sommelier is extremely knowledgeable and can help you pick the best wine pairing for your meal. Book well in advance- one month to the day- as it's hard to get a reservation here.

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Local from New York City

Didn't quite live up to the hype for me, but the food was good and I'm glad we tried it.

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Minneapolis

My favorite restaurant in the city. You must call at 10:00 am exactly one month before you want a reservation but personally I prefer going without a reservation and eating at the bar. The bartenders are great and will make your experience even more memorable. Order a bunch of pasta dishes and split them. The will personally split every dish for you. Skip dessert, its nothing special. Check in on foursquare when you eat at the bar and get a free glass of prosecco!

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Pasta? Great. Service? Pretty bad. How can you have credibility when you never even ask your diners how the food is? Not once? Please.

We loved our pasta first courses, but the mains were nothing really to write home about and not in keeping with this restaurant's reputation or market position. My grilled branzino was unimaginative in composition and slightly overcooked, while a soft shell crab dish was definitely overcooked--the batter or breading was tough and burnt tasting, and the crabs used were a little too large for the dish. The high noise level for a 9:30 seating may be a trademark for Babbo, but it is simply stupid. When a table for two cannot have a conversation over your food, you are showing off. This level of cacaphony in piped in rap music plus chaotic, harried server conversations surrounding your table, just doesn't fit the food, the dining room, or the restaurant's purpose. Babbo was a turnoff to any more Batali-Bastianich outposts.

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Local from New York City

I like to think that I have some food sense when it comes to New York dining, and with that I will confidently say this is one of the best meals I have experienced to date. As with any New York top Restaurant, reservations can me made no more than 30 days in advance and if you would like to eat at a reasonable time aka between 7-9:30, you need to call 30 days out exactly to the day.

Knowing this, I stumbled in on a December night - no reservations made and was able to get a perfect spot at the bar. Dining at the bar at Babbo retains an intimate feeling so that you do not feel too crowded or in a neighbors conversation. It was the perfect setting for my experience.

We had the goat cheese ravioli, black lunguini with shrimp, and a protein that I was unfortunately too stuffed to eat. All were recommended by our bartender and the black linguini was a standout! She also was kind enough to pair a glass of wine with each course. Yes, this is a more expensive evening so best to be saved for a special and memorable occasion!

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Local from New York City

Fantastic Italian food served in a bustling and cheerful environment. This is a great place to go with a group, but it's not a good pick for those who dislike crowds or noise.

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great food, great service, great atmosphere - getting a reservation can be difficult - so, I prefer to walk in and sit at the bar

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San Francisco

HIGHLY recommend the pasta tasing menu, but have to warn you not to eat for at least a day ahead of time! So much pasta, but soooo good. The regular tasing menu is good too!

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San Francisco

Holy wow this was an expensive dinner. It’s hard for me to enjoy food when it is ungodly priced. Having said that, wow the food is amazing. If you don’t mind the light wallet, this is some seriously good eats.

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Jerusalem

The ultimate Italian food in New York City! First of all when you enter the restaurant you'll notice the special atmosphere. The background music is inspiring and making your dining experience even better. The service is fast and the staff are very nice. It's a little bit pricey, but if that's not a problem for you then you should be all set!

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Local from Sunnyside

Babbo is another of Mario Batali's restaurants that seem to be strewn across Manhattan. As usual, his dishes are typically conservative Italian. The decor is fantastic, as is the food and this might be Batali's masterpiece.

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Los Angeles

One of the best meals of my life. Chef Batali's creations are unpretentious and simply out-of-this-world delicious. The service was excellent and the sommelier was also very helpful. I have to specially mention their lamb -- it was incredibly tender and sweet, cooked to perfection. Also, their olive oil flavored gelato was amazing as well, try it if it's available on your night there.

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Durham

I don't much care about a chef's fame or fortune, but I do love me some good Italian food. Mario Batali's Babbo Ristorante and Enoteca serves up Italy-style Italian food: lamb's brain pasta, wild boar, gnocchi with oxtail. If you stay away from, say, the $80 duck's egg with white truffle, the prices are pretty reasonable.

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