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Posted by Eric on 01/25/2007
While the menu was interesting, it should not be this difficult to get a reservation at a restaurant. And eating at the bar is equivalent to eating dinner on a crowded subway. While the old building is beautiful, Babbo needs to create a more comfortable bar space for those waiting and those eating. And a constant busy signal is so 1998. It's time to hit the 21st century and join opentable.com. While yuppie 20-somethings are fine with waiting 2 hours for a mediocre meal, the rest of us have better things to do with our time.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/22/2007
My dad came to town on business and I usually frequent the same old neighborhood places. We decided we wanted some amazing italian and had never been to Babbo but heard great things. The second we walked in my dad turned to me and said, "I already can tell I will be coming back!" Food was the best I have EVER HAD, everything was amazing and I will be back AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN! I've only had better pasta sitting on the beach on the Lido island outside of Venice in Italy. The mushroom crepe was unlike anything I've ever tasted and the sorbet took my breath away. Don't even ask me about the Pumpkin ravioli...there are no words. J'adore Babbo <3 <3
Posted by Kim & Rick.... on 01/01/2007
It does not get much better, then eating at the bar at Babbo. Just had another great meal at the bar, and met so many nice people. The food was outstanding, the service, with Amanda, and LR was great, you cannot get any better. Thank you, for great meals and service throughoutt 2006, and our first meal for 2007 was outstanding! Sit at the bar, and enjoy a great meal, with great people. If you are staying in the city, please come here to enjoy a great meal, and a great time. Look for us at the bar!
Posted by Poor customer service on 12/28/2006
Had dinner at Babbo twice and loved it. Food and atmosphere were great, however the person I spoke to on the phone was very impolite. Customer sevice like that does let other people to experience such a great place like Babbo.
Posted by Barry on 12/20/2006
After a great first experience 3 years ago, I went back to Babbo two weeks ago and sat at the bar. While the bartender was great, I was disappointed and grossed out at having eaten what I later found out was the beak of the squid on my grilled calamari! For a restaurant of Babbo's reputation, that's just plain sloppy. The infamous Lambs Brains Ravioli was tasty but overrated. I barely tasted anything other than cheese and the sauce. Lastly, the dessert was a disappointment. Give me a canoli at an Italian bakery any day! My most recent attempt at dining at the bar was a plain disaster. I was told there would be an hour to an hour and a half wait for a bar table. With no where to sit or even stand in the very crowded bar area, my companion suggested we get a drink and come back in a half hour. When I asked the maitre'd if that would give us enough time he was extremely rude in informing me that this wasn't a reservation and if my name was called the person after me would be given the table. We took a chance anyway and when we returned in a half hour, were told that our table was gone, even though I was initially told that we'd have over an hour to wait. When my companion asked to put our name back in, she was informed (again, rudely) that the maitre'd had told me that if I left he was taking my name off of the list, which was a complete lie. So we left for good this time. While I understand Babbo is still a 'hot' restaurant, that doesn't excuse the extreme rudeness we encountered. Other restaurants with a long wait list and a small waiting area, like Mary's Fish Camp, will take your cell phone and call you when your table is ready. It's simple customer service and friendliness like that which will keep me going back to a restaurant and rudeness like I experienced last night which will keep me from ever eating at Babbo again. So if you're curious about what it's like to eat at a celebrity chef restaurant, remember to do so at your own risk, as the long wait
Posted by analisa's mom on 12/20/2006
My Husband and I just returned from NYC we had the pleasure of dining at Babbo, it was perfect from start to finish. We loved the atmosphere, the service and the food was just outstanding. We are both Chef's from Dallas and this was such a wonderful experience. We can't wait to go back.
Posted by Kim & Rick on 12/11/2006
My wife and I made our weekly visit to Babbo last night for our sunday dinner, and it could not have been better. After a quick drink while we waited for our seats at the bar, again the best place to eat. It was on to the feast. Two appetizers, a pasta mid course, dinner, and a great bottle of wine. The food could not have been better. Roasted pumkin salad for my wife, and the lambs tongue for me. Then the squid ink pasta with parsnips and panchetta for a mid course. For dinner my wife always has the garganelli with mushrooms, and for me tonight, I had the ribeye steak for two, just for me. It was done perfectly rare and with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar. The 1995 reserve brunello was an oustanding wine to pair with the food. Once again, the food and the service were great. Even with Mario missing, this place has not missed a beat. Between now and New Years, it maybe tough to get in, so I might want to wait until the tourists go back home.. We hope to see you there soon. Just look for us at the bar, we would love to talk to you...