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Posted by village local on 10/07/2005
Babbo is one of those rare restaurants that manages to feel both like the treat of a lifetime and like a family dinner at your favorite uncle's house. The food is unapologetically extravagant, but also unapologetically comforting, like the upscale Italian version of a chicken pot pie. The beef cheek ravioli, in its earthy sauce of squab liver and black truffles, tastes like nothing so much as the culinary equivalent of velvet. It's the small things that make you feel at home: the generous shaving of white truffles on pappardelle, the waitstaff that assures you "we can put truffle on pretty much anything; just ask", the waiter who somehow knows you've been there before, even though the last time you snagged a reservation was over six months ago. And even though the man at the table next to you might be proclaiming the health benefits of beer and showing some chest hair under his unbuttoned button-down, at Babbo he tends to affectionately remind you of your eccentric uncle rather than make you feel your party's been crashed. Must be the wine -- from Bastianich's family vinyard.
Posted by Len&Wen on 09/12/2005
I was a little worried after reading some of the reviews, but my wife, friends, and myself must have gone at the right time. We went after the theatre for an 11:00 PM reservation. The dinner and service were perfect. The wait staff was extremely knowledgeable, knowing everything on the menu and making excellent recommendations. The wine list is amazing and the sommelier truly knows has wine. We had various items: from the heirloom tomatoes, funghi, and pasta; fluke, beef and lamb; right down to the grappa and dessert - everything was superb. We were never rushed, leaving around 2:00 AM. We all agree that this is one of our favorite restaurants.
Posted by Overrated on 09/05/2005
My brother has been nagging me for 3 months now... finally we go to Babbo with some friends and order 4 small appetizers, 2 pastas, 4 main course, and dessert. The only thing i liked was the dessert. i thought the beef was too dry, the duck was ok, the fish didn't have much taste,... i do not plan to return. Still the service was wonderful, they were all very friendly and the meals came out one after another.
Posted by Sarah B on 08/22/2005
I did not have a pleasant experience at Babbo. Firstly, our waiter was rude and conceited. The music really did not fit the atmosphere. Although the Rolling Stones are a great band, it seemed odd to listen to them in such an atmosphere. I am a lover of food and my dinner was wonderful. But, I have had better elsewhere. (Arnaud's in New Orleans is a great example of what truly good food and service is all about) In my opinion, Babbo is all hype. However, the food snobs that work and frequent this restaurant are quite amusing. Also, I felt rushed. The upstairs bathroom is extremly small. If you are planning a group meeting or get together at this restaurant, I would advise against it. To truly experiment with food and learn to love it, you should be in an open, fun environment.
Posted by uppereastside on 08/20/2005
This remains one of the great restaurants of NYC but the calibre of the clientele falls daily. The man at the table next to us asked his date if she had ever had an "artichok-ee". When she asked what it was, he said that it was one of those green things on which you sucked the leaves. This mentality of the lower proletariat reigned on all sides. However, what we had to eat was wonderful and we could not have had better service.
Posted by baker37 on 08/16/2005
We dined at Babbo May 13th, around 9pm. Our waiter was pretentious and snobby. When my husband questioned him about some items on the salad menu, he quipped "Sir, if you're looking for a green salad you won't find it at Babbo". I wish I had reminded him that WE were dining at Babbo, while HE was working at Babbo. The food was excellent, but the service was such a turn off I wouldn't return.
Posted by anonymous on 08/02/2005
Babbo has good food. Their ravioli, esp the goose liver sauce is to die for. But my overall experience there was not pleasant. The NY Times gives Babbo 3 stars raving about their food and service. But I would have to disagree. Their wait staff is not pleasant nor are their maitre d's. The whole time I felt like we were being rushed. They were not friendly. I personally would not go back because of the service which ruined my appetite. Babbo did not live up to my 3 star expectations.