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Posted by PlayerHater on 12/21/2004
WOW. A truly magnificent restaurant experience. While the food was superb, the service was even better. We were asked repeatedly how we were doing. I don't know about this Kramer guy - clearly he upset someone. Enjoy the food...love the service! Kramer, please cheer up and maybe you could be more polite to the service in the future.
Posted by Kramer on 12/15/2004
I have only been to Babbo once. The pasta (spicy linguine) and meat (rabbit) main courses I had were exceptional. The dessert (chocolate/pistachio semifreddo) was out of this world. Unfortunately, the service for this type of restaurant left much to be desired. (Just one of a few examples: The waitress NEVER came over to us throughout the entire meal to ask if everything was okay) I also found that there were few dishes on the menu that intrigue me enough for me to run back to this restaurant. If I do return, I would consider doing the pasta tasting menu. Because Il Mulino has great food AND great service, I still think it is the best Italian restaurant I have been to in NYC.
Posted by JAG on 11/15/2004
Do whatever you have to to get a reservation. After seventeen visits to this eatery I have never been even slightly disappointed. The food is second to none, the service nevers misses and Mario seems to always appear. In my opinion it is the ultimate dining experience.
Posted by Jean on 10/08/2004
I visited Babbo on Sunday, October 3, 2004. I will tell you this.. from the moment we stepped into the restaurant till the moment we left, we were enchanted. The atmosphere, the wait staff, the FOOD! While I cannot remember the Italian names for what we ate, everything was wonderful. The staff was more than friendly and willing to give us assistance: from which wine they recommended to the meals. We were not disappointed and neither will anyone that visits them. We have already spread the word to friends and family and look forward to visiting again. Thank you Mario!
Posted by Manu - Italy on 09/28/2004
Babbo was presented to me as the best italian restaurant in NY. I was super excited to try (I'm crazy for italian food & wines). I Tried to order as an appetizer Babbo Salumi plus some san daniele prosciutto. They told me I could not get it (They are not so flexible they can't mix cold cuts they said? Does it make sense?). I ordered San Daniele only. I must say it was an exceptional 24 to 28 months old San Daniele. (But it is easy to import high quality prosciutto). The rest of my meal was poorly done. My pasta was just OK and my coniglio alla cacciatora very disappointing. I asked a suggestion about a 1989 barbaresco (I did not know that producer), they told me it was very good.... in reality even if 1989 was a very good vintage in Piemonte, the bottle they recommended was just ok but "no body anymore was left... which means very bad producer". Need to try Babbo one more time, you cannot judge one restaurant the first time. But they need to try harder. And before they make very traditional recipies like coniglio alla cacciatora, they should travel to Italy one more time and see how good such a simple dish could be. If this is the best Italian restaurant in NY I know many friends that can do much much much better. But need to try it one more time. Give it a try anyway.
Posted by food lover on 08/25/2004
Found in a cute brownstone in the village was this food lover's paradise. Made reservations a month ahead and was so overjoyed to sit down tonight at dinner. The wait staff was amazing. We had the proscuitto san daniele appetizer and beet salad with ricata salata - both were excellent summery foods - the prosciutto was topped with shaved melon, horesradish, and arugala - yum. Next was beef cheeks ravioli and lamb chops w/ cumin yogurt - both were truly exsquisite! One of the best food jems in the city.
Posted by food luver on 08/20/2004
your first time. Pair with the wines. It is a great way to get the Babbo experience without trying to figure out the menu.