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Posted by Ara on 02/04/2010
My friend made reservations a month beforehand. She is always raving about Babbo. it was my first time. After reading reviews, I prepared for the snootiest staff but it really wasn't bad. Everyone was pleasant. The maitr'd was a bit disingenuous but not rude at all. Anyway, we were 10 minutes early but led immediately to our table, the perfect cozy last table in the corner. Waiter was pleasant, cocktails were good, and food arrived in a timely fashion. (A little too timely maybe.) I had the gulf shrimp appetizer which was served cold but delicious if you like tart. I had the beef cheek ravioli and it was wonderful. Not one bit was left on my plate. My friend's pappardelle was overdone, we really should have returned it. Other than that our meals were great. The waiter was a bit overattentive to the tables next to us but I guess it's understandable being that they prob meant more money for him. They were bigger and ordered heavily. We were absolutely stuffed with out orders and squeezed in the spumoni/ice cream dessert to share which was pretty huge. We didn't even finish it. All in all, a wonderful night. The bill was very reasonable and I would definitely go back.
Posted by igglesfan on 12/03/2009
I waited a month for my table, I guess that is normal. Had a 15 minute wait for the table but we saddled up to the bar and didn't have major issues. Got a nice table for two on the side, ordered a nice bottle of wine. Opted for a meat platter, pasta bolognese, and skirt steak. All were phenominal. Wife had raw scallop and a fish dish for the main course that she also enjoyed. Service was mostly very good, though I do understand the snooty vibe that some reviewers have felt, also we were charged for a drink that we did not order, but they fixed it quickly. Overall, a really wonderful meal.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/02/2009
Excellent service, the food was outstanding. The best cheesecake I have ever had!
Posted by The Bethel Family on 11/04/2009
There may be one or two in NYC comparable to Babbo but it would be darn nigh impossible to be better. We celebrated an engagement in the family here and if the quality of the relationship turns out to follow the quality of the evening we experienced at Babbo, then my son and his fiancee have lots to look forward to in the years ahead. Food, wines, service, comfort and ambiance were of the highest order and what surprised us most was the reasonableness of the cost, having regard to the superlative experience. Without any doubt we shall be returning each time we are in NYC.
Posted by SamT on 10/11/2009
I just had dinner here with my parents for my birthday and it was an amazing experience. We got the traditional tasting for the whole table and each course was sheer culinary perfection. Even the most simple elements were done to such a high degree of flavor. Among the dishes involved one with the most delicious tomato sauce I have EVER had. The pacing of the courses was spot on, too. We were never rushed, our meal lasted about 3 hours, but flew by really quickly. The waiter was very informative, and his descriptions of the food and wine enhanced the flavor incredibly. I hope my parents tipped him well. He even brought out the complimentary cookie plate with a candle and "Happy Birthday, Sam!" written in chocolate. Bravo, Chef Batali!
Posted by Lee J. on 08/26/2009
With all the rave about this place you would expect the most spectacular experience. The food was well prepared, but considering the great food in this city, it's not worth the hike. The service is sub par and you feel rushed by the staff, probably because they want you to finish so they can turn over the table. I understand collective service where you're served in unison by the entire wait staff, but in fine restaurants you should be able to recognize the main server of the table. This concept is attempted but lost at Babbo, in the sense that you don't know who to ask for, nor whom to ask it from. I've been to all of Mario Batali's restaurants and feel they all have the same theme. The insincerity of the staff makes the entire experience disappointing. There is so many great restaurants in NYC with equal and better food that I will spend my time and money elsewhere.
Posted by familyfoodie on 07/10/2009
Not sure who you meant to review. Babbo is my favorite restaurant in NYC, but don't go for lunch, they are open for dinner only