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Posted by nyceatsalot on 02/12/2009
I'd love to know what you had that was so complicated and made the dish mediocre? Almost every dish on the menu is simple Italian cuisine and if you lived there you should know. Lots and lots picky nonsense in these reviews. I just don't understand and for you to say that most of the diners were not New Yorkers is ridiculous, I am a regular at Babbo and there are so many people that I see weekly it's insane. The restaurant has not been open this long and doing this well with "mediocre" food.
Posted by Steve on 02/09/2009
For a restaurant that took us months to book with celebrity-status hype, we were expecting much more. I don't consider myself a food critic, but having lived in Italy, I know the difference between good Italian food and great Italian food. Apart from the tripe, which was phenomenal, the rest of the dishes were poorly cooked, or just mediocre. I understand there might be the occaisional sub-par dish, but when only 2 out of the 6 we ordered were good, this causes some problems. I thought many of the dishes were trying too hard or too complex. Not to say the food was bad, but for the money we paid, we would've been better off someplace else.
Posted by Union Square Gal on 01/23/2009
Boy did I toil over these reviews. I think I read just about every single one... now it's my turn. My boyfriend took me to Babbo for my birthday (this month Jan 2009). I had to be pretty military about making the reservation- and got one for 10pm.. on a Tuesday. I felt bad making my boyfriend suffer through my desire to try the place. I should have listened to the reviews and gone somewhere else- something low key. We sit down upstairs and right away we knew we were the only people from NYC in the room.. I got the hen- both pieces were all fat and dark meat. I wasn't going to complain about anything- because I didn't want to be "one of those" people. What were they going to do? I already ate... I just know not to go there again. The salad with goat cheese and roasted veggies was fantastic, could have had 4 more of them... pumpkin dessert was fine. I like anything with sugar...
Posted by NYCeats a lot on 01/08/2009
I just don't get it, more and more I see reviews where people complain about having a reservation and having to still wait 15 minutes, and how expensive dishes are.I am defending the industry being someone who loves to eat and rarely has a bad experience.Do you think they want you to have to wait?They are set up to make reservations work, what are they supposed to do tell the table that just dropped 400 bucks for 3 or 4 people to hurry up with their dessert?This is the way it goes,New Yorkers take their time when they eat and they relax and enjoy their spoils.I went to Babbo on New Year's day, I made a res a month in advance and still was only able to get a 10:45res. Babbo was amazing as always,I've been eating here since I was 19 and have yet to have a problem,my girlfriend and I decided to splurge for New Years and ordered everything and honestly once again we were not disappointed. The apps,pastas, and entrees were all simple and perfect just like Italian food is supposed to be.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/19/2008
This summer my boyfriend and his visiting sister and husband took us to Babbo. We were all VERY excited, especially my boyfriend who has been here many times and raved about the tasty food. When we were walking upstairs to be seated, you could feel a rush of warm, stale air. It was the middle of July, and the night before the restaurant's air went out. I went down to inquire with the maître d, and he told me the air was to kick on shortly. I reported this back to my perspiring table, including one who was pregnant, but we were hopeful we would be feeling some cool air shortly. The entire meal was dreadful the air NEVER kicked on the two hours we were there. Who can enjoy warm pastas and red wine with sweat dripping down your spine? But you know the worst thing about it? The staff never acknowledged the problem, only the rude waiter said, "If I had a fan I would blow it on myself," when I joking asked for fan. The food was good, but think about how many times you have eaten warm, heavy food when it is 90 degrees? It's not that pleasant. We didn't understand why they lied to us about the air coming on shortly, when they should have just canceled our reservation. Our better yet, why didn't the restaurant go out and buy or rent fans for the sweating patrons if the air had been out since the night before? There is an extreme snootiness of the staff when no one apologized or was friendly about the heat. Mind you we weren't looking for a comp meal, but it's rude the staff doesn't consider Babbo is a special dinner, and we could have come another night when it was more pleasant to enjoy the upscale meal. It will take me a long time to go back to this restaurant, and I share this story whenever people inquire about it.- tasty food-snooty staff.
Posted by foodie on 10/25/2008
After much anticipation, we went to Babbo and were not impressed nor satisfied. Service has always been an important aspect of our dining experience, and it starts with the maitre d'. In this case, the maitre d' was extremely pretentious and almost turned us off from dining there at all. We decided to give it a chance anyway. The food was not stellar, mediocre at best, and certainly did live up to the hype from all the reviews on the internet. Maybe the restaurant was taking a break after Mario visited the restaurant earlier in the week. I certainly hope that the food can be better.
Posted by cowboykid78 on 09/18/2008
Way over hyped... the food was tasty, but nothing exceptional and definitely not worth the attitude by the staff. From the host to the waitress, all around attitude. The sommelier was very well informed and friendly. You can have food this good at 100 italian restaurants in the city and not have to deal with the attitude.