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Posted by Ladel on 06/15/2008
Mario's concept is to keep the party going and get you to spend as much of your money as possible at this overrated "destination." The place is too noisy for easy conversation, and the food is easily duplicated around the City for a third less. The low point of a blah evening was the snob who was impersonating a sommelier while trying to steer us to wine so over priced it was insulting. We selected one of the few reasonably priced bottles, he reluctantly poured it and turned on his heel before we could pass judgment on it. We will never go back, and we will tell all our friends of the experience.
Posted by jminnie on 05/13/2008
took my boyfriend to dinner for his bday. wasnt able to get reservations ahead of time, but went there ar 5pm and was able to get seated by 5:30pm. shared the argula salad (big portion) which came with a very yummy balsamic. also had the mint love letters and finally the grilled porkchop. porchop was excellent. my boyfriend really enjoyed the food, but was annoyed by the people around us who were clearly out of towners.
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 04/20/2008
Since shortly after its opening, Babbo has been my favorite restaurant in NYC. But my meal yesterday confirmed the suspicions I had after my last dinner there: Babbo (or perhaps, more to the point, Mario) is getting tired out. While the food was very good, it is no longer splendid. Part of the problem is presentation: my gnocchi with oxtail ragout looked pretty pathetic on the plate sort of thrown on there without any attention although it was tasty. My grilled lamb chops (an amazingly generous portion) were good too, but the promised sunchoke garni was so small as to be practically invisible, and there was no sign whatsoever of the yogurt sauce. One of my companions had the beef cheek ravioli, which the first time I tried it sent me to heaven. Last night, the pasta was just a wee tough around the edges, and the presentation was drab. On the other hand, the service was superb, including excellent recommendations from the sommelier. And the room (downstairs) is still lovely: cozy and romantic at the same time (if you ignore the music, which has never seemed to go with the rest of the atmosphere!) Babbo, in a word, is now a good restaurant, but not the sensation it was for so long.
Posted by Ellie on 04/17/2008
I ate at Babbo's last night for the first time. It was a special occasion and I've always wanted to try it. The food was good, not amazing, and the service was almost comically bad. Our waiter was pompous, rude, slow and inattentive. I almost thought we were being Punkd by Ashton Kutcher. It was insane. I was very surprised since I've eaten at other fine dining establishments where the wait staff was beyond fabulous and Babbo's staff really can't afford to be so snotty and attitude filled. I wouldn't go back.
Posted by akabada on 04/02/2008
Went for our anniversary last night - our first time - great experience. Lovely room, service was attentive and expert without being cloying or too formal, food was nearly perfect. I started with the Babbo Salumi plate - lardo, spicy salami, tongue, prosciutto - delicious - especially the lardo, which i have read about but never tried. my wife had a lovely baby arrugula salad. i often judge a restaurant by their salads - particularly the balance between the oil and the acid - hers was perfect. for primi i had the beef cheek ravioli with crushed squab liver and truffles - sensational. my wife had Sweet Potato "Lune" - doubly sensational. for secondi we split the whole branzino - very nice as well. sides were roast fingerling potato's with roasted garlic - they were very nice but not my favorite ution. only disappointment was our other side - peas with pancetta. i like my peas very petite and tender - these were huge and very aldente - and the pancetta was in fairly large chunks - would have liked this dish if it had been more delicate. at the tables around us folks were having the lamb chops and the pork chops, which both looked sensational. the bone-in ribeye for two looked amazing as well. we were too full for dessert but with 2 glasses of wine, bill was $187. for great food in a lovely setting with terrific service, in NEW YORK - i consider that a good value - as far as the overall experience, right up there with Union Square, Craft, Gramercy, and the other casual fine restaurants in the city. overall - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/25/2008
Babbo is worth all the hype and the patience required to get a reservation. The food, service and space are all exceptional. This is a place for real foodies.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/05/2008
Everything about this place is amazing (except trying to get a reservation). The waiter and sommelier (wine guy) both recommended a new Nero D'avola and it turned out to be one of the best wines we've ever had. The appetizers (pumpkin & sage ravioli and fennel salad) were delicious and the Osso Bucco and steak were tender and tasty. One of the best cheesecakes I've ever had as well. The service was attentive and excellent, atmosphere was cozy and polished. I love this place!