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Posted by NYM Wannabe Critic on 02/26/2008
Went here last night after a show and had an amazing experience. Although we arrived 30 minutes before our reservation we were quickly seated at probably the best table in the place. My date and I shared the osso buco for two, which was incredibly tender and delicious! On special was a blood orange salad which we were going to split but our waiter steered us in the right direction in telling us to each order one (the portion was tiny but absolutely amazing). Babbo was delightful for all five of the senses, from the beautifully lit dining room to the fabulous food, I left satisfied and feeling good.
Posted by NJ Foodie on 02/12/2008
O.K., so I've been dying to eat here for a long time. Got tickets to a matinee of Spamalot (added bonus review: hysterical!) so we wanted to have an early dinner. We couldn't get a reservation, but the kind reservationist told me that they keep 6 tables unreserved, and that we should arrive a little early for the opening of the doors at 5. We did just that arriving at about 4:40. There was 12 people in line ahead of us!! We managed to get the last unreserved table. Let me start by staying that everyone in this restaurant from the maitre'd to the coat check lady were as nice as if we were family. My friend and I both had a cocktail at the bar and were seated by 5:25 in the small bar area. I did notice that the couple who were right behind us were able to eat at the bar which seemed fine, although I'm glad we got a table. I had forgotten my glasses and I mentioned it to one of our servers who quickly returned with a pair of readers. Now that's accomodating! Our server took our order and returned with a complimentary amuse bush of chick pea bruschetta. Lovely. We both ordered the Traditional Tasting Menu and the 1/4 litre of Chianti Classico. Every course was outstanding. I think the Duck Tortelli was my favorite, but the Pappardelle with Hedgehogs came in a close second. My friend was not a huge fan of the venison which she explained to our server when he took away her pretty untouched dish. She was offered an antipasto in its place, but declined as we were starting to get full. To make up for it, we received 5 desserts instead 3 and a glass of perseco (we actually took 3 home which was not a problem at all). Cappucino's rounded the meal out. It was a great night and our tab was about $230 before tip. For what we had, I promise you this wasn't out of line. A splurge, yes, but not overpriced. I will think about that meal until I return. I highly recommend Babbo.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/08/2008
Been there many times, still keep up the good work! Never disappoint me once by far. Always recommend Babbo to friends who will be in town and make advance reservation. Warm Lamb's Tongue Vinaigrette and Black Spaghetti with rock shrimp are highly recommended!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/21/2008
I too had high hopes for Babbo. We had a reservation for four at 10:15 on a Sunday. We had cockles and arugala salads for appetizers and were good. Next, each ordered pasta. The sausage rapini orecchiette and lobster pasta in red sauce were good, but not earth-stopping. The other two dishes, though, the clams linguini and the special of the night, black pasta with bay scallops were uninspired. There were no herbs or seasonings in either! I could make and have made, better myself. On an up note the wine was delicious and service good. I might try it again to prove it wasn't a fluke, but seeing I only get to NYC once or twice a year, it probably won't happen, unfortunately.
Posted by SM on 01/05/2008
I have to admit, I had very high hopes for Babbo. Honestly, it was nothing special. I felt like everything tasted "too done".. not done in terms of overcooking, but you could barely taste the main ingredient in the dish because of everything else going on in the dish. Our server was terribly rude (to the point of insulting) as well. For the money, I would definitely go to one of the other restaurants in the city. It's not a bad place, but just not great.
Posted by copilot630 on 01/02/2008
New Years Eve Dinner. After all these years, this was my first time to Babbo. We have been to Del Posto and enjoyed it very much (although it was pricey) and expected that Babbo to be great! I was very disappointed. My husband is a vegetarian and he started off with a beet salad which was good but nothing special. His entree was the pumpkin luna ravioli's which were tasty but again nothing out of this world. I started off with the grilled octopus that was also okay but a bit too smoky and squeeshy for my taste. I ordered what i thought was the favored pasta after reading a bunch of the reviews and got the spagetti with rock shrimp and salami - it was not good, i ate some of it and had to order another pasta. It had no taste but salami, no sauce. Felt like something i put together myself at home. I am guessing I read the wrong pasta from the reviews because it really was bad. I then ordered the flat pasta with mushrooms and that was tasty. All in all, the pumpkin ravioli and the mushroom were both good, though at the end felt it was a bit too buttery. We also ordered some sides which i thought were great, the fingerling potatoes and the brussels sprouts sin pancetta. As for as atmosphere, we sat in the main dining room on the lower floor which was near the kitchen so it was busy and loud. i think the upstairs would be a much more enjoyable evening. At the end of the night - the bill wasnt outrageous, $225 for the two of us so if you want a decent restaurant with decent food I guess you can go back but there are probably a lot more other choices.
Posted by redzephir on 12/14/2007
the foods lost its dazzle. muddled flat flavours which would be forgiveable at half the price. a menu thats starting to feel a little tired....