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Babbo Ristorante
Babbo Ristorante

Babbo Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://babbonyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 777-0303
  • Hours of Operation: Open seven days a week, lunch is Tuesday through Saturday 11:30am - 2pm, dinner is every night. Monday to Saturday the bar opens at 5pm, dinner service starts at 5:30pm, last reservations 11:15pm. On Sundays the bar opens at 4:30pm, dinner service begins at 5pm and the last reservations are at 10:45pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Mario Batali
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street
  • Public Transit: West 4th street subway station (8th street/Waverly Place exit): A,C,E,B,D,F and M trains. We recommend traveling at the back of the train if coming from uptown, the front of the train if coming from downtown, to find the closest exit at the station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking in front of the restaurant is available after 6pm. The nearest garage is GMC, between Fifth Avenue and MacDougal Street and can be entered via Eighth Street or Waverly Place.
A word from Babbo Ristorante
Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's flagship restaurant, located on Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, opened to great acclaim in 1998 and is as bustling and popular as ever. It offers three-star dining that redefines and reinvents the principles of Italian cuisine for 21st century America. An epic, landmark wine list, an exciting, quintessentially New York dining room and expert, attentive and cordial service make a table at Babbo one of New York’s prized possessions.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The first major restaurant from Master Chef Mario Batali, it hit on all cylinders. The service was impeccable, each dish was flavorful, unique, and just the right quantity. There is a good reason that this place has been around fro years. Highly recommend a meal there to anyone. I'm going back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Advertised as one of the best Italian restaurants in the City, it falls short of the mark. We had to wait 20 minutes for our reserved table and the waiter was not particularly attentive. While all the attributes of the good, expensive place were there, the service overall was mediocre. The food was good but not excellent and a little boring. There was no zest. However, the music was good and just the right level, and there is ample space between tables, so it is a good place for a special occasion or romantic late night dinner. It is also good for someone who wants an excellent quality dinner after work if you can go at an off time (5:30 or after 10) and/or willing to sit at the bar. Otherwise you have to reserve 3 weeks in advance."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Excellent food, innovative italian, prices not too high, good service"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "On our trip to NYC from MN, Babbo was a destination foodie restaurant for us. Our expectations were met in every way. Unique food offerings were found to be intriguing. We were not so happy when we pointed to the wine we wanted at $14 a glass, ordered two glasses, then found we were billed for the $26 glass twice."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Pasta dishes were all wonderful. Octopus main was interesting but herbs overpowered the delicate flavor of nicely cooked octopus. Fish in crazy water and arugula salad were good starters, however they didn't hold a candle to the pasta. Staff were flying about but very few were professional waiters. Lots of runners and servers (not the waitress, who was most competent) reaching across to put down forks, remove appetizers that weren't finished, giving each of the 3 of us the wrong pasta. Our waitress was able and supportive dealing with us but did not supervise the placing and removing of items. We missed an opportunity to order a drink and then waited for 10 minutes before I called someone over. Upstairs room is much better space."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We have a great time at Babbo . We came all the way from Miami to celebrate my dautgher 15 in NYC and I'm glad we choose this restaurant. Food was good but service was excellent 25 out of 10 ;)) great wine list that fit all types of budgets we end up with 3 bottles of wine... We will be back next time we are in New York"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "On our last visit to NYC we tried to get reservations at Babbo and were not successful, so we decided while making our plans to reserve well ahead of our trip. Our meals were wonderful. I had the caprese followed by the guinea hen. My cousin had beet tartar followed by spaghetti with lobster. We shared the peach and almond crostata for dessert. The service was wonderful, not too fast, not too slow and we we re seated at a nice table in a corner. We will return."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Had been wanting to go for a while, and when we made this trip, I was sure to get reservations! Had the black spaghetti for dinner and the chocolate pistachio semifreddo...both were great!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I came here for Sunday dinner with my family last week and we were very underwhelmed by the food considering the reputation and price point of the menu. We got three pasta dishes, all undercooked, and the barbecued squab entree was chewy and dry. The chef had a lot of "rules" that the waiter pervayed to us almost every time we requested something from him. For example, the chef preferred the appetizers to not be shared family style, and the chef preferred us not to order these appetizers ahead of our main course. This was off putting and made us all feel unwelcome. The service was OK, our waiter was accomodating and friendly, but other than that, the entire experience was disappointing. I recommend avoiding this and saving $200."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I dined at Babbo in the past and it was very memorable and I was looking forward to going back. However, it was not what I anticipated. I recall the food being much better the last time I was there (about 2 years ago). I ordered grilled octopus as an appetizer. The sauce was so sweet that it overpowered the octopus. As a second course, my husband and I split linguine with clam sauce. There was so much pancetta in it that, again, it overpowered the clams and made the dish very salty. My main course - crispy seabass, was very crispy - actually a little too crispy, the fish was dry and overcooked. Perhaps it was an "off" night for the chef. I've been to many of Mario Batallli's restaurants and this was actually a 1st - to my surprise."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great place,and the food amazing. Italian with a touch of sofistication excelente choice for food drinks and fancy place"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Babbo was great, as expected. The selection on the menu was so vast, I can see why the tasting menu is so popular. If you don't take that route it's great to order a variety of dishes to share--create your own tasting! The beef cheek ravioli with truffle was recommended. I really liked it to try 1or2 but would not need a whole plate. The sweet potato ravioli with sage was light and amazing. Just perfect. Lamb hops were quite good. Branzino was excellent. The upstairs dining room has a great skylight. Downstairs is dark and cozy, although a bit on the loud side, but I like that atmosphere. Service was on it. A little rushed to clear the tables, but polite and friendly waitstaff. There is a reason why this restaurant has lasted. Try it."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were impressed with every aspect of Babbo- terrific and creative appetizers, amazing pasta, generous portions--tremendous wine - had an Arneis and a Brunello. The downside to the entire experience was that the music of choice was hard rock, played very loud which created a rather stifling feeling. The music just didn't jive with how fabulous everything else was. Seems like it's time to upgrade that sound system so music can be background allowing for conversation. I'll go back the wine bar by myself, but would not return to dine. We asked to get music down- but system was old school apparently and can't be dialed down."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Bobbo was recommended to us by a friend who lives in NYC when we asked about restaurants that were not the "typical" ones people tell you to go too. The only reservation we could get 2 weeks before was at 5:30 on a Wednesday night, so I took that as a good sign! It did not disappoint…my hisband had homemade pasta pockets and I had the special scallop dish - both were wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "One of the worst lunches we've had. Pasta was not al dente-- it was uncooked. Had to ask for the amuse bouche. Bread was gummy and sloppy service. Goodbye Babbo. We loved you once. NO longer will we visit. We have entered a note to the restaurant but somehow it can't be sent. Seems that whenever there is a negative response we can't mail it back. (Had a previously similar experience and gave up and didn't return the questionaire. This time I would like the restaurant to receive my feed back. How?"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We chose Babbo for a late night dinner after the theatre and couldn't be happier. The atmosphere was relaxed seating, but still elegant. Great cocktails and very helpful and informed servers (Thank you, Edgar). Loved that the music was from Mario's own iPod, as it was at CarneVino.... feels like a less-stayed experience. The Pig Foot Milanese was excellent, crispy and suculent and the Mint Love Letters was every bit refreshing and tangy. But the standout was the Olive Oil Cake and gelato. Simply a masterpiece - like a great pitcher throwing a No-Hitter, that moment when Gina Depalma acheived perfection (and a damn good White Choc, strawberry cheesecake, too). We'll be back and can't wait to make the Olive oil cake at home!! Thank you"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Had dinner here for my anniversary and it was fantastic! My boyfriend loved it :)"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Both appetizers and entree were heavy handed with the salt. Not impressed with flavor combinations for a restaurant of this renowned quality. Service was exceptional. But the downstairs dining room was crowded and very noisy. Overall a disappointment"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "After numerous attempts to get a reservation I was finally able to get a table at Babbo and it was worth the wait. The food was amazing and unique in each course and the portion sizes were very reasonable for the caliber of restaurant. The service was very attentive and the sommelier suggested the perfect wine to go with the meal. For those looking for a truly outstanding dinning experience and exceptional cuisine you will not go wrong with Babbo"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had to wait at the bar despite our reservation, but the scene was fun and the music and wine made the wait part of the experience. The food was excellent. We had all pasta dishes and all were fantastic."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Terrible experience with our reservation. We had to wait an hour to be seated ! With such a strict reservation policy, one should not have to wait so long to get your table. We felt we were wating in line at Olive Garden and not Babbo rest !! Pasta though was excellent and very good service. We thought the music selection was not appropriate for the place and was too loud."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Babbo never disappoints! The food is wonderful the service great and the ambience is comfortable and lively. The pappardelle a ma bolognese is always amazing but this time we also tried two new dishes including pasta with lobster and a special black spaghetti with spicy shrimp. You can't pass up the pistachio semifreddo and the peach crostata was divine!! The waiter was great and brought my daughters" dessert with a birthday candle to celebrate!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I took my wife here for her birthday lunch. It was truly outstanding. Highly recommend the octopus and beef cheek ravioli dishes. Great , well informed and attentive waiter as well."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairings-- excellent all the way around!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "As New York is full of really good restaurants, Babbo is not outstanding in my opinion. I had the pasta with brown butter and sage and found it pretty tasteless. My friend had a nice salad and another had the gnocchi which was good but not really outstanding. The service was very good and the bread was excellent as was the complimentary chick pea salad. But the olive oil cake with gelato was really outstanding. Of course, for $17, it should have been!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Unfortunately, our lunch at Babbo was very disappointing. The service was good, the ambience was ok, not great, but the food was at best mediocre and the portions were smaller than most good restaurants and Babbo is supposed to be better than most. Sometimes we excuse one not so good meal by saying it was a fluke. In this case, since there are so many really good Italian restaurants, I would not give it a second chance. In addition, the menu was fairly limited."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I were in town to celebrate my birthday. What a meal and what an evening. Babbo is always a treat and this time it didn't disappoint! Go. Go NOW!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Last week we went to Babbo on a Thursday night at 5:30 (before a 7:30 show). Our cocktails were made perfectly, and our waitress was very accommodating and knowledgeable. My husband and I enjoyed splurging on a little pasta - they were happy to pack 1/2 of the portion before serving it for me. The garganelli with rapini and sausage was amazing. The scallops were just right, and the sauteed greens balanced everything out. My husband's black linguini with shrimp was a bit spicy and perfect for him. The corn fregula - with a little semolina was very nicely balanced as well. We opted out of dessert, although it all looked great."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We dinned there just 2 nights ago and I have to say the service was fantastic. But the food wasn't all that. for the table we ordered beef check Ravioli, sweet potato Ravioli and Lobster pasta, all good but definitely not WOW. If only the Raviolis were stuffed a little more so you could taste it. I don't think Mr. Batali would serve himself such chintzy Raviolis. Grilled octopus was again good but nothing you can get somewhere else. Their Pork chops was very good. Great wine list. Would I go their again? NO. Too many other fantastic italian restaurants in the city to go there again."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Until yesterday, I've only had dinner at Babbo, and every meal has always delicious. I took my out-of-town mom for lunch here, and the food was just as excellent as any evening experience. Service was efficient and polite, and the vibe was relaxed yet professional. The dining room was not very full, around 5 tables or so, but it didn't feel awkward or empty at all. I will definitely be coming back soon for their lunch prix-fixe."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Our experience did not live up to the hype. We were sat at 10pm, 30 minutes late. I was very familiar with Babbo's reputation. I was prepared for a large crowd & even the wait to sit. What I was not prepared for was the quality of the food. My biggest complaint was that our first course, two pastas, were weak. My husband's Buccatini al'Amatriciana was overcooked, the guanciale undercooked & minimal and the tomato sauce was bland. Inexcusable. My Beef Cheek Ravioli had the flavors of beef cheeks & squab pate, but absolutely no truffles. They should not have been listed as an ingredient. I studied culinary arts in Florence & have lived there. I was expecting the same extraordinary food you get in Italy. This was not even close."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food was great, but the noise level was not, the music was too loud for my taste. Was visiting with my wife, hoping for a romantic dinner, that was not possible."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This was our second visit as we are from Ontario, Canada. Previously we experienced the winter menu. This time, we experienced even more delights. My braised beef melted in my mouth. The pistachio and chocolate semi feed do was heavenly! A wonderful evening thanks to our gracious and informative server. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "If you have never been to Babbo and are a local or a visitor you need to try it out. Amazing food that will take your palette to the next level. Fantastic service and beautiful wines to accompany each meal. A jewel of New York City. Although it is busy at times it is well worth the wait and make sure you make a reservation."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Everything was perfect... Exellent food and wine ...Just a little pricey"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Food is unbelievable !!!!!! A little bit noisy , but over all is a great place ."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Babbo continues to have a very interesting eclectic crowd. Food remains astonishingly creative with interesting combinations and flavors. Wine list is excellent and wines are stored at the correct temperature. Despite being very crowded the tables in the dining rooms are spaced comfortably apart. The waiters are very attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Everything we got was delicious and nicely-presented. Waitstaff were courteous, although somewhat hampered by the relatively small space. I particularly liked the crispy branzino, and the desserts were fantastic."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My grown daughter and I ate lunch Saturday, July 5. We had 12:15pm reservations and I thought it would be early but we walked in and the place was jamming. Seated in the main dining room we ordered the tasting menu and enjoyed every bite! The food was superb and the service was phenomenal. We had a great time and will be returning."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "After many attempts finally were able to reserve. Were looking forward to a memorable evening. Bottom line: Surprised that the food quality fell short of expectations; specially being a Battali venue. Papardelle w/Mushrooms, after unsticking them (were in a "clump) was SWIMMING in butter; the Spaghetti w/Vongole's (clams) taste was not what I was expecting. Have had this dish dozens of times and know what to expect (lived in Italy for 4 years) Perhaps it had to do with the excessive "chicken broth" that was at the bottom of the bowl! The Branzino was good; the wine list impressive and service was terrific. Pricing pretty much in line with what you would expect to see. Not for a repeat visit; too many other restaurants in NYC to experience"
    Dined on 7/4/2014