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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
  • "I ordered the vegetarian pasta tasting and only enjoyed one of the pasta dishes. The gnocchi lacked flavor and the sauce was watery. I felt I could have prepared better dishes at home. Even the dessert fell short...the chocolate pistachio was too decadent, the olive oil Cake was dry, and the ice cream with blueberry topping was just "ok". The service was great...very attentive. I expected more from the food, especially given the price. Batali's "Eataly" is less costly, but more tasty."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had lunch there with 5 adults and one child. With salads, and main courses and 2-bottles of wine the bill was about $450.00, with almost half of it for the wine. Not bad. We were seated promptly and had fine service. I gave only 4-stars because of the tiny portions. It's plain and showing it's age a bit, when compared to newer restaurant decor. The place could use a freshening up. Still, the food is first rate."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My last visit at Babbo was more than 10 years ago. It was nice to learn that this restaurant still delivers a great experience, both in terms of food and excellent service. Good recommendations to select the right wines and fantastic desserts. The surprise antipasti, ceci bruschettas, offered by the restaurant was also a nice gesture. We had a very enjoyable evening and I hope I will be able to return to Babbo again in the future. Happy to recommend this restaurant to any of my friends in Sweden."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Every time I visit New York I try to get a reservation at Babbo. As usual the service was impeccable, the wine fantastic and the food creative and outstanding."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Food is good but not astonishing. Satisfied overall."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Had my first experience at Babbo in August 2014. My group of 4 had travelled from Newfoundland, Canada to spend some time in New York City and Babbo was on our list of restaurants to try. The four of us all had the traditional tasting menu. I would recommend the tasting menu as the variety allows one to sample a wide range of the chef's talents. My only suggestion would be to increase the protein size of the main entree. The hanger steak was terribly small. Delicious, but not enough. Wait staff was fantastic. Constantly filling water, offering bread, cleaning the table and replacing utensils. Top notch service. The restaurant was loud. We were seated from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and conversation was a little difficult due to the noise level."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Chick place ina quite neighborhood. dish well-flavored. dessert was great. will definitely come back."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Honestly, I ate at Babbo several months ago - and absolutely LOVED it. This time around, the food was fine - other than the special pasta, all else was not off the charts (octopus and calamari were chewy, bolonengse was too sweet and tasted like it was out of a jar, the pasta with the three mushrooms greasy, and the desserts tasted frozen). However, the most disappointing part of all was the service. The servers rushed us, and forgot several things: bread, olive oil, a fork (we had to ask 3x), and sambuca to accompany coffee. I'm a new yorker, but this place made me feel like i was under appreciated, or even like it was a tourist trap. Such a shame, cause I thoroughly enjoyed my previous experience at Babbo."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Perhaps it's my fault for expecting greatness from a Mario Batali restaurant. My friend mentioned the noteworthy service and fantastic food. Sadly I didn't experience either. The food was very good but I wasn't blown away and have had much better Italian food in DC (my hometown). The service was inattentive, and I had to ask for butter a couple of times for the bread. And the bartender was snooty. For over $100 for 2 for lunch, I was expecting more."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Sicuramente il migliore ristorante che abbia trovato in New York in 20 anni che visito questa città. Personale fantastico. Servizio impeccabile Carta dei vini invidiabile. Cibo ottimo"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We had to wait 25 minutes for a table despite having a reservation. Then another hour for the pasta to arrive. The food was excellent, but the feeling was ruined by all the waiting."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We had a terrific lunch on Saturday. I had the garganelli and my husband had the pork chop.Loved both and the bread too! Look forward to returning."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was good. A few duishes were very good. Dessert was great. But this restaurant is overpriced and over-hyped. It's got good food but not for $125/person."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed this birthday celebration dinner. It was near perfect. We both had the vegetarian pasta tasting menu and we gave the Sommelier a brief (style and price) and he made a very good choice. Of the seven courses only one (the Gnocchi) was average. The rest were outstanding. It is expensive, but as they say, if the food and service are great - it feels worthwhile. This is my third visit to Babbo and all have been consistently good."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Having graduated NYU some time ago, dining here has been on my bucket list for some time. Had a wonderful birthday dinner with my boyfriend, exceeded my much anticipated expectations! Everything from start to finish was perfect, waitstaff was so helpful and attentive. Was thrilled how humble the restaurant was for such a notably established and well regarded eatery."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Great ambience. Wonderful food and wine. Very helpful waitstaff and sommelier. Pasta tasting menu is highly recommended."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "A great culinary experience. Excellent service. We were very pleased."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "During our tasting course, servers always gave a pressure to my wife to hurry to finish each plate. But everything else was fine."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Could not ask for a better New York City dining experience. We had a Reservation for 10:30 PM, but they were behind in service so my Wife and I had to wait a extra 30 min; It was well worth the wait thought, with the maitre d and the rest of the wait staff being extremely pleasant and cordial. Our food was just amazing, I don't think I have any other words to describe it just utterly jaw dropping. The Chefs and the Wait Staff where all on fire that night, I could not find a single fault with service. Over all I would recommend it to all... oh and don't get scared by the cost listed on some sites, my wife and I had about four courses and it came out to $214.00. which I think is a steal for fine dining."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "One of the best meals ever! Superb fish (branzino) and meat (rack of lamb & duck), not to mention the incredible pasta and the amazing wine (Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino 2008), with the sublime bourbon ice cream to round off an amazing dining experience. I don't believe there is better Italian food to be had anywhere in the US, and although it is expensive, it is still very good value compared to many other top New York eateries."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Waiter barely spoke English. Very heavy Spanish accent. Told my wife is allergic to bell peppers and did not like spicy food. Described appetizers. Ordered. Bread served.... No butter or oil served until we found someone and asked 20 min later. Appetizers came out same time as amuse ( bread with beans).....my wife's appetizer had peppers on top as a sig part of her dish and my appetizer was tossed with chili oil..... Both had to be sent back! No apology. Service last time spotty as well"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "At first I was not sure but as we walked through the door the adventure began - The 3 of us had the Pasta sampler/Pasta Taste tester - truly incredible - if you are a wine drinker then check your CA knowledge at the door - prepare to be educated - bit pricy but then again it is a bucket thing!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Ive been wanting to try this Restaurant on my trips to NYC. Finally made it and it was everything great I had heard about!!! Great Birthday dinner!!!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Could not fault it on anything. Really enjoyed our evening."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Delicious food and outstanding service. Reasonably priced for an upscale lunch in NYC."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Holidaying in NYC from Australia, and read about this little place. Service was prompt, great comfortable ambience to the place, although they seemed to be playing the Beatles anthology in entirety which seemed a little strange. Pricing was ok, food was typical Italian-American fare done well. Recommend the grilled octopus and the greens with budding chives"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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
  • "We celebrated by wife's 50th birthday with another couple. We started with a couple of cocktails and a bottle of champagne, the moved to the apps. Among us, we orders the arugula salad, beet salad, cockles and the beef cheek ravioli. While I didn't sample the salads, I was told they were great. I could not leave the cockles (small clams in a spicy sauce) and ravioli alone. Per the server's recommendation, I ordered the lamb belly (with grilled peaches/cucumbers) and it was terrific. Our table also ordered the halibut, the Orecchiette which were very serviceable. For dessert we had the Peach and Almond Crostata and the Olive Oil Cake and Gelato - both SO good! Definitely on the pricey side, but well-worth it for special occasions."
    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
  • "the food was so so, we had to wait more than a hour to be seating in our table,"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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