Babbo Ristorante
Babbo Ristorante

Babbo Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://babbonyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127770303
  • 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.
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Babbo Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
378 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (251)special occasion (226)notable wine list (195)romantic (153)neighborhood gem (127)hot spot (87)great for lunch (68)vibrant bar scene (33)good for groups (29)late-night find (28)great for brunch (13)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Huge disappointment
    OrindaVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The bread was stale, the pasta was cold, the arugula in the salad looked and tasted like it had just been dumped from a Whole Foods bag. Brussels sprouts were over cooked, limp, reheated. The braised beef with polenta was also cold and really under seasoned. Our server was well intentioned but inept; the host was rude. Yikes. Never again.
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  • Disappointing
    Lindslee47VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Have wanted to go here for years. The food was mediocre. Not impressed. The best thing were the desserts. Won't be returning.
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  • Disappointing
    Chief
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I was very much looking forward to dining in this restaurant. The food was indeed excellent, BUT the service was very stuffy and rushed. We were given no time at all to enjoy our pre dinner drinks; we were asked four times if we wanted to order and finally agreed to go ahead, but the food was then there in 5 minutes. We could have been in the restaurant for a total of 30 minutes, if we had followed the cues of the wait staff. It felt very rushed; we felt very pressured to get out of the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Most Enjoyable!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Since we were in the process of eating our way around New York in 6 days we were very happy to get a reservation at Babbo. We would have preferred evening but a late lunch turned out even better since we had a 7pm show. Each of our party of four chose something different and all were extremely satisfied. We shared the olive oil and gelato dessert a perfect ending. Also bought an autographed cookbook on the way out, will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Babbo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Just delicious! The food oh my! the food was incredible and the bill was too, we couldn´t belive it wasn´t too expensive.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    as previous opportunities, food and wines were extraordinaries! My only recommendation is: tray to change a bit your heavy rock music but especially, it's to high volume.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's our favorite
    Tmcgetrick67
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My husband and I go to Babbo every time we go to NYC. This year we stayed with family in Brooklyn and brought them! As expected, they loved it also! The pastas are deliciously fresh!! I had the pumpkin lune - which melted in my mouth. I followed the pasta with the branzino - which was light and superb. My husband wanted to try something different and thoroughly enjoyed the rabbit. We had two bottles of the La Mozza off their extensive wine list and a lot of fun! The restaurant is unpretentious but can definitely be a place for special occasions. Although we enjoyed the intimacy of a table this time, my husband and I have eaten at the bar in the past and enjoyed our time doing that also! The service is excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Incredible food, which is not surprising, but it was everything I would have hoped for. Also, we were able to make reservations just a few days in advance, which is not always possible, and which was really nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bit Disappointing
    NYCEntertainmentLawyer
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Love this restaurant, crave the food, but honestly can do without the poor reservation management. Booked dinner for anniversary and included note to that effect. Arrived on time for my reservation and ended up getting knocked around in over-crowed bar 25 minutes before being seated. No mention of anniversary. Kind of a let down for one of my favs.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vibrant restaurant
    Jasatm
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Wonderful place, great vibe to it. The service was very good. The food was excellent, their pasta was amazing! The bread was not great it was soggy. Their wine collection is really good. Will definetly go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Babbo's Reputation Precedes Itself
    Tombo
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Mario Batali's flagship restaurant in the heart of Greenwich Village provides a dining experience like no other. We had a terrific dinner with excellent service! If you are considering making a reservation at Babbo's, be sure to do so ahead of time (two weeks). It will be well worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dining pleasure
    Winker
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This restaurant was recommended by friends. We had reservations for 9 pm on a Tuesday night and the place was packed. We were promptly seated and attended to extremely well by the serving team. The wine steward explained a few choices of wine to go with our dinner which helped greatly. Food was superb and each course was explained to us by the waiter. While dining they were unobtrusive, which made the entire evening very enjoyable. Noise level was up there, but it was only because of the other diners socializing; they music was kept nice and low as a background and not a distraction. Now if they'd only enforce the no blue jeans policy... and the location in Greenwich Village is ideal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • okay food, nice ambiance
    sar8
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    was excited to try this restaurant, but was not overly impressed with the food. tasted like typical italian food you could make at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Michhessel
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Dinner at Babbo was really disapointing. Because it is supposed to be NYCs best italian restaurant we were expecting great food, and it was nothing but fairly OK. Probably won't come back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SfsnobVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We ordered 5 dishes between the two of us but unfortunately one was more disappointing than the other except for the octopus. The mozzarella cheese and what tasted like parsley moosh was extremely tasteless, the mushroom filled crepe with shaved cabbage on the top had a bitter aftertaste and lacked a sauce to bind everything together. My rabbit was fairly dry but the ravioli was acceptable. Overall we went to Babbo with very high expectations but were unfortunately disappointed. Except for our waitress the rest of the staff were not very friendly and we felt very rushed. Too bad, I really wanted to like this restaurant.
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  • mamanan
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Wonderful food. Wonderful service. Just love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Justgoodfood
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Deeply disappointing. Food was stale and tasteless. We had to return several dishes. Calamari was dry and tasteless. Meat was boring. Bread was old. The only thing that was first class was the prices...
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  • Just excellent!
    VanessaVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Wine list is fab, service was great, food was amazing!! Great for a romantic dinner or if you just want a fabulous meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    konasueVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Wonderful dinner, the staff was amazing as was the food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    ruffem
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This is not a place one would go often on a normal budget, but the food and service were both outstanding, making it the perfect special occasion destination. Highly recommend the squid ink pasta. Service was relaxed but impeccable. Wine selection were stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of Towner
    RJGJR
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Food was spectacular. Had the traditional tasting menu coupled with a bottle of red and white. The Sommelier was excellent. The waiter was a little off which was the only reason I rated it as very good vs. excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best pasta
    epicurious
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Best Italian dinner experience! The black Spaghetti was something else!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    platinum2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Not easy to find the same level of food even in Italy, a country where I visited more than 30 times
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and Disappointing
    HungryGuy
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I was expecting more from Mario Batalli's restaurants. Although the food was high quality, it was expensive and did not taste good. Service and atmosphere were great however.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic NYC
    MDMO
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    A close friend was in town for a few days and so we always try and go somewhere special to meet. The old Italian feel of Babbo, coupled with Louis Armstrong singing away was the perfect way to set the scene for a true New York moment. And of course, the food stands up to the mood. Babbo's lunch tasting menu did not disappoint. Not only was the food and service excellent, the wine pairing tastings was only and additional $35 and a chance to taste many excellent wines. All around excellent cuisine, beautiful place and great ambiance. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but so much noise
    NoelG
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Booked this restaurant one month in advance and got a table (20 mins late) near the bar where the noise level was incredible. Music was definitely too loud. There were tables on a upper level, which I guess are quieter. They should give those tables to people who reserve THAT early. Food and service were really good, though. Price was fine, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for the adventurous
    Swag
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I am a repeat customer at this spot. Some dishes include sardines, pigs feet, brains, squab liver purée, beef cheek. Prices are on the higher end. Buuuuut I never had such amazing sardines, or squab liver, etc. def worth it. Hard to get a reservation for a reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All fantastic
    Lululu
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My second time at Babbo and have no complaints about anything. Very delicious food and wine. Ambiance is nice and romantic. Service is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Total Package
    moelasalle
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My husband and I went to Babbo, to celebrate our anniversary...16 years ago we had one of our first dates at Mario Batali's restaurant Po, and we were not disappointed this time either!! The food was beautiful and delicious and the service was outstanding! From the greeting by the Host(& his staff) to the wait staff(George and Susan) and the bus staff(Cristina). We both agree the Grilled Octopus with “Borlotti Marinati” and Spicy Limoncello Vinaigrette was our favorite dish! It was outstanding! Can't wait to return to NYC and try another Batali restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic. Timeless Excellent food
    Cookie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Best Italian in Manhattan Eat at the bar Food is excellent. Authentic perfectly done. Ken at the bar was brilliant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always interesting
    Tina
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My meal was lovely, my companion was a bit disappointed in her entree. Not bad, mind you, but not exceptional. The desserts were fabulous. Service was very good, but lacked that special timing instinct which makes it great. We dined upstairs, so there is very little in the way of ambience, but at least we could have a conversation, which was our choice. downstairs is quite beautiful, and would get another star for ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • dont expect much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Booked one month in advance, and it was nor easy. After booking online you have to call the restaurant to confirm the reservation. All this, plus zagat madee think about a special place. But 1st of all, they dont respect much the reservatiln. I waited on my feet half an hour after our time. Food was very regular ams does not justic fsg.
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    hot spot
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  • Best food I have had in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I'm surprised I haven't eaten here before. What an amazing restaurant! The food, the service, the location all terrific! Eat here! Prices are what you can expect for a fine dining restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent all around
    chefcatbird
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I ate at several excellent restaurants while visiting NYC and this was the best, especially for the value. It was as good as a couple of Michelin starred restaurants I ate at, and only about 2/3rds the cost. The food was excellent and the service was very attentive, friendly and unobtrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so
    Midnight2014VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    While the food was tasty, it was served luke warm and our many servers didn't seem interested in serving. One rolled his eyes when I asked for cutlery. We went for lunch (to treat a couple of friends to celebrate their recent wedding) but my dinner there a couple of years ago was far more memorable. It was just OK.
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  • Delicious
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was delicious and service was great. The staff were really attentive throughout the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Babbo never disappoints. Amazing food, knowledgeable and friendly service and wonderful ambience. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    babbo
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Third time at babbo.always good service and great wine pairings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JHinUS
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A good insight into the New York dining scene; frenetic but under control
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tourist spot
    Goodfoodie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I had heard good things years ago so I wanted to try this place. Sadly, it was a miss - loud music, tons of tourists, salty food. The menu was inventive, but the preparation didn't deliver.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic