Pasta Pasta PastaThe beef cheek pasta and the black spaghetti with crab were simply amazing.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMSeat JumpingAs usual the food was excellent as was ther service. I truly apprericated that we were accomdated after arriving late from our play. The only problem we had was as we were ordering dessert ( and I realize it was late due to our late arrival), heavy metal music came began playing which almost made me jump out of my seat. When I asked if it was possible to turn down, I was told that Mario likes this kind of music and he was in charge of the music selctions.
This I thought was extremly rude answer to our request!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMDeserves to be greenwich #1 rest.Babbo was one of the BEST restaurants ive been to. Compared to the food served it is very fairly priced and service was absolutely great too. i recommend this restaurant. The pork chop, gnochi, steak and desert were all amazing.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMSat upstairs, restaurant wasSat upstairs, restaurant was full and ambient noise was high. Space was tight. Serving staff were helpful, courteous and knowledgeable. Sommelier made an excellent recommendation. Two primi, one secondi and one contorni with wine was enough for two. Food was excellent and well-timed. Not rushed. Not inexpensive but worth it.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat foodYou can tell that the "diners experience" was truly sought out from the moment we walked in. The staff was polite and friendly. The food was spot on in flavor, size and presentation. As a thirty something, I do appreciate all kinds of music, but I do have to say that ACDC blaring in the background did turn us off a bit!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMExceeded everythingI've been wanting to come here since the place opened. Finally, I got lucky got a reservation on my birthday weekend. My partner and I had the pasta tasting menu and every single thing was divine. Divine. My only tip is to leave a little bit of each dish as to save some room for the insane deserts. It is going to be hard to go back to regular dining.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMI am always surprised thatI am always surprised that every meal is so outstanding! I have been dining here for special occasions for many years and find each experience as special as the one before.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfetto!We had a wonderful experience at Babbo. The wine list is extensive with plenty of varieties and price points to choose from, the menu was vast without being overwhelming, and the overall atmosphere was relaxed and unpretentious. My husband and I arrived early for a drink at the (very small) bar followed by an absolutely delicious dinner. Everything was cooked just right - the octopus was the best my husband has ever had, the pastas were fantastic - we tried the bucatini, and the Brasato al Barolo was one of the most tender meat dishes I've ever had. We will certainly make our way back!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMBest mealBabbo was one of the best meals we had. Been
Talking about it all week! Can't wait to go back.
Reservations are hard to get though.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe only thing that wasn'tThe only thing that wasn't perfect was the hostess who was in la la land.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful place in every way.Beautiful place in every way. We were there for a very special occasion and it was amazing. Staff made it even more special.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderfull!!!My Wife and I had a great time. We found it odd that they plaid the Kayne West Album loudly from start to finish loudly. But hey, this is how it's done in New York. The bartenders were great and our Servers were wonderful. Our dinners were prepared perfectly. We look forward to returning soon.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were there for mid-weekWe were there for mid-week lunch and the place was busy but had a relaxed vibe. My beet salad was very good; the black spaghetti was too dry and bland but improved greatly with a few squeezes of lemon and some salt. My dining companion's cockles and orrechiette were both very good. Lunch portions were on the small side but satisfying.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience, innovativeGreat experience, innovative Italian food. Service was outstanding!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent in every wayOutstanding food beautiful decor and amazing service.
All the things that makes me want to come back time after time.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMOK, but needs a little improvementWe loved your restaurant, but we did have a few problems with it. One was that your sweetbreads were flavorless and overcooked. Also your steak was chewy and also a little flavorless. All in all, your restaurant was a good dining experience.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMBabbo lives up to the hype.Babbo lives up to the hype. I took my parents who are very picky eaters and it was a wonderful evening. The food was delicious. Staff was really educated on the menu and very hospitable. I haven't had that pleasant of a dinning experience in a while.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMCelebrating Special Day!I was very lucky to get a reservation at Babbo by calling the restaurant a week prior. It was a surprise dinner and we both enjoyed the ambiance and the food. Amuse bouche was excellent. Chianti Stained Pappardelle and Neci Con Funghi Misti were spot-on. Steak and guinea hen were fabulous and savory. Servers were attentive and friendly. I would high recommend Babbo for anyone who appreciates the romantic and intimate dining experience with excellent foods.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best meals withOne of the best meals with the best service I've ever had.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMYum!A friend and I went for lunch on a Saturday. The food, service and ambiance was all great.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife and I went for lunchMy wife and I went for lunch to celebrate her birthday and we had a great time.The service was excellent,food was great and we enjoyed ourselves.Although pretty crowded for lunch we never felt rushed and had time to taste and talk about each others choices.We would definitely go again.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMI took my friends from outI took my friends from out of town there for a weekday lunch. We ordered just the right amount of food for 3 hungry people, 2 apps, 3 pastas, 1 seafood, 1 meat dish and 3 deserts. Everything was good but not necessarily memorable. However, I order a pasta dish that was probably one of the best I've had - Pappardelle with Chanterelles. I was trying to stop my friends from eating off my plate. It's a simple dish but the cheese and the mushrooms went great with fresh pasta. highly recommended.
The service was great as expected. The waiter chose an excellent bottle of wine that was exactly what I asked for at a very reasonable price.
Definitely go back and just sit at the bar for a good pasta dish.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Place!!This was hands down one of the best restaurants I've been to. The service staff, wine and food were all excellent. Wish I was staying in NYC longer so I could go again!!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMBatali still has it!Andy Hayler gives Babbo's food 3/10 and Jean George a 7/10. I much prefer Babbo's food. Batali delivers simple straight forward rustic Italian food that has a ton of flavor using top quality ingredients. All three of our main courses received an A rating which is very rare even at Per Se or Le Bernardin. The house made Garganelli with “Funghi Trifolati” was excellent, the Spaghetti w/ ramps had a wonderful smokey flavor and perfectly adente, and The Red Snapper w/ pesto and Black trumpet mushrooms was fantastic. I do not care much about service but here it stood out without being overbearing. The Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Orange Sauce and Hazelnut Gelato was an "A "desert. For those who care about flavor over pretense Babbo is it.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service, for a priceFood and service were both amazing. That said, you pay for this luxury.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the side-by-side seating;Loved the side-by-side seating; truly magnificent food! I only found the ambiance slightly surprising -- nothing notable at all for such a respected restaurant. I guess that makes it "all about the food"!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMCame here for a NYC visitCame here for a NYC visit based on reviews & Mario Batalli's reputation.
The grilled squid was by far the best I've ever had.
Sweet potato gnoicchi was okay. The branzino was flavourful and having the server fillet the meat for us and split on two dishes was an amazing detail.
Black spaghetti with rock shrimp and bacon is a MUST. Perfectly cooked el dente pasta.
Grilled rapini is a nice addition.
Service was top notch, despite running a mere 15 minutes behind schedule, the house treated us to complimentary prosecco. Also got a crustini amuse buche. The waiters were attentive, but not hovering.
A NYC must!3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMPrepare for loud musicDespite the music (they played Red Hot Chilli Peppers repertoire all night, max volume) and a very expensive wine list, the food is great and the service is pretty good3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMTasying menuI took my Boyfriend here for dinner for his birthday. We did the traditional tasting menu with the the wine pairing. They food and wine pairing we great and on point!. The server Andrew was very informative and attentive. And, the ambiance was great. We enjoyed ourselves and would definitely go back.!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFinally made it to Babbo andFinally made it to Babbo and it was a great experience!
My favorite dish was the papardelle with wild boar ragu, but everything we tried was great.
The staff was excellent.
Wine menu was extensive.
Will definitely go back.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMA near perfect restaurantit does not get much better than this and the prices for NYC were quite reasonable.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThey have a great service.They have a great service. They were kind enough to hold the kitchen and wait for us because the opera ended too late. Food is delicious and special. Great place!!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMIt's very tough to get a reservatioIt's very tough to get a reservation but it is worth it. The Maitre D' was not at all friendly and curtly advised us that we were not permitted to hang our coats on the backs of our chairs. You must check them....at the time it was self service. So my initial impression was, "Wow this place is ridiculous." Having said that, everything after that was amazing. The waiter was exceptional, attentive, made great recommendations, etc. The food was delightful! We didn't have to wait long for any part of the meal but we were not at all rushed. I would go back again!!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMA walk on the wild side.It was a walk on the wild side for my everyday Italian family. We each tried something that we have never experienced before, and we were all thrilled with the whole dinning experience. It was an experience that I will treasurer.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AM4 of us had a fabulous meal4 of us had a fabulous meal at Babbo. Our waiter suggested that we might like to try a variety of pastas to share - they plated these for us, 2 pastas at a time, 4 servings. The service was fantastic and so was the food.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMMixed BagBased on the food and ambience, I would like to give this restaurant 5 stars. The charred octopus starter, the pasta bolognese, the sea bass and guinea hen were all amazing in flavor. The ambience couldn't have been better - romantic, scenic and great music! Our primary waiter was very helpful and attentive. Unfortunately, the sommelier, manager and another waiter were either rude or inattentive which took away from the experience. Perhaps it was just an off night? Hopefully so because there are so many things to like about it and so many more dishes to try.3/18/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food experience withGreat food experience with new combinations of ingredients and flavors3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWait staff were professionalWait staff were professional and very helpful. We found their recommendations consistently reliable. The recommended octopus was incredibly delicious as was the pasta with mushrooms. The black spaghetti with salami and calabrian peppers was good at first. But, the more I ate, the more the complex flavors kicked in and I really started loving the dish. The banana tart was phenomenol and we loved the green apple sorbet.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMMini Wine PairingMark the sommelier,did a wonderful job pairing wines with our meals. His informed us about the food and how the wine would enhance our meals.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMThank you for a fantasticThank you for a fantastic lunch we had a lunch tasting menu with selected wines. We where very nicely met. Loved the athmosfaire in the restaurant. The service was excellent. We will bee back!3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMHubbub about BabboYeah!
I just love whittling down my bucket list when the experience is of the kind we experienced at Babbo.
So intimate and personal.
We had the nine course tasting menu. The two pasta courses were divine to the point of heavenly.
It was a foodie's indulgence of an evening.
Three cheers to Batali and Bastianich and crewe!3/6/2013 12:00:00 AMFinally caught up with BabboFinally caught up with Babbo after many years. It's food, service, and ambience are, as reputed, excellent.2/16/2013 12:00:00 AMdelicious italian cuisine and winesI was impressed with their huge wine list! And as a wine lover I can judge - they have best of the best italian wine brands and some are very rare even to find in Italy.
The food is delicious but I could not try as many as I'd like because it was only my breakfast/lunch time. But next time for sure I'll choose duck egg with white truffles for 80$. But the price for regular dishes is very reasonable - entree is 20-25$.
The staff is arrogant but it's so common for locals reastaurants if it's not McDonald's nowdays that I stopped paying attentions to this.
Reservation highly reccomended (I made my reservation 1 month in advance)1/3/2013 12:00:00 AMOne Of Our Favorites!We loved this restaurant. The atmosphere was cozy and warm. The food was superb - especially the charred octopus appetizer and the pappardelle bolognese. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. This was almost the perfect meal!1/1/0001 4:00:00 PMHighly recommend the tastingHighly recommend the tasting menu with the paired wines. Delicious.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM