Would go back in a minute.Would go back in a minute. Dinner at Babbo was a great dining experience. The food was awesome and the service was great6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMAntciOverall, we had a great dining experience. The food was excellent. We did not like our seating however. We were place upstairs next to the wall. And limitied times available for reservations were not ideal for us.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service!!We were in NYC for a quick visit and babbo came very highly recommended. The food was fantastic and our server very knowledgable. The food came out Quickly and prepared perfectly. The kids all enjoyed everything. The prosciutto was melt your mouth good! A little pricey for a family of 5, but probably a once in a lifetime experience.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything from the food toEverything from the food to the service was outstanding from beginning to end. I would definitely go back the next time I return to NYC. This was one of my dinner choices from my 2 night stay in Manhattan and I'm glad I made this decision.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Italian meal anywhereI've eaten at thousands of Italian restaurants in Italy, the US and other countries. I never had a better Italian meal than the lunch I recently had at Babbo. It was perfect. Fabulous prosciutto, not too salty, not too sweet. The pappardelle were also exquisite. I've had many scallops, but these were, bar none, the best scallops I have ever eaten. Not chewy, as they often are, but perfect., The lemon crostini dessert was fabulous. The service was perfect too: no rush as is common in many US restaurants, the waiter was highly professional, knowledgeable and friendly. I never write reviews, but broke my own rule just for Babbo because it was so special. I will return on every future trip to NYC.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I had a fabulousMy husband and I had a fabulous lunch at Babbo! We loved each course! We would love to see a Babbo in Dallas.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat and room to growThe music was so loud and dreadful, it was music you would expect at the former Bottom Line, completely inappropriate for the intimacy of the environment. We could hardly talk, the music was so loud and harsh. It really spoiled the meal.
Way too much salt on our food. Almost biting at times.
Would have loved a few more options for us to eat gluten and dairy free,as well as no sugar (desserts). The quality of the preparation is so high and yet the health value of the food was lower than we expected.
We thought there would be amazing array of fresh vegetables/ bean in the starter courses and were surprised the produce was not organic.
Since you sought us out for our honest feedback, that's what we thought.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMbabbo never disappointsEven after 14+ years, Babbo is still at the top of their game with amazing food, service and ambiance. The carciofi starter was awesome, the pastas were all outstanding and the calamari lifeguard style was great! Loved it.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMBatali's little ItalyForget all the difficulty of obtaining a reservation, (10pm on a Tuesday night, 28 days ahead) the effort is truly worth your wile!
The best rabbit I've ever had! The gnocchi with oxtail sauce was exquisite. The black bass, melt in your mouth,
And don't forget the rich, smooth gelato! Go! Go! Go!6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat lamb chops. rest ofgreat lamb chops. rest of meal mediocre. daughter ordered bowl of plain pasta with olive oil and garlic. they forgot to add garlic (and salt/pepper for that matter) and charged $20 for it. rude, somewhat arrogant waiter. never brought shirley temple drink. ordered black (squid ink) pasta. had no flavor whatsoever. thank goodness we asked for a side of salt from the kitchen. they sure didnt use it there. btw, hate sourdough bread and that's all they served. way overrated restaurant. went out of our way to get there. cant understand all the hype.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Place to eat in Manhattan!Best thing we did on our 5 day NEw York trip! We are from Louisiana, best food anywhere, and we just loved every thing served!! Service was excellent!! Everyone friendly, we even got to sit at Mario's. table.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWine and DineWe were a party of 4 for lunch at 11:30 AM. The front door was unlocked at exactly 11:30. It would have been nice if you could come in and start with a cocktail. Very surprised that this restaurant was run with banker's hours.
The food was good. The arugula salad was salty and the scallop entrée was small (only 2). The bass was excellent and a nice portion. Wine list was impressive. Enjoyable experience.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went there for our 3 yearsWe went there for our 3 years anniversary. We had a great meal (lunch) because getting dinner reservation is almost IMPOSSIBLE...and good selections of wine too (pricey).
The ambience is nice, just not sure why they put that gigantic flower in the middle of the walkway...
The service is good, and our meal came in a good time between appetizers, entree and dessert.
Over all we love the place, we leave in Connecticut and dont have anything like this kind of restaurant for a certain occasions. We would definitely come back and I have been telling people to go and try...6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday Lunch at BabboFirst time dining at Babbo. Great experience. The food was very good, especially the Beef Cheek Ravioli. The service was the best part. The wait staff and maitre d couldn't do enough. Everyone was very hands on. We were a little early for our reservation but it was not a problem. We waited about 2 mins for our table. We were never rushed6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMA charming spotAfter a non greeting from a hostess who did did not smile, say hello or enjoy your lunch, we hoped it got better. And better it did. Our waiter was friendly and efficient. The cecci bean bruschetta was outstanding. The Sicilian red wine we ordered was well suited for my husband's pappardelle bolognese. While it was a meat ragu and not a true Bolongese, it was very good.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMBABBO is always the bestBabbo never ceases to amaze .
The best food, service, and ambiance.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMDesde chileGran expectativa por conocer un restaurante de mario batali. Cumplio lo que esperabamos. Buenos platos, bien hechos y con un gran servicio. Muy recomendable5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMBabbo is the bestHonestly, one of the best meals I have ever had. I ordered the pork chop and it was delicious, flavored and cooked to perfection. Everything here is top notch from the food to the staff to the ambiance. I wish I could go here all the time, but the prices deem that this will be for very special occasions.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAfter waiting years to secureAfter waiting years to secure a reservation, was finally happy to visit Babbo with my out of town parents for a Saturday lunch. Was everything I thought it would be and more. The most delicious food, fabulous service, wonderful hosts. Couldn't have enjoyed it more. Definitely worth the wait.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely, Romantic LunchFrom start to finish, a wonderful meal with attentive service. Price is commensurate with quality, service level. Although we did not take advantage of the lunch tasting menu, seems like a very good option. Ordering a "quartino" of wine was plenty for each of us to have a generous glass. Noticed that we had to ask for olive oil with the bread service as did others around us, not sure why this would be a policy but just a suggestion - otherwise one of the best meals we had in NYC.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMsome beautiful thingsWe had a very nice late dinner here. We reserved at 10.45pm.
Foodwise, my issue is: apetizer and primo were just outstanding, and secondo lost a bit of interest.
I also think I made the wrong choice...
Service as a tendancy to push you a bit.
Wine by the glass are too much wine.
Price is too expensive.
It somehow lacks of a personality.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful service and food!Went for graduation dinner and was not disappointed! The service was helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. We sat upstairs, which was bright. Highly recommend the grilled octopus app--best I've ever had. All the food was outstanding. The service learned of my graduation and added a congratulations around the dessert plate and offered a congrats verbally as well. Just a very nice gesture. Great restaurant. Not cheap, but definitely worth it.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWrong Time But Graciously SeatedWhat a great experience! We drove in from PA for lunch (we thought) only to discover our reservations were for 11:15pm! Major oops! We were graciously accommodated and had one of the best meals we've had in quite awhile. Did the tasting menu, paired with wine. Everything was outstanding...pork tenderloin fork tender,orecchiette with nettle pesto a wow! Finishing with savory olive oil and rosemary cake with olive oil gelato. Personnel were helpful, conversant regarding wines and food, attentive without being overbearing. Went out and bought one of the wines. Delightful experience!5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMThe pasta tasting menuWe chose this with the reserved wines. Sommelier and serving staff were fantastic and very helpful in describing every course. A unique dining experience and glad we chose that for our first dining experience at Babbo.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother great Babbo mealI love Babbo because their food is great and the kitchen is usually open late. I like to cozy up to the bar and order a pasta dish or two (any will do because they are all amazing) and have a nice paired glass of wine. So far everything I've ordered from here has been a winner. I'd highly recommend the food! And the staff always provides top-notch service!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Dining ExperienceTasting Menus and Wine Tasting were exceptional.
Service was exceptional but noise level can get a little to high.
Exceptional with handling any food allergies.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMExpected moreI took my wife here for her birthday. The place was highly recommended by several people. We got the tasting menu with wine pairing. Overall the food was great but some dishes were lacking. I really thought only two dishes out of the 7 stood to the level of this price tag. In retrospect I would have went with an a la carte selection.
The service was good and the waiter was very knowledgable on the wine pairings.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMdo not miss the opportunityWe are fans of Chef Batali and Lydia Bastianich. We decided to try a few different items from the menu, all of the staff went above and beyond our expectations. Quality of food was outstanding5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWOW,,,,WHAT A TREATWe were in New York to celebrate our anniversary and wanted a special dinner ....BOY DID WE GET IT....Everything was fantastic
We will be back5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMPasta 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 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 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 AMA tourist mecca because ofA tourist mecca because of its owner, uber-celebrity chef Mario Batali. While the food is good, to be sure, and the presentation outstanding, you won't be encouraged to linger4/13/2013 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 AM