Babbo Ristorante

4.7
2601 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
B&B Hospitality Group'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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Open seven days a week, lunch is Tuesday through Saturday 11:30am - 2pm, dinner is every night. Last seating is at 10:45pm Sunday-Thursday. 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.
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Phone number
(212) 777-0303
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mario Batali
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street
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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.
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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.
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Bar Dining, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking

Private Dining

Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's flagship restaurant, located on Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, offers three-star dining that redefines and reinvents the principles of Italian cuisine for 21st century America. Let Babbo host your next birthday, anniversary, rehearsal dinner or corporate event!

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Sun - Thu 10:15PM - 11:30PM
Fri - Sat 10:30PM - 11:30PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
9.5

Babbo is still the best place to feel good in this town.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
What 2601 People Are Saying
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4.6
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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I requested to be attended to quickly because of a off Broadway show I was attending, waiter was excellent with getting to us and out food quickly (oddly though a bit too quick). Ordered the Orecchiette with rabini and sweet sausage. My date has the pasta (thin spaghetti) with lobster. My pasta had an bit of an odd odor to it, not sure if that was from the water? or something else, I did eat the meal but was not happy with my selection. I would visit restaurant again and choose a different dish.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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KJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed it and will be back. The food was fantastic as well as the wine.

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Monterrey
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday 🎂
As usual, best restaurant ever.

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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Expected more. Food just ok. The place ia not nice especially the 1st floor. Not a 1 star restaurant. My black truffle did not taste like truffle. The wine list is great with cora vin.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Lamb was cold. Service was poor waited 30+ minutes between dishes

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

It has really declined. The server could care less, the food was not thoughtfully executed and the space was so cramped it ruined the dinner.

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MC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Fantastic evening, pre-theater dining experience.

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SS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and I went to Babbo for a leisurely Saturday lunch. The grilled calamari was very good. My friend enjoyed her beet salad. And the wine was excellent. But the highlight of our meal was a white truffle pasta we shared. It had wide silky ribbons of pasta with a bit of butter and shaved truffles on top. It was spectacular. And the service was top notch. Very impressive. There are many excellent options in Manhattan but I
will definitely go to Babbo next time I am in NYC.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente!
Buena comida y buena servicio

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Totally disappointed. Food very ordinary. Not worthy of the price and the hype.

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Faded glory. Looks like nothing has changed in the past 15 years. I assume owners are getting ready to close. We were only 2 diners at 2 pm in the dining room. It’s over

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r
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love Babbo. The Platonic ideal of Italian food.

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian dinners I've had in a while. I can't to go back.

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New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

We love Babbo, but, the later you go (even though they are open late) the worse the service gets. This was the second time our waiter left in the middle of our dinner. The pasta dishes were exceptional, but the fish was over-cooked and I ordered the rabbit which I did not like.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was generally quite good; had the pasta tasting menu (which has dramatically increased in price over the past years). Found the first dish too salty, also was a bit surprised to find plain old pasta with bolognese meat sauce as one of the dishes but overall very good.

The music I found stressful and not conducive to fine dining (Babbo not the only one who does this): high energy pop, with lots of percussion.

Had the pinoli torte for dessert, way too sweet.

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Excellent service. We had a really good time at the restaurant, and we enjoy everything we orden.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Linguine with clams had no flavor ..tasted like clams, noodles and pasta water

Pappardelle pasta was nice and sauce was very was good.

Salad options are not good... arugula salad ..ehh

Table was cramped and next to the main door.. where people enter and exit and the wind blows. Why would someone want to have a nice meal sitting there?

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London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Too much A/C and upstairs room not as cosy but impeccable
Food and service

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k
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service: too many chiefs, not enough Indians... bad. I kept having to ask for everything thrice.
Food: hit and miss: linguini clams over cooked by 5 minutes. pork belly ravioli very good.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible service

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious. We did the pasta tasting menu and told the waiter we wanted to add white truffles to one of my husband's courses. Someone other than our server came to grate the truffles for us. I told him I didn't want any (it cost $60 to add them to a plate, which was about half the cost of the tasting menu itself, so I figured I would try the dish as it came and try a bite of my husbands). He grated a generous amount of truffles over my husband's plate--you could barely see the pasta underneath--and insisted that I should try "just a little" on mine. I acquiesced and he grated a very small portion onto my pasta, which I thought was nice and generous until I realized that they had charged us another $60 for them. If I had known I would be charged I would have declined the truffles or at least asked him to give me the same, generous portion he had given my husband. This left a bad taste in my mouth (not literally, the truffles were delicious) even though the service and food had been excellent. I thought the ambiance on the first floor was nicer than the upstairs dining room where we sat. If we ever go back I think we will just order from the regular menu but it was fun to try to the tasting menu on our first visit.

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LM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional and attentive service. The somalier was very helpful with suggestions for wine from their extensive list. The food choices were unusual and new for me but everything tasted fantastic. I would definitely recommend this place if it’s in your price range. Wonderful for a special dinner out

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Antipasti (Grilled Octopus) and primi (Goose Liver Ravioli) were outstanding.
the main courses were average at best. Dessert - Saffron Panna Cotta was great, Concord Grape Schiacciata was dry, plain.
Service was outstanding.
Overall - some disappointment (not my first time, my experiences before were very good) over the food.
too noisy, too dark. Great service - applause.

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E
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

I just love their black ink spaghetti so so much, the taste is mildly and delicately delicious and goes so well with the rock shrimp and pancetta

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great ambiance and service! Go and try it!

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S
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returning to Babbo after over 15 yrs and happy to say it's kept up it's ambience and quality of real Italian food. Made res for 2 at 10:30 and when we changed it to 3 he only made us wait 10 more mins. We had wonderful meals & a memorable evening we will take with us back to Santa Monica. Wine price a little high but I'm in NYC.

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LG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overpriced for what we were eating. Surprised with a couple of very expensive ‘add ons’. Too many people around the table - clearing, setting and serving.
Superior feeling from the staff. This was our third and final time at Babi. A restaurant on the decline in our opinion.
$750 for 3 people... again, too much for what we experienced.

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1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm 41 years old, but my date and I were shocked at the average age of the venue being 55+
Food & Service were outstanding, but after two apps, two entrees and a bottle of $110 wine our bill was Over $300 for two. The music being played was 80's rock, which did not suit the fabulous ambiance of the venue.
While the bar is cozy & romantic, the hostess did not offer to take our umbrellas on a pouring rain evening; seemed odd for a restaurant able to fetch these prices.
Bartenders were extremely attentive and happy to make our craft cocktails. I'd come back once a year perhaps, but won't seek out the venue regularly.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We loved the food the last time we came and were really excited about going back. This time however the waiter knocked a glass of water all over our birthday guest and didn’t change the table cloth so it kept damply hanging into his lap. We had to ask them 3 times to change the tablecloth. Then his lamb chops were overdone. So that took down the experience a bit especially since the special guest was the one with the disappointing dish. I still really like Babbo but it’s no longer my top favorite in the city.

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FT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu selection and outstanding service. The wine list is extensive, but the staff are very helpful with wine selection. The setting is very inviting and I hope that I can visit the restaurant again in my next visit to the city. The food was outstanding and the menu is quite varied.

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the best pasta dishes I have ever had, great for any special occasion.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was incredibly attentive, the dishes were amazing, and the ambience on the upstairs level was romantic. A+.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. A special treat! Great pasta, wine list, cocktails

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ER
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant, the service is very professional and helpful.
Food was amazing, all dishes taken were very tasty.

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

As a lover of this restaurant for over 10 yrs, this was a very disappointing experience and service was not even near the standard we have grown to expect. So disappointkng! Everyone was so over confident.

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MP
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want really well cooked food using the freshest ingredients, good service and a nice atmosphere, Babbo's has it. Added an interesting menu; I need to come often to eat through everything which appealed.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Good food, not great. Incredible service, but much much much better restaurants in NYC for half the price.

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Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing best pasta

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TA
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Pasta dishes were excellent. We later ordered 4 different deserts and they were just okay! I will go back for pasta and wine. It is cozy restaurant with 2 levels. Upstairs has more light and high ceilings and I would prefer upstairs.

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