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Babbo Ristorante

4.6
2428 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
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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

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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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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 2428 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

disappointed when I asked about a salad and received cooked greens - also had to ask for olive oil to go with the bread and then had to ask for pepper to be added to the olive oil

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This was the highlight of my trip to New York.
The best meal of many. I recommend it to anyone who appreciate great food.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

What can I say that hasn't already been said? We had appetizers and 4 different entrees. Each was fantastic. I would like to try everything on the menu.
Wow!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Very nice food! And wine as well. It’s good for semi formal occasion.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Flawless in every way!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Babbo is consistently very good! The fresh beef cheek ravioli are amazing, and the wine list is quite extensive. Highly recommend. The tasting menu's are excellent, especially the Truffle Tasting, if availible. For a real treat, they do a terrific wine pairing.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I wanted to treat my parents, who are visiting from South Korea, a memorable meal. Babbo was a perfect place for that. Amazing service and food.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The ribeye was good, the carciofi overcooked, the rage okay. The waiter placed a dish of garbanzo beans in front of me despite the restaurant knowing in advance, and reviewed with my main server, of my allergies. My companion snatched the dish away from me in time. However, I still ingesting something that caused a slight allergic reaction. Not worth one Michelin star

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Food was excellent.
Male Host was rude.
Service mediocre

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

First time back at Babbo in quite a while and it was good to see that the magic is still there. I brought some out of town guests who requested "real New York Italian food" and knew they wouldn't be disappointed. The service was lovely, the food was fabulous and we had a wonderful time. Will not let so much time go by before my next visit.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Attentive wait staff and impeccable service. The food was artfully prepared and delicious!

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

lugar súper oscuro y según recomendaciones varias lo encontré muy sobrevalorado .-

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

En general la comida fue buena pero hubo un plato de pasta demasiado picante para poder comerlo. El lugar es sumamente ruidoso, teníamos que gritar para poder platicar y creo que eso cansa mucho a los clientes porque te tienes que esforzar demasiado para entender la conversación. El servicio atento.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Amazing experience.
Staff were friendly and attentive.
My husband had a memorable birthday celebration at the restaurant.
Would like to thank the team for arranging & recommending a delicious birthday cake.
We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

So I really wanted to like this place...walking in I felt like oh I’m going to love it here. Once we sat we were greeted by a waiter relatively normal time. The waiter was a bit snooty and seemed very disinterested in us overall. At the end of dinner he left or something because we never saw him again. Someone else was helping us. That waiter was very nice. The food was pretty good but not good enough for the prices. The other two things I just didn’t care for us we couldn’t order an appetizer and then order our dinner. We were forced to decide everything at once. The last is that they play rock music like AC/DC very loudly. When we are paying for a nice expensive dinner in a quaint romantic setting why this music loudly in your ears and head? We could barely hear each other at times. It was good but I wouldn’t go back.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Too busy and service subpar

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

At first, my parents and I needed to wait an additional 35 minutes to be seated after our official reservation time, but the manager, John, made up for it. Throughout our dinner we were treated very kindly by the staff and with special attention by the manager, which made us feel truly valued as first-time patrons. I will be going back to Babbo with frequency because of our experience, and I would recommend the same to anyone thinking of going.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

My husband and I love pasta and went with the Pasta Tasting Menu. We were not disappointed. We had 5 generous portions of different pasta dishes to try. By the end, we could barely get out of our seats because our stomachs were so full! If you are a pasta lover, you will not be disappointed. It is on the pricier side, but worth it!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Yet another outstanding experience at Babbo! We came for a late 11:15pm dinner after a show and happily took a seat at the bar rather than a traditional table. The bartenders are always fun and friendly, and we find that they are just as knowledgeable about the food as the waiters. Speaking of food, it did not disappoint. My tagliatelle was cooked absolutely perfectly, with a slight chew, and the bolognese was best in class. This has been our go-to place in the city for years and I’m so happy to see that it is still putting out first-rate cuisine. Can’t wait to come back again!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Always relaxing for lunch

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

My boyfriend and I went to Babbo for our anniversary. Our server Joey was stellar. He gave great food and wine recommendations (GET THE PORK CHOP YOU WON’T REGRET IT!) and he made us feel like VIPs. We can’t wait to come back! Thanks, Joey and Babbo!

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

First, the food and service are impeccable and the servers are highly knowledgeable. But...don't get there early; if the bar is full there is NO room and you stand by diners--it is tiny downstairs. Next...I expected an environment with light background music, but what I got was--and I am being literal here--the Ramones blasting out so loud that I couldn't hear my friend talking a less than two feet from me...I like the song "Rockaway Beach" as much as any fan, but they seem to have had the album on and the music continued like that for much of the evening. So if you like wonderful Italian food with a dance club sound system, then this is your place.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Super intimate, super romantic, super ambiance, super service, and super food. Couldn’t have been happier.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Babbo recently. We had 5:30PM reservations. The restaurant was playing music very loudly. It was bothersome as we couldn't even have a conversation across the table. The food was good, but we have been to Babbo several times before and it was overly salted in my opinion. The chairs were also uncomfortable, it may be time for an upgrade. All in all the dining was good, but Babbo had previously set the bar so high we were expecting the same caliber this time.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great food and great service! Impressed with all the options on the menu. Must haves are the spaghettini and black spaghetti.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Gran lugar y una comida memorable

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We went for an early dinner at 6PM. We were four. It was terrific from start to finish - food, wine, cocktails, service, jolly, convivial ambiance. It was sensational.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The food was great. I would highly recommend the scallops. They were perfectly cooked - slight crisp on the outside and not overly cooked. The service was also great and everyone was very attentive. But the fact that Sienna Miller sat at the table next to us made my whole trip to New York. Yes, I am star struck, and no I did not ask for a picture or autograph because celebrities also deserve enjoying the little things in life like privacy.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We are planning on coming to Babbo for our daughters college graduation dinner and stopped in to try it out for lunch. What a joy. The service was impeccable, attentive staff from beginning to end. Food was delicious! Creative and just the right amount. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

This is our third or fourth time at Babbo's. It never disappoints: the food, service and ambiance and more -- are excellent. We had a wonderful evening -- and I have to wonder why we EVER go ANYWHERE ELSE. I think it is in its 20th year and it's still not an easy reservation to get!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Great lunch. Unfortunately we had an unusually large breakfast. Would have loved to have tried more another course. I would say the pasta dishes we ordered were beyond our expectations. The mushroom Papparadelli was as good or better then Ago in BEVERLY Hills.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Pastries were on another level. So incredible.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Pasta tasting menu was great. Service was great. Very dark in the room. Everyone had the flashlights on their phones on to read the menu. Music was VERY loud. Hard to hear just across the table.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Food was excellent . Just wished the music was quieter . Was almost disruptive for a conversation .

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Always our favorite place to eat when we visit NYC!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The Food is amazing at this Great Restaurant of Mario Batali !!!!!
Service is wonderful and always friendly
Wine Service is GREAT !!!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

An exceptional meal, tremendous friendly and attentive staff. Best duck breast and duck leg confit ever on a bed of excellent vegetables in a beautiful presentation served at the perfect temperature. Sardine appetizer was exquisite and bread was so good that when I commented abut it they graciously asked if I wished for some to take home . An exceptional yet not unexpectedly expensive wine list although very good wines at reasonable prices by the glass.

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

I found the music to be loud and obnoxious. Our overall experience was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Fantastic food and wine, great service , little tight space

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We had a nice evening, but we found the background music disturbing and noisy. We felt it was difficult to conversate with eachother.

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