Babbo Ristorante

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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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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 10:00PM - 10:45PM

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NN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big fan of restaurant. Have been many times and never disappointed

F
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Best carpaccio di manzo I’ve ever had. Loved the two textures of the beef - thin carpaccio slices and diced steak tartare too. Crab pasta could have used more salt, but the quality of the ingredients was excellent. The prices on wine by the glass were exorbitant. Overall, a great meal!

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really good food, great ambiance and service, but very pricey. Definitely worth the visit, just be prepared to spend a lot.

BB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best pasta I ever tried! Amazing restaurant and the service is the best thing!!

J
Montreal
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I appreciate the fact you guys did one of my favorite dish that is no longer in the menu ! Thank you !

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servicio, ambiente y comida súper bueno. Vino exquisito

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Normal experience for $$$ price

JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John the maitre d is the best. Thanks for another wonderful meal

EH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food and service were great. The music was pretty bad and loud. we complained to waiter who said this is how the music has been for 10 years. I’ve been to Babbo 5 times before and never noticed how horrific the music was. The hostess called me ahead of time to confirm the reservation and asked if it was a special occasion and I told her it was a birthday but then they forgot and didn’t put a candle in the desert.

D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Not as nice as we had hoped it would be. The music was overbearing and seemed complete unrelated to the ambiance and decor. Not the restaurant’s fault but the person next to us (tables are very tight) was unbearably loud and obnoxious. The service was fine if not a bit rushed. Probably won’t go back.

J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service. Always choose a tasting menu. The whole meal was spectacular.

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The place was great. Food and service was great. We were there early so we got a lot of attention. The sommelier didn’t show us a good range of price and diversity of wines.

DB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Love the pasta tasting menu!!

TO
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought a business friend for his birthday. All first timers to Babbo’s. We had dinner the previous evening at Gramercy Tavern restaurant, and our huge disappointment with GT was assuaged by the brilliance of the whole Babbo’s experience. Great team job! Friendly and faultless.

JK
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our umpteenth visit to Babbo. For the first time, a couple of our dishes were over-salted. Baby octopus was overcooked and tough. Black spaghetti with crab was perfection. Wine was great. Service was great. Music was great.

EG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think the food is ”aspirational” and they definitely deliver amazing Italian food. I haven’t been able to get past the pastas on the menu as they are so good. Wine offering is also great. I keep coming back over and over.

PP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The entrees we had were excellent. The arugula salad was outstanding, as was the oriechette pasta. We both shared tiramisu for dessert which I highly recommend.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday celebration!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Restaurant is good but noisy and expensive.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment the Maitre D' wished my wife a Happy Birthday when we checked in at the podium, I had the feeling that this was going to be a special dining experience. Turns out I was right. We were seated upstairs in a lovely room which was a bit more mellow than the downstairs where the bar is located. For our antipasto, we shared the Grilled Octopus which was served with marinated borlotti beans. The octopus was beautifully prepared and the beans added just the right amount of flavor and texture. For our mains, my wife had the Pappardelle Bolognese, and I had the Duck with figs and baby cauliflower. Not only did we each love what we ordered, we each loved what the other person ordered as well. The couple at the next table had the Grilled Lamb Chops and I made a mental note that on my next visit I might have to try those. Actually, every dish that came past our table looked fantastic.
At the end of our meal, on cue, our dessert came out with the requisite candle but with an additional flourish: 'Happy Birthday Michelle' was written in chocolate sauce around the edge of the plate....awesome. We even got to meet Ray Rando, the General Manager of Babbo who came by our table to wish my wife a happy birthday. Ray, if you read these reviews, let me say that you run an amazing establishment.

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Though the food is and has always been outstanding including those chickpeas you get when you sit down, and the service is very good, all this is eclipsed by the horrible music. The volume is horrifying and the music itself is tasteless. Couldn't they play orchestral music or at the very least Italian music? All tghis being said, I'll be returning for the food.

SN
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love Babbo. We have come with friends many times over the years. One thing that was odd this time. I wanted a bottle of Antinori produced wine that you did not have. The waiter suggested an alternative that was a little lighter but was twice the price. Not the best etiquette in my opinion. I was with guests so I paid without any fuss. But, I was surprised and a little disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinaria de lo mejor en el mundo

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f
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place , nice menu and nice size portions which is so nice and rare these days

MH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a Monday night for my daughters 20th birthday. Lively atmosphere, Talking Heads '77 playing, fantastic menu. There is plenty to choose from no matter your gustatorial proclivity. Service was impeccable and the food was beyond...beyond.

MR
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The service was poor. We had to ask 3 times for a glass of water. Received coffee and had to ask twice for sugar and never received butter with our bread. We were looking forward to having the wild boar ragu having just come back from Tuscany and we were sorely disappointed. We would never order it again and it in fact gave me a stomach ache. Overall we did not understand the attraction of the large noisy crown of people to this restaurant. This was our first and last time!!

SG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food fabulous, waiter knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. My daughter and I loved it!

H
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Babbo is still wonderful after so many years. It's fancier than I am accustomed to but not uncomfortable to show up in tastefully casual attire. The service is friendly and accommodating and the food is always delicious. Highly recommend.

JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Overdone octopus and sardines. Flavorless pork chop. Wine recommendation that was terrible.

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Recommended to us. Not really meeting expectations, on many accounts.
Had a wonderful Vongole a few days before, half the price, more familiar setting, beating B’s seafood pasta by far. Sorry.
Great service!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Screaming rock music, hard to hold a conversation

TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience. Food was delicious as usual. Pasta here is the best we've had in NYC. The lighting and restaurant are beautiful. We thought it was a bit too loud when we arrived at 9pm - got better around 10:30pm. They could lower the music I think. Our server was great. Wine selection is top.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good, couple suggestions:
- bread would have been better warmed and served with butter or olive oil mixture
- noodles seemed slight undercooked in areas but overall were a little spongy

L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My annual birthday dinner! I’ve made it a tradition to come here each year. They never disappoint!!

PS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favourite restaurant in new york (that was recommanded by a friend)

RC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I've been coming here getting the chef's tasting menu for 20 years and it has usually been great, every course a new experience in terms of flavors and skill in preparation. This time I was disappointed. While some of the courses were very nice, one of the courses was a simple piece of cheese served with two thin, slightly dry slices of a baguette. I do the same thing at home, only the bread is better. And one of the pleasures of coming here used to be a bread basket that contained different types of bread that seemed to complement the meal. This time it was simple, plain Italian bread, nothing special. For $125, the current price and greatly increased since the last time I was here, I expect something special. It feels like they are cashing in on their reputation, and for the first time, I am not eager to return.

C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

When visiting NY, Babbo was a must. I have been going to Babbo since its opening in 1998 and have had so many wonderful memories there throughout the years with family and friends. The food was heavenly- prepared perfectly. However, in the past couple years, I've noticed a change. The food has not been amazing. Sadly, it is no long my favorite Italian restaurant. Our dinners last April and this recent visit in November were just OK. The lamb chops were a bit overcooked. The pastas were incredibly over sauced- in fact swimming in sauce. I would describe the presentation of pasta dishes as looking "messy". This is not expected at a restaurant like Babbo.

MG
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent night, and definitely worth the experience! Good service, food, and setting. Recommend to anyone!

I
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were sat at atable for 2 in the corridor where waiters were constantly charging back and forth. The music was incredibly loud. The pasta course was good but the squab was inedible. The couple on the next table returned one of their courses. Overall we found it noisy and uncomfortable and poor value for money.

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Too loud music

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