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Babbo Ristorante

4.6
2395 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

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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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 2395 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 15 hours ago

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

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always our favorite place to eat when we visit NYC!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great place!

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1.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Terrible should not have this high of a rating

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Always superb for dinner but haven't been for lunch in a long time. It was great to find so many different dishes in the lunch menu - too many delicious choices. Great service, and so much quieter at lunch. A total success.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The restaurant was one of our favorites. for many years. The food, service and ambiance have gone down since Mario Batali left.
The food at Babbo used to be outstanding , now there are many other restaurants where the food is just as good.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Easily meet and exceeded all expectations. Only issue was the wine list although extensive had fewer reasonable choices ($100-200 [ can’t believe I classify that as ‘reasonable’] vs. very & very very expensive options. Som was helpful and knowledgeable. Wonderful experience.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It was wonderful until the guinea hen cacciatore. It was tough & sinewy.
The tasting included olive oil cake NOT a tasting of 3 different deserts.
The waiter didn’t come back with our change until I asked someone else for it....bad taste when you think you deserve the balance.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We had the tasting menu with wine for lunch. Absolutely delicious - I highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

great cozy atmosphere with good, unpretentious food

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Delicious food and great atmosphere. Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Wonderful food. Desserts to die for! I would love to visit again.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The high professionalism of the entire staff is what struck me the most. It is obvious why they are still going strong after so many years. The ambience of the historic townhouse really sets Babbo apart, and of course the food is excellent, defining the upper echelon of what this group has to offer. Thank you for a delightful 40th birthday.

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2018

This place has deteriorated from a few years back. The pork chop that they used to brag as special, was so hard and dry that the knife couldn’t cut it. Same as the lamb chops. The chocolate hazelnut cake is sooo dry.
The only decent item we had was the braised beef cheeks ravioli.
We will never go back.
Batali should fix this place if he wants to salvage his name in the culinary world.
What a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The pasta with pork belly is excellent. The service is also great as well as the environment. I will come again.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

It is no wonder that this place has withstood the fierce competition in this city and survived. The service is impeccable and the food second to none in terms of taste and creativity. I could do without the blaring soundtrack which was not to my liking and incongruous with the atmosphere but hey, it’s Mario after all.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Iconic. Consistent. Comfortable. Sublime. Professional. Perfection.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

excellent food. The shrimps in a tomato base was outstanding as was the beef ravioli and the branzino! Desserts and cappucino were fabulous!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

A little bit too dark!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Definitely coming back.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

My girlfriend and I had 4 dishes here,

1. Grilled octopus
2. Pappardelle bolognese
3. Beef cheek ravioli
4. Black spaghetti

Our waiter recommended #4 but it was our least favorite.

We liked 1 and 3 the most, but 2 was good.

No other complaints.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I love the atmosphere and the music. Food of course is stellar. Service is great. It is expensive but I’m from Chicago. Will be back. (Have already been a few times).

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Everything was great except for the fact we were seated in the first table by the door and we froze the whole dinner

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The pasta is fabulous at Babbo and that is what we go for. We had 3 different pasta dishes; a garganelli with mushrooms, the Chianti stained pappardelle with boar ragu and their gnocchi (okay, not technically pasta) with an ox-tail ragu. We also ordered a side of sautéed escarole. Heaven!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Sat at bar , great bartender , great recommendations, great food

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My daughter and I went to lunch at Babbo on Saturday, 3/24/18 before we caught a Browadway show, SpongeBob Squarepants. We had reservations for 11:30am which were needed. The restaurant is reasonably small/cozy so i would strongly recomment making reservations in advance. BTW, the restrooms were very clean and nice but real small (on the first floor).

I started lunch with a Birra Nursia which was excellent and my daughter had a Sprite (nothing special there). They served a complementary marinated chick peas on a crustini which I really liked and my daughter did not. For lunch, she ordered their specialty, Beef Cheek Ravioli and I ordered the Gnocchi. We both absolutely loved the presentation and the meal itself. Unbelievely delicious! The servings were not huge but we knew that since most folks order a pasta and then a 'secondi' meal. No room for dessert but next time, I will get the Vanilla and chocolate malt gelato.

Overall, the experience was awesome and we will defiantely come back. Next time, my wife will also join us.

FYI, if you are a party of two, you will most likely be seated in the front by the door which is a little tight as the bar is immediately behind you.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Babbo combines all the right elements - a great bar, excellent service and well prepared, interesting food. Both the bartenders and wait staff are engaging and provide clear explanations of both the drinks and the food preparations. The sommelier's guidance in our wine selection was very helpful.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Upon arrival (off peak and on time)I asked the person at the reservations desk if my wife and myself could be seated while my two sons and their guests were 5 min. From arrival. I was told that it was policy for all quests to be seated at the same time and to wait at the bar. Well the bar is small and dressed for dinner service and waiting area rather small. This would be strike no.1
There are only two complaints about the meal. My appetizer of Tortelloni was undercooked ( dry pasta al dente; fresh pasta not). Perhaps I am over sensitive to this. I had brought my uncle and aunt from California here some years ago with my then younger sons. All pasta (dried) were served extremely undercooked. When I voiced my dissatisfaction I was told that Mario had brought him from Italy for his skilled cooking of pasta dishes and that we were not familiar with it being served al dente. I had been to Italy many times on business and my uncle and aunt lived there for 10 years.It was still raw. My only other complaint was that my wife’s grilled lamb chops were served cold. All other dishes were well prepared. The service from sommelier to bus boy was top drawer. Yes I would recommend this restaurant but there are also many other choices.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I accidentally mixed up the reservation time by 15 min- but Babbo graciously accommodated us being late. Our server and the sommelier were both outstanding- they gave great recommendations. We always look forward to visiting babbo when we’re in town and tonight was exceptionally great! Food and service was perfect.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

It was my birthday, and all I have to say is WOW! Some of the best service and food NYC has to offer.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food, great service , beautiful quaint restaurant

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great place, outstanding food and service. The only downside was cramped seating

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

sommelier was pretty patronizing, good pasta, decent entrees, nice interior, good wine

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We travel to NYC at least once a year and make a pilgrimage to this incredible restaurant. The food is absolutely divine, the service impeccable , and the people sublime.
New York wouldn’t be the same without Babbo.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Exceptional food, wine and service!!

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