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Babbo

Italian Restaurant

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pasta • tasting menu • beef cheek ravioli • bread

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  • Photo of Shannon Loy
    4 months ago
    Overcrowded + not good
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  • Photo of Sophie L
    a year ago
    One of the best Italian restaurants in the city. Reservations difficult to get. Some room for walk ins or sits at the bar.
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  • Photo of William Walker
    a year ago
    reasonably priced Ital;ian.  1 michellin star
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  • Photo of Vivek Jain
    2 years ago
    Italian, vegetarian options
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  • Photo of Travel + Leisure
    2 years ago
    Mario Batali’s hymn to no-frills Italian cooking opened with a flourish in 1998, and has been serving consistently excellent food to packed tables ever since. Don’t leave without trying the housemade cured meats.
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  • Photo of Ben Ronne
    2 years ago
    One of our first big dates. She felt sick and we left and we didn't care. We were just happy to be together.
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  • Photo of Michelin  Guides
    2 years ago
    1 Michelin star.
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  • Photo of Ashley Covington
    2 years ago
    had such a lovely meal with Nick here!
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  • Photo of Ben Ronne
    2 years ago
    A go to for a romantic dinner. Also, the ribeye for two is one of the best steaks in town.
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  • Photo of Hanne Tretli
    3 years ago
    Kjent restaurant hvor kjente gjerne går. Må antagelig booke på forhånd.
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    3 years ago
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  • Photo of mtjllc
    3 months ago
    Amazing...this place is so busy you need a reservation to sit at the bar....ON A MONDAY NO LESS! Staff is accommodating and professional - very well trained. Food, as always, is delicious and it doesn't matter what you order. The sommelier is very good and was able to speak in depth about every bottle I asked about. All in all, if you can secure a reservation and have the pocketbook to afford it, Babbo is a sure thing.
  • Photo of John T
    3 months ago
    Warm greeting upon arrival. immediately the sense of come dining wad imminent as the dining rooms, both downstairs and upstairs are impressive. Everything we ordered and ate was exceptional as was the stunning Rose picked out by the waiter to drink. Highlight dishes were the squid ink spaghetti with crumbled salami and shrimp as well as the grilled octopus. The steak was very good as was the lamb ravioli and the papadelle Bolognese. Desserts were awesome. A truly memorable dinner. Thanks team
  • Photo of Paolo L
    3 months ago
    Hard to find really authentic Italian food around the US, but this is as close as it gets. A high-end "Trattoria" serving real food: simple and delicious - no messing with nouvelle-cuisine or Italian-American corruption - with great care of details. The only downside? Space is really narrow (tiny tables, closely packed: you have to be an acrobat to get out for a bathroom visit). But isn't that part of the deal in many trattorias back in Italy? Overall, a satisfying experience (and there's even easy roadside parking in the streets around!).
  • Photo of MaryD14
    3 months ago
    Our second time to Babbo was better than our first. A few years ago on a date with my husband we were underwhelmed. Back in the city with our young adult daughters and we thought we would let them compare Del Posto to Babbo. The girls still vote for Del Posto but we all agree Babbo is worth the price. The service is always top notch. The pasta's fresh and delicious. My husband had the beef tongue and compared it to the time he was in the Basque region . The only thing that took away from the evening is the loud,loud.loud music. It's so strange to be in such a nice place and feel "off" by the jarring music. I remembered this from years ago. Definitely going to think hard about going again. I'm a grown up ( some might say a fun one) and I like my music in the back ground.
  • Photo of Stefan D
    3 months ago
    We were a party of two and tried our chance without reservation. The restaurant has a few spare tables that don't need a reservation and we were lucky to just get one of those. They are a bit less cozy than the other tables (so if you have a chance to make a reservation - do it!). The menu contains nice dishes that you won't encounter on a regular "italian restaurant". The beet tartar and also the chianti pappardelle with wild boar ragout were simply delicious. The waiters were very friendly and attentive. The only two negative points are the music (too loud and also nerve-racking in regards of the genre) and there where some (quite some) small flies (bit bigger than fruit flies) flying all around our table - please get rid of those, it's not really pleasant...
  • Photo of Richard j
    3 months ago
    Had a phenomenal dinner on our last day in NYC at Babbo. We'd opted for it on the basis on Mario Batali's cred, and were pleased to get more or less what we expected: perfectly prepared rustic Italian dishes, with exceptional ingredients, and great service. An opening offering, free from the kitchen, a crustini with chick peas, black olive puree and from be balsamic was a great start! A Caprese style salad with height of the season heirloom tomatoes was beautiful and tasty. Pastas were amazing, as we'd hoped. Some very traditional, as well as novel combinations. Everything nicely balanced. A braised short RB entre was exquisitely cooked, but served without the porcinis noted on the menu, but a lovely polenta base that was not mentioned. Pistachio and chocolate semi fredo was a great dessert to share and finish on a sweet, creamy note. Great cocktails and wine list (and knowledgeable sommelier), round it all out. Oh, and the bread! Such good bread with great to olive oil. Could have made a meal of this alone! Impeccable service from James, who saw after every detail, well timed. Assisted ably by a great crew.
  • Photo of Wilson L
    3 months ago
    My wife took me here for my birthday. Not sure we haven't been back for a couple of years but we were definitely happy to have returned. The grilled octopus was as delicious as we remembered it. No need to mention about the amazing pasta (we shared the Bucatini L'Amantriciana)! And my briased beef was so succulent and tender. My wife had the whole branzino and it was great as well. Loved it! Also had a very attentive wait staff. Overall hats off to the team at Babbo!
  • Photo of fru_sorteravn
    3 months ago
    Had an enjoyable meal here, wine was good but expensive. Struggled to choose things from the menu because none of it particularly appealed but in the end had tomato with burrata for starter and a goats cheese tortellini for main course. It was very nice. The bread was really good. Dessert of olive oil cake and olive oil ice cream was very good. Service was good except for one waiter who took our plates and bread away while we were still eating it. IME There seems to be a big difference in service in Michelin star restaurants in NY versus other ones in Paris or London where service is fantastic and almost invisible.
  • Photo of Xavierrette
    3 months ago
    This tiny overly expensive restaurant in lower Manhattan is not worth the time it takes to get a taxi all the way to the other end of the city. We arrived early and had cocktails in the tiny cramped bar area. The bartender made a good drink but he was a superscillious man from Argentina. Our reservation was made one month in advance and we were placed at the worst table in the house, near the kitchen. We were rushed into ordering our dinner by the waiter. Once ordered, the food arrived in a timely manner and it was hot. My lamb had to be sent back to be done as specified. The radicchio and side was so burnt I could not eat. My husband's Bolognase was terribly underdeveloped and he couldn't finish. The whole experience was dreadful. Don't waste your time on this expensive macaroni joint!
  • Photo of library_girl_ri
    4 months ago
    My friend and I had dinner here while in the city and close to the neighborhood. So glad we did! Dinner was more of an experience than just a meal. Our server was wonderful - knowledgeable and funny and not at all stuffy or uppity. She asked what types of tastes we were looking for and made great recommendations. The wine list is extensive and overwhelming if you're not a wine buff (which neither of us happen to be). Our server sent the sommelier over to help us choose. It was a nice conversation with him and I was thankful that he didn't make us feel stupid for not understanding the wine list, but instead gave us some good options and fun insights. We ended up choosing a wine from a volcanic region of Italy since it's something we wouldn't easily find elsewhere. It was an excellent choice. The roasted beet tartare was a fun take on beets and had great flavor. The amuse bouche that was sent over was also fun and tasty. I had goat cheese tortelloni with dried orange and wild fennel pollen. I keep seeing wild fennel pollen on menus and was curious about it. The tortelloni was light and airy and delicious. I discovered I'm not a huge fan of the pollen or the dried orange, but the meal was still wonderful. My friend loved her dish and still talks about how light the pasta was. We splurged (as if the bottle of wine wasn't enough!) and had dessert and coffee. I had a great cappuccino and we shared two desserts. The standout was a pineapple tart. It was fresh and just a perfect blend of sweetness. Service was wonderful, food was great and it was worth the high cost of the meal. We are both planning a return trip!
  • Photo of Gary K
    4 months ago
    Great restaurant, delicious from start to finish. Service was exceptional and absolutely loved the playlist... Red Hot Chili Peppers greatest hits and then AC/DC.
  • Photo of SecretAsian16
    4 months ago
    My dining experience at Babbo is mediocre from the service to the quality of their food. I’ve been longing for good pasta for the past few weeks and I was hoping that this place will satisfy my cravings. It was a big disappointment from the table we got (right next to the silverware - everyone kept going there to provide new silverware for each new dish they serve their guests) to the service and food. The place was crowded and the attire is from tank tops and sneakers to suits. I was celebrating a milestone birthday and was going to wear a nice dress. I’m glad I went with my gut and wore white jeans with a dressy top. My husband and I are both foodies. We love good food. We’ve been to several Michelin starred restaurants: Eleven Madison, Daniel, Blue Hill, Marea, and Brushstroke (who fell off the list in 2017). I can say each dining experience was very memorable worth every penny. They served great food and service was impeccable. They don’t sacrifice their food/service to make more money. I am quite surprised that this made the Michelin Star Restaurant list for 2017. Out of the entire meal, the grilled octopus was the only saving grace. It was cooked to perfection and seasoned perfectly. We ordered the special beef carpaccio with fresh black truffles. I was excited to have this. This was covered in black truffle and the price should have been an indication that they were probably trying to get rid of the truffle (since truffles have a short shelf life). I understand fresh has a milder taste than truffle oil but the dish was plain and disappointing. We also ordered the black pasta with rock shrimp which was ok. The guanciale was tough and not crunchy. It was better than the beef cheek ravioli pasta. This made me sick from the richness of the sauce. The pasta was freshly made but the dish itself was nothing spectacular. Save your money. This place is not worth any star in my opinion.
  • Photo of Kathrin B
    4 months ago
    We had dinner at Babbo with friends whom we haven't seen in a while. And while we all enjoyed the food, we were less happy with the very loud music which prevented us from being able to have a proper conversation. We asked several times to lower the music.... in vain. When we left and commented on the loud music, the answer we got was that we were lucky as it would have been even louder if Mario would have been there.... not exactly the answer we expected in a high-end restaurant..
  • Photo of tonycanda
    4 months ago
    Any review can not give it justice been lucky enough to be travelling through NY and this is always a must visit.
  • Photo of kinwafu
    4 months ago
    First night in New York. This supposedly top rank restaurant was a big disappointment as well as being extremely crowded. A sort of pack 'em high and sell 'em a very expensive meal at a tiny table place . I wouldn't mind paying top dollar if the food was great but whilst the meat dishes were pretty good the pasta dishes completely lacked flavour. We lived in Rome for nearly 4 years so know genuine and good Italian food. The bread was the real thing.....bit of an indictment for an alleged top class restaurant if bread is the highlight. As to the "priming your wine glass" nonsense......don't get me started!
  • Photo of Frandrake
    4 months ago
    Double premise: I am an Italian leaving in London (thus used to Italian food abroad) and after reading Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich I had high expectations for Babbo. The place falls short on all aspects. The ambient feels cheap. With the only exception of glasses, everthing else feels and is quite cheap. Service level is incredibly low. Just as an example, we were on sparkling water and the waiter refilled our half full glasses with tap ice water. Also, waiter presence is too frequent and intrusive. Food is good, perhaps too salty, but good. Issue is the portion quantity: ridicolous. The beef carpaccio is cut thinner than the black truffle that goes with it! LOL I love Mario and Joe's story but this was a big let down.
  • Photo of waltermichael
    4 months ago
    I was very much looking forward to eating here. The reviews placed this store right along side dome truly inspirational Italian restaurants. Ambiance is fun and full of energy Wine list is wonderful with great selection by the glass Waiter was truly superb Clams and linguine was boring, watery and overloaded with garlic pasta over cooked Two minute calamari was so spicy that all flavors were lost guinea fowl was dry and a big disappointment for such a highly rated place
  • Photo of ccpark888
    4 months ago
    The best Gnocchi with Braised Oxtail and beef carpaccio with so much black truffles and strong dirty vodka martini (make that 2 martinis) and grapefruit cosmo. Attentive staff and so well timed service. Great dining for two or four. Money well spent.
  • Photo of krissullivan
    4 months ago
    First time at Babbo. The menu was a bit complex and overwhelming. Now that I am familiar, I feel my ordering experience would be better. The items we ordered were: Black spaghetti with rock shrimp ( just ok, shrimp a bit overcooked) Wild Striped Bass with squash caponata and black olive tapenade (delicious), Sea scallops with sweet corn, chanterelles and black truffles (scallops were good - sweet corn mixture did not pair well with them), and the pineapple crostata with mascarpone gelato and caramel sauce which was so delicious I will dream about it! Overall a good experience.
  • Photo of Fred F
    4 months ago
    Outstanding food and service !! Not that expensive. Well worth it. Mario restaurants are a must. Bastianich wine.

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