110 Waverly Pl Frnt A, New York, NY 10011
Primary Phone: (212) 995-8252
Primary Phone: (646) 429-8444
Phone: (646) 308-2996
Primary Phone: (212) 418-1260
Phone: (212) 995-8252
Fax: (212) 777-3365
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
Babbo Ristorante & Enoteca
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Family Style, Italian, European, Seafood, Continental, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Good For Groups: Yes
11/16/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I can't believe Batali is comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin. Agree with the previous post that it is completely insensitive. Why can't he just stick to making food? I can only assume that if he is busy attending conferences and media events offering his political views he is definitely not paying attention to his businesses and the quality of his food. Given this, and the insensitivity he recently displayed in comparing bankers to Hitler, I will no longer eat at his restaurants and will encourage others to do the same.
11/15/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I have been several times and its the classic fall from grace. They used to do fantastic creative things and now its cram expensive fair down the throats of tourists. Food was ok at best and service was disappointing. I really don't appreciate asking the waiter for a wine in the $75-$100 range and being compelled to try a $175 wine in a tone that made me feel cheap in front of my date. So many great places in NYC, I suggest you wait for the 50% off coupon that will probably be out shortly.Save your money.
11/10/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Mario Batali's recent comment comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin are downright disgusting and irresponsible (reference at bottom of review). While there are many views on bankers during these challenging times, his references to such dictators who executed many people for their religion and / or beliefs is hurtful and ignorant. I do not believe it is in this world's best interest to support him or his restaurants given his most recent comments.
google or search for the following article as a reference: ""mario-batali-apologizes-for-comments-comparing-bankers-to-hitler-stalin""
09/12/2011Provided by Citysearch -
After making a reservation one full month in advance, I really do not see what the hype is. We had the traditional tasting menu. Sommelier was helpful and helped us pick a good bottle. SERVICE WAS AWFUL! Imagine, the waiter would come and finally tell us what we ate after we had eaten it. I thought that for all the clamoring that this is fine italian cuisine, we would have gotten better service than this, I do not know if waiter was overwhelmed with his other tables, or what. They should have presented the food and had the waiter tell us the story with what was being served when the plate was introduced to us. At one point, we had already finished the plate, when the waiter who served came and said well what was on your plate was.... This is because your service is poor, my friend. Not very surprising.
Anyhow, dishes were ok at best, prefer to go to some whole in the wall italian place in East Village and get a better meal. the charred hen we had was over salted. Seriously, I will never go back.
05/31/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I was very exhited when I finally was able to get a reservation for this very busy and popular restaurant. Was seated upon arrival an staff was very friendly and professional. The sommalier helped us pick out a really nice bottle of wine, but when the food arrived we were very dissapointed. My fish was very bland and swimming in a pool of bland sauce. The pasta course was simply just OK. Ordered the chocolate cake for dessert which was extremely tasteless. Could only really have 2 bites-- Just was not worth it!!!!! The background music starts to give you a migrane after a while unless you like headbasshing music while dining at a fancy restaurant... WOULD NOT RETURN!!!
11/06/2010Provided by Citysearch -
And inhospitable. I think I may have listened to an entire aria before the young lady came back on the phone after asking me to wait for a minute. The reviewers may rave, but the heart of this place is cold and dead. Waste of my time, and a wasted attitude.
09/08/2010Provided by Citysearch -
we scrambled to get a ressie...i wish i never did. We eat out a lot, and expect good service, and good food...especially with all the hype. The staff was really lousy. They act like they do you a favor...place is too small, the food was not very good, apart from 1-2 pasta's. The staff was clueless, and did not seem like they wanted to help. We spent a lot of money on wine, and were treated like we were in the way...tying up a table. One dish was inedible - too salty. the tongue appetizer was bad -- too much vinegar, covering the taste...do not bother going...it is not all that!
05/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We had been trying to get a reservation forever and could never even get through on the phone -- Until we learned the trick (which I will not share for fear of never being able to get a reservation again!). So, we finally went for dinner for my husband's birthday.
The service was excellent. We had dietary restrictions and the servers were not only very diligent in warning us of any problems/switching up ingredients, but I was impressed that they communicated among one another, so that a new server was already aware of our restrictions.
We were interested in a tasting menu (there was so much delicious looking food on the menu, we couldn't choose!) Our waiter recommended - rather than try any of the published tasting menus - that we do an a la carte tasting - in which we can choose any combination of dishes we like. This was an excellent idea. Unlike most tasting menus, the portions were actually very generous (yes, we were absolutely stuffed at the end of the evening).
My only complaint is that I think the pasta dishes were a little bit too salty -- still delicious - but could have done with a little less salt.
Addiional comment on the service -- we noted that we did not feel rushed at all. We were seated around 7:20 and remained in the restaurant until almost 10. For such a busy/in-demand restaurant, I think it's unusual for the staff to not try to push you out -- and I appreciated it.
Favorite dish of the evening -- Beet tartare (and I don't generally even like beets!!)
Added treat - we saw Mario Batalli himself dining at the front of the restaurant when we walked in.
Overall, wonderful, pleasant dining experience. I look forward to going back soon!
04/25/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Babbo is among the best restaurants I've dined at. From the exquisite ambiance, to the attentive service and truly gourmet food, there is not a thing I would change about Babbo.
Upon walking in we were greeted by the maitre d who eagerly checked our coats at the door. Though we were about 20 mins early for our reservation we were escorted to our table as soon as we walked in. Nothing on the menu was ordinary: the meat selection offered rabbit, boar, venison, quail, duck, lamb and sea bass. Several sommeliers walked the floor and offered wine recommendations as we finalized our dinner selections.
We started off with the winter vegetable salad with goat's milk ricotta and pumpkin seed oil. The ricotta spread over the baguette slice was so creamy and delish! When the pumpkin ravioli arrived our waiter grated an amaretti cookie over the entire dish, which was the perfect compliment to the light sauce. The striped sea bass came with a chorizo vinaigrette and grated chorizo topped over the bass. My only regret was not being able tor try more of the mouth watering dishes!
I completely disagree with those that say the service was anything but exceptional. The wait staff was extremely professional and checked in with us enough to be helpful but not annoying.... they even treated us to a complimentary cookie assortment at the end of our meal.
Babbo is a MUST for anyone in Manhattan, I will definitely be back when I'm in the area again!
02/22/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Babbo is one of my favorite special occasion dining destinations. Part of the Mario Batali empire, his Italian specialities do not disappoint. I always order the pasta tasting menu so that I get a taste of everything. I prefer some dishes over the others (i.e. the Garganelli and Tagliatelle are delicious), but it's always good to get out of your comfort zone and try out new flavors. At first you think these little dishes will never fill you up, then as the courses keep coming, you find yourself wondering if you'll even have space for dessert. The answer is barely.
Seating in the main level is a tight squeeze but it's fun to watch the hustle and bustle of the waiters scuffling by. The dining area upstairs is brighter and a little more reserved. Patrons are allowed to make reservations up to one month in advance. I've haven't had any problems getting reservations lately, but be flexible with your schedule and don't expect prime dining times. I went for an early dinner one time and a scored a late reservation another evening.
01/24/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My girlfriend and I were overly excited to go to Babbo after months of anticipation. The restaurant was a little stuffy and pretentious, but it's safe to assume that's the atmosphere they are looking for.
The sides and appetizers were delicious, but the main dishes were uninspired. However, I do have to compliment on how well our dishes were cooked...I had the squab, and it was fantastic.
Happy we went, but most likely won't go back. On to the next.
09/21/2009Provided by Citysearch -
“THE WORST NIGHT OF OUR LIVES” The bold at the entrance is extremely rude. He ignored us and kept me and my wife waiting for 2 ours standing up, and when we complained he yelled at us!!!. 1)Mr. Batalli:Why low class employees?; 2)Rank:Food is not “that good” -27 Zagat ranked? Never!; 3)Clients:OPEN YOUR EYES!; 4)Zagat&other Rankers: Be objective!. Don’t loose the credibility to pamper Mr. Battali…, without that this is only a restaurant directory.
09/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I read the great book ‘Heat’ by Bill Bufford and wanted to celebrate our first wedding anniversary in restaurant Babbo, the place where Bill Bufford took an internship… So romantic at Wasgington Square Park for us Amsterdam people.
I knew it was a hype so called them 5 months in advance to learn that one can make a reservation one month in advance at maximum. I followed this instruction and we were 'lucky' to get a 10:45 reservation. Mind you, PM! Okay so far, so good.
We arrived in a good mood 5 minutes early. We were asked to wait to be seated, and enjoyed a couple of good drinks at the bar with a constanly apologizing barkeeper. At midnight our table was ready. We ordered fungi and sardines as antipasti. There we learned Babbo's preference for balsamico. We had a salad on the side from grean beans tasting very much like… balsamico. The primo was a shared spicy spaghetti, just a little balsamico. By the way it was so late, and the music was so loud (S*x Pistols and that kind of music) that we only wanted to go to sleep, but we still had one course to go. The secundo was an outright disappointment. I had a skirt and huge balsamico beef and my husband’s branzino was very plain and was served together with a completely cremated black piece of vegetable tasting of balsamico. He asked what kind of burned vegetable it was and that he is not particularly fond of burned vegetables (health freak he is!). The answer was that it was their style to burn it completely black but they would bring a new one. Same degree of fire wounds ...
We were so disappointed that we asked for the check, without ordering a desert or even coffee. All we wanted was out of this place to bed at 1.30am. This signal was read by the personnel and they sent us a manager who apologized and said that he would adjust the bill accordingly. We paid a mere $160 (no discount on the bill found, but too tired to get into a new discussion), My husband left a $10 tip and wrote on the AMEX slip 'for the service, not the food'.
What had to be a celebration became a little disaster. We definitely ate twice at Babbo at Sunday Sept 6th: our first and last time.
I cannot recommend Babbo, and I strongly believe this place is terribly overhyped. And the arrogance from the reservation till you leave the place is one big joke, at least if you look at it from a simple gastronomic perspective.
Fried air ... below zero.
08/23/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This place is really cute. We had reservations made about a month in advance and got there pretty early but we still had to wait about 15-20 mins and the lower level is really small and packed, so there isnt much room where to wait. The food was good and so was the wine. I went this past week and did a tasting kind of menu where basically you go through like 8 courses including appetizers, main courses and deserts, and every course comes with a wine pairing. The wines were all pretty good (I liked the reds better) and the desert was really good. I would definitely go again.
07/26/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The food here is great, but I don't go very frequently because it's nearly impossible to get a reservation. Waiting for their stand-by tables is a huge hassle becuase they make you wait inside, crammed up against the bar -- often for more than an hour.
07/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This restaurant used to shine (See Frank Bruni's review from a few years back). But, while it's a ""good"" restaurant, I it is not ""great"". There are much better choices around New York. The contorni (the Babbo Greens and the Rapini) are far too salty, for example, to the point of being inedible. No dish particularly stood out -- although the bread was excellent. The wine list is very good, however. I have been twice, once in 2005 and then yesterday. I would not go again.