New York

Babbo

Cuisine: Continental, European, Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian

Price: $$$$

110 Waverly Place

New York, NY 10011 | See Map

Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

(212) 777-0303 | Reserve Online

www.babbonyc.com

Mon - Sat: 5:30PM - 11:30PM

Sun: 5PM - 11PM

At A Glance

  • Founded: 1998
  • Healthy Options
  • Reservations
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Alcohol
  • Bar
  • Beer/Wine
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Vegetarian Options
Zagat
Babbo

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Still “in a class by itself”, this “special” Village destination from the Batali-Bastianich team draws capacity crowds to revel in “sinful” pastas and other “alchemical” Italian cuisine in a “wonderful” carriage house overseen by an “engaging” crew; despite the “cacophony”, “challenging” tabs and reservations “drama” (“like winning the lottery”), it’s a “necessary pilgrimage.”

About the Restaurant

Honored with the James Beard Foundation's Best New Restaurant award when it opened in 1998, Babbo remains a reigning champ among New York's Italian eateries. The culinary superstar status that co-owners Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich have acquired since Babbo's inception hasn't had any adverse effects on the perfectly cooked pasta and much-loved traditional-meets-original recipes served here.

Drawing international visitors and neighborhood regulars alike, this softly lit, split-level space balances the boisterous conversation of its guests with a backdrop of driving rock music. Radiohead and Zeppelin pair well with lively Mint Love Letters, a dish of pasta envelopes stuffed with fresh peas, mint, Parmigiano-Reggiano and cream, then topped with spicy lamb sausage and pitch-perfect tomato sauce. And the bold flavors of chili flake-flecked Sicilian calamari and osso buco with saffron orzo and chestnut gremolata — it's for two, so bring a friend with an appetite — stand up to the straight-ahead rock of U2 and the Black Keys.

For a "best of" overview, order the traditional tasting menu or the selection of six pastas and two desserts for; optional wine pairings are available for both. Reservations help at this bustling and beloved spot, but if you go early, you might score a seat at the bar, where you can dine. The restaurant also announces any last-minute open tables daily at 3pm via twitter @BabboRistorante.

Nearest subway
A, B, C, D, E, F, M to West 4th St./Washington Square

What to tell a cabbie
Take me to the northwest corner of Washington Square Park.

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