Babbo Ristorante

4.7
2769 reviews
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Italian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
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 10:15PM - 11:30PM
Fri - Sat 10:30PM - 11:30PM

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.
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4.6
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4.6
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food! Great service! Divine wine list! We will be back soon. Worth the wait!

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SG
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best NYC restaurants. Always a great dining experience.

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EM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was very professional and extremely accommodating. Went during the new hours for Sunday lunch. The ambiance was wonderful, music was perfect and totally enjoyed the experience!

Will return.

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NL
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Portions were very generous, food was great quality, service was fun and prompt. One of NYCs top Italian spots without queston.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Too small place and so very noisy.
Reservation was at 10pm but got the table at 10:30pm, till then we did not have a place for waiting.
Food was way below our expectations.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waiter and sommelier excellent, food terrific.

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L
99 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff was extremely attentive, pasta with mushrooms and charred beef tongue was extremely tasty and atmosphere was lovely. Not the 1st time there and we will be back many more times.

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SE
6 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great! Loved the sommelier. We had an amazing night!

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M
27 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service was impeccable and the ambiance is always lovely. The food was mostly wonderful. The pastas were a bit bland and served Luke warm.

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K
8 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great! Knowledgeable sommelier, Ren.

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v
41 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Used to be better or perhaps it was simply an off night. Pasta courses were merely warm and entrées lacked the usual refinement of prior meals.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent overall experience

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WB
3 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. How all Michelin star restaurants should be (but are often not)

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The food was amazing. The waiters were very hospitable. However, the sommelier was condescending and rude. The music was not in keeping with the ambience of a traditional Italian restaurant and enoteca and was also too loud to be able to carry a conversation at a table of 4. When we passed along this criticism to upper management, they became very defensive and made it clear that they disagreed and had no intention of taking this as a consideration. There’s a more appropriate way to take customer criticism even if you have no intention of changing.

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BB
8 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Returned after long absence (we are UK .based)
Fabulous welcome and food
..loved it

We first went after a recommendation and we would recommend very highly, in turn.

Only tiny drawback is the limited washroom facility

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dare I say, this is one of the best (if not thee best) Italian resturant in NYC. It’s big brother, Del Posto, may be its only real competition. Food, service, and staff are all top notch. That said, consistent is it’s middle name. I’ve dined here numerous times yet keep coming back for its sheer greatness. As always, Babbo is an experience!

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FB
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food was very underwhelming given it’s reputation, proteins were under seasoned, brussel sprouts were over cooked with large chunks of pancetta

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JM
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding
A little loud but alive and vibrant.
System to sit at the bar could have been clearer.
I would walk-in more if I was comfortable about how potentially long the wait was.

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OT
7 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had the tasting menu. The lone pasta dish was the star of the show, everything else was just ok. We did not enjoy our first dessert which was noticed by on of the staff, and the maitre d brought us a different selection of desserts which was nice. Overall ok but ultimately underwhelming

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NY
7 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic place all around. First time back in almost 10 years and so happy to see nothing has changed in terms of quality and service. Service is top-notch, food is all around incredible. Every single employee we interacted with was helpful, friendly, and warm. Made it a very special night for a birthday celebration. I was incredibly impressed to see employees in the back using gloves to handle the food even when no one was looking. Makes me feel good about food safety and cleanliness here. This place is a neighborhood institution and I give it my highest recommendation.

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RE
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was delicious. Service was outstanding and the Sommelier terrific. Thanks for a great night.

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OT
12 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently great through the years, in terms of service & cuisine.

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EZ
8 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Babbo is still a great place to dine, although the downstairs scene was way to noisy and crowded. But the pasta is still the best in town and I hope to visit sooner than later.

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GF
3 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and atmosphere! We will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

I will love Babbo again when Mario Batali is bought out. I cannot fully enjoy a meal here until he is.

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JS
66 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Babbo never disappoints. We ordered steamed cockles and grilled octopus. Both were excellent appetizers. Octopus is one of the best we’ve had in NYC with hint of fruity sauce. Always perfectly cooked. Both of us ordered pasta, beef check ravioli and lobster spaghettini. While beef cheek ravioli was excellent, we did not taste black truffles. Lobster spaghettini was also very good and the restaurant was not cheap with lobsters. I found plenty of them. I usually order black spaghetti with rock shrimp. I would say that is still my favorite. Babbo is still one of our favorite restaurants and we already made another reservation to go back early next month.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply one of NYCs best.

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BB
12 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable visit (as always). Great food and special service. The waitress upstairs is very professional and helpful and really knows the menu. She steered us in good directions.

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DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had reservations, but still a 40 minutes wait due to previous party not vacating table. Bartender was friendly and generous with pours. Kitchen prepared special appetizer for us on the house.

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BC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent! Food was superb! Will definitely be back!

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n
12 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Was there on a second date. Had asked for a quiet table and got Table 2 which seemed cool. Ordered the arugula salad and chestnut ravioli. Both excellent. Had a couple Bourbon cocktails, the Manhattan Nero. They didn't carry Makers and the brand recommended I had never heard of. Our server had a heavy accent and was hard to understand and wasn't the most friendly. The second server seemed more consistent in his serving. He was also adept at serving the drinks in metal shakers with some theatrics. Although they asked about coffee (I had tea), they never mentioned dessert, nor brought a dessert menu. Didn't think anything of it at the time since I was enjoying the time with my date, but it seemed like a real miss. The maitre d' was a real pro and old school. You don't see many around like him anymore.

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H
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

The atmosphere here was very good. But I honestly do not know if the food was delicious. I ate steak, but the meat was too tough. Also It was uncomfortable because my seat next to the bathroom.

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k
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed the pasta tasting menu with wine pairings and we were so glad we did. One of the best meals we've ever had.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food, lovely atmosphere, helpful and friendly wait staff. We loved this restaurant!

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a
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service is excellent. The only thing about The Smith is the noise level. Hard to hear the person sitting across from you. Great place to go after work.

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5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I have been to babbo numerous times throughout the years and on this last visit I feel like it has lost its touch a bit. I felt the appetizer and our main meat entree was great but the pasta did not live up to my expectations or my memory from previous dining’s.

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TT
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Eaten here 50 times... tonight the truffle menu was awful... could have been mushrooms...Not a Batali restaurant any longer. Awful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Went for anniversary dinner and they made it extra special. The food and service were both incredible.

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BR
140 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Sadly, Babbo is a shadow of its former self. One of our favorite NYC eateries over the years, the experience this time was a true disappointment. We opted for the traditional tasting menu with wine pairing. After a 3 1/2 hour parade of mediocre plates, parsimonious wine pours and inattentive service, we realized that Babbo will forever be a memory. Farewell.

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CA
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Vibe is good and service is good. Food is average or poor.

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