Babbo Ristorante

4.7
2807 reviews
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
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.
What 2807 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
Ambience
4.2
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MA
135 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The branding and steak were great. The octopus was exquisite. The ambiance is perfect for date night.

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N
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Very disappointing, starting with reservation. We were told no reservations available until 9:15. Walked into a restaurant with many empty tables.
The restaurant has only B rating from board of health. Lights were very low- restaurant tired looking. Music was too loud & inappropriate for venue- Rolling Stones & the Doors during dinner when you are being offered 200.00 bottles of wine. Food- the orrechetti w/sweet sausage- no sausage, minimal broccolini. Bolognese- no meat. Runny sauce. Inferior
Wine stewardess - excellent

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PJ
73 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We almost never get past the antipasti and pasta dishes because they are delicious and filling. And now that the Bastianich family has taken over, we are happy to eat here again.

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SK
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, service, ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Highly recommend.

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TS
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food and service , it is very loud downstairs . Suggest for more privacy a table upstairs

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J
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful space that doesn’t overdo it. Hits on all the marks for a birthday or a romantic date. Beet and apricot appetizer was unique and delicious. Pumpkin Lune very tasty. The somellier was lovely, my only gripe was with the cocktails which seemed stuck in the 80s.

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W
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love the pasta. This time instead of doing the overwhelming (but delicious) pasta tasting menu, I asked for the first dish on that menu to be served on its own. It was yummy... all three of us had pasta mains and practically swooned over the food. Service was attentive and charming as well. Love Babbo. Definitely where I would take friends who come to town and always where service is always a pleasure.

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FF
8 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the most incredible dining experiences I ever had. Ambiance was beautiful, rock music in background. Food was outstanding from the duck egg ravioli to the mascarpone cheescake. 5 stars.

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OT
11 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday night dinner. Table located in upstairs dining room which is much quieter than downstairs. Could not ask for better service. Thank-you Brandon and the rest of the team. Sommelier was extremely helpful. As always, food was incredible.
Will be back again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Two of us split 3 special pasta dishes. Very accommodating as usual and perfectly timed.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious, especially the pasta.

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TV
34 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I have been here only three times because it is so hard to score a reservation. The meal and service was excellent. I went with a friend and we shared an appetizer and also shared a pasta. We each had our own entree. The portions are big and we had no room for dessert. We shared the octopus and the papardelle bolognese. I had the duck and my friend had the pork chop. I definitely want to come back again.

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m
12 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food and the service was excellent but the music was TOO LOUD. I like a lot the rock music but was difficult to talk and hear to us.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I’ve been downing at Babbo for more than 10 years and it is definitely taking a step down from where it was

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N
4 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The noise level was out of control which bothered me the most. It was hard to carry a conversation without leaning into the table. The second thing was we were a table of 4 people, one caucasian couple and one asian. Yes, the caucasian was a bit older than the asian, but the asian couple (we) made the reservation, ordered the wine, and paid for the dinner. However, the server would consistently address the caucasian couple, not us.

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M
4 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The restaurant seems to focus more on a high turnover rate versus making the visit special to the guest. The volume level of the rock music playing was quite high which we found strange for a one Michelin star rated restaurant. The antipasti arrived before our wine, virtually minutes after ordering. The quality and presentation of the food was good, but not special. We have dined in many Michelin star rated restaurants. This one did not impress.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I brought my wife here for her birthday and it was the best choice I could’ve made because the food was phenomenal. As a 2nd generation Italian, authentic Italian food is hard to come by, but Babbo was just that! It felt like a voyage to Italy without the plane ride! My wife orders the Black spagetti and Calamari Siciliana. I ordered the Fettucini and the Lamb chop, all was delicious! This will be a staple in our life for many years to come.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

10 year wedding anniversary and we sat at the bar for a light late lunch. Beef cheeks ravioli was ballin

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

They don’t play classic rock since Batali was forced out. Replaced with cool jazz. Stupid move

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SK
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had the pasta tasting menu which was excellent but could have been a little less rich since there was so much food involved. Service was over the top excellent.

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E
45 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have enjoyed Babbo for social dinners but this was my first working lunch there. It was a perfect place for a high level meeting - service was attentive but not intrusive, menu included yummy items perfect for lunch, decor is formal but not oppressive even during the day and the sound level/table spacing permitted quiet conversation. I look forward to returning.

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DB
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

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f
28 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the most delicious meals ever!!! Did the pasta and wine pairings!! Outstanding, phenomenal!!!!!!! Did not care how expensive it was will be back soon!!!!!!

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SS
8 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Babbo is it!!!

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GS
190 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, the dining was excellent.
Special kudos to Amanda (?) our wonderful bartender.
James was a very helpful server.

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AR
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Very underwhelming experience for a place that’s so highly regarded. Ambiance was nice, until they turned the lights down so low I could barely see my plate. With the exception of the octopus, which was delicious, the food (beef cheek ravioli and black spaghetti) was mediocre at best. The pasta was crunchy - not al dente, but actually so undercooked that it was crunchy. The flavors were also bland in both dishes. Bread was also stale. Came here for a birthday and honestly really wish I hadn’t, huge let down of the night. The servers were nice, but this place should really invest in table scrapers rather than using a small spoon to fling crumbs on guests’ laps...

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TP
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

James, server was very friendly and knowledgable. It was a good experince. Took me long enough to actually go there. I would come back again!

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KM
10 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

As we read in past reviews, the food is outstanding but the service is meh. We found that to be very much the case. The waiter couldn’t have careless about us or making sure we were get everything we needed. He honestly made us feel like we were bothering him- which for the amount of money you’ll shell out for dinner here, is such a shame. Food was excellent & I would love to go back purely for that reason & nothing else.

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DJ
404 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The 7 course pasta tasting menu and the accompanying wine paring provide an excellent option to sample some of the best the restaurant has to offer. Unique creations with thoughtful pairings and informative and attentive service made for an outstanding dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an awesome time. The pasta tasting menu is worth it 100%.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best. Bar none. Punch your grandma good. If you don’t like Babbo you’re a terrible person.

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e
52 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Even before my daughter started at NYU and her form was a 1 minute walk away Babbo was one of our family favorites. We love to order a few starters and at least 5 pastas to share followed by our own entree. Every bite is always amazing and worth it. The restaurant itself is a tiny bit dated and could use a tiny bit of freshening, but the food and service are spectacular! Unfortunately they do not have an updated computer system that would enable them to greet parties of 5 or more that have dropped a small fortune here many times before with a simple “welcome back”. I can’t imagine how frequently we would come if they did, so it’s probably better that they don’t haha!

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R
23 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From beginning to end, from the maitre d’ to the waitstaff, it was a highly enjoyable and exquisite dining experience!! Brian was our server and he was sublime! I can’t believe I waited this long to dine here! Better late than never! Will be back and not soon enough!

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent from the moment we walked inside.

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S
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

I really enjoyed the food, however it took 30 minutes approximately for the waitress to come. We had to continuously ask foe her. The food was top notch and the Sommelier was knowledgeable, attentive and very professional.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food

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JG
10 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was good and the staff was really good. The serving size was a little light for the price they charge. The drinks were also small. They did use Tito's for the vodka drinks, which was good. But they were small for $14. The food was just good and there were good recipe ideas but not up to the level of the price they charge. There are other restaurants nearby that the food is just as good or better and cheaper. This is the first time I wrote this about a restaurant and I have gone to a lot of top restaurants. It's not about the price but it's about the overcharge for the quality and amount.

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OT
38 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service is outstanding, as is the food. For special occasions this is the Gold Standard for Italian cuisine.

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