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    BABBO RISTORANTE E ENOTECA

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    Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca

    110 Waverly Pl., nr. Washington Square W. (Greenwich Village)

    New York, NY

    (1) 212-777-0303 | www.babbonyc.com

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    • CUISINE

      Inventive Italian
    • HOURS

      Mon.: 5:30pm-11:15pm; Tues.-Sat.: 11:30am-1:30pm; 5:30pm-11:15pm; Sun. 5:00pm-10:45pm
    • BEST FOR

      Dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Strongly recommended - but six tables reserved for walk-ins
    • BAR

      Yes
    • YEAR OPENED

      1998
    • PRICE (ANTIPASTI; PRIMI; SECONDI)

      USD 11-17; USD 19-28; USD 27-70
    • NOISE

      Medium/Loud
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Mint love letters; beef cheek ravioli; pasta tasting menu
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Extensive wine list
    • # OF SEATS

      90
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • SUBWAY

      W. 4th St.-Washington Sq. (A, B, C, D, E, F, M)
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    VIBE

    This lively restaurant boasts one of the most inventive repertoires of fine Italian food in town–and this is a city that knows Italian food. The menu changes nightly to feature the best ingredients of the season, and the space is continually abuzz with the convivial chatter of food enthusiasts and scenesters. While the à la carte menu is filled with excellent options, the tasting menus (either the pasta tasting menu or the traditional tasting menu) are the true stars of the show. It’s no wonder that many consider Babbo to be the jewel of the Mario Batali crown.

    CROWD

    Foodies, celebrities, and the power set drop in to get their pasta on.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    Smart Downtown wear, like jeans and a great top. Many come directly from work, so office attire works here too.

    GO HERE WITH

    A small group of friends; a date

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    Babbo serves one of the best Italian meals anywhere, with a lively atmosphere to boot.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    The space can be noisy, and tables cramped. Advance planning is usually required since reservations are so hard to come by. (Though there are always a handful of seats reserved for drop-ins.)

    GOOD TO KNOW

    Parties over six can't be accommodated, so this isn't the place to take a large group. Reservations should be made well in advance, but sometimes you can get lucky and score a walk-in table on the bottom level or at the bar (coming extra early or extra late can improve your chances). The wine bar opens Monday to Saturday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 4:30pm.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Casa Mono (New York); Osteria Mozza (Los Angeles)


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