Babbo Ristorante

Babbo Ristorante

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Greenwich Village, New York
239 Tips and reviews
  • beef cheek ravioli
  • mario batali
  • pasta
  • good for dates
  • black spaghetti
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  • Ashley 🎀
    Ashley 🎀July 7, 2014
    Was looking forward to eating here... Service was great, food was ok, loved the music! Scarpetta's is far superior tho, go there! (Pictured is the mint love letters... Nothing too spectacular)
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousNovember 21, 2014
    Former American presidents seated at table 3? Check. Beef cheek ravioli with crushed squab liver and black truffles served at table 6? Check. Such is a typical night at Babbo! Read more
  • Jane P.
    Jane PoretskyAugust 14, 2015
    ask the waiters for wine recos. Got a great red for $80 (the wine here is $$). Avoid the squab (super rare and gamey) but go for the beef cheek ravioli. Duck is tasty but pork chop is the real star
  • Alice Eunjin
    Alice EunjinJanuary 19
    It seems like beef cheek ravioli is a popular dish here, but I liked the tagliatelle a lot better. Also loved the tripe dish as well as the lamb tongue appetizer. Yum
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 3, 2011
    Reservations are a must at our favorite Mario Batali restaurant. Once you get a table have the Tripe “Alla Parmigiana”, Beef Cheek Ravioli and then ‘Brasato Al Barolo.”
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 11, 2014
    Batali and Bastianich's flagship Italian restaurant still commands one of the busiest dining rooms in the city. Reservations are a must, but worth it for the Beef Cheek Ravioli and Roasted Duck.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CreaApril 6, 2013
    We ended up ordering a few antipasti and six primi split amongst the three of us. Each pasta dish was divided into three beautiful servings. 3-4 bites of each. We could have continued this all night
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.April 18, 2015
    "Tough to get a spot, but you can occasionally grab a seat at the bar without a reservation and enjoy a bowl of chianti-stained pappardelle with wild boar ragu or fennel-dusted sweetbreads." Read more
  • Rumana S.
    Rumana SiddikyAugust 4, 2010
    If you're there the few weeks out of the year that they have their special $15 greenmarket strawberries that grow in the dark gelato, get it. And pay the extra $15 for the 25 year old balsamic drizzl
  • Nini Y.
    Nini YiMarch 21, 2014
    Fresh sardines, grilled octupus, sardine salad, mint love letters, gnocchi w/ braised oxtail, pasta w/ fresh black truffle & parmigiano, grilled quail, chocolatr hazelnut cake, saffron panna cotta
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WuMarch 16, 2014
    The food was amazing but the staff, especially the ones to check you in and take your coats, are not that friendly. They seem to think that if the food is amazing the service can come second.
  • Tiffany S.
    Tiffany ShinnAugust 1, 2011
    Simply a divine dinning experience. Pig Foot "Milanese," Beef Cheek Ravioli, Goose Liver Ravioli and sooooo much more. Why I love Babbo and why all men should be like Batali:
  • Simon & Schuster
    Simon & SchusterMarch 16, 2011
    Mario Battali is a great Italian chef, but he loves American prosciutto. Babbo serves prosciutto from La Quercia, a producer based in Iowa. Try cooking with the meat with JUST MARRIED AND COOKING. Read more
  • Simon L.
    Simon LazenbyAugust 23, 2012
    Awesome food & impressive wine list, Beautiful presentation & fantastic service. Entrees/Mains/Desserts are all first class & feels Italian familia, super cute! A top NYC must-go destination - book!
  • B C.
    B ChuMay 20, 2013
    Grilled Octopus (antipasti) and Semifreddo (dolci) are musts. DO NOT order Black Spaghetti, but people rave about the pastas (can try their $80 pasta tasting menu). Very packed so expect noisy meal
  • Fatou B.
    Fatou BahNovember 23, 2014
    Incredibly cozy. Follow their Twitter to get last minute reservations. Incredible Italian food & awesome pumpkin dessert. Perfect intimate dinner location.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 5, 2011
    Mario Batali forever changed the Italian dining scene with his legendary spin on authentic Italian cuisine when he opened Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in New York, NY. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more
  • Jane D.
    Jane DongAugust 11, 2014
    Black spaghetti with shrimp is my favorite. Not a fan of the beef cheek ravioli, but that's probably because I don't like the liver taste if the sauce. Olive oil cake was perfect.
  • Minyi S.
    Minyi ShihMay 21, 2010
    went with a friend and split 4 pasta dishes + dessert - perfect amount! Mint Love Letters with Spicy Lamb SausageGarganelli with “Funghi Trifolati”PappardelleBologneseGnocchi with Braised Oxta
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 24, 2011
    #1 - IWalked NYC's Top 10 Italian Restaurants. Opened in 1998 in a former coach house in Greenwich Village. Try pasta tasting menu—a selection of 5-6 pastas with 2 desserts.<LINK> Read more
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    If you choose to dine a la carte, try the spaghettini served with a one pound lobster ($28) or spring for the massive bowl of deconstructed osso bucco for two ($75). Read more
  • k l.
    k lNovember 29, 2009
    this one may be obvious, but it really is worth experiencing at least once. you have to get a reservation in advance a month to the date you want to dine. try the mint love letters. Read more
  • Red & Brown
    Red & BrownMay 12, 2015
    Batali's OG flagship continues to be great for special occasions. You can ask your server to portion and course out shared dishes and even recommend pairings for each.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyDecember 14, 2011
    Absolutely must try the infamous Beef Cheek Ravioli- a creamy, beef-stew like filling inside smooth ravioli shells…So good, it’s been rumored to change a few Vegan’s perspectives
  • Henry B.
    Henry BodmerMay 13, 2013
    Worst polenta I have ever experienced!!! It's as liquid as a soup, has no taste and one can't eat it with a fork!!! Waiters answer: this is how polenta should be and the chef prepares it! Just rude.
  • Amber C.
    Amber CrisciMarch 20, 2014
    Restaurant played nirvana, the Beatles, foo fighters and the XX to enjoy while eating their gourmet 7 course pasta tasting menu, each paired with wine. Heaven.
  • Frank S.
    Frank SMarch 29, 2015
  • Nicole
    NicoleAugust 3, 2015
    Follow them on Twitter to see reservation cancellations. They usually put how many they can seat at a table and for what time then encourage walk-ins at the bar.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SheppardNovember 22, 2014
    Didn't live up to my memory or my expectations. Octopus was amazing but the beef tongue was too thick. If stacked it would have looked like a real tongue. Yuck!
  • Erin G.
    Erin GleasonAugust 10, 2011
    Must visit spot, although it's impossible to get a res -- you have to call at 10am exactly one month out from the day you want to go, and reservations are gone within minutes.
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamirezDecember 24, 2015
    I went here before and I loved it the food was great and not time the service was great and the dessert it was so good it was on my mind sir weeks
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UMay 30, 2015
    I don't necessarily think all Mario Batali's restaurants serve the best food but you cannot go wrong with this location. Definitely try beef cheek ravioli though
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownJune 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you made it in to one of the best Italian spots in the city. I love the Pappardelle Bolognese and tend to skip the Lamb's brain. Love you Mario!
  • Tom L.
    Tom LeeApril 1, 2013
    As Mario Batali continues his reign atop the American culinary landscape, his flagship restaurant remains a New York essential. What can you say about this place that hasn't already been said? The ...
  • Akshay G.
    Akshay GoradiaNovember 21, 2015
    Some of the best Italian in NYC, well deserving of its Michelin Star. The goat cheese ravioli, bucatini and the fettuccine were phenomenal. The bucatini is a must get!
  • Woo!
    Woo!May 9, 2011
    Service was awful!! Waiter made several huge errors including ordering the wrong tasting menu for our table. He didn't even offer at the very least an apology. Wine pairings were poor. Not worth it!
  • April M.
    April MSeptember 24, 2013
    Must try 「Pappardelle with White Truffles and Parmigiano」, the pasta itself is outstanding with or without white truffle!
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    One of my favorite bar eating places. Mario’s food is just so good I still taste it a month afterwards. And he is a very funny guy. -Thierry Rautureau, Top Chef
  • 2Plus2NYCReview
    2Plus2NYCReviewMarch 12, 2011
    n odd experience to say the least. The food was good and if it were a little corner Italian restaurant anywhere in the city, we probably would have thought it a hidden NYC jem... Check out the rest of Read more
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    The semolina budino is a mystery: is it cake, souffle, or pudding? The answer: the best of all three! Try it with its rhubarb-mint marmellata for foodie nirvana.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatOctober 26, 2011
    A block from Washington Square Park, Mario Batali's upscale Italian restaurant is superb. We recommend the pasta tasting menu and the beef cheek ravioli!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky Sherrill3 weeks ago
    The Tasting Menu is my move and it never disappoints. Another good move is to go for lunch. Same menu and a great place for business meetings.
    ThePurplePassport.comJanuary 20, 2012
    Babbo serves one of the best Italian meals anywhere, with a lively atmosphere to boot. Enjoy it alongside foodies, celebrities, and the power set droping in to get their pasta on. Read more
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanAugust 10, 2015
    Great for a traditional Italian meal. Burrata is heavenly. Pasta can be overcooked. The upstairs area has great light, ask for a table there.
  • F-Factor N.
    F-Factor NutritionOctober 17, 2012
    Chef Batali's restaurant lives up to his reputation for great Italian food. After eating, take a walk around Washington Square Park or West Village!
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 19, 2010
    Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, opened by Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich in June 1998, is an exuberant celebration of the best of Italian food, wine and lifestyle.
  • Gus B.
    The best restaurant in NYC. Period. You can order anything and prepare yourself to be amazed. My fave: beef cheek ravioli.
  • New York Hilton Midtown
    You can't go wrong with the simple & divine menu that changes nightly. If the olive oil sorbet is offered, be sure to try it! - Amanda / Marketing Dept.
  • Bill B.
    Bill B.May 13, 2011
    Beef cheek ravioli: the cooked-until-tender cheeks are mashed delicately into a sinfully delicious, near heavenly substance used as the ravioli filling.
  • Jeffrey P.
    Jeffrey PerrenOctober 12, 2013
    Wow ... the service was impeccable, and the food (especially the desserts) was well prepared and presented ... great neighborhood feel and ambiance ...
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