Babbo Ristorante

Babbo Ristorante

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Greenwich Village, New York
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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 3, 2011
    Reservations are a must at our favorite Mario Batali restaurant. Once you get a table have the Tripe “Alla Parmigiana”, Beef Cheek Ravioli and then ‘Brasato Al Barolo.”
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousNovember 21, 2014
    Former American presidents seated at table 3? Check. Beef cheek ravioli with crushed squab liver and black truffles served at table 6? Check. Such is a typical night at Babbo! Read more
  • Alice Eunjin
    Alice EunjinJanuary 19, 2016
    It seems like beef cheek ravioli is a popular dish here, but I liked the tagliatelle a lot better. Also loved the tripe dish as well as the lamb tongue appetizer. Yum
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 11, 2014
    Batali and Bastianich's flagship Italian restaurant still commands one of the busiest dining rooms in the city. Reservations are a must, but worth it for the Beef Cheek Ravioli and Roasted Duck.
  • Jane P.
    Jane PoretskyAugust 14, 2015
    ask the waiters for wine recos. Got a great red for $80 (the wine here is $$). Avoid the squab (super rare and gamey) but go for the beef cheek ravioli. Duck is tasty but pork chop is the real star
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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!
  • Deb
    Deb1 week ago
    I had the Goat Cheese Tortelloni with Dried Orange and Wild Fennel Pollen. It was AMAZING!!!!! Definitely going back for more!!
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • 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.
  • Yueyue G.
    Yueyue GuoMarch 22
    The tripe is unreal, better than they make it in Italy (spicy though for most people, so make sure you got some beer on the side). Goose liver ravioli is also a must
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 25, 2011
    Mario Batali's now-classic West Village townhouse restaurant where pastas and offal dishes may redefine what you think of Italian food 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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: http://wp.me/p1IEAz-1
  • 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.
  • Gus B.
    Gus BorrmannMay 13, 2016
    The best restaurant in NYC. Period. You can order anything and prepare yourself to be amazed. My fave: beef cheek ravioli.
  • 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
  • April M.
    April MSeptember 24, 2013
    Must try 「Pappardelle with White Truffles and Parmigiano」, the pasta itself is outstanding with or without white truffle!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillJune 26, 2016
    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.
  • Ariana V.
    Ariana VoyerSeptember 12, 2016
    Beef carpaccio and Octopus to start, beef cheek ravioli and sweetbreads for the entree. All incredible!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Bergdorf Goodman
    Bergdorf GoodmanDecember 11, 2013
    It's a BG New York City secret! Designer Monique Lhuillier likes trying one new thing during each of her NYC trips, but this restaurant is a long time favorite.
  • Silene L.
    Silene Lim3 weeks ago
    Still stunning service and food after all these years. I went there for lunch. Arugula salad and the broccoli rabe salad with meat.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Bergdorf Goodman
    Bergdorf GoodmanFebruary 11, 2014
    It's a BG New York City secret! Designer Monique Lhuillier likes trying one new thing during each of her NYC trips, but this restaurant is a long time favorite.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Frank S.
    Frank SMarch 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    New SICILIAN COOKBOOK From Best Selling GREENWICH VILLAGE ITALIAN COOKBOOK Author Daniel Bellino "Z" GRANDMA BELLINO'S ITALIAN COOKBOOK - RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN GRANDMOTHER by Daniel Bellino "Z"
  • 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
  • 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!
  • miles l.
    miles lennonSeptember 12, 2015
    The bucatini was outstanding as was the oxtail gnocchi. But don't leave without trying the head cheese. Don't ask just consume :)
  • Ronald C.
    This is a great Italian, the more traditional setting adds to the experience. Would recommend the sea bass and the steak.
  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • 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
  • Alexis M.
    Alexis MichalakisFebruary 2, 2012
    Do one of the tasting menus...it's similar in price and completely worth it. Did the pasta tasting menu with wine and it was to die for.
  • Thomas K.
    Thomas KnüwerJanuary 9, 2015
    Mario Batali's home ground is better than most fine diningroom restaurants I've been to in Italy - and this is written by a German...
  • Andres Z.
    Pastas were incredible. Place is small and can feel a bit overpacked. If you want a great Batali experience, don't miss it
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJune 25, 2012
    For lunch, sample the black spaghetti, which is walloped with fennel, jalapeños, bottarga and the crunch of toasted breadcrumbs: Read more
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceJanuary 28, 2015
    Miles out of my price range. It was damn good. Fancy dining, fancy people. Best in the area, if cost isn't a big deal for you.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJuly 12, 2012
    Go for Babbo's new lunch service--quieter but with those same gutsy Italian dishes. If you can get out of the office, this one is a treat: Read more
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduOctober 11, 2013
    Chianti stained papparadelle with boar Ragu is some of the best pasta I've ever eaten. The pork chop is incredible!
  • Erica S.
    Erica SantiagoNovember 8, 2015
    The truffle tasting menu is out of this world! Expensive but so worth it.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RoseOctober 5, 2014
    Amazing Italian! Love to dine at the bar! Squid ink pasta and octopus appetizer are outstanding.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jason B.
    Jason BellAugust 29, 2014
    Everything is riculously good. The blackberry and sweet corn gelato dessert is out of this world though
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MazzaMay 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Sweet potato lune and mint love letters every time! Don't forget about the foursquare check-in special!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Longtime classics include beef cheek ravioli, pork tonnato, and the warm rosemary-olive oil cake w/ olive oil gelato. – Green Guide Editor
  • eme
    emeFebruary 4, 2015
    Impressed by apps/dessert, underwhelmed by entree. Service caught on to this and comped the pasta, which was excellent on their part.
  • Kate C.
    Kate CushingMay 27, 2011
    Alex is the most amazing sommelier I've ever had. He convinced us to try super unusual wines and dishes that were just fantastic
  • Taj B.
    Taj BaileyJune 16
    Spaghetti with white truffles 🙌🏾, Pappardelle with bolognese 😋& Toasted coconut cheese cake 👍🏾👌🏾
  • Lenny K.
    Lenny KnechtOctober 24, 2014
    Worth every penny, delicious food. We had the lunch tasting menu and it did not disappoint!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkJanuary 18, 2011
    Mario Batali forever changed the Italian dining scene with his legendary spin on authentic Italian cuisine when he opened Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca.
  • Anna F.
    Anna FolarosMay 28, 2013
    Make sure you go with unlimited amount of time and patience! Good food but by far the least impressive out of the Batali empire.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SpurlockDecember 4, 2011
    Try the Bucatini Alla'amatriciana - My least favorite dish of the night, but still better than most pastas I've ever had.
  • 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 ...
  • Fabrizio S.
    Fabrizio ScadutoAugust 3, 2012
    orecchiette with sausage....AMAzing!!!!.. and making a check in you can get a glass of prosecco for free....
  • B C.
    B ChuApril 6, 2013
    BOOK/#378/$49 lunch or $80 dinner tasting menu/Mon-Sat 1730 -2330, Sun 1700-2300/dress code http://www.yelp.com/menu/babbo-ristorante-e-enoteca-new-york/lunch
  • Fran S.
    Fran SuMarch 30, 2016
    Book really early, like a month early or end up with a 10pm table, probably still worth it.
  • Vicki Jeehee K.
    Vicki Jeehee KimApril 5, 2016
    Everything is great. But when in doubt, go with the tasting menu.
  • Minhee P.
    Minhee ParkApril 30, 2016
    Love the clam linguine, mushroom pasta, & the octopus. One of my favorite Italian restaurants.
  • Jayme W.
    Jayme WongJuly 8, 2014
    Exquisite food. Well worth the money. Love the black spaghetti and crispy branzino
  • Martha
    MarthaMarch 7, 2015
    i just love the food. rich and delicious. you will not leave hungry, that's for sure.
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 30, 2016
    Certainly lives up to the hype. Great attention to detail and amazing wine selection.
  • Flo Flo
    Flo FloJuly 23, 2014
    Great service and amazing grilled octopus!!! Ohhh and spotted Alcide from true blood...not a bad view either ;)
  • Olivia D.
    Olivia DimouApril 10, 2015
    Beef cheek ravioli and the Pistachio and Chocolate Semifreddo make the perfect meal!
  • Joe Bastianich
    Joe BastianichMay 2, 2012
    My favorite dish here is the Squab. Want pasta? Order the goose liver ravioli - nothing else like it.
  • NY Waterway
    NY WaterwayAugust 2, 2012
    The Garganelli with Funghi Trifolati pasta is a mouth watering treat! Nice atmosphere and exceptional service.
  • Darren L.
    Darren LachtmanFebruary 24, 2013
    Check Babbo twitter feed for day of cancellations and open tables....skip the month wait then order the beef cheek ravioli...
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BlakeDecember 25, 2015
    Great ristorante to have your reservation not honored and have to wait an extra hour to sit at the bar.
  • NY Waterway M.
    NY Waterway ManagerAugust 2, 2012
    The Garganelli with Funghi Trifolati pasta is a mouth watering treat! Nice atmosphere and exceptional service.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SpurlockDecember 4, 2011
    Try the Warm Apple And Fig Budino - Hesitated to order dessert, but I'm glad we did. Amazing!
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 23, 2013
    Babbo is lauded as Mario Batali's favorite of his restaurants, and diners would agree with its original and memorable Italian dishes.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel ChouekaFebruary 5
    Always a good honest meal. Batali and Bastianich's flagship Italian restaurant. Make res before.
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NamSeptember 19, 2013
    Get the beef cheek ravioli!! And the special grape bellini was sooooo good
  • Francine L.
    Francine LiFebruary 4, 2015
    Classic NYC Italian. Impossible to have a bad meal. Incredible service, wine selection, pasta and fish.
  • 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
  • Terry S.
    Terry SmithJune 13, 2011
    Expensive but food was too die for. Loved the mushroom pasta and the pork. Have to get the chocolate hazelnut cake! Read more
  • L
    LApril 17, 2012
    Best cheesecake ever. Semi formal place with great Italian food (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Erika S.
    Love it! The white truffle menu at truffle season is super!!!!
  • S
    SFebruary 18, 2015
    Get: pasta tasting menu. Beef cheek ravioli. Perfect lamp chops.
  • boland
    bolandFebruary 8, 2013
    Best thing on the menu is the pistachio semifreddo, make sure you leave room for this
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesAugust 15, 2016
    Pasta tasting menu is the best way to get the most of Babbo
  • Eric L.
    Eric LeebowDecember 9, 2016
    Enjoyed the pumpkin pasta! Excellent customer service and nice atmosphere. Definitely worth it!
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MonniDecember 24, 2014
    Very well executed Italian fare but nothing too interesting or to rave about. Come here if you like consistency and you don't like surprises.
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