Reviewed by: Fabiana Santana

110 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10011

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Opening Date: Thursday, June 4, 1998
Price: $$$$

More About Babbo:

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.

Hailed with a glowing 3-star review by Ruth Reichl of the New York Times shortly after its opening, Babbo has since been met with much critical acclaim, and was the recipient of the James Beard Foundation's Best New Restaurant Award for 1998. The menu is a roster of Chef Mario Batali's lusty creations, incorporating the best and freshest seasonal produce, Italian cheeses, meat, game and seafood, accented with fine Italian olive oils, traditional aceto balsamico and many unusual ingredients that will surprise and delight. The wine list represents one of the most extensive and intelligent collections in the city, and indeed the country, presided over by Bastianich and Beverage Director Alec Steidl and served by our expert wine and service teams. Babbo seats up to 90 diners in its split-level dining room, and has a lively bar area where patrons may enjoy a quartino (quarter-liter) of wine, or choose to have a full meal. We are located steps from Washington Square Park, in the center of romantic and colorful Greenwich Village.

Score: 4/5
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Jul 30, 2012 - 5:58 pm
One of my all time favorites. Timeless, and always incredible. I highly recommend the pasta tasting paired with wine.
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Julie Benlevi-Zeff
Publisher & CEO, JULIB.com
Jun 18, 2012 - 7:02 pm
When people ask me what my favorite restaurant is in New York, I always answer, "It's not something you haven't already heard of. Babbo, hands down." Batali is one of my favorite chefs in the country and in the 10 years+ that I've eaten here, I've never been let down. I've always loved how you can walk into one of New York's best Italian restaurants where people go for special occasions, eat for less than $100 for two at the bar (bottle of wine included), all while chatting up the bartender who's busy pouring to the sounds of the Stones. My kind of place. I recall stopping Mario on the front stoop of Babbo once to ask about a recipe in one of his cookbooks. He spent 20 minutes explaining while polishing off a cigarette in his clogs and apron. Suggested I call if I had any questions, which I did and he helped without hesitation. Mind that tables and reservations are a tough catch. Love you Mario!
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