Babbo Ristorante

Row 1

101 Best Restaurants in America
110 Waverly Pl (btwn MacDougal Alley & 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 777-0303
Mon–Wed, Sun: 11:00 AM–Midnight Thu: Noon–Midnight Fri–Sat: 11:00 AM–1:00 AM


As Mario Batali continues his reign atop the American culinary landscape, his flagship restaurant, Babbo, remains a New York essential. What can you say about it that hasn't been said? The pasta! That pork chop! Mario Batali is a genius! Well, sure, but the restaurant is a testament to his undying mission of keeping the food as close to Italy as possible. Whatever specialty ingredients aren’t imported from there are made at Babbo “as an Italian might in the Mid-Atlantic/Hudson region.” Although Babbo is nearly 20 years old (it opened in 1998), it’s still difficult to get a table. Not a surprise considering it would essentially be a four-star restaurant if former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni had liked Led Zeppelin a little more. But it’s not utterly impossible, especially if you don’t mind sitting at the bar. Either way, you’re going to want to arrive hungry, because the seven-course pasta menu is not for the faint of heart. Must-order dishes? Considering that the menu has become its own greatest hits list, that’s a tough call. You can explore Italy by land and sea with things like grilled octopus in spicy limoncello vinaigrette or pig foot milanese, but you’ll probably want to make sure you at least try the mint love letters with spicy lamb sausage; black spaghetti with rock shrimp, spicy salami Calabrese, and green chiles; and beef cheek ravioli.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

Map: Surroundings & Nearby
Foursquare Tips
One of my favorite bar eating places. Marios food is just so good I still taste it a month afterwards. And he is a very funny guy. -Thierry Rautureau, Top Chef
Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 08:46
Mario Batali's now-classic West Village townhouse restaurant where pastas and offal dishes may redefine what you think of Italian food
Serious Eats
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:36
Mario Batali forever changed the Italian dining scene with his legendary spin on authentic Italian cuisine when he opened Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca.
Food Network
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 08:43
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.
Friday, November 19, 2010 - 13:04
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.
Monday, August 23, 2010 - 10:03
You can always expect a delicious meal on Batalis watch! Chef Anne Burrell, host of Worst Cooks in America/Secrets of a Restaurant Chef
Food Network
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 05:58
Its no easy feat to get a table here, so congrats! Dine like a Borgia (you deserve it!).
Showtime Network
Friday, April 1, 2011 - 13:34
Mario Batali's upscale Italian palace brings some surprising curveballs like lamb tongue salad. Best seats are upstairs, but your wallet will be hurt.
Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 12:50
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!
New York Habitat
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 08:35
Go to Babbo and get the traditional tasting menu. savor. every. bite.
Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 14:52
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.
Food Network
Friday, August 5, 2011 - 06:16
Enjoy an Aperol Spritz at the Bar and watch the Babbo evening unfold around you.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 13:44
Call a month in advance for reservations! 222-777-0303.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 10:21
recommended: goose liver ravioli w/balsamic and brown butter, pork chop, maple cheesecake
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 18:47
Go to Babbo. Show up one month in advance to the numerical date at 9:45am in person in order to make a reservation. No busy signals.
Monday, March 16, 2009 - 14:02
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.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 16:41
Une fabuleuse exprience culinaire.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 15:34
Best thing on the menu is the pistachio semifreddo, make sure you leave room for this
Friday, February 8, 2013 - 09:37
Have an Aperol Spritz - the perfect aperitivo!
Aperol USA
Monday, February 20, 2012 - 19:52
#1 - IWalked NYC's Top 10 Italian Restaurants. Opened in 1998 in a former coach house in Greenwich Village. Try pasta tasting menua selection of 5-6 pastas with 2 desserts.<LINK>
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Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 06:15