Babbo Ristorante

Row 1

110 Waverly Pl (btwn MacDougal Alley & 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 777-0303
Mon: 5:30 PM–11:30 PM Tue–Sat: 11:30 AM–11:00 PM Sun: 5:00 PM–10:30 PM


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

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Foursquare Tips
Mario Batali's upscale Italian palace brings some surprising curveballs like lamb tongue salad. Best seats are upstairs, but your wallet will be hurt.
2010-07-15 16:50:20
Go to Babbo and get the traditional tasting menu. savor. every. bite.
2009-08-02 18:52:27
Enjoy an Aperol Spritz at the Bar and watch the Babbo evening unfold around you.
2010-11-24 18:44:18
Call a month in advance for reservations! 222-777-0303.
2010-06-23 14:21:56
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.
2009-03-16 18:02:21
Une fabuleuse exprience culinaire.
2014-07-08 19:34:22
Best thing on the menu is the pistachio semifreddo, make sure you leave room for this
2013-02-08 14:37:43
Have an Aperol Spritz - the perfect aperitivo!
Aperol USA
2012-02-21 00:52:00
#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>
IWalked Audio Tours
2011-09-24 10:15:15
Mario Batali's now-classic West Village townhouse restaurant where pastas and offal dishes may redefine what you think of Italian food
Serious Eats
2011-08-25 16:36:16
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
2011-01-18 13:43:14
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
2010-12-02 13:46:54
Get the beef cheek ravioli!! And the special grape bellini was sooooo good
2013-09-19 13:18:11
Check Babbo twitter feed for day of cancellations and open tables....skip the month wait then order the beef cheek ravioli...
2013-02-23 23:33:52
The Ribeye for Two
2012-02-02 23:03:03
Superb.... Best italian /int food by far
2013-07-26 07:50:21
For lunch, sample the black spaghetti, which is walloped with fennel, jalapeos, bottarga and the crunch of toasted breadcrumbs:
Tasting Table
2012-06-25 17:48:36
My favorite dish here is the Squab. Want pasta? Order the goose liver ravioli - nothing else like it.
Joe Bastianich
2012-05-02 14:11:54
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.
2012-01-19 21:41:20
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
2011-10-26 12:35:28