Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca

$ $ $ $
110 Waverly Pl (btwn MacDougal Alley & 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 777-0303
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm

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



  • Go to Babbo and get the traditional tasting menu. savor. every. bite.
  • Enjoy an Aperol Spritz at the Bar and watch the Babbo evening unfold around you.
  • Call a month in advance for reservations! 222-777-0303.
  • Une fabuleuse exprience culinaire.
  • Best thing on the menu is the pistachio semifreddo, make sure you leave room for this
  • Have an Aperol Spritz - the perfect aperitivo!
  • Mario Batali's now-classic West Village townhouse restaurant where pastas and offal dishes may redefine what you think of Italian food
  • Mario Batali forever changed the Italian dining scene with his legendary spin on authentic Italian cuisine when he opened Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca.
  • 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
  • Get the beef cheek ravioli!! And the special grape bellini was sooooo good
  • Check Babbo twitter feed for day of cancellations and open tables....skip the month wait then order the beef cheek ravioli...
  • Superb.... Best italian /int food by far
  • For lunch, sample the black spaghetti, which is walloped with fennel, jalapeos, bottarga and the crunch of toasted breadcrumbs:
  • My favorite dish here is the Squab. Want pasta? Order the goose liver ravioli - nothing else like it.
  • 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!
  • #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>
  • Not that great, especially for the price. Within walking distance, go to Otto or Lupa (both Batali) or Po.
  • A longtime darling of the critics, after more than 12 years, you're still atthe mercy of the reservation gods if you want to get in buona fortuna.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Nearby places

W 4th St (btwn MacDougal St & University Pl)
28 W 8th St (5th Ave and Macdougal St.)
30 W 8th St (at MacDougal St)