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Babbo, i got in!...now what?

Have dinner reservations at Babbo on Friday. Everyone is always talking about how great it is and how hard it is to get a reservation. So what should I order?!?!?!?

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  1. Pasta tasting menu. If you see something else on the menu you like, tell them and they will probably accommodate it.

    1. Just burn a couple of c notes to know how the arrival of the check will feel. Seriously, the branzino is one of the best I've ever had. Make sure they seat you UPSTAIRS!

      1. Agreed. Get a table upstairs. If your reservation is later than 9pm, I'd avoid the pasta tasting menu.

        Oh, and read HEAT by Bill Buford before eating there. Then again, maybe you'll want to read it afterwards.

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        1. re: dkstar1

          Why avoid the pasta tasting menu if it's later than 9 pm?

          1. re: Kanger

            did you read Heat?

            Perhaps 9pm is wrong. I should have said "don't order it at 10pm". A decription of the chef's attitute and the quality of the pasta water at that hour leave much to be desired.

            1. re: dkstar1

              Also, the tasting menus take a long time. We did one with a late rez (9:30 I think) and we were one of the last couples in the place at like 11:45. [This might be different on a Friday.] The staff wasn't rusing us, but we felt like we were rushing ourselves. We were racing with another couple to get out of there and not be the last!

              1. re: dkstar1

                Interesting about the timing ... will keep that in mind whenever I finally get around to making a reservation. Thanks!

                Haven't read "Heat" yet, although I definitely plan to.

          2. Definitely get the Lamb's tongue vinigrette.

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