The Babbo Obsession
Must be pretty good. Looks like I'll have to go. Should I do tasting menu, or leave it up to my own devices? How do I order smart there? Do I sit at the bar, or at a table?
The bar is first-come, first-served, about 12 seats, usually fills up by 5:30 or 6, and is your only hope if you don't have a reservation.
The pasta tasting menu is actually one of the better values among the "top" restaurants--though by no means cheap at $65--and it has the added advantage of being extremely good.
That said, your waiter would be more than happy to construct a "tasting" from the a la carte menu, which works especially well if you have 4 people (or more) in your party.
any feelings about meat dishes at babbo? i have been to lupa, otto,and del posto but have somehow missed out on babbo so far. however, i just have a hard time ordering excessively pricey PASTA dishes. while i certainly will try SOME, i would also like to at least have a nice bistecca or something in mind when i go as well.
As are the lamb chops and Osso Bucco
I will go with the pastas over these anyday though.....linguini and vongole, paparadella bolognese, funghi, etc.
I don't know what all the hype is about the beef cheek ravioli...I really didn't get it.
It's up there with the NY Noodletown enigma. I thought the food was mediocre at best.
Others love the ravioli though, so go for it.
The tasting menu doesn't include the signature dishes: beef cheek ravioli, and mint love letters...add one other pasta choice (if there are two of you dining) and you'll be full. If you're dining alone those two dishes are a good place to start and will totally fill you up.
Beware- especially in this cold...sitting at the bar means you'll have people waiting for tables right over your shoulder...best bet is get a seat at the end of the bar (facing the door)...less people hovering and checking their coats.