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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?

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  1. 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.

    1. If you're willing to wait about 45 min, the bar area is great at anytime (even rush hour).

      1. 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.

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          1. re: bobby06877

            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.

          2. 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.