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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.

            1. Lamb's toungue! For that matter, any offal they are offering.

              1. SO and I went for a recent birthday and made a great meal with two appetizers, three pasta dishes, one entree, and two desserts. Altogether, it cost about the same as the tasting menu, but we got to try all the pastas we'd been craving: beef cheek ravioli, pumpkin lunes, and funghi trifolatti. All pastas were delicious, though the braised beef we shared was disappointing. For dessert, the pumpkin donut things with the maple custard was incredible. I don't remember the other dessert; hazlenut something or other.

                The waiters are lovely at suggesting dishes for your own tasting.

                SO's experience with getting the table was easier than anticipated; just call when they open, keep redialing, and you'll eventually get in.

                1. thanks for the tips guys ;o)

                  1. The pasta tasting is fab but the entire table must order it,,,,the branzino with the lemon marmalade is superb as is the braised beef!! Don't go without a reservation...one month to the day in advance...we go once a month...our son adores the place!!! As do we!!

                    1. First of all, if you are going to go and want to sit at a table, you have to make a reservation a month in advance to the day. Especially for peak hours. I've called in less than a month and have gotten a table. Not at ideal times, but thats okay. The bar is fun, but is first come first serve so might have to wait a bit!

                      If you go, the pasta tasting is AMAZING! My dad LOVES the tripe there. Personally, I can't stomach it (no pun intended), but if you really like that sort of thing, then its very good! Dessert is probably the best part of the meal, and you HAVE to get the olive oil gelato! You CANNOT eat at one of mario's restaurants without having it!