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Babbo Reservations ... Help!

One of my best friends and his fiancee are coming to town and it's been a lifelong dream of theirs to do the pasta tasting course. I have a specific April Friday night in mind, although we're flexible with timing.

How does one even begin to go about getting a reservation at Babbo? Is it as monumentally difficult as people say it is? Any tips, suggestions, warnings are welcome.

And for you sticklers, I'm sure there's something in the archives that I could've dug up, but there's some value to revisiting old discussions periodically, ain't there?

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  1. You can only make reservations for Babbo one month in advance TO THE DAY. SO say you want to go April 12. You have to call March 12 and no sooner. If you want to eat at a prime time, you have to call as soon as the lines open on that day. It's not as much of a hassle as one might think that it is, but just be patient. The only annoying thing is that it has to be to the day. Like i said, just be patient and you will be able to get a reservation!

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    1. re: NiKoLe1625

      Actually, it can be a hassle. I spent HOURS, hitting redial for a 4/1 reservation for our anniversary dinner, and after pretty much being given the evil eye by my boss about 4 hours later, finally had to admit defeat and gave up

    2. Niko is right, just call one month to the day and you should be okay to get a reservation at a decent time. It's not as bad as you think especially since you are working well in advance of the day you'd like to go. Good luck and enjoy!

      1. So when would they start taking reservations for March 29th, 30th, or 31st? There aren't any numerical counterparts one month in advance (in February). They'd have to start on either February 28 or March 1. [Note: I'm not actually trying to get a table on those dates; I just think it's an interesting question.]

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        1. re: jakew8

          And I can report the results. They took resos starting at 1000 on March 1 for all those dates. I heard a busy signal for close to an hour before giving up. Anyone who says getting a good time reso at Babbo is not a hassle has not tried. If you want to eat at 5 or 930, no prob.

          1. re: jfood

            I had the exact same experience. An hour of busy signals, then I was offered crap reservation slots. Sorry Mario, I wish you well but I'm not going to put up with that.

            And don't fall for that "eat at the bar" advice. Maybe it was a good idea once but *everybody* knows that trick. The bar is packed with tourists, suburbanites, and city folk alike all trying to beat the system and camp out in that cramped space to grab a meal. Not exactly the relaxed and calm atmosphere in which to enjoy a high end dining experience.

            I'm sure the bar trick works occasionaly but you'd better have a Plan B because a lot of other people will be competing for those seats.

            1. re: Bob Martinez

              I'm with you BM, fahgetaboutit.

              Too many good restos in NY to worry about it. Although I am an A-type and took the busy signal personally.

              On to other chefs and food, yippee!!

              1. re: Bob Martinez

                I'm one of those people who offer advice to eat at the bar. Although not for special occasions. If it's a special occasion, I would rather have a reservation. But if you just want to have a good meal, and you're grabbing dinner by yourself or with a friend (no more than one) I definitely recommend the bar.

          2. If memory is correct for March 29, 30 or 31st you call on February 28th. If that was going to be a problem for you call a few days before the day you open takes reservations and call and ask the rules. If you call in the afternoon the lines aren't busy.

            I've never had trouble getting a reservation at Babbo when making the reservation the month ahead of time. I believe its only frustrating if you don't call in the morning and keep getting shut out of the time you want.

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            1. re: matt

              This is only my first post here (long time lurker), but I would like to (respectfully of course) mention that it is the FIRST of the month where you can make reservations if the calendar days don't match.

              For example, I just made a reservation for March 30 today, March 1. I called a few weeks ago and I was told that since there were only 28 days in February, Babbo would be taking reservations for March 29, 30, and 31 on March 1.

              And Kanger: I kept hitting redial from about 10:00 on, and finally got through around 10:40. They had the time I wanted on March 30 with no problem.

              Thanks to all who post on this board for your great ideas!

              1. re: Bob P

                only been there once, but had no problem whatsoever getting a reservation. i started calling at 10am and got through by about 1020. i think many people call right when the lines open, so waiting 20 minutes might save you the trouble of redialing every 30 seconds. we ended up being able to eat at 715.

                1. re: Bob P

                  My bad. What's funny is I even have the rules written down in my outlook calendar for my wife's birthday.

              2. I've had friends eat here as walk-ins. They just gave their name at the door, had a drink and were sat not too long after arrival. Always worth a chance.