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Mar 20, 2007 10:13 AM

Babbo letdown

Hey there. After hearing raves all over the place I went to Babbo on my trip to NYC this past weekend. I enjoyed the food, had some really good dishes, but also had some issues. I was overall pretty let down by Babbo.

The server hardly spoke to us, seemed rush and when I commented on a dish, he just sort of stared and said sorry, and walked away, I was simply trying to engage him and ask questions. I had two dishes that I thought were very oversalted, the hen and the pastsa dish with mushrooms both had tons of salt, and I love salty foods. Other than that complain, there wasn't anything bad, but also nothing that blew me out of the water.

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  1. I have not been to Babbo, but I think that because it receives so many raves, it's one of those restaurants where a first-time diner can suffer from a serious case of excessively high expectations. Obviously, that's what happened to you. There is nothing wrong with your feeling that this was not a "Wow!" experience. No restaurant, no matter how much praise it gets, can please everyone. Even Per Se has its dissenters.

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    1. re: RGR

      Thanks. That may have been part of it, and the 70 dollar price tag isn't bad for the reputation of this place. Anyone else have this experience? Is it just the new menu perhaps?

      1. re: Chargenda

        what did you order? service can be bad at batali places, been that way for a long time, it is what it is.....

    2. ETA: Oops, I misread the OP. Oversalting and undercooked pasta are the two biggest complaints one reads about Babbo and Lupa. That's a bummer you were a victim of the former.

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        1. And actually, I loved the pasta and how it was cooked. The pasta was amazing, I thought!

        2. I went to Babbo for the first time last week after waiting a month. I was not disppointed. I asked to be seated upstairs. The waiter and GM were helpful. My girlfriend and I shared the Lambs Tongue, Black Spaghetti, Beef Cheek Ravioli, Sicilian Calamari. We liked the 2 pastas most but glad we tried the Antipasti and Secondi. I worried I might have been let down but thought it was the best pasta I've ever had! I would go back more often if not for the long reservation for gauranteed seats.

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          1. re: censorone

            I also just got a chance to go to Babbo for the first time a few weeks ago, and even after all of the hype it receives on this board I was not let down in the slightest. ABSOLUTELY loved it, i actually find myself randomly thinking about how good the meal was from time to time.

            I'm sure every server/chef/restaurant is capable of the off night, but do give Babbo another chance.