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Babbo Late Night--Yea or Nay?

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Hi 'hounds--thanks in advance for your help, and sorry if this has been covered before. Every year for my birthday, my parents foot the bill for a restaurant I otherwise couldn't afford for my boyfriend and me. I've tried a bunch of cool places this way--last year we went to Eleven Madison Park--and because it only comes once a year, I really like it to be special. So anyway, this year I wanted to back to Babbo, an old favorite, but I could only get an 11:15 reservation (this is on a Friday.)
I don't mind eating that late, but I went a year or so ago on a Sunday at 10:30 (I think the latest reserve on that day, or near to it) and it was not so good. Everyone clearly wanted to go home, the food wasn't as good as it had been on previous trips, the service was terrible. Which, fair enough, I'm sure they had a long weekend and just wanted to rest. But so I don't know if things will be any better on a Friday. Anyone have any experience with Babbo toward the end of the night on a weekend? I'd really like to go back for my birthday but not if it's going to be sub-par. Thanks for your advice.

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