what to order at babbo?
visiting new york for a few days and made a dinner reservation at babbo. what should i order at babbo for 2. the pasta tasting menu? the traditional tasting menu? or a la carte? how is the accompanying wines for $50? should i go for the riserva for $95 or? thanks...
Go for the traditional tasting. I don't do the pairing because I prefer red wine. I like to get a bottle or a few glasses.
I just went last week, and was with a group of 6, so I got to see a lot of the things on the menu. I will say this - the pastas stole the show, but there were some other great things on the table as well. Standouts included:
Antipasti: Prosciutto, Octopus.
Primi: Goat Cheese Tortelloni, Beef Cheek Ravioli, Black Spaghetti (Mint Love Letters were a little too minty for me, but someone else loved them).
Secondi: Spicy Two Minute Calamari, Grilled Guinea Hen (truly awesome!) (I ordered the skirt steak and it was so-so...good, but not great).
Contorni: Sweet Corn Fregula (awesome), Roasted Potatoes (good, but roasted potatoes).
As for the wine pairing, depends on how much you would spend otherwise. Think of it as a little more than half of a bottle per person. We drank Brunello and loved every sip.
everything sounds so good but here is what i am thinking of.
antipasti - grilled octopus, sardines & lamb's tongue
primi - beef cheek
secondi - rabbit, veal chop (if available) or braised beef.
is there a dish that i should drop or add or substitute? is this too much food for 2? we are not dessert fans but is there something we should not miss. thanks.