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Mar 11, 2008 09:55 AM

drinks before babbo

Going to Babbo on a Friday night. Was really easy this time to get a reservation! We are booked in at 9 p.m. and need somewhere for drinks first. My 77 year old mother will be with us so no place too noisy. Within walking distance of Babbo would be great.

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  1. I would try for one of the bars inside the Washington Square Hotel, which I believe is right across the street from Babbo. There is a very cute, small bar (with tables and a good amount of seating) right off of the main entrance lobby. There's also a much bigger bar area through some doors and down some stairs off the lobby (or through the back of their restaurant, North Square). It seems like not a lot of people know these spots; could be because they don't stay open very late.

    Also, One if by Land, Two if by Sea has a nice, cozy bar for drinks if you'd like a special atmosphere and fireplace (and $12 cocktails).

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    1. re: erin07nyc

      I agree - both nice choices and I can't think of anything else off hand, especially on a Friday night in the Village w/ ones mother.

      Oh - there is also the bar at Annisa (Anissa) next door to One If By Land.

      1. re: erin07nyc

        The Washington Square Hotel (and it's bars) is about a half block away from Babbo. I find the tiny lobby bar to be charmless. It reminds me of a bar next to a boarding gate at an airport. The larger bar at the back of North Square restaurant is very pleasant and would really work well.

      2. Cru. Sit at the tiny front room bar area and pick from the largest wine catalog in the city.

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        1. re: dkstar1

          Is a tiny bar going to be able to seat 4 of us on a Friday night

          1. re: trishottawa

            might be difficult but not impossible. I'd give it a try...and if not, run across the street and have some drinks at Otto, Batali's other restaurant. Chances are decent that you'll run into the orange croc'ed redhead himself going forth and back between restaurants.

            1. re: dkstar1

              I'm not sure the bar at Otto would work for the OP. He mentions that he'll have his 77 year old mother with him and also asked for a place that isn't too noisy. Bar seats at Otto at 7:00 - 7:30 on a Saturday night are a crapshoot. Certainly it would be difficult to get multiple seats. Also, Otto is notoriously noisy.

              1. re: Bob Martinez

                good point Bob. Thanks for pointing that out. Disregard my suggestion for Otto.

                1. re: dkstar1

                  Otto would be a great suggestion for a group that didn't have special needs. They've got great wines by the glass.

        2. I was just at Babbo a few weeks back and had drinks at the 8th Street Wine Cellar around the block. It was a great way to start the evening.

          1. La Lanterna on McDougal, a few blocks away may be worth a look. It's a dimly-lit charming little cafe (but really a wine bar and restaurant). It would definitely accommodate your group of 4. There's a fireplace on the lowerlevel, also right through the doors is Next Door, a seperate little bar area where they play Jazz most nights of the week. Exposed brick, very cozy.