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Apr 27, 2008 03:01 PM

Babbo -- Twice in One Week Too Much?

Okay. I do not live in NY, but I have been trying for years to get into Babbo. I finally was able to obtain a reservation after two people called for two hours with two phones each for the end of May. I became worried that we might miss the reservation because of flight delays, etc. and decided to try to get another back-up reservation for the week we are going to be in NY. And, to my surprise, I got through on the second time I dialed the reservation line. I was going to give one of the reservations up, but the more I think about it, I think we may love it so much that we may want to go back a few days later. Am I crazy?

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  1. not really.
    food is good, menu varied and the price reasonable.
    i'd go for it.

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    1. re: steve h.

      Ditto. It's one of the most popular restaurants in NYC! Who knows when you might get to go back! A person can only try so many dishes in a single sitting and the Babbo menu has great depths of delicious! Go twice and those of us who live here will even be jealous!

    2. I don't think you're crazy. I would keep both and decide after your first meal whether you want to go back. And, yes, I've indeed missed reservations before because of a flight delay. It happens.

      1. Well, we have been known to go to Eleven Madison Park, our favorite NYC restaurant, twice in one week. I have never been to Babbo, so that prevents me from giving an opinion as to whether I think it's worth going to twice in one week. However, if you really think you *might* want to do so, I would suggest you keep the second reservation for now. After your first meal there, if you decide that you love it to bits, then you're set with the second res. However, if you decide you'd prefer not to go again, you can cancel. Of course, you should check to see if there are any cancellation parameters and/or penalities.

        Edited to add: I did not see the two posts above before posting mine.

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        1. re: RGR

          RGR, you should go to Babbo. You're always recommending 11 Madison Park and Fleur de Sel, where my most recent experiences (last trip to 11 Madison Park, the only once since Humm took over, and one and only trip to Fleur de Sel) were disappointing, such that I have no interest in returning, but you have so far deprived yourself of the restaurant in New York where I've had my best meal in years. I want you to go to Babbo and see whether you like it as much or more than your current favorites.

        2. I think you should go twice, Babbo is one of my favorite restaurants and each time I go, I am torn between ordering a la carte or enjoying the tasting menus. If you go twice, you would have the opportunity to do both! what a great luxury!

          1. I've dined at Babbo twice in the same week and were very satisfied both times. We were there last night and I wouldn't mind going back tonight.