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Oct 15, 2008 02:48 PM

Has anyone ever eaten at the bar at Babbo?

I heard it's the best way to get a meal there without having to deal with booking a reservation. True? Do I have to come in at a certain time to get a seat? I've been dying to try their mint love letters.

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  1. The wife and i were in Manhatten a couple of years ago and tried last-minute to get a reservation at Babbo. No such ruck, but we were told exactly that - a walk in can most likely sit at the bar.
    So we got a cab over (it was about 8:00pm) and were shown to the bar in minutes. We were somewhat lucky as it was pretty much the last two seats, but to us, the best in the house: we got a commanding view of the rest of the bar as well as the entire joint.
    May I suggest the pig foot milanese...

    1. We've eaten there a couple of times. One time we showed up early on Sunday (they open earlier on Sunday) and the other time right when they opened on a weekday. I've never tried later -- on some days you could be out of luck as they can get super busy. It probably also depends how many you are.

      1. For one or two, it's not bad but can get a little chaotic. I'd go super early (they open the bar for bar service because the kitchen starts dinner service) or super late (like 10pm).

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        1. re: kathryn

          What time do they take seating for the bar? A few minutes before opening time of the restaurant, a half hour before? (Dinner service begins at 5:30..)

        2. Just had dinner at Babbo on Saturday night. We walked in around 7/7:30 and had to wait a little over a hour for 2 seats at the bar. If you go on the earlier side, it's much easier to get a bar table or seats at the bar. Beef cheek ravioli is my favorite item in the menu, but we had a really great veal breast entrée that night as well. Enjoy!

            1. re: jp62

              I don't mind earplugs if the food is as good as everyone says! Thanks for all the advice and tips everyone. I think I'm going to go ahead and make this experience happen!

              1. re: jp62

                It's noisy but it's not THAT noisy! Babbo is not a rock concert.