Need to choose from Babbo or Lupa---which one do i pick?
I say Babbo if you want the all out, bells and whistles experience. Lupa is good, in a more homestyle kind of way, but if the idea is to see what the fuss about Batali is about, I think Babbo is the way to go.
I've been to both numerous times, and you can't go wrong with either, but when I want something in Babbo's price range, I prefer to go to Convivio or Scarpetta. For more casual homestyle dining, you can't beat Lupa. I think this is the kind of cooking that Batali really excels in. It's simple and delicious. Both have great wine lists, by the way.