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Ok, I can't believe I've been in NY for nearly 10 years and never been to Babbo. So I have to go. Here's my question: It's pretty much impossible to get them on the phone. Nothing but a busy signal. But, I am content to go Mon. - Thurs. as early as 5:30. Can an experienced Babboite advise me as to whether walking in with no reservation on a Tuesday at 5:30 is likely to result in a table or a big disappointment.

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  1. Walking in at 5:30 may not get you a table but you can certainly get a seat at the bar.

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    1. re: KTinNYC

      Thanks. Amazing thing. I just got through to their reservation line. My request was any day of the week 5:30, 6 or 6:30, any dayin the next 30 days. Unbelievably the first opening they had was for 5:30 on May 4, which happens to my wife's birthday. How great is that! So, now my qestion is what dishes would someone recommend\? We will likely do two apps, split a pasta and then two mains. My wife isn't too adventurous, but I am.

      1. re: bnemes3343

        These thread will answer all your questions

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/583928
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/563179
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/543101
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/524042

        1. re: bnemes3343

          my favorite favorite favorite pastas there are Garganelli with “Funghi Trifolati” and the pumpkin lune!!

      2. Try walking in to make a reservation. They take reservations in person a little bit before the phone starts ringing off the hook. Just show up a bit before 10am one month to the numerical date.

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        1. re: kathryn

          bnemes3343 was able to get reservations and when he asked for advice on what to order I just cribbed one of you old post for links!

        2. Kathryn's posts are great, I used them as my guide when I went. My favorites were the lambs tongue and the goose liver ravioli. I wouldn't order the tripe again, and mint love letters were good but not great. The sweetbreads are a great entree, just be prepared for a lot of food.

          1. It's always a tough choice at Babbo trying to narrow down a selection from all the delicious possibilities. I tend to order things like the Trippa alla Parmigiana for an appetizer, or the Beef Cheek Ravioli for a pasta first course. I tend to gravitate to foodstuffs I don't often see on menus or dishes that are not offered anywhere else. You might consider one of the tasting menus, where you get to try a variety of food and wine. In my opinion, you can't go wrong there!

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            1. re: cmarta

              From reading all of the posts,the one thing I am pretty sure of is that I could probabliy close my eyes, point to the menu and end up with something great. I agree with looking for food that is off the beaten path; things I can make at home or find in other restaurants. I think the best tip I've seen is to stay away from the bread and save my stomach for the good stuff. The Beef Cheek Ravioli has gotten a lot of consistent reviews. I love pasta, so I may now be leaning towards 2 apps, 2 pastas and then sharing a main course.

              1. re: bnemes3343

                I think thats a good call bnemes--I really feel that the apps and pastas are the way to go here. I often skip a main course altogether--it is too hard to choose among the pastas.

            2. Having just come from Babbo and follwing recommendations, I can say that the lamb's tongue, goose liver ravioli and the sweetbreads are fantastic - but I think it may be a bit heavy for one person. I couldn't finish the sweetbreads, and this is after skipping lunch.