Plan B for Babbo?
We have an 11:15 reservation for 2 at Babbo on Thursday night, and are considering other options. I'll call tomorrow and Thursday in search of cancellations, and if nothing surfaces, we'll give the walk-in option a try (although we likely won't be able to make it there until 7:30 or 8:00, so I imagine it will be difficult to get a walk-in at that time, no?).
So I'm wondering if anybody has recommendations for a good Plan B in the neighborhood. If we get to Babbo and it doesn't look like we'll be able to get a walk-in, what is the best option in the neighborhood to try?
Thanks for the help.
11:15 is mighty late to be eating a carb heavy meal like most do at Babbo!
Blue Hill is right around the block from Babbo and has great food.
Our all-time favorite restaurant in the Village is El Charro on Charles and Greenwich Ave. Not in the price range of Babbo, but has great Spanish food and superior service.
I would say if you strike out at the bar for Babbo you should try walking into Blue Hill. If that fails I would get a cocktail and head back to Babbo for your reservation.
Gusto would work nicely. I've been there 3 times in the last 2 years and every meal has been terrific. I just checked Opentable and there's an 8:30 slot for two available. I'd grab it if I were you. You really don't want to be traipsing all over the Village on a muggy night without a reservation.
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Blue Ribbon Bakery and Blue Ribbon Brasserie are solid options and not too far away. You should be able to walk into both without any / much of a wait on a Thursday. Neither takes reservations for groups smaller than five.
Mas (French) and Soto (Japanese) are also good and doable on short notice (but are a bit pricier than Babbo and the Blue Ribbons). Mercadito Grove is a very different restaurant than all of these -- less expensive, more casual -- but it serves good drinks, ceviches and fish tacos.
If you just want a place to kick back with cocktails and bar nibbles before your reservation at Babbo, look into Pegu Club or Employees Only. The margaritas at Agave are pretty good, but I personally would not eat anything there except for a small snack. Little Branch has excellent cocktails, but no food -- and actual opening times vary a lot, despite the written schedule. Doors *should* be unlocked by around 8 p.m.
[About four years ago, it would've been possible to walk into Babbo without a reservation at 7:30 or 8, but from what I understand, that's no longer the case.]
Thanks for all the help, everybody. We actually lucked out and got one of the walk-ins at Babbo at about 6:15. We sat for a few hours and the tables constantly turned over, so it was a complete stroke of luck that we got the table.
It worked out great, though, and we were very happy with the meal.