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Funman321 Nov 20, 2010 03:58 AM

I am taking my girlfriend to Babbo for a very special occasion and wondering what to do about dessert. We were thinking along the lines of going to Le Bernardin, John-Georges, Gramercy Tavern, or just staying at Babbo and enjoying the dessert there. Any other recommendations are encouraged, would like to stay around 30-40 dollars for a couple(Unfortunately leaving out WD-50 and the other big dessert tastings)

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

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    Funman321 Dec 4, 2010 12:13 PM

    Curious if This sounds like a good menu for two(or amount of food)

    Warm Lamb's Tongue Vinegrette
    -Another Antipasti to be decided
    Goose Liver Ravioli
    Garganelli with funghi
    -a secondi(Duck, Rabbit, Braised Beef, Guancale, or Pork Chop...can't decide for the life of me)
    1 or 2 desserts

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      kathryn Dec 4, 2010 01:26 PM

      Sounds great to me!

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        Phil Ogelos Dec 4, 2010 02:13 PM

        That looks like a delectable menu, f'man.
        Just ask to be seated in one of those chairs for the elderly, where you can press a button in the arm and the seat raises you to a standing position.
        (After that, you're on your own.)

      2. sgordon Nov 22, 2010 09:17 AM

        Yeah, seems a bit silly to leave a top-notch resto just to get dessert at another one. If you're already lucky enough to have a table at Babbo, stick with them.

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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          rcburli Nov 22, 2010 12:07 PM

          I had a great experience with dessert at Babbo one time when we splurged for the suggested dessert wine to go with the dessert..wow, it was perfect.
          Just stay.

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            tpigeon Nov 22, 2010 02:19 PM

            They do have olive oil gelatto there btw.

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          kathryn Nov 20, 2010 08:07 AM

          The desserts at Babbo are good. I'd stay there and enjoy the end of your meal.

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          Babbo
          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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            Funman321 Nov 29, 2010 08:09 AM

            Kathryn i notice you are pretty knowledgeable when it comes to ordering for two at babbo. For me and my date do you think a Salumi Plate, The Tongue vinegrette, The liver ravioli, the bolognese, and the Garghanelli is a good amount of food and good choice of food? Leaving room for dessert of course.

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              tarmstrong Nov 29, 2010 09:38 AM

              A bit of unsolicited advice from someone who had an amazing meal at Babbo last Tuesday...the menu you've suggested sounds fantastic, but I might substitute the bolognese for another signature, more impressive Babbo pasta, like the mint love letters or the beef cheek ravioli. Babbo's bolognese is great, but it isn't the very best bolognese I've had, and it is a very large dish. You may end up being way too full after eating it and spoil your last course or dessert. The mint love letters and beef cheek ravioli are more unique dishes and are unbelievably good.

              The goose liver ravioli is very good, but be prepared for a very rich dish. The filling is very smooth, mild and pleasing, because the sauce is the real flavor burst in this dish. It's a balsamic brown butter sauce and is very good, but some might consider it too much.

              Whatever you try for dessert, make sure you try the olive oil gelato as well. It's a little smoother and more uniform in texture than the one I had previously at Mozza (which had a small pool of olive oil at the bottom and flakes of sea salt on the top), but still delicious and very refreshing after a large meal.

              Enjoy your meal and have a wonderful time at Babbo.

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              Babbo
              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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                sgordon Nov 29, 2010 03:55 PM

                All good choices - the goose liver & beef cheek raviolis are near the top of my list, too. But I wanted to add a little love for the goat cheese tortellini w/ dried orange & fennel pollen. I think they felt left out.

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                  Funman321 Nov 29, 2010 05:11 PM

                  Thanks for the tips, I've been thinking about the bologese mainly due to my love of pappardelle and the shout out to the dish in Bill Buford's Heat. The love letters i'm not such a fan of the idea, and the beef cheek ravioli seems to me to be in the same line as the garganelli and another ravioli dish...hmmm truth is i really do love almost everything on the menu, have to find a third pasta dish or a secondi to split

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                  kathryn Nov 29, 2010 11:11 AM

                  The salumi plate isn't always on the menu so have a backup.

                  I would personally not order three pastas. The mains are quite good at Babbo. Split one!

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                  Babbo
                  110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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                    Funman321 Nov 29, 2010 12:26 PM

                    Haha, any salumi plate will do, and I don't know we are very big on pasta and its incredibly hard to narrow it down to just one secondi. To tell the truth I love everything on the menu

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                gutsofsteel Nov 20, 2010 04:08 AM

                I don't think you can go to Le Bernardin or Jean Georges just for dessert. You could go to the front room at Gramercy Tavern, but probably not the main dining room. But why not just stay at Babbo?

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                Gramercy Tavern
                42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

                Babbo
                110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                Jean Georges
                1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

                Le Bernardin
                155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

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