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bos_to_nyc Feb 21, 2011 06:39 AM

Scored a last minute res at Marea, likely b/c of the weather. Torn between Marea, which we haven't been to, or waiting for an unreserved table @ Babbo, which we love. We have a new baby so have not been getting out much as of late and we want the night to be special. Have been curious about Marea but craving the Babbo pasta tasting. Thoughts from any hounds?

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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    fm1963 RE: bos_to_nyc Feb 21, 2011 06:47 AM

    Babbo is great, but if you like seafood, definitely try Marea if you haven't been there yet. Ask about their pasta tasting menu.

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    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Marea
    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

    1. Chuonfood RE: bos_to_nyc Feb 21, 2011 08:44 AM

      Marea all the way!

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      Marea
      240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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        rrems RE: bos_to_nyc Feb 21, 2011 08:52 AM

        Generally, they are about equal, but I think Marea's pastas are better. Also, you already have a res at Marea, so why risk a wait at Babbo?

        1. daffyduck RE: bos_to_nyc Feb 21, 2011 08:59 AM

          I think Babbo is better in terms of food. If you go to Marea order wisely I thought there were a lot of clunks on the menu. i haven't been in 6 months though, hopefully they changed. but even the "good" dishes did not give me the foodgasms that some of the dishes at Babbo gave me.

          edit:
          i just checked the menu there are still some dishes that I really didn't like on the menu in particular the vongole and the panna cotta. i also thought some of the uni dishes were just ok like the spaghetti and ricci. but if you really like sea urchin than you may love them.

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          Babbo
          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

          Marea
          240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

          1. Miss Needle RE: bos_to_nyc Feb 21, 2011 09:13 AM

            Foodwise, they're both very good. My vote is for Marea because you have a reservation. You wanted the night to be special. If you opt for Babbo, you may have to wait in the cold and snow and eat downstairs where it can get pretty noisy.

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            Babbo
            110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

            Marea
            240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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              mizzanonymous RE: Miss Needle Feb 11, 2012 08:48 AM

              My vote is for Marea as well.

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              uncledunkel RE: bos_to_nyc Feb 11, 2012 12:47 PM

              even though this is a year old, Marea!

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