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Babbo: Is there a 'must order' dish?

scooter260 Apr 7, 2011 08:57 PM

Heading to Babbo for the first time on Saturday. Is there anything on the menu that is an absolute must try?

Also, is the tasting menu a no-brainer as well?


110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

  1. squid kun Sep 1, 2011 12:23 AM

    Couple years old but still helpful ... http://www.chow.com/digest/7080/babbo...

    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    1. pizzajunkie Aug 31, 2011 09:46 AM

      mint love letters!

      1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Aug 31, 2011 08:18 AM

        Thought I'd piggyback off this thread-- my husband and I got a gift card to Babbo so we are going in a couple weeks for the first time and I'm beyond excited! I've read a lot of the threads here on CH but I wanted to clarify something. We are probably going to order two pastas, two mains, and two desserts (no way we'll be able to compromise on dessert!). Ideally we'd like to share the two pastas. Should we tell our waiter that we plan on splitting the pastas? Would they plate it separately and would they serve it as part of the same course or make it two mini courses? Thanks!

        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        6 Replies
        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream
          kathryn Aug 31, 2011 08:20 AM

          They can split both onto two plates for you. I've seen them do it before. If your server doesn't offer, definitely ask.

          1. re: kathryn
            i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Aug 31, 2011 08:23 AM

            Thank you!!! I can't wait.

            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream
              ttoommyy Aug 31, 2011 08:51 AM

              Enjoy! We love Babbo. Contrary to what some people on this board may say, Babbo is very accommodating to personal requests. They will without a doubt split a whole order of pasta between the two of you.

              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

          2. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream
            i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Sep 8, 2011 02:12 PM

            We're going Saturday-- confirmed my reservation today. Good thing I saved the confirmation # because they misspelled my name when they took the reservation.

            Also, I thought you Babbo fans might know: where can we go watch the US Open afterwards in the neighborhood?

            110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream
              JoLi Sep 9, 2011 08:37 AM

              Yep, that's the only thing I do there. Always go with a a friend with no reservation and sit at the bar. Create your own tasting menu from the a la carte menu and they split everything in 2 for you, makes the experience that much better, since you get to try more food...

              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream
                JoLi Sep 9, 2011 08:39 AM

                My favorite dishes and I always order them are the squid ink pasta with rock shrimp and calabrese (this dish is not widely known but always get nods of approval from waiter when I order it) and you have to get the massive steak for 2, it is seriously one of the best steaks I've had (and I've been to pretty much every steakhouse in the city).

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                Riverman500 Apr 8, 2011 12:49 PM

                My favorites at Babbo:

                Pig's foot milanese
                Grilled octopus
                Beef cheek ravioli
                Lamb's brain francobolli
                Garganelli with funghi trifolati
                Lamb chops
                Saffron panna cotta
                Gelato and sorbet

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                1. re: Riverman500
                  tpigeon Apr 8, 2011 03:05 PM

                  Olive Oil Gelatto - I get that at every batalli place I go to.

                  1. re: tpigeon
                    hudsonvalleyfoodblog Apr 8, 2011 05:41 PM

                    I second the Olive Oil Gelatto recommendation. It doesn't sound like it would be an appealing desert but it really was amazing. I also enjoy the corn gelatto.

                2. biondanonima Apr 8, 2011 12:41 PM

                  We were just there and our favorite dish of the night was the pineapple upside down cake - get it if it's still on the menu. Other winners for us were beef cheek ravioli and guancia ripiena (pork jowl stuffed with sausage). The chianti pappardelle with boar ragu was only so-so and the goose liver ravioli, though delicious, was a bit cloying with all that balsamic - I would have preferred it as an appetizer. The brasato al barolo was very disappointing.

                  1. sgordon Apr 8, 2011 10:59 AM

                    Personally, the two raviolis - beef cheek and goose liver - and the goat cheese tortellini float my boat every time. But everyone seems to have their own favorite(s).

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                      edwardspk Apr 8, 2011 09:38 AM

                      Personally, I like the pastas the best and am always happy wiith the pasta tasting menu.

                      1. k
                        kathryn Apr 7, 2011 09:02 PM

                        I would advise you to order a la carte, and not the tasting.

                        More on dishes at Babbo:

                        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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                        1. re: kathryn
                          steakrules85 Apr 8, 2011 06:10 AM

                          I agree with kathryn I would do a la carte as well. The menu is very large and there are so many appealing things to try. I've only been once but I felt that ala carte provided better options. If you are lucky enough to visible multiple times then the tasting would be something to experience. However, if this is your first time I'd do ala carte to try to experience as much as possible.

                          Everything from what I have sampled was delicious.

                          Pastas- Pumpkin lune with sage and amarettis, chianti stained pappardelle with wild boar ragu, fettucine with pancetta

                          Mains- Hangar Steak, Duck and Pork chop, which was one of the best I've ever had.

                          Desserts are also incredible. Pistachio and chocolate semi freddo, whatever crostata they currently have since it changes with the season, Chocolate hazelnut cake.

                          I've been meaning to go back for awhile now, but of course its nearly impossible with their reservation system to get a reasonable time. Even booking out a month in advance can be a hassle. Some have gotten lucky just showing up at the stroke of 5:30 when they open and snagging a table near the bar, but not everyone wants to take that chance.

                          Other dishes I've heard raves about include the beef cheek ravioli, goose liver ravioli, branzino, veal chop, and the maple cheesecake.

                          Whatever you choose I doubt you would be disappointed. This is Batali's best restaurant.

                          1. re: kathryn
                            InfoMofo Apr 8, 2011 09:39 AM

                            I would actually say the tasting menu deserves a look some times. They do occassional seasonal tasting menus that are pretty great.

                            About 4 years ago I went and I had the pasta tasting menu which was good but too much pasta and I wanted to die afterwards. I think even the dessert was pasta. However it did have probably my favorite dish I've ever had there and that was a black squid ink tagliolini.

                            Maybe 2 years ago I had a special tomato tasting menu, where all the dishes incorporated tomatoes, and that was actually really inventive and surprising.

                            I agree that the regular daily tasting menu is not really that special.
                            You won't be disappointed going a la carte though, so it's up to you.

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