Marea, Babbo or Ai Fiori for Dinner and why?
Marea, Babbo or Ai Fiori? Which one would you choose and why?
Thank you in advance.
Do you already have reservations for all three?
What type of atmosphere do you like?
Do you have pre or post dinner drink plans?
I would choose Babbo but I live in NY, it's close to me, it's close to good cocktail bars to hit up afterwards like Pegu Club, and it's much more casual. My husband dreams about the goose liver ravioli.
However, if you are from out of town or celebrating a special occasion, it is a pain to get a dinner reservation in advance on a specific date. If you're willing to try to snag a last minute cancellation or eat in the front walk ins area, that's a different story.
Yes, I have reservations at all three, but contemplating whether to cancel any of them... reason why I feel a little saturated due to already having done so many restaurants in the past weeks... So I'm really looking for the brightest star at this point in terms of food.
No pre or post drinks.
As if I need to chime in at this point, seems consensus has been reached - but yes, Babbo. Because they're the best of that trio. Of the Michael White places, I think AF is better overall, but Marea has a couple of knockout dishes better than anything at AF (the lobster & buratta, the much lauded fusilli, etc)
Babbo's also the hardest rez, while Marea & AF almost always have openings.