Restaurants , Italian Greenwich Village
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Supposedly one of the best Italian restaurants in the city, Mario Batali’s Babbo is certainly among the hardest to get into. The warmly lit, white-walled townhouse is alive with reggae, rock & roll and the ambient chatter of diners who enthusiastically lift pasta-laced forks and wineglasses to their mouths. Sadly, such liveliness can’t be said for the food. The balsamic and brown-butter sauce that bathes the goose liver ravioli can be overly reduced and borderline burnt. And while the grilled pork chop with artichokes and cipollini onions is beautifully caramelized, that’s no great feat. Save for the atmosphere and affordable wines by the quartino, nothing about this restaurant merits the hype.
Venue name: Babbo
Address: 110 Waverly Pl
New York
Cross street: between MacDougal St and Sixth Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 5:30–11:30pm, Sun 5–11pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F to W 4th St
Price: Average main course: $28. AmEx, MC, V
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Nestled quietly in the West Village and a stones throw from Washington Square Park, this Italian restaurant is all class. A word to the wise, make a reservation ahead of time as you could easily look at waiting for a while due to its popularity. We celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary there and enjoyed it immensely mainly through the high end service we received from our waiter. Extremely knowledgeable about the various wines on offer, he also knew his pastas. Long story short I had the gnocchi with Oxtail Ragu - your life will change. Complimentary fresh bread is on standby to grab all those lovely juices afterwards. This reviewer highly recommends this location for special occasions.


Two words: Mario Batali. Must go. Don't contemplate it... the dishes are superb and the atmosphere is relaxing. Bring a friend, or a large group. You'll feel right at home!

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