Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca - 110 Waverly Pl (between Mac Dougal St & W Washington Sq) New York, NY 10011 (212) 777-0303

There's only one word to describe the food in this place, and that word is "amazing." I love great Italian cuisine and trust me, this place will not leave you disappointed.

Located near Washington Square Park, you'll find that reservations are hard to come by for this Italian restaurant. It took several attempts before I finally got a table at this place. And mind you, reservations needs to be made a month beforehand. The wait is definitely worth it, because you'll get the chance to peruse through the menu filled with Mario Batali's ingenious creations and get a taste of his delectable dishes.

The grilled octopus is a great starter; it's grilled nicely and has a delicate smokey taste. It's accompanied with a refreshing vinaigrette and that hint of limoncello gave it a nice finish. For the main course, I ordered the beef cheek ravioli and black spaghetti. The beef is very tender and perfectly al dente. For those who don't know, in Italian it means "firm to the bite." The sauce is rich and flavorful and the black truffle shavings are sprinkled generously on the plate. The black spaghetti with rock shrimp is cooked in a very buttery sauce. The spaghetti, which is black from squid ink had a salty, briny taste; it definitely has the flavors and tastes of the ocean.

I wanted to try the pasta tasting menu, which is suppose to be outstanding, but it required the entire participation of the entire table. Not everyone in my party wanted to try it, so I suppose it will have to wait until next time.

Bottom Line:

Recommended: Yes

Price: Expensive $50-$75 PP

Appetizer: Grilled Octopus

Main Course: Beef cheek ravioli

Service: good

Website: http://www.babbonyc.com/

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