We may have just found a new FAVORITE restaurant in NYC.  Over the holiday weekend, Jeff and I decided to head into the city on Saturday night and wing it!  On the train ride in, we brainstormed places to go for dinner, then drinks.  We knew we wanted to head into the village, but were unsure exactly where we wanted to go.  A few weeks ago, I had met my cousin Danielle at OTTO, Mario Batali’s pizza joint, which was amazing.  So I suggested we check out his other restaurant BABBO, which I had heard was fantastic!  … and it was!

Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, opened by Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich in June 1998, is an exuberant celebration of the best of Italian food, wine and lifestyle. The menu is a roster of Chef Mario Batali’s lusty creations, incorporating the best and freshest seasonal produce, Italian cheeses, meat, game and seafood, accented with fine Italian olive oils, traditional aceto balsamico and many unusual ingredients that will surprise and delight.

The wine list represents one of the most extensive and intelligent collections in the city, and indeed the country, presided over by Bastianich and Beverage Director Alec Steidl and served by expert wine and service teams. Babbo seats up to 90 diners in its split-level dining room, and has a lively bar area where patrons may enjoy a quartino (quarter-liter) of wine, or choose to have a full meal.

Babbo is located steps from Washington Square Park, in the center of romantic and colorful Greenwich Village.”

Since we didn’t have a reservation, we ate at the bar.  Sometimes sitting at the bar to eat a nice dinner is annoying, but it can also be a TON of fun!  We talked to all kinds of people and the guys at the bar were friendly and treated us very well.

It was HOT in the city that night, so I decided to start my night with a glass of dry rosse wine.  The Fattoria Sardi Rossato was amazing.  Not surprisingly, it was actually an IGT wine, meaning it’s a cheaper wine in Italy.  But it was worth every penny.  I’ll be looking for this bottle in wine shops around in the CT area.

By the time we settled down into seats at the bar, we welcomed the big, fresh slices of Italian bread and spicy, new Italian olive oil.

And since there were so many interesting things on the menu, we decided to split an appetizer, first course, second course, AND dessert.

For  an appetizer we had the Grilled Octopus with “Borlotti Marinati” and Spicy Limoncello Vinaigrette.  It was prepared with a balsamic glaze and cannelloni beans.

For a first course, we decided to have the Sweet Potato “Lune” with Sage and Amaretti. Ummm… DELICIOUS!

Jeff was pretty pumped!

For our second course, we had the Rabbit with Spring “Scafata” and Cinzano Vinaigrette!  We were so excited that we forgot to take a picture.  WHOOPS!

For dessert, we bartender has us try a sweet, light dessert wine which reminded me a lot of Vin Santo.  It was called Muffa Nobile… and again, I’ll be searching for this bottle around our area.  With our dessert wine, we tried the Apple and Fig Budino with Caramel Apple Gelato.  TO DIE FOR!

Not only did we have a fantastic meal, but we had a fantastic time!  We highly recommend visiting BABBO 🙂

Babbo NYC

Website: http://www.babbonyc.com/

Address: 110 Waverly Pl  New York, NY 10011

Phone: 212-777-0303

Do they take reservations? Yes – Recommended, Open Table

Attire?  Dressy

Vibe?  Trendy, Modern, Very Noisy

Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Monday through Saturday 5:30PM – 11:15PM
Sunday 5:00PM – 10:45PM

Wine bar opens at 5:00PM, Monday through Saturday and on Sunday at 4:30PM