I'm considering (or at least trying to get into) Babbo for their wine/tasting menu. I have mixed feelings about Batali...some of his food combinations don't thrill me but I've honestly never eaten at any of his restaurants.
The dinner is for two couples who eat good food/drink great wine regularly. One couple is from NYC and the other is from SF. I want a great meal. I'm willing to spend good money but don't want extravagance just because. I like good value associated with good food.
I'm also considering 11 Madison, Bouley, Union Square....thoughts please?