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Babbo or Convivio...? Help me decide.

CindyJ | Feb 23, 201007:00 AM

Okay, truth be told, I'm presently double-booked. I made the reservation at Babbo because I could -- it just so happened that the day I began thinking about where to take my daughter for an after-theater birthday dinner was exactly one month before the date of our theater tickets. I went to Babbo's website, saw they take reservations not more than one month out, phoned, and voila -- scored a reservation. FWIW, I'm an out-of-towner, I come to NYC maybe 6 times a year. My daughter lives in NYC. Neither of these are restaurants she'd go to on her own.

So, with my reservation secured, I began scouring CH for recent comments about Babbo. Although I found them to be generally positive, there were some mentions of a slippage in service and food quality. Then, this morning, I read a review of Convivio posted by steakrules85. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6894... I also saw Convivio recommended by quite a few posters in other threads. I quickly made a reservation at Convivio for the same evening as my Babbo reservation. Oh, I'll definitely cancel one or the other in plenty of time; the question is, which one to cancel?

I've never been to either of these restaurants. I've tried to get into Babbo several times, to no avail, primarily because I rarely plan my trips into NYC a month in advance. Before today, I'd never heard of Convivio. I do understand the two restaurants are quite different from each other.

The "celebrity" aspect of the experience is far less important to me than the quality of the food and service, and the overall dining experience. So, if you were me, given the choice of Babbo or Convivio for this particular evening, which one would you choose -- and why? Thanks!

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