So I finally went to Babbo last night after waiting a month. Took my parents there for their 25th anniversary and it turned out to be a great experience. When I called for the original reservation I informed them that it was a very special occasion and their anniversary. I also requested to sit upstairs. Upon arrival at 5:45 they took our coats, wished my parents happy anniversary, and seated us upstairs as requested. Great start to the night.
Once we were seated we were given the chickpea bruschetta and bread. They must have refilled our bread plates like 5 times throughout the meal. Service was absolutely flawless all night long. Our waiter was extremely helpful in answering any of our questions (as anyone who had been to Babbo knows some dishes tend to be a bit more exotic). He also congratulated my parents on their big day several times throughout the evening.
On to the food- It was me, my sister, and my two parents. We decided to share two pastas for the appetizer. We had the pumpkin lune and pappardelle with wild boar ragu. Both were delicious- especially the pumpkin lune which had an unbelievable sweetness accented by the amaretti cookies they grate on it. The pappardelle ragu was great too- never had boar and it had a very different but delicious taste to it.
For Mains- I had the duck which was incredible. The breast melted in your mouth and tasted like butter, while the leg was extremely juicy dark meat with incredible crispy skin on top of slow cooked onions and pancetta. My father went with the mammoth pork chop which I think was the best chop I have ever tasted. Mom had a special- fettucine with pancetta and endive which had a great buttery taste and texture. Finally my sister had the skirt steak which was very tasty, however on the small side.
On to dessert- They wrote Happy Anniversary on the dessert plates in chocolate which was a fantastic touch. My parents really enjoyed that attention to detail. We shared the pistachio semifreddo, almond upside down cake with espresso gelato, and chocolate hazelnut cake with hazelnut gelato and orange peel. All were terrific. Wish the pistachio had a little stronger pistachio flavor though. The almond upside down cake was so intense and the gelato was really rich. The chocolate hazelnut cake was one of the most chocolately pieces of cake I have ever had! And the hazelnut gelato was so good. My parents had cappuccino which they deemed " The best they ever had- like a milkshake". I tried a special tea which was chocolate, vanilla, and roobous. Never had a tea that tasted like that. Petit fours rounded out the meal with the check.
Dish I Regret not ordering- RIBEYE FOR TWO! I saw a few tables get this and as my name implies I am a STEAK LOVER. It was huge and cooked perfectly deep red medium rare in the center and crispy crust on the outside. The aroma from the meat was incredible. DEFINITELY have to try next time. I figured I could get great steak at any steakhouse in the city, which is why I opted for the duck. I loved the duck, but I knew after seeing that ribeye I would regret not ordering it. It was massive and for 70 bucks (for two) seemed like a bargain considering what steakhouses charge. You get a side of potatoes as well... oh well next time for sure I will get my ribeyeeeeee.
Overall- Great service, food, experience. Would definitely love to go back. Came to about $290 bucks with tip which I expected. One thing to note- Portions are quite small which is good and bad. It allows you to sample many different dishes without feeling overfull- and leaves you room to try some great desserts. I just think they should give you maybe one side dish with your main course- especially the skirt steak which was kinda skimpy in size. Other than that Babbo is a great place. Is it worth all of the hassle of a reservation- Maybe not, but it is definitely a restaurant everyone should experience at least once.
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