After the incredible 2 hour lunch at Jean Georges, my stomach could not fathom being further fed but my mind had other plans. Since I was unable to get reservations at Babbo (which you all know), my friend and I hustled to the restaurant before opening time to secure one of the six tables available for the walk-ins. When we got there, there was already a line forming outside. Fortunately we were the sixth couple in line and was able to secure the final table available. Woohoo! We were excited!
I had initially wanted to order the tasting menu but after having perused the list, there was just too much food to eat so Dar and I opted to form our own smaller menu by ordering a la carte. We started off with the recommended Antipasti of Lamb's Tongue Vinaigrette served with the 3 minute Egg. The tongue was thinly sliced and tender like a filet. Enriched by the luscious yolky egg but cut by the tart vinaigrette and sweet roasted tomatoes, the concoction was well balanced.
The antipasti was followed by two types of pasta: Pasta Lune filled with Sweet Potato and served with Sage Butter and Amaretti, and Beef Cheek Ravioli served with shaved Truffles and Crushed Squab Liver. The Pasta Lune was filled with silky squash and the Raviolis were filled with a stewed beef cheek that tasted like it was cooked for hours. I found the pasta dough to have been a little too al dente but otherwise, the dishes were very good.
Ok, quick tangent...While we were eating, Luke Wilson came in with his blonde date and stood at the bar behind my friend. I was shocked to see how handsome he was. Tall with a trim, lean build, he was very striking and his date seemed very smittened. Cute couple. Apparently the bar at Babbo is the place to be...lots of trendy folks and stars flock to this small, elegant restaurant. I definitely need to come back here. :oD
Though pasta is often recommended on here over the other dishes at Babbo, we went with an entree nevertheless. We ordered the Roasted Veal Loin coiled in Sage and Housemade Pancetta and served with Caramelized Cauliflower. The loin was perfectly roasted with a salty bacony crispy crust and soft, moist rare center. Hot damn, this was the dish that rocked the night. It was incredible.
After all that food, we still managed to squeeze in dessert (Yes, the miracles of having a stretched stomach. Be jealous kids, be jealous...). Dar ordered the Lemon and Blueberry Crostata served with Buttermilk Gelato, which was delish. The crostata crust was so flaky and buttery, I was greatly impressed. It was my favorite part of the dessert. I had ordered the Gelati and Sorbetti tasting, which consisted of Hazelnut, Almond, Chocolate, Expresso Gelatos and Mango and Blood Orange Sorbets. Gosh, I love good ice cream and these were exceptional.
A plate of Petit Fours marked the ending to our meal. It was fabulous and it was fun. Thanks again for all the recommendations!