Yes, I've wanted to go to Babbo for years. I finally got smart and just used the AMEX Concierge Service, and they got me a reservation for Sunday night at 6 pm. At least those annual fees are going to something useful :)
I went with my beloved husband who is not a foodie and does not share, but supports my obsession as long as it doesn't involve shellfish, which he is allergic to. A friend of mine had warned me that the maitre'd was not the nicest person, but he was very charming to us. Thanks to AMEX, we were taken to a nice two-top table upstairs away from the din of the bar, and close to the serving area so we could see them do their thing.
I started with the warm lamb's tongue vinaigrette salad and I must say, that this was a really special dish for me. I have no problem with offal and have eaten duck tongues and beef tongue, but the flavor of the lamb tongue was really nice. I loved the interplay between the egg, lamb, greens, and roasted tomatoes. My husband got the winter vegetable salad, which was a special and said that it was really nice, especially the goat ricotta cheese.
We weren't tremendously hungry (I'm almost 8 months pregnant so my stomach has shrunken a bit in size and can't eat much in one sitting), but I knew I wanted a pasta dish, and I chose the beef cheek ravioli with squab liver and black truffles. Hubby chose another special, the braised pork cheeks and he really loved it - it was fork tender and very tasty (according to him). I really enjoyed the ravioli dish; great flavors and textures. If I had had the room, I would have tried more dishes, but didn't want to get sick or too stuffed!
We closed with upside down almond cake (hubby) and maple mascarpone cheesecake. I love cheesecakes like these- light and fluffy, and not too sweet! All in all, I was very pleased with my dinner, and felt it was well worth the anticipation. The service was great - they were attentive but not in your face. Yes, I know I should come back and try more stuff, and if I have time I totally will!!