This weekend we tried Babbo in NYC. There are lots of opinions on this restaurant. On the Parker board they have a thread with 40 something replies about it.
I believe that it lives up to the hype. We had the Pasta tasting menu with the reserve wines. The food was incredible. The sommelier did an excellent job with matching the food and wines. Great atmosphere, glassware and especially good service. Sit upstairs if you can.
The not-so-good things: a terrible waiting are where they are serving food at the bar so you cant get a drink through the throng. The people are eating so you cant sit down. It seems like a feeble attempt to squeeze in a few more meals at the expense of the patrons who are waiting for some time.
I will definitely go back again as Mr. Winetex is very, very jealous that he was unable to go. I give it a 94 on my scale all inclusive. Excellent!
Here's the menu FYI:
Black Tagliatelle with Parsnips and Pancetta
Alta Adige Pinot Bianco Sonnenberg, Castel Schwanberg 1998
*Excellent, excellent pasta
Fennel and Potato Ravioli with Opal Basil and Brown Butter
Collio Tocai Friulano, Russiz Superiore 2001
*Excellent but I dont care too much for fennel
Garganelli with Funghi Trifolati
Toscan Pinot Nero Case Via, Fontodi 1999
*Wild and wonderful wild mushrooms and Pinot
Alejandros Pyramids with Butter and Thyme
Marche Rosse Chaos, Le Terrazze 1999 (Montepluciano & Syrah)
*To die for there was beef or lamb or both inside of these. Everyone voted this #1 food and wine
Rosse del Salento Ner, Conti Zecca 1999 (Negroamaro & Cabernet)
*Good was a number 2 for my companions
Aged Coach Farm Goat Cheese with Currants and Gooseberries
Lambruso Reggiano, Ermete Medici NV (served cold)
Saffron Panna Cotta with Pears and Cardamom
Hazelnut cake & ice cream
Chocolate dessert (dont remember too much about this one)
Piemonte Solative, Ferrando 1997 (Erbaluce)