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Yes, I am attempting Babbo with no reservation-help please?

My husband and I are taking a last minute trip to New York for Memorial Day weekend. Huge foodies and we were in Italy this past fall so we thought we relive some memories by going to Babbo. Of course we couldnt get a reservation this late. We are not strangers to eating at the bar so that does not scare us, eating at 530pm does a little. We are a mid-thirties couple that is pretty laid back but social and up for a dining experience adventure. My questions are:

1. I know they take walk ins, is it only for the bar and the tables there, or can you wait in the bar area until something opens in the dining room?

2. I have read that our best chances will be if we get there close to opening, but if we get there later is there a chance we wont get to eat? Or would we just be looking at a 2 hour wait?

3. Is the bar area stressful or fun? We enjoy high energy places and dont mind busy but cramped and pushed around gets old fast.

Oh yeah, did I mention it was our anniversary. Thanks!

May 23, 2007
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