We will be in the city on 12/5 for a 2 o'clock show and probably a 5-6 ish dinner. Sounds like Babbo is out either way because they are booked that night and the unreserved space really doesn't sound very relaxing now that you mention it kathryn.
I'm all over open table searching for alternatives. OIBL is available but I've been there years ago and although the meal was great, I remember it being somewhat stuffy and perhaps not very relaxing. A comfortable bar area for a pre or post dinner cocktail, nice lighting, quiet, etc is what I'm after. I remember we dined at a moroccan place in the east village (whose name escapes me) a few years back that was completely our style although the cuisine was not. Sorry if this all sounds a bit vague but I have confidence in the chowhound faithful to help guide us to the perfect place.
Thanks for the correction gal.
However, I did check with the restaurant and they were very pleasant in advising that I would almost certainly grab a table in the "unreserved" area if we arrived early, which I had planned to do. And you are incorrect about having to book "30 days in advance". Babbo will only begin accepting reservations "up to" one month in advance of the date.
However, we are not completely sold on babbo which is why I asked for alternative sugestions.
Those links that kathryn provided focused mainly on the food/what to order and made no mention of the ambience. Perhaps I didn't make myself clear...we aren't necessarily "foodies" searching for the ultimate culinary orgasimic experience. Instead, we are desperately in need of a nice relaxing 2+ hour dining experience for one night away from the kids.
Please help - I'm looking for a very nice place in the village, or surrounding location to take my wife for our 5th anniversary. We'll be coming from the theatre and we both really love the village so I was thinking Babbo, but have never been. I've looked for interior photos but can't find any. We really like rooms with an intimate feel, low lighting, candles, etc. Please understand that we probably get one or two nights away from the kids per year so we really want a nice relaxing and enjoyable location to spend a couple of hours being adults again.
We prefer italian, french or american. No sushi, seafood or mexican. Cost is not a concern.
Can anyone suggest a nice place or remark on Babbo?