Babbo

Italian in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

Celebrity chef Mario Batali has multiple restaurants in Manhattan, but everyone has a sneaking suspicion that this two-level split townhouse is his favorite. Exciting dishes such as grilled Guinea hen and fennel-dusted sweetbreads pepper the menu and the exceptionally friendly staff can help with wine pairings or tasting menus. Reservations are recommended if you don't want a wait.