Babbo Tops Zagat Italian List, Followed by Relics

Babbo

We can agree with number one. That's okay.Photo courtesy Babbo restaurant

Were not surprised that Babbo is the citys top Italian restaurant, according to Zagat's new America's 1,000 Top Italian Restaurants book its popularity alone is enough, in Zagat-land, to ensure yearly dominance. And in fact, Babbo is a wonderful restaurant, four stars by our lights, and justly beloved. But if you had any doubt how unreliable the Zagat surveyors are, just check out number two: Village relic Il Mulino! Now, dont get us wrong: Il Mulino is a fine restaurant and uses very expensive ingredients to good effect. The tuxedoed wait staff are as servile as ever. But it should be the second-most-popular Italian restaurant of 1958. Havent the matrons of Secaucus ever heard of A Voce? Or LImpero? Or for that matter Del Posto? Dont look for any of those at number three: The winner there is another beloved mummy, Roberto in the Bronx.

Zagat names Babbo New York's No. 1 Italian restaurant [NYDN]