Don't know if you've made your NYC jaunt yet, but Babbo also sets aside some tables for walk-ins. If you don't mind eating early you can show up when they open the doors and get on the list, and it shouldn't take too long to get seated. You may be able to pull the same deal and eat late, but I'd worry that they'd run out of tables and close down before they got to you.
I'm going to try to do that whe I go back in January. I was juggling to much to try to do that this time.
I ended up with a lovely breakfast at Balthazar--yummy eggs norwegian.
Late lunch at the Shake Shack that I then had to walk up to Midtown to work off.
One mediocre cupcake at Buttercup Bakery. (With rude-ish service.)
A terrific dinner at Maria Pia on 51st between 9th and 10th. Great pastas; good fish and a calamari special that was breathtaking.
A pretty good dinner at the Knickerbocker with some of the most inept but cheerful service that we ended up tipping 30%. The poor waiter clearly needed to go back and start the day over. But we had no other plans for the evening, my gimlet was good and the food was as solid as ever. The chocolate souffle makes up for almost anything.
I had walked down from Times Square though so I was too tired to hit either Pegu or Magnolia as planned after dinner.
Had a final dinner at West Bank Cafe in the theater district. Nice solid meal as well. Had a terrific duck with a parsnip mash.
Went down to Billy's Bakery to snag cupcakes for breakfast and that was the extent of my NY dining this time.
As I said, I'll be back in January and will hopefully be able to make better choices with fewer things to juggle. I was running between Times Square, Midtown East and the tip of the island for work so alas, food got the short end of the priorities this time.