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Oct
2013

John Manieri started going to the theater when he was in high school. His first Broadway show was Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” on December 18th, 1970. He’s been passionate about live theater ever since, especially London theater, where he’s logged in 22 shows in 13 days, a record he’ll be happy to break, as soon as […]

Jan
2013

To start the new year, I can’t think of anything better than to immerse yourself in Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of the Clifford Odets classic, “Golden Boy”. Burnished to a fine sheen by master director Bartlett Sher, this 75 year old play is a heartbreaker, featuring some of the best character actors in town, including […]

Nov
2012

John Manieri started going to the theater when he was in high school. His first Broadway show was Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” on December 18th, 1970. He’s been passionate about live theater ever since, especially London theater, where he’s logged in 22 shows in 13 days, a record he’ll be happy to break, as soon as […]

Nov
2012

Here we are again, beginning of January 2011, and by the middle of the month, 13 Broadway shows will have bitten the dust. Some, like “West Side Story” and “In The Heights”, will have worn out their welcome a long time ago and won’t be missed. Especially the overwrought, badly conceived revival of “West Side […]

Oct
2012

While the end of summer proved to be a dry spell for anything new on the NY stage, the beginning of autumn proved to be a deluge. For better or worse, here are some of the current offerings I’ve seen. My first “Cyrano de Bergerac” was not the classic Jose Ferrer movie, nor do I […]

Sep
2012

As summer comes to an end, and many shows close to make way for newer, some risky, some self-assured, productions to take their place, let’s pause to reflect first on what we’ve lost. “Clybourne Park”, the winner of the Tony for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize, was announced as a limited run when it […]

Aug
2012

Back in 1981, a new show came to town, and the buzz started before the piece ever started previews. People were saying it was an evil, devilish, drop-dead funny spoof of all things Broadway, and it was to be called “Forbidden Broadway”. It’s logo featured silhouettes of performers thumbing there nose at a sign that […]

Apr
2012

The month of April is one of the busiest of the theater season every year, for the same reason the month of December is jammed with more movies than you can shake a stick towards. Simply, all the producers are getting as much product as possible into the theaters before the annual parade of awards […]

Mar
2012

One of the current joys on the boards here in NYC, playing at Playwrights Horizons on Theatre Row 42nd Street, is a wonderfully funny, firecracker of a piece called “Assistance”, a new play by Leslye Headland. The talented Miss Headland had a play run here two summers ago for a woefully short run, called “Bachelorette”, […]

Feb
2012

I recently realized, with more than a shudder or two, I’ve been attending, or as I like to say, “going to,” the theatre for over 41 years. I started while in high school (Yay, Hackensack, my alma mater), on Dec. 18th, 1970 with a Wednesday matinee of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”, bought the cast album, (my […]

Jan
2012

The last 12 months have exhibited some of the best I’ve seen on stage, some of the worst I can remember, and some missed opportunities that certainly could have been fixed. The personalities shown, the debuts were stunning, and the ensemble work made me smile a lot. Take for instance, the charming and talented Jeremy […]

Nov
2011

It’s that time of year again, when it’s about making people in your life happy and the joy of giving takes over, and there’s just so much to do and so many to thank and think of, and it gets a little overwhelming at times….so why not turn to live theater as the perfect gift […]

Nov
2011

Back in the stone age, the paleolithic period, the early 80’s in fact, when acting was what I really wanted to do but not enough to starve for it, I heard the great Geraldine Page was to teach a master class in Scene Study to be taught at HB Studios. I girded my ample loins, […]

Sep
2011

This is that time of year when people start buzzing about all the promising new plays and musicals, not to mention revivals and “revisals”, that are about to open or soon to open both on Broadway and Off. And this season, like most seasons, shows a lot of promise on paper, which, of course, means […]

Sep
2011

Ian McKellen was never a household name until “Lord Of The Rings”. That’s what he claims. The whole world knows him because of “X-Men” and that other trilogy. And, of course, The DaVinci Code”, which I still haven’t watched, even though I own the dvd. Well, ya see, it was a gift…anyway, let me tell […]

Sep
2011

Recently, while visiting London, and thanks to the machinations of Irene, who interfered and caused me to stay far too long than I should have, and certainly intended to, I was struck by something the brilliant writer/actor/raconteur John Cleese, of the original “Monty Python” and “Fawlty Towers”, was quoted in the British newspapers as having […]

Aug
2011

It was kind of startling, a couple of weeks ago, to start seeing back-to-school commercials running on tv, when it felt like the school year had just ended. And yet, there they were, spots for healthy breakfast cereals, new environment-friendly backpacks, supplies at your local Staples and other juggernaut superstores, and yet here we are, […]

Jul
2011

Two years after first seeing Jez Butterworth’s “Jerusalem” at the Royal Court Theatre in London, I caught up with it again on Broadway, just before its star Mark Rylance won a deserved but hotly contested Tony Award a few weeks back. What I loved about the play in London is still very much in evidence […]

May
2011

It’s always a pleasure to go into a show with low expectations, or even no expectations, and walk out completely turned around, even flabbergasted at what you’ve just seen, especially in the case of a show that has been lambasted by critics, or has terrible word-of-mouth, or NO word-of-mouth, for that matter. For every “Book […]

May
2011

Officially, the Broadway and off-Broadway season ended the last week of April and the last minute openings seemed endless. There were some real clunkers in that group, but the theaters are full, the audiences keep coming. The great news is there’s plenty of wonderful stuff to see, and a few great surprises in that cluster […]

May
2011

Officially, the Broadway and off-Broadway season ended the last week of April and the last minute openings seemed endless. There were some real clunkers in that group, but the theaters are full, the audiences keep coming. The great news is there’s plenty of wonderful stuff to see, and a few great surprises in that cluster […]

Apr
2011

While all the star-laden vehicles are previewing and about to open on Broadway, there are some off-Broadway plays that merit your immediate attention before they’re gone and some of these performances are not to be missed. They’re playing in many disparate places, including a loft on Mercer Street, but all are terrific in their own […]

Apr
2011

While all the star-laden vehicles are previewing and about to open on Broadway, there are some off-Broadway plays that merit your immediate attention before they’re gone and some of these performances are not to be missed. They’re playing in many disparate places, including a loft on Mercer Street, but all are terrific in their own […]

Mar
2011

While all the star-laden vehicles are previewing and about to open on Broadway, there are some off-Broadway plays that merit your immediate attention before they’re gone and some of these performances are not to be missed. They’re playing in many disparate places, including a loft on Mercer Street, but all are terrific in their own […]

Mar
2011

Off-Broadway, the hottest ticket (and impossible to get into) is “Other Desert Cities” by John Robin Baitz, but right now, on Broadway, the sleeper of the season, and what will probably be the hottest show in town, is playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People”, playing a limited (oh, let’s hope not) run at the Samuel J. […]

Feb
2011

January was rough. No matter where you are as you read this, you have to agree the month of January was rough. And the Broadway community took a real beating in January, as it usually does, with more closings than usual,and some really harsh, box office- beating, weather. There are lots of dark theaters right […]

Dec
2010

On Dec. 18th, it will be exactly 40 years since I experienced my first Broadway show. Dec. 18th, 1970, at 2:00 pm, I experienced the joy that was the original Broadway production of the Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical-comedy, “Company” the score to which I pretty much know by heart at this point. It was sort […]

Nov
2010

Re-encountering Tony Kushner’s landmark “Angels In America” after nearly twenty years, is something like coming across an old friend after a long period of non-communication. Granted, it’s been a long time, and you find your friend is still somewhat talky, at times unbearably long-winded, but getting reacquainted reminds you why you were attracted in the […]

Oct
2010

When I returned from my 2 weeks in London, I was awaiting the start of the new theater season here in NYC with well-baited breath. After so many disappointments at the end of last season, I was really looking forward to the beginning of a brand new page in the book of NY theater. I […]

Sep
2010

London, unlike anywhere else I’ve ever visited, seems to always be in some kind of state of flux. Last summer, I found Londoners had changed yet again; into somewhat dazed, snarly creatures who would walk right into you without an “excuse me”, seemingly about to enter the jaws of a recession we thought we were […]

Sep
2010

London, unlike anywhere else I’ve ever visited, seems to always be in some kind of state of flux. Last summer, I found Londoners had changed yet again; into somewhat dazed, snarly creatures who would walk right into you without an “excuse me”, seemingly about to enter the jaws of a recession we thought we were […]

Aug
2010

It has been one scorching summer here in New York City, but nowhere was it felt with more oppressiveness than in the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, the site of The Public Theatre’s annual free Shakespeare In The Park. Those actors must have been sweating like crazy this year, what with temperatures under those hot […]

Jun
2010

As we head into a summer where a good number of shows won’t make it until Fall, we should celebrate the ones that are only around for a short time, whether the actors and producers involved are aware of it or not. There are shows that expect they’ll be around for awhile that won’t, and […]

May
2010

I first saw Zach Grenier on stage about 15 years ago in a play produced by the long-gone but fondly remembered Circle Repertory Company called “The Fiery Furnace” by Timothy Mason. The play starred the legendary Julie Harris, but I walked away with a healthy sense of respect and admiration for Mr. Grenier, who all […]

Apr
2010

In the last official month of the current Broadway season, there are about a gazillion shows waiting to open before the Tony eligibility cutoff date, shows that include several new plays, a rock musical, a coupla revivals and what may possibly turn out to be the best play of this or any recent season. That […]

Mar
2010

In the midst of a seemingly endless winter of snow, sleet, slush and anything else Mother Nature can think to throw our way, there is a warm, throbbing pool of brilliance coagulating in the world of off-Broadway theater. There are productions running right now to make you forget you can’t find your car and/or your […]

Feb
2010

So here we are in the second month of the new decade, and what have we seen in New York theater so far? Well, we’ve seen “Ragtime” and “Finian’s Rainbow” bite the dust, although the original cast album of “Finian’s” has just been released, with no show running to tie it into, but it’s better […]

Dec
2009

If you’re keeping track, last year at this time, there was much moaning and hand-wringing over the simple fact that no less than 14 Broadway shows were going to be closing by the end of January 2009. The naysayers were predicting Broadway was going straight down the toilet, that audiences were going to dwindle down […]

Dec
2009

Forget those fuzzy little hamsters that run on batteries, scamper all over your living room,( OK, they don’t leave little gifties in the corners) and will be forgotten within a week-left to collect dust bunnies under the coffee table. Or dust hamsties. Whatever. Forget yet another cute little IPhone cover made of frozen lucite from […]

Nov
2009

Broadway is in the midst of a craze for revivals. As of this writing, there are planned productions of “The Miracle Worker”, “A View From The Bridge”, “A Little Night Music”, yet another production of “La Cage Aux Folles” just 5 years after the last one, “Lend Me A Tenor”, “Promises, Promises”, “The Glass Menagerie”and […]

Oct
2009

Manhattan Theatre Club, in what may be the most stylish comeback on Broadway in years, has chosen to open its season at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre with a slam-bang, finger-snapping, eye-poppingly gorgeous revival of A George S Kaufman farce from 1927 called “The Royal Family”. Co-written back then with Edna Ferber, “Royal Family” is […]

Sep
2009

I touched on summer in London last month, but neglected a few things I thought I’d mention in this column, which covers things to come this Fall here in NYC. And some of those London pieces should be headed here as well. Of course there’s Jude Law in Michael Grandage’s production of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, which […]

Aug
2009

LONDON,SUMMER, 2009 It’s been 6 years since I last visited this beautiful city, and much has changed. For that matter, much has changed in NYC as well, but there’s a difference here. The feeling of extreme civility is gone. People on the street are edgier, sharper in tone-almost, but not quite, to the point of […]

Jul
2009

Over the years, I’ve grown particularly fond of trekking to Central Park twice each summer for the NY Shakespeare Festival’s productions in the park. I have some strong, bracing memories of the productions I’ve seen there over the last 30 years, and of the actors and actresses who performed in them. I was reminded of […]

Jun
2009

As the official end of the theater season arrives with the annual Tony Awards, there will be the winners, who will gain much longer runs with each Tony awarded, and there will be the also-rans (theater knows no losers-it takes too much time, money and talent to get it up and running in the first […]

May
2009

There is so much really good theater available to all, both on and off Broadway right now, it’s almost an embarrassment of riches. In the past 4 weeks, I’ve seen so many plays and musicals, my head feels like it’s spinning. And wonder of wonders, a lot of it is REALLY GOOD!!! To start, there […]

Apr
2009

To welcome Spring, Susan Stroman has brought the world “Happiness”, a terrific new musical at Lincoln Center. A deceptively simple little show about life and death, it is original, it is heartrending, it is close to two hours of pure imagination. It is the story of a group of New Yorkers who begin their day […]

Mar
2009

Could it really be true there are 14 shows about to open on Broadway in the next eight weeks? After that first Sunday in January, when it seemed like a dozen shows closed in one fell swoop (ok, ok it was only 8), and the pessimists were predicting doom, doom, and oh yes, more doom, […]

Feb
2009

Anyone who’s ever spent a few days home from work, or isn’t currently employed or independently wealthy (oh sure, there’s plenty of those), or simply anyone who has ever spent any time at all watching those addictive daytime dramas for any length of time, because they have a lot of time to waste, can tell […]

Jan
2009

John started going to the theater when he was in high school. His first Broadway show was Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” on December 18th, 1970. He’s been passionate about live theater ever since, especially London theater, where he’s logged in 22 shows in 13 days, a record he’ll be happy to break, as soon as the […]

Dec
2008

Several openings in recent weeks and an opening to come provide some spectacular talents around Broadway and off-Broadway to provide treats for the holiday season and hopefully, well beyond. Needless to say, there’s plenty to choose from in the bounty the theatre has to offer right now. First up is my favorite of the bunch, […]

Nov
2008

My favorite things for the month of November aren’t on the Great White Way at all, but in some of the smaller theaters around Broadway. Oh sure, Broadway can offer “American Buffalo”, “Dividing The Estate”, “Billy Elliot”, “White Christmas”,and “A Man For All Seasons”, and I’ll get to some of these next month, but there […]

Oct
2008

There’s a lot of history behind “Enter Laughing” by Carl Reiner. It started life as a novel by the very funny Mr. Reiner, as a fictionalized account of his life as a performer in New York City in the 30’s. It was then adapted into a stage play that launched the career of the seriously […]

Sep
2008

Well, here it is the start of the Fall theater season, and what’s most noticable so far are the shows that had previously been announced for full productions, and are NOT coming in after all. Things like the Harry Connick, Jr. musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, a Whoopi Goldberg-produced revival of the […]

Aug
2008

Can you believe August is here already? Soon the kids will be off to school and the pumpkins will be in the window, and the Halloween parade will be down the street from Babbo, and the turkeys will be flying off the shelves(well, waddling actually) and…WAIT!!! Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, after […]

Jul
2008

I had the pleasure of attending The Tony Awards this year for the very first time. Right there at Radio City Music Hall, with Liza sitting over yonder talking to John Waters, and John Lithgow over there talking to Mandy Patinkin, who looked as though he were doing a remake of “Fiddler On The Roof”, […]

Jun
2008

Many years ago, eons really, there was this thing known as the “sex comedy”. They were all over Broadway and the West End; they usually involved one very handsome guy and about 6 very beautiful women, and sometimes the very handsome guy had a really stupid and naïve friend, and eventually, it was the kind […]

May
2008

Harvey Fierstein and John Bucchino’s “A Catered Affair” is not a huge screaming, brassy, rip-roaring Broadway musical. True, it has big Bway belter Faith Prince in the cast. Yes, that former “Dukes Of Hazzard” star Tom Wopat is up there on the stage as well. And so is larger than life Mr. Fierstein himself. And […]

Apr
2008

As the audience enters the Vivian Beaumont Theater, there’s a huge scrim above the stage with the first paragraph of James Michener’s “Tales Of The South Pacific” superimposed, just hovering in the semi-darkness. As semi-darkness progresses to almost-complete darkness, the orchestra begins to play the achingly familiar overture to this Pulitzer-prize winning 1949 musical, and […]

Mar
2008

There’s reason to rejoice these days both on Broadway and Off, with two wonderful musical productions and one fascinating new play to revel in. Richard Nelson’s new play, “Conversations In Tusculum” is based, in part, on the book written by the politician and author Cicero back in 45 B.C. No, that was not the Summer […]

Feb
2008

John started going to the theater when he was in high school. His first Broadway show was Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” on December 18th, 1970. He’s been passionate about live theater ever since, especially London theater, where he’s logged in 22 shows in 13 days, a record he’ll be happy to break, as soon as the […]

Jan
2008

John started going to the theater when he was in high school. His first Broadway show was Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” on December 18th, 1970. He’s been passionate about live theater ever since, especially London theater, where he’s logged in 22 shows in 13 days, a record he’ll be happy to break, as soon as the […]

Nov
2007

To say I’m relieved the strike by Broadway stagehands has been resolved would be a gross understatement. For almost three weeks, I watched a lot of people on both sides of the issue strut and preen and talk too much and do their very best to antagonize each other, and for the most part, none […]

Nov
2007

I must admit, unashamedly, my favorite play is “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand. Has been for as long as I can remember, even before I saw my first production. I fell in love with the play the first time I read it. I named my first pug Cyrano, even though the dog had no […]

Oct
2007

Exactly 30 years ago, yours truly was having one of the best times of his life. Along with a wonderful group of actors,directors, techies and jacks of all trades, I was part of a repertory theater company in the historic city of Paterson, NJ. Get the snickers out of the way now, because we had […]

Sep
2007

Ian McKellen was never a household name until “Lord Of The Rings”. That’s what he claims. The whole world knows him because of “X-Men” and that other trilogy. And, of course, The DaVinci Code”, which I still haven’t watched, even though I own the dvd. Well, ya see, it was a gift…anyway, let me tell […]

Aug
2007

So, what’s up for the hottest month? Not a hell of a lot.(Get it?) Never mind. So instead of roasting some turkeys( Hello, did someone mention “Old Aquaintance” at Roundabout?)…oops, I thought someone did. There’s not a lot to write about in August, except to look forward to the stuff to come this fall. We […]

Jul
2007

So, am I to respond to the ton of emails I’ve received about my wrong choices for the winners of the Tony awards? Alright, I have to confess, it’s not a ton. In fact, it’s not a lot. Ok, nobody wrote me, are you happy? BUT-I got a lot of these suckers right. Did I […]

Jun
2007

To celebrate June, there’s a little Off-Broadway, a little on Broadway, and a few predictions for the Tony awards. A.R. Gurney has never been one of my favorite playwrights, although his output has been immense,going back to The Dining Room in the 70’s. I just never…got him. He’s written primarily about privileged wasps from upstate […]

May
2007

Let us talk about the end of season. No, that’s not Shakespeare I’m quoting, but it’s a clever paraphrase to alert all of you to what’s going on as the official Broadway season comes to an end. As of this writing, there are a couple of things I still haven’t seen, but I can safely […]

Apr
2007

I am a city girl at heart. As much as I have tried to embrace my inner country-maiden, I know that my heartbeat moves to the rhythm of a bustling, noisy, crowded, and vibrant environment. This is why, despite the ever-climbing rents and jam-packed subways, I make New York City my home. A big reason […]

Feb
2007

This is the time of year when borderline, struggling shows tend to fold their tents and call it quits, but this winter there are notable pieces holding their own at the box office, and many of the things to see right now are Off-Broadway. There is, however, one notable exception. And that exception is Manhattan […]

Sep
2006

La Bella Figura – A Field Guide to the Italian Mind by Beppe Severgnini Chosen by: Gina DePalma “Ten days, thirty places. From north to south. From food to politics. From the sheepfold of morality to the televisual zoo. This ironic, methodical and sentimental examination will help readers understand why Italy-as Severgnini says’ “can have […]

Aug
2006

Just like our food, we at Babbo, take our dining room style pretty seriously. It’s no surprise then, that our floral arrangement is prominently displayed front and center in the main dining room. These weekly works of our floral art are created by Simone Shubuck – who, when not at Babbo, can be found drawing […]

Jul
2006

Just like our food, we at Babbo, take our dining room style pretty seriously. It’s no surprise then, that our floral arrangement is prominently displayed front and center in the main dining room. These weekly works of our floral art are created by Simone Shubuck – who, when not at Babbo, can be found drawing […]

Jun
2006

Just like our food, we at Babbo, take our dining room style pretty seriously. It’s no surprise then, that our floral arrangement is prominently displayed front and center in the main dining room. These weekly works of our floral art are created by Simone Shubuck – who, when not at Babbo, can be found drawing […]

May
2006

The warm weather is officially here! For a fun change of pace, why not make your lunch a portable one and pop a squat in one of the many outdoor spaces the city has to offer. From Washington Square Park to the Botanical Gardens in beautiful Prospect Park, Here are five reasons to take your […]

Jan
2006

After sleeping in and reading two-thirds of the Sunday Times, your stomach is growling for some hearty food, something heavy enough to satiate you until dinner and give you enough energy to do pretty much nothing for the rest of the day. Here are some great brunch spots that we love… Grey Dog’s Cafe 33 […]

Dec
2005

With Turino Olympics around the corner, we’re gearing up for winter games and hitting the slopes! Yes it’s possible to go on a skiing day trip. Although New York City seems hundreds of miles from open mountains and fresh air, there are actually many mountains less than a 3 hour drive from Manhattan. Thunder Ridge […]

Dec
2005

The hustle and bustle of the shopper-filled streets, the beauty of ice skating in Central Park on a sunny day, the elaborate decorations in store windows and, of course, the giant tree at Rockefeller Center are all a part of the holiday spirit. We’ve come up with our favorite things to do to boost our […]

Nov
2005

Summer is sadly coming to an end but that doesn’t mean that you still can’t get away for one more weekend. With the weather still nice and gas prices still under ten dollars a gallon, September is the perfect month for a getaway. We’ve come up with five great suggestions…all accessible by train or car […]

Nov
2005

Summertime is the best time to catch up on all the reading you intended to get to in the winter. This month Babbo staff is happy to share their books with you. Happy reading! THE HISTORY OF LOVE BY NICOLE KRAUSS This beautifully written novel is a paean to the strength of the human spirit, […]

Nov
2005

Who doesn’t love pie? Pie is great no matter what – but we love them most during the holidays – fresh, hot and filled with all of the delicious fillings that are so abundant in the fall like pumkin, apples, pears. Here’s our list of Pie shops in the city that allow you to enjoy […]

Oct
2005

Garage Restaurant and Cafe 99 7th Ave South New York, NY 10014 (212) 645-0600 Cross Street: Between Grove Street and Barrow Street Directions: 1, 9 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq. This place is wonderful, the food is always great, and when they have the live Jazz performers, it’s just amazing. They have great bartenders/ barmaids. The […]

Jul
2005

Summertime is the best time to catch up on all the reading you intended to get to in the winter. This month Babbo staff is happy to share their books with you. Happy reading! THE HISTORY OF LOVE BY NICOLE KRAUSS This beautifully written novel is a paean to the strength of the human spirit, […]

Jul
2005

Did you know that there are loads of activities to do in the summer that are FREE. Absolutely no charge! The trick is finding them and taking advantage. Good thing we did the work for you. So while the weather is nice and before too many folks find out – get out there and enjoy! […]

Jun
2005

Fresh Squeezed juices are making a comeback! This summer, there is simply no better way to cool off then by sipping your favorite fruits. These local juice bars know have the recipe you need to energize yourself in the hot summer sun! Jamba Juice The newest juicy addition to University Place just off Union Square! […]

May
2005

Question: What do you get when you put vivacious NYU students, artists of every kind, chess players, parents with their children, runners, tourists, a few outspoken religious activists and …well, a few homeless people. Answer: Washington Square Park. The park, which is practically Babbo’s backyard, has seen some change over the years. What used to […]

Apr
2005

Question: What do you get when you put vivacious NYU students, artists of every kind, chess players, parents with their children, runners, tourists, a few outspoken religious activists and …well, a few homeless people. Answer: Washington Square Park. The park, which is practically Babbo’s backyard, has seen some change over the years. What used to […]

Apr
2005

The hazy days of summer are upon us, and we can’t imagine a better way to cool down than with a popsicle in the park, or a sugar cone filled with your favorite refreshing sorbetto. At Babbo, Gina De Palma, pastry chef, mixes fresh flavors with cool textures to create her assorted Gelato and Sorbetto […]

Apr
2005

What can we say? Apparently, not enough, our staff loves Greenwich Village, and so we have stuck with it for the month of April, at least in regard to indoor activities. Café Asean 117 West 10th Street Tucked away near the Jefferson Market Garden this bohemian treasure welcomes you with its assortment of South-Asian fare […]

Apr
2005

We thought we would start this new segment of our site focusing on our own neighborhood-Greenwich Village. You know, give a little back to those that share in our wonderful community of patrons. Listed below are some of our favorites for lunch, dinner or a drink or two. Hope those of you, either visiting New […]

Apr
2005

What better way to enjoy Shakespeare in the Park, a Bryant Park movie, or that crazy American past-time, tailgating, than with wine and cheese? August, though often hot and steamy, is your last chance at summer bliss before work and school functions take priority. Who can escape the lure of a good Italian cheese, say […]

Apr
2005

It’s cold and the next holiday isn’t until February (and isn’t always considered a thrill). What’s a New Yorker to do? Luckily, the gods of arts and entertainment are smiling down on us this month and we at Babbo are planning on spending several hours ensconced in movie houses. Hot, buttery popcorn, comfy seats, beautiful […]

Apr
2005

With all the shopping to be done between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, it’s essential that every New Yorker have a favorite espresso bar where they can drop in, warm up, and forget holiday stress. The following are the Babbo staff’s favorite places to duck in for a cup when holiday shopping has them feeling overwhelmed. […]

Apr
2005

The days have finally arrived when we can almost take the sun for granted, and we find ourselves adrift in the languor of hot summer days. It’s time to feel content to relax and let the day unroll. We even find our food-focused selves wanting, “just something light,” when it comes to meals. When choosing […]

Apr
2005

With the holiday bustle in full gear, it’s the perfect time to peruse the bookshelves for a new cookbook. Even if you don’t like trying new recipes for holiday entertaining, we definitely recommend unwinding by reading one of these new books while your tried-and-true recipes simmer on the stovetop. You may get some new cooking […]

Apr
2005

While other cities may sleep, New Yorkers get their boundless energy with a little help (or a lot) from caffeine. With coffee houses and Starbucks on just about every corner, our city’s lively inhabitants are able to work all day and still party all night. Here are some of our favorites… Joe – “The Art […]

Apr
2005

It seems a bit obvious during February’s blitz of rosy blooms and lace-wrapped gifts, but the chocolates that the Babbo staff prefers are nothing if not original. Here are a few of our favorite pit stops for a moment of melt-in-your mouth indulgence. Chocolate Bar 48 Eighth Ave. (West Village) 212-366-1541 A relatively new addition […]

Apr
2005

Sweet, chewy, gooey, soft, melt in your mouth sugar morsels of delight are sure to grace your mouth and many others this month, on occasion of October including the devilish holiday, Halloween. And here, in the village, several boutique stores offer a selection treats that are sure to tempt your fancy. Lilac Chocolates 120 Christopher […]