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Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilbucovineria.com
  • Phone: (212) 837-2622
  • Hours of Operation: Summer Hours:
    Breakfast: Mon - Fri 7:00am - Noon
    Sat & Sun 9:00am - Noon
    Lunch: Mon - Fri 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Brunch: Sat & Sunday 11am - 3pm
    Alimentari Menu: Mon-Fri 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    Alimentari Menu: Sat & Sun 11:00am - 6:00pm
    Dinner: Mon - Thu 5:30pm - 11:30pm
    Fri & Sat 5:30pm - 12:30pm
    Sun 5:30pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Justin Smillie
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: For information please contact our Events Manager Allyson at allyson@ilbuco.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lafayette & Bowery
  • Public Transit: 6 Train to Bleecker Street or Astor Place
    F,B,D,M to Broadway/Lafayette
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking lots located on the corner of Great Jones and Lafayette, and at 25 Bond Street between Lafayette and Bowery.
A word from Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria is a market, salumeria, bakery and restaurant dedicated to quality products.
This "simple convivial spot that tastes just like Italy" feels like a "village inside-a-restaurant". While the Alimentari sells housemade salumi, freshly baked bread and an ample assortment of imported and domestic items, the open kitchen looks out onto a rustic dining room with communal tables and long marble wine bar. A seasonal menu by Chef Justin Smilie features salumi/cheese boards, small sharing plates, fresh pastas and roasted meats and fish from a rotisserie and wood burning oven. The upstairs private dining loft, adjacent to the roof garden and overlooking the main restaurant and market, is available for parties up to 50 people for cocktails and/or a seated dinner. Whole fish under sea salt and roasted short ribs or porchetta are house staples often served family style as are housemade gelato tastings.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Just a great place to dine. The service is excellent. The menu is very good as well. Our waiter noticed that one of our dishes wasn't fully cooked correctly and sent it back before it reached the table. He then complimented us desert even though we'd never seen the mishap. The small touches are much appreciated. There are always throngs of people waiting to dine and il buco utilizes every square inch of possible space - to that extent the restaurant is a victim of its own success."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Had a lovely Sat evening meal at Il Buco. Service was spot on, loved the concept, ambience and over all energy of the place. That said the sea urchin was only ok and a small portion. The short ribs were tasty-delicious-large portion but pricey. Nevertheless, it was packed and a lot of people (including ourselves) were having a good time."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This was not the first time I have been here but it was the first time I tried the gnocchi and it will definitely not be the last. It is definitely a noisy spot but the atmopshere was lively. Only downside is a lot of communal tables , even for reservations."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The place was noisy and cheerful, and the room is attractive with exposed beams & brick walls. We were at a long, narrow table that housed about 15 dining pairs. Elbow to elbow, but OK. There are individual tables too. We were at the very end beside the open kitchen - interesting, but meant we were right by the bussing station and got jostled a fair bit. Reviews raved about the short ribs ($59/2 people), so we ordered them. The flavour was beautiful - garnished with shaved celery, a vinaigrette (I think), walnuts and peccorino. Delicious. Only complaint is that they were a bit fatty. I know ribs can be fatty, but often the fat has been rendered during cooking Service intelligent and gracious but a teeny bit slow. Olive oils great!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The dishes were simple, fresh and perfectly prepared. My friend and I both tried cocktails that were new to the menu and they did not disappoint. Everyone was personable and attentive. The atmosphere was casual and cozy with some communal tables. This could work for a group or for a date. Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food is consistently wonderful and menu changes quite often due to seasonal approach. Porchetta is amazing. Try as many vegetables as possible --they are always delicious and uniquely prepared."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "excellent food. fairly simple, very well executed using top ingredients perfect service for the casualness of the room paired with the commitment to food my current favorite everyday restaurant downtown"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food is very good, very fresh ingredients prepared in an interesting way. The olive oil was so good that we bought it at the front of the restaurant (which is a mini market) after dinner. The decor was casual but nice, with wooden tables that you semi-share with other diners. It was not inexpensive, however, and it was not quiet (in fact, a bit difficult to hear our fellow diners)."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Never disappoints! Always a good meal with great service. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Super food, great hospitality and overall a wonderful vibe. We had the greenmarket prix fixe menu (two courses), then grabbed a gelato to go from the gelateria up front. The salted caramel was to die for. They sell bread and all sorts of condiments from Italy in the retail part up front."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The only problem with this restaurant is the design and seating. It is loud.... horribly loud. The food and service are just wonderful, just a delight. I would love to eat there again except that it is uncomfortable for the butt and the ears. Maybe if I were 20 years younger I wouldn't mind having to yell to be heard or having to talk into the ear of my dining companions."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We could almost call ourselves "regulars" at this restaurant. It is definitely one of our favorites! The food is consistently very good and the list of ingredients is top quality. My wife is very sensitive to food additives and she never has problems eating here. And, typically, it is also a great place for people-watching..."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • " We wanted outdoor seating but were told no. The hot weather had moved people indoors, so we were offered a table outside first, (no way); then bar or communal seating inside. What happened to the "table" inside I reserved?. The noise level inside was assaultive, college pub-like. The portions were strange: a tiny condiment bowl filled with five wee artichokes for $14; a chicken entree that was piled high with an inedible tangle of scallions under which was enough chicken for 3 people. At the table next to ours, entrees came on almost empty dinner plates, with miniscule daubs of food, like a parody of "nouvelle cuisine." With such high prices (this restaurant charges $6 for bread), one would expect a better dining experience."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Read a review in the Toronto Globe and Mail about this restaurant and was impressed with their menu...as a non meat eater they accomodated me very well with an amazing tuna and pasta dish to die for...only wish the had the razor oysters on the half shell available!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We were seated more than 20 minutes after our reservation, then seated at a less-than-stellar-table and then ignored for some time before a snotty waiter screamed "STILL OR SPARKLING?" at us with nary a greeting. After he didn't come back for another ten minutes, we left. What a disappointment after making a reservation a month in advance!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Came here for dinner with my girlfriend, and it was perfect for a romantic night. Great food, great wine, and not too pricey for the quality!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Service here is the best. The food is impressive and you feel great after having eaten here."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I love this place. The atmosphere is festive and the food is fantastic! It's great to share plates with the table!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Very good Italian restaurant, but not exceptional in any way, bare bones décor, relatively expensive, and very very loud. If you are looking for great salumi, then skip the salumi here which is just middling, although not too expensive. Great salumi is always very expensive. Signature caccio and pepe pasta was way too peppery, this is not da Felice in Rome. Main dishes of chicken and porchetta were interesting and well prepared. Ice cream and sorbetto deserts were also quite good, better than the alternatives. Do not even think about the NY Times 3 star rating, this restaurant is not in that ball park."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Went all the way downtown for breakfast. Extremely slow service, average breakfast, bad coffee. Great bread though. Could have done better in my local Pain Quotidien. Disappointed and wondering what the buzz is about"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Consistently brilliant in every way- Food,Service, Atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Il Buco's decor goes out of it's way to appear casual and rustic but there is a great deal of attention to details behind the scenes. We sampled a selection of house cured salumi, grilled octopus, gnocchi, rabbit, and the crispy polenta. Every dish was terrific. The octopus had a lovely smokey flavor. The gnocchi was light and paired with asparagus, and the rabbit was crispy and tender. And the polenta went with everything! The wait staff was friendly and unobtrusive. We will definitely visit Il Buco the next time we're in New York."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "A friend had recommended this spot for dinner. It's small but very busy and happening. I had a delicious branzino that they were kind enough to fillet for me.The food was very good but the menu is small. The noise level was very high and they were almost too quick to wisk away the food in front if you. We enjoyed it but probably would not return."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Il Buco must have a terrific PR team. Every magazine article raves about the food at this Italian "darling". I eagerly anticipated my return to the city in order to experience the food for myself. I made the reservation 6 weeks in advance and invited family to join me (party of 7). But my gourmet bubble was burst! The food was majorly disappointing. I ordered the classic Roman dish, Caccio e Peppe. It chould have been called undercooked Spaghetti with Pepper. The gnocchi was a strange concoction with kale pesto. The portions were preciously small. The service was instrusive; the server was not knowledgeable. Seated on the non-descript second floor didn't help. Overall, this was a terrible dining experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This place made me deliriously happy. My husband and I were only in NYC for approx. 24 hours and had sought a lunch recommendation from a foodie friend. Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria was perfect: gorgeous (and comfortable) rustic interior, welcoming staff, luscious fare. Had to restrain ourselves from ordering most of the menu! Enjoyed the porchetta panini (so much more than what that name typically implies), gnocchi with kale pesto and asparagus, grilled sausage on the side, and a heavenly basket of bread/olive oil. Our waitress was a bit cold--unusual for the place as a whole--but she was efficient and let us linger. No room for dessert but did leave with a killer apricot crostata from the adjoining 'market' for a later snack."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I went for lunch with a friend and her son who I hadn't seen in years (and live far from NYC), and I couldn't have picked a more perfect spot. The menu was exciting and the ingredients super fresh. While I'm not a fan of communal seating, I didn't mind it very much here but that could be because it was lunchtime and not very crowded. Small issue with one of the desserts we ordered but not enough of reason to not go back. Eating at this place again is at the top of my list. As for my guests, they were very impressed and will make sure to go back the next time they're in NYC. With or without me."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Excellant food. Good service. We could not wait to leave as my wife and I could not talk to each other. We shouted for a few minutes and then just shoveled down the (very authentic) food and got the check. No dessert. No coffee. Relative silence on the streets of NYC ..."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "As part of the new chi-chi precious farm-to-table movement you get much smaller portions at fairly inflated prices. $15 for 3 razor clams or $21 for a quail is high. Small pasta portions at $20+ also. Lastly, yet another whole-roasted branzino - not very creative. Gelati were excellent."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I've eaten here for lunch and a private event and enjoyed the food, so I chose Il Buco for a late night anniversary dinner. I hadn't realized how noisy it is there, even when half empty -- wretched acoustics that make it a very UNromantic spot. Service wasn't rude, just indifferent; the old "you're lucky to dine here" attitude. Food was especially disappointing. The artichoke appetizer and gnocchi were tasty and well prepared, but the fava beans in the ricotta salad were bitter and raw (which I'm fine with if they taste good), the spaghetti bottarga had little seasoning other than the grated fish eggs (i.e. salty), and the Porchetta tasted OK but was 50% fat so there wasn't much to eat for $34. I may return for a casual lunch."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was my second visit in recent mths to this restaurant just so i could try this amazing dish! It is my favorite restaurant item in NYC. We are from out of town but visit NYC frequently. Consider ourselves foodies and have visited many of the top ranked Zagat restaurants, usually French or Italian. I do not even typically order short ribs or cook them at home. There is no way to describe how good it is. Just go give it a try! (Shared dish- you need at least 2 people to finish it.)"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "A friend in the know in NYC suggested this restaurant - it was amazing, the atmosphere, the service and particularly, the food & wine - all great ! Just go, relax into the scene and enjoy !"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The unisex bathroom's toilet lid refused to stay up—a very frustrating situation for males trying not to pee all over the lid. The service was very slow, although the waitress rushed us all through the meal & never was gracious or thanked us when bill came. We had 3 courses, drinks & a bottle of wine. Please!! Because of the outstanding food, we will return."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Excellent food and wine. The noise level was higher than I like and it was difficult to converse. At times service was slow, but when it cam was quite friendly."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We had a bizarre experience here using a $100 OpenTable gift voucher a friend gave to us. As instructed, we gave it to the waiter as soon as we sat down. When the check came at the end of the meal, our credit card had been charged for the full amount, and they had for some reason thrown away the voucher! They ultimately resolved the situation for us, but it took close to 20 minutes. The restaurant also has a strange seating policy where even if you have a reservation they will absolutely refuse to seat you until your "whole party" arrives (even if it's only two people!) Bottom line: food was very very good, but definitely pay attention when your check comes if using a voucher."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We needed to find a restaurant by the Orpheum Theatre...looked online and found this had some nice write-ups. We were not disappointed. Food and service were excellent. Very pretty inside - sat upstairs."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "If u like crowded loud communal dining with high prices for what you get then go here"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Great food and service but fairly pricey. Some of the portions could have been a bit larger. Overall very good. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We were treated exceptionally well! The food was incredible and the service was very good. The short rib and the bucatini were delicious. Thank you for a perfect birthday experience! "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Went on Memorial Day. Can't wait to go back. From the salumi platter for due to the fried rabbit to the potatoes to perhaps the best fried artichokes we have had in New York what more can one say. Oh yes, the salted caramel gelato and the lemon meyer and dark chocolate sorbets for dessert were just sublime. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "The good is very always devine and the service attentive. Their version of french onion soup will make you forget all others."
    Dined on 5/24/2014