Il Buco
Il Buco

Il Buco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilbuco.com/
  • Phone: (212) 533-1932
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Small plates available 4:00pm-6:00pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:30am
    Sunday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Joel Hough
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: We offer 2 unique private dining spaces. Our charming Chef's Table accommodates 18 guests for a seated dinner service. While our rustic Wine Cellar can accommodate up to 28 guests for a private event. We also offer full restaurant buyouts for up to 75 guests.

    For more information please contact our Director of Events, Allyson Emhoff, via email allyson@ilbuco.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bowery and Lafayette
  • Public Transit: Take the F V B or D Trains to the Broadway & Lafayette stop, or 6 Train to Bleecker.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking lot around the corner on Lafayette and Great Jones
A word from Il Buco
Warm rustic atmosphere, with an antiques filled decor, featuring a chef's table, a beautiful wine cellar, and main dining room. Beloved by foodies for its inventive use of the best ingredients available, il Buco is one of New York’s hidden treasures.
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Il Buco reviews from OpenTable diners
145 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (98)neighborhood gem (83)notable wine list (81)romantic (76)special occasion (56)good for groups (32)hot spot (27)great for lunch (25)late-night find (14)vibrant bar scene (11)great for outdoor dining (8)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Go elsewhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I don't see what everyone is talking about. From the bread basket to the pastas and to the service, my husband and I were extremely let down. Other italian restaurants are much better (dell 'anima, l'apicio, even gigino's). The bread was cold and rubbery. The pastas seemed just plain and tasteless. Took forever for us to get attention from our waiter after our orders were taken and there were huge time lapses between courses. To be fair, I had the quail appetizer which was tasty. Everything else I will pass and go elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dinner for two in the wine cellar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Best meal of the year! Romantic dining in their wine cellar is much calmer than main dining room. Great attention to detail is obvious from bread through dessert. Service is attentive, friendly and knowledgable but not intrusive. The wine suggested was a different and enjoyable choice. I will definitely come back and recommend to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always love il buco
    abanyc
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    great food, great wine... only lately soooo many people.... but still it's il buco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as advertised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Friends and family have been raving about Il Buco for many years, so I was delighted to have a chance to have lunch there last week. The lovely setting, attentive service, and good company made for an enjoyable expereince, but I have to say: (1) the otherwise good kale salad was overdressed; (2) the paparadelle was not as good as what we make at home and was oversalted, and the rest of the dish was short on flavor; (3) the porchetta sandwich was not as good as that from the Durham, NC food truck of the same name; and (4) the wine by the glass list was disappointing. Given its reputation and ambiance, I'll give it another chance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Ambience, Weird Res Time = Weird Service
    molly
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Everything was fantastic --- the food, the staff was friendly, it was quiet and beautiful. The only downer was our reservation was at 3:45 - (a weird time to begin with I know) and the restaurant called us a couple hours beforehand and asked us to move our reservation time 15 minutes earlier or we wouldn't be able to order before the kitchen closes. That was a tight squeeze, and while we were still eating the restaurant essentially shut down --- the food deliveries came in, the staff sat down to eat --- this was all fine, except that our waitress cut out too, and then there was absolutely no one paying an ounce of attention to us. The entire staff was sitting at the next table, and I tried to get their attention for about 10 or 15 minutes to ask for our coats (which I think they forgot about). Finally the sommelier walked by and I flagged him, but instead of getting our coats he handed off the ticket to a different employee, who continued chatting for a bit before getting our coat. So ---- in conclusion --- the food is great, the ambience is probably wonderful too at prime eating hours, but if you come at an off-time they treat you like yesterday's toast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Albert
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Very fresh and creative. Hard to get a reservation though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    As promised, a rustic Italian serving locally sourced, delicious food with just a tiny pinch of fine dining thrown in. Fresh basket of bread, olive oil and sea salt went down well with a bottle of (reasonably priced) Italian red. 2 appetizers (next time will definitely try more) Kale salad and fresh creamy, sweet ricotta. Still dreaming of the pork with light, crisp melt-in-the-mouth crackling. Tuna steak (always a risky one) was moist, juicy and cooked to perfection. Ambience is romantic and cozy. Whilst tables are suited for family/shared dining they do an excellent job of splitting the tables with big rustic plant pots so if you are a couple, you don’t feel as if you are dining with your neighbor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Enjoyed our lunch here. We had one issue with the kitchen that delayed our order, however the staff was very accomadating in rectifying the situation. It is a very small place so plan ahead if you want a table, otherwise you may be put at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic find
    Philly
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Had a great lunch. Excellent cocktails and amazing good. Old school ambiance was wonderful as well. Excellent choice considering the number of options in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Sasha24
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I went here for my birthday. Food was mmmm-azing. Pasta was perfectly al dente. Had duck breast dish, which was like Mecca for the mouth. The staff was very friendly. I definitely would come again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    To the especially attentive and professional sommelier.... Everything was wonderful, as always.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely fantastic !!!
    Luv2share
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Absolutely fantastic !!! Ive had the pleasure of dining at many well seasoned and notable spots in our great city; By far and without hesitation, Il Buco is at the top of my list and will most likely remain there for years to come. The ambiance, service, food and general spirit of the place is one of a kind. The chief, manager and staff obviously work very well together and know how to bring their passion for food and service to the customer. To find a place that truly has a passion for what they do is tough to find....look no further, Il Buco is it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So cosy, a real gem
    Heather
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Il Buco was a fabulous experience from the very friendly greeting and seating through help choosing food and wine to eating a delicious meal. The porchetta was to die for, so tender and melting in a way I've never tasted pork. And with my starter of cavolonero it was healthy too! When not eating we loved looking at all the vintage arrangements around the restaurant. Wish we lived nearer, it would be our regular haunt but do hope to return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    It was our 2nd visit and we had a delicious meal with friendly and attentive service . My 13yr old daughter's food requirements were not in the least a problem . The wine list is a must for any Bon Viveur ! Next time we visit from Ireland , Il Buco will be high on our list .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • small plates
    upperwestsider
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Had small plates meal a few nights ago- great service and unbelievably mouth-watering calamari with white beans and a kale salad- wish I could go back again tonight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    sonhomeu01VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Il Buco is excellent! The maccheroni I had with homemade sausage and cubanelle peppers was superb. My fiancée had swordfish cooked to perfection, while our friend had steak and it was also excellent. We loved the bread and olive oil, our kale salad, brussel sprouts, and meat plate. Our server was great and helpful. My friend had a craft beer from Italy that came in a very cool bottle, and he raved about the beer. Wine selection was awesome. The only thing we weren't too wild about was the dessert. The flourless chocolate cake was dry, the fried ricotta balls were dry and needed a lot more huckleberry sauce. The flourless chocolate cake could have also used the huckleberry sauce. The apple tart was really the only dessert worth eating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be great
    Netiu
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It used to be a great place in Noho. Recommended to me by Pascualino di Ponte. Now not so much. Not bad, just average
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Best dinner I've had in NYC so far, both for the food and the setting. Sit downstairs in the wine cellar for a quieter but very fun and interesting background. You feel like you're having an intimate dinner in your wine-making friend's basement.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Buco has it right!
    LizaVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Il Buco has it right; it’s slinky & seductive while still maintaining a charming accessibility and air. The food is extremely fresh & executed w/ skill & perfection. In short, Il Buco is perfect for a date night, ladies night out, after-work drink or family gathering. The dimly lit main dining room has pottery-laden shelves, scattered w/ wine bottles, & copper pots hanging from hooks or stuffed in the corners. The eclectic wall art & light fixtures transform the rather cramped room w/ low ceilings into a fab authentic Italian ‘straunt. The wine cellar is more relaxed & private, & reminiscent of a room that you would expect to find in the basement of an old Italian estate. Read my full review: http://wp.me/p4iPrh-aL Ideal meal: Cannolicchi
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Carpaccio was outstanding....Sommelier was spot on...Entrees very sparce (pasta has such a low food cost too) Four bites and done. Limited menu selections. We tried because of Trip Advisor ratings and were a bit disappointed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • flacco1
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Nice decor. Food was okay but not outstanding. Great wine list. Didn't enjoy the fact that I was at a communal table when I was a party of two. Takes away from the romantic experience. Perhaps sitting at the communal table was the reason for the disappointing service. Seemed like the larger groups around us got a lot more attention from the waiter then did my reservation. Had to remind the waiter that I ordered coffees after finished our desserts. Oh I forgot to ring that in he said.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful food. Loud room
    Jgalla
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Everything about our visit to Il Buco was wonderful, with the single exception of the noise level in the room. Lovely food, beautifully prepared, attentive service, excellent wine list. But noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late Night Delight
    Jerseygourmet
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Our post theater experience at Il Buco was outstanding. Among our many selections, the risotto, grilled octopus, kale salad and bread were to die for. Excellent wine choice, compliments of the sommelier. Couldn't have had a nicer evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had been recommended this restaurant by friends in Sweden and we were not disappointed. The food was realy good and tasty and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great NYC dining experience
    nyc2dine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife and I spent a day in NYC celebrating our anniversary, capping it off with dinner at IL Buco. Drinks, food, atmosphere were fantastic and our waiter made us feel like regulars. The service was patient and attentive without making you feel rushed. We will definitely visit IL Buco again and would recommend it to anyone seeking a restaurant that's off the beaten path.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just a gem a 'gem'
    CABARET
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Truly fabulous! What can be said? Go eat and see for yourself.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Exquisite food in flavor and presentation (some portions very small), beautiful, romantic space (downstairs in high-ceilinged, lowlit wine cellar), impeccable service. Pure delight for all of the senses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Très bonne table !!
    Aurelie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Excellent cooking Very fresh products for dishes rich in flavor, sublime wines perfect service !!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hungrygrlVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Il Buco never disappoints, food and service always consistent, the food is so thoughtfully & carefully prepared, never gimmicky. I shall keep returning and hope to always be able to secure a table....thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were there for the pris fixe meal and it was amazing. The fluke with cherry tomatoes may have been the best tasting course. I was not so impressed with the broth course. The pasta and sword fish were superb. I will come again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great spot to relax and enjoy people watching on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • redsquare32
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Il Buco was a charming, romantic spot tucked away on Bond Street. The food was delicious and the staff gracious. We had a very leisurely lunch and I would definitely come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Sambucca
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    First time we went to Il Buco. Loved it! The steak and veal were awesome. Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I haven't been to Il Buco for many years. An old friend introduced me to the restaurant over a decade ago when we were students at NYU, and I immediately regretted being away from this amazing restaurant for so many years. The ambience is perfect. The food is beyond perfection. My girlfriend and I ordered several courses and our server coursed it perfectly. There was not a single poor dish, from the olive oil, olives, the lamb crudo, pappardelle pasta and the perfect finish to our meal, their special rib eye for two. Actually I stand corrected, the perfect finish was the panna cotta. Il Buco is single handedly the best Italian restaurant and one of the best restaurants in NY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's the point
    GraciedinerVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Of making a reservation when you still have to wait 45 minutes to be seated? Then when we finally were, or party of 4 was put at a big round table that really would have been more suited for 6 people. Add the high noise level to the big table and it meant you could really only talk to one person at a time. There are so many restaurants doing this type of food and doing it well. The food was fine but these logistical issues are enough to warrant going somewhere else when conversation and convenience matter.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • good but not amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Overall the food was very good, but not all of it was as fresh as I would have expected. We had the zucchini flowers, which were fine. Pasta was nice. The pork entree and skate wing were both very good. Dessert: The sorbet was good but the peach galette (tart special of the day) lacked in so many ways. There was a strong hint of "I've been sitting in a refrigerator with savory things for too long" flavor, and the peaches were probably mushy before making the galette. The setting is lovely, which is one reason I've wanted to go there for so long. We were seated in the back nook next to the kitchen and waiters' station. And they dropped at least 5 things over the course of our meal, but the noise level in the front space seemed even worse
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing place!
    Emi2013VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Dinner was great, very good service loved the place. Relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustic Charm in Vill
    Bunnyweisser
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    If you haven't ventured to Bond Street to try this place out, you are missing out. The food is great seasonal fare and the ambiance is quite lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the wine
    Fundinner
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The sommalier helped select a moderately priced wine that was enjoye by everyone at the table. We all passed our plates so everyone got a taste of what was ordered. Wonderful service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seating in Wine Cellar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food in this restaurant is great but it can be a little crowded upstairs. The best place to be seated is downstairs in the wine cellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet