Il Buco
Il Buco

Il Buco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilbuco.com/
  • Phone: 2125331932x
  • 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: Choose from 2 unique spaces: our chef's table accommodates 18, and the Wine Cellar 26. Or take over the entire restaurant for groups up to 70.

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
144 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)romantic (80)neighborhood gem (74)notable wine list (69)special occasion (58)good for groups (35)hot spot (24)great for lunch (16)great for outdoor dining (13)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (6)scenic view (4)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's the point
    Graciediner
    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
  • NICE PLACE
    NachoMadero
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A complete italian wine list, you can smell the Italian Tuscan region and finally an Excelent attention
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    IG2385VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The place was beautiful, atmosphere was great, the sommelier was very helpful, prices were reasonable and there is even parking on the street after 6pm which is always welcomed. However when it comes to the most important part, the meal, it was just OK. We shared 5 appetizers(Just OK), shared a rib eye for 2 with two of the homemade pasta courses for dinner(Just OK) and shared 3 desserts. The only course that I can say was actually bad was the dessert. Skip dessert and walk around the neighborhood to a bakery or ice cream shop. Overall nothing stood out to make us say, "Wow we gotta go back and eat that again." We were very excited as it has a 25 rating in ZAGAT but for us it was more like a 20. Needless to say we were disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too noisy to enjoy
    sjpnyc
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Loudest restaurant I've been too. The food is good but it's really too loud to hold a conversation. People sitting next to us we're screaming just to talk. Portions are too small.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Confusing service.
    outnout
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had our order taken by an unfriendly guy who was slow, forgetful & did not tell us the specials. After we had different waiters and busboys attend to us, the manager checked on us near the end of the meal, we gently let her know that our waiter wasn't doing a great job. She took our request seriously but it turned out one of the other waitstaff was our waiter who was just pushing his job on someone else. The manager and our waiter thought it was a hilarious mistake that we didn't understand who our waiter was. They missed the point: IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS WHO YOUR WAITER IS. The manager was also relieved that this was a misunderstanding versus her waiter not doing his job. BUT HE WASN'T DOING HIS JOB. Very uncomfortable to be laughed at.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kale Caesar
    Hannahbanana
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Best kale Caesar salad I've ever had. My husband doesn't like kale and couldn't stop eating mine. Melt in your mouth fresh pasta with Lobster mushrooms and fresh corn. Pannacota dessert took it to a whole new level. Kinda want to go back for more again tonight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CONSISTENT FAVORITE
    IZ817VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    beautiful decor - although seating can sometimes be awkward, beware of being seated right next to the doors leading downstairs. delicious food - the heirloom tomato salad is amazing, pastas are all good and the pannacotta with balsamic reduction is amazing if you're into that kind of dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good! But noisy..
    Nylover
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good for sharing nice time with friends! But everybody talks too loud.. So, get into it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pasta perfect
    ilanasVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    the salads were fresh and simple but sublime. The pasta was so flavourful is a simple, perfect way. We sat down in the wine cellar which was cool and quiet. t was great. Go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saturday night
    CherylSI
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our reservation was at 8:45 and we did not get seated until past 9:30. The server was apologetic and provided us with free prosecco and appetizers, but it seemed like the entire restaurant received the same treatment as if the restaurant knew there would be a wait. Servers were slow to take our order and take our plates between courses. Our group of 5 were the last to leave the restaurant at 12:30! Food was tasty, but service needs a boost.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I thought I was in italy
    Sylnyc
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The olive oil, exceptional. Everything a pure delight.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    djfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Simply the best. I came w a large party and we all ordered alittle bit of everything...From start to finish we were blown away w the wine selection, quality of food, and service. You just have to go and you will not regret one bit of it. You will never look at Italian food the same again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum
    peasantpalateVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    EVERYTHING was delicious. The service was excellent. We sampled a wide variety of foods - fish (crudo and ceviche), fowl (roast chicken with okra surprise!), meat (salami platter), vegetables (refreshing summer squash salad & aforementioned orka), and coffee (espresso) - and everything was delicious. We skipped dessert, but I'm sure that would have been amazing, too. It was a little too loud when we arrived at 6:30ish, but the noise level died down. The waiter was very knowledgeable about all the ingredients and preparation - and helped me pick a nice glass of wine. It's a VERY charming environment, and the food is fresh and creative/surprising without trying too hard. I look forward to returning. I'm very curious about their breakfast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice dinning experience casually
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Very good food, great ambiance and an extensive wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood find!
    NancyB
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great risotto, an incredible heirloom tomato salad, they make great use of seasonal goodies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cavieVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The service was pretentious bordering on rude. The appetizers and main course were unremarkable. The desserts were especially disappointing--the fruit crostata had a tough, flavorless pastry with almost no fruit to be found, and the ricotta fritters were horribly burnt and greasy--they never should have been allowed to leave the kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent!
    IZ817VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Gorgeous space and absolutely delicious food. the heirloom tomato salad and the tuna ceviche are both amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DocK
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This was our first time at Il Buco for lunch. Food was excellent and the atmosphere was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    StanandOllieVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    While it's a lovely space and the While it's a lovely space and the wait staff were pleasant, the food was unremarkable. We ordered 4 appetizers for 5 of us. The octopus and zucchini blossoms were delicious, but nothing else stood out and the portions were small. For main courses, 3 of us had different pasta dishes, 1 had the pork and 1 the salmon. The pork was the highlight. The pasta dishes were boring and again petite. We left wanting more both literally and figuratively.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really?
    goldie55
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I really enjoyed the dinner but was shocked to find that I was charged $2.00 for bread. The sever asked if we wanted bread but never mentioned that we would be charged for it. When we complained they said it was on the menu, but we did not see it. The menu has pages and pages written about the restaurant and food that I obviously missed the fine print. They did not take it off of the bill when we mentioned it to them.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • its so overrated
    coldshouldersVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    i've heard about this restaurant all over the fashion bloggers, saying that how Il buco is such a romantic & fantastic place to dine. but our experience told us otherwise. 1. we ordered a bottle of white wine and was not offered to be put into a ice bucket to keep it cold 2. we were basically left alone with not much service - not once pour the wine in our empty glasses (but we noticed he kept pouring the wine to this young couple next to us 3. this gentleman was very chatty and friendly to one particular party of 5 but not once ever try to make an effort with us. is it because we are asians? or is it because we shared 2 appetizers? his services was perfect to others but unfortunately we were left with cold shoulders.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • oaker5
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Always fantastic. Relaxed, professional vibe. Good beverage director, kitchen consistently great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic for a birthday dinner
    mikebravo
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I took my wife here for her birthday and it was absolutely lovely. The cocktail menu is short but well thought out and any cocktail lover would appreciate the menu. We arrived when they opened, at 5pm, which is perfect because the evening starts out charming and quiet and moves to a nice energy level by the time dinner arrives. Their wine menu is carefully curated and their sommelier suggested a fantastic bottle of wine for dinner. The food was utterly amazing, with expert preparation. You really can't go wrong here. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    veggie4lyfe
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Perfect for a date night! Delicious food. Vegetarian friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Experience
    CBNY
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We have been here several times for dinner, but this was truly an experience. We were asked if we wanted to be seated in the wine cellar and immediately we said yes. We had been shown this area on one of our previous visits, but it was not open for dinner that time. What a wonderful and unique experience! Our waiter was wonderful and took great care of us. The maître d' came to check on us several times, which we have never experienced anywhere. The food is always very good but this atmosphere is like being transported to the Italian countryside. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply lovely. Date spot for sure
    Chadbrolovely
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food, service, wine, ambiance was fantastic. My girlfriend and I love wining and dining so for our one year I wanted something very romantic and intimate. It was, as the title says, absolutely lovely. Our server tanner was lovely, the restaurant and music was lovely, the food and wine, simply perfect. We had a fantastic experience and meal and went for yet another lovely stroll through Washington square park which was a quick walk away. I've been recommending to everyone I see to bring their family or significant other for a lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Il Buco was recommended to me by a friend and did not disappoint. The ambience felt like we were part of a lively family dinner in Tuscany. The food was simple but fantastic - great pasta, homemade on premises with light sauces, and the wine list was lovely. Service was absolutely outstanding - the waiter and staff were extremely attentive and made the experience more enjoyable. Great spot if you are with a group or in our case, we were 2 and seated at a family style table but with a large flower arrangement in the middle to separate us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfecto!
    SueC
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had our wedding party dinner at Il Buco and it was an amazing experience. The staff is incredible and made our dinner such a beautiful occasion. Can't recommend it enough for a special night. Food was terrific!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Asparagus with egg had v little asparagus and not much taste Pasta over salted Sausage on dry side Server very nice good wine great vibe
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cyrene
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Won't be returning here. We had almost finished our appetizers before the sommelier arrived to help us with a wine choice. My husband's steak was medium rare when he requested medium well and cold on arrival. My pork entree was awful. Three quarters of the thick piece of meat was skin, fat and bone ($30). The small portion of meat on the piece was red although I had requested medium well done. The apricots in the dish were unripe and hard. I sent it back and sat and waited while my husband finished his already cold entree. At the prices charged food and service should be much better. Ruined my birthday dinner. Waiter did subtract my entree from the check.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxing Lunch
    Ralph
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Il Buco is always a good spot for a relaxing lunch. Food is consistently good as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Earthy Great Food
    bbcooks
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Love this place. If you like getting your hands on your food and sharing great flavors and superior preparations in a relaxed atmosphere this is a top choice for Italian
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Totally pleasant experience.
    dfny
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The main room was beautiful and comfortable. Although there were quite a few people the noise level was low. The menu was small and delicious. All dishes were interesting combinations of flavors yet simple.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.