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: 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
156 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (95)neighborhood gem (82)romantic (81)notable wine list (80)special occasion (61)good for groups (37)hot spot (27)great for lunch (24)late-night find (17)great for outdoor dining (13)vibrant bar scene (12)great for brunch (8)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.