Il Buco

4.3
1326 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean

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About

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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Italian, European
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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
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Phone number
(212) 533-1932
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Roger Martinez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bowery and Lafayette
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Parking details
Parking lot around the corner on Lafayette and Great Jones
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Public transit
Take the F V B or D Trains to the Broadway & Lafayette stop, or 6 Train to Bleecker.
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Special events & promotions
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,
Lee Anne Grove
Leeanne@ilbuco.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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NI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

This was my second time dining there - both times I thought the food was way over-rated and extremely over-priced for what you are getting.

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CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I was quite underwhelmed with the food, especially for the high prices. We were also let down because we informed the hostess earlier that we were celebrating our anniversary, and they didn't do anything special for us. Would not go back here.

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a
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've enjoyed dining at il Buco every time I go there for the last 20 years..
Only downside is not always easy to get reservation... sigh
They have excellent wine list ; but being picky on wine, I hate to spend more than half of the bill on wine ; thus their accommodation of corkage fee of $35 is quite reasonable..
Bravo !

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OT
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and a great time! Food was impeccable and service was sublime! Very ahead of the curve with pre meal contact and wonderfully friendly faces when you arrive.

Sommelier had complete command of the wine list and our service person Johnny took complete control and provided a happy and winning experience!

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M
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered small plates throughout the evening -- one or two at a time -- and everything was exquisite. The staff was attentive and did not rush us through our meal. It was one of the best meals I've had in New York.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The table was very uncomfortable. It was too low and I couldn't get my legs under it. The noise level was very high. We had to shout. It's too bad, even though the meal was outstanding , I'm not sure we'd return.I prefer the Alimentari restaurant over Il Buco.

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I had made the reservation 2 weeks in advance, and we were looking forward to visit Il Buco. BUT - since the restaurant does not use Open Table anymore, they had not received our reservation and we had no table irrespective of the fact that the booking was made through Il Buco's homepage and that we had recieved confirmation on our booking from Open Table two days in advance.

We therefore had our dinner in the bar - without any compensation (a drink, an apology, etc.) - nothing. Very bad service (or no service at all...)

The food was lovely and the waiter in the bar was very service-minded.

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VD
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were initially taken to a horrible table in the back room but our request to be moved was granted and we were soon in the very cozy and rustic main dining room. Service thereafter was friendly and attentive. We started with olives (good) and found a fairly priced Umbrian red from il Buco's extensive list of Italian wines. We shared a rigatoni with meat sauce to begin (superb), and then had the cavoletti salad (excellent) and the pork main dish (quite good). Il Buco has wonderful bread, served with excellent olive oil. At $120 pp il Buco is not an everyday dining destination but is worth repeated visits. This was our third time and we expect to return.

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H
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and service.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal. Loved the wine list and service. Atmosphere is a break away from the reality outside of the front doors. All in all...

Dope-io. ;-)

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s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Hip and cool farmhouse setting for great modern Italian food. Pricey and noisy but service is great and the vibe is happening.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Il Buco. There is so much integrity and high quality of care in the food and service. It is absolutely one of the best Italian restaurants in NYC.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 20th Anniversary, and I can't think of a better restaurant for an occasion like that: great food, excellent service and wonderful ambiance. Only downside was the noise level, which for our tender 'senior' ears was a bit too much. But everything else made up for it!

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MB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very charming high-end Italian in a comfortably rustic setting on a cobble-stoned Manhattan block. Impeccable service and hospitality.

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R
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Buco never fails. Hip and fun atmosphere, great food!

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DR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

We have enjoyed il buco for more than a decade but our experience on Saturday was disappointing. Food was excellent. However, there was a wait for the table and when seats were available at the bar we were asked to get up because they were reserved for people eating. Our table was in a cramped area in the bar and noise level was unbearable.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a nice moment for us visit Il Buco. Sure we come back again.
Best!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

I do not like to split a large table for 2 different parties... too cramped.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Nice venue but very pricey for the quality of food offered. It supposed to be a Mediterranean restaurant but most ingredients come from the US. Do not go there if you want to eat pure Mediterranean food.

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m
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit and we could not have asked for better

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food, great service and very nice vibe. We got a table outside and it was just perfect. I love this place and it continues to be a favorite of mine.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

This "upscale" version of their lower key Sister restaurant which is delightful is not worth the extra $. Terribly slow service between first and main course then when the main came the lamb was ok but the steak was an unacceptable and inedible cut of meat. To be fair the manager asked if we wanted something else but it was too late and too long to prep so we declined and also declined the comp dessert offer as well. Just wanted to leave.

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LS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant. Food was impeccably and creatively prepared and the service was excellent...better than most. We will definitely return!

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W
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Frankly disappointed. Had eaten there before and enjoyed it. Went for an early lunch. We all had either pasta or risotto, and it was agreed that it was good. But there were no vegetables to be found, no small salad, nothing crunchy. It was kind of like eating oatmeal in the morning and heading off to work. Not a real meal.

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JV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was just average, although the bread and olives were very good. I had a salad which was tiny and just okay.
I would go there for a drink to sit on the patio, which I had done prior to this visit.

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C
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, interesting wine list and attentive and friendly service. The main room can get a little loud so for a quiet tete a tete would suggest the wine cellar.

I love this place!

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W
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think this restaurant is amazing, truly delicious food, knowledgeable staff, great atmosphere
And can't wait to return.

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w
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed the restaurant. The only complaint that we had was it was too dark inside. Many people were using their cellphones or the candles on the table to see their menu, including us.

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Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

40th birthday trip to New York. Drew wine recommendation was great and she was really charming. Have the Pomodoro soup and lamb!

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EE
London
24 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Second time here. Love it. Cosy, authentic, relaxed and romantic ambience. Needs a bar/waiting area though. We were a little early for our table and were ‘directed’ to the bar for a drink. Which is fine apart from the fact that there are diners at the bar so we have to lean over them to order drinks which was way too awkward – especially if there are more than 2 of you.

The menu is all seasonal so everything we enjoyed was fresh and delicious. The bread basket was nice with the delicious nutty olive oil. We didn’t order it but when we saw the neighbours dish delivered we ordered Kale Caesar salad which was really really good. All our courses were fresh and delicious and the wine list is a treat for any buffs – a varied price range too. The tables are mostly large and shared but they have a neat way of splitting larger tables with plants which works really well.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great service excellent environment.
Good match food and wine

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SL
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed with the food choices and prep and presentation.The staff was easily confused and did keep track of orders and arrival of food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The starter was good with different kinds of charcuteri.
The risotto tasted like rice porridge and was not good at all. It is an easy dish to do, so I dont understand how it could turn out like this. Also I did not find the Zucchini Flowers that was in the description of the dish.
During dinner suddenly I got bitten like ten times on each leg - it did not seem like mosquitoes so maybe it was fleas. We were sitting outside and the neighbours at the table had brought their dog...
The place is too pricy for what it is.
The service was excellent!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Il Buco. The food was sensational and the flavours extremely well considered. Very good sized portions too and great for sharing (so we could try more!). Service was impeccable, the staff were friendly and very knowledgable in wine recommendations and matching with food. We had the ceviche, prawns, octopus and risotto. All simply delicious. The highlight was the fruit tart and wine match though! 100% would recommend and go again.

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LP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. We had gluten, vegan and regular diet diners and we all loved it. Definitely would recommend

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LW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The service was great. The food was exceptional. The noise level last Thursday was abusive. Management should consider asking obnoxious parties to be more considerate of others. Everyone at the communal table was suffering. We were pushed out before dessert. It's a shame.

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MN
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was always one of our favorite restaurants when we were dating. The atmosphere lends itself to intimacy even though around you in the shadow filled room the service impeccably dances around to deliver a memorable evening.
So, when we got married, the obvious choice for our wedding dinner was Il Buco. It didn't disappoint and never dies. The food is reliably fantastic.
And we are always so grateful that even though our anniversary overlaps with fashion week they manage to fit us in.
This year was like no exception...I love them.

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S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful unique NY experience with fine food and sophisticated diners. Service was elegant in a antique store setting. Highly recommended.

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DA
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My son and I ate early before heading off to the theater, and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We shared the dishes and had the olive starter, two wonderful salads, (fava bean salad and tomato/panzanella salad)"deconstructed" lasagna, and a snapper dish.

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