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Il Buco

1324 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Fit for Foodies (2479)
  • Neighborhood Gem (2025)
  • Romantic (1981)

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mediterranean, Italian, European
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Small plates available 4:00pm-6:00pm

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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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, Laura Atchabahian, via email to
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

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.

vipCarlieD (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 1, 2016

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.

vipanonymous (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

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 !

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

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!

Mary (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 17, 2016

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.

StineHR (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on November 15, 2016

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.

vipVillageDiner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2016

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.

vipHector (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

Great food and service.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

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. ;-)

suledo (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 4, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2016

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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 2, 2016

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

vipRobert (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2016

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