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