Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

4.6
2266 reviews
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Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria is a market, salumeria, bakery and restaurant dedicated to quality products. This "simple convivial spot that tastes just like Italy" feels like a "village inside-a-restaurant". While the Alimentari sells house made salumi, freshly baked bread and an ample assortment of imported and domestic items, the open kitchen looks out onto a rustic dining room with communal tables and long marble wine bar. A seasonal menu by Executive Chef Preston Madson features salumi/cheese boards, small sharing plates, fresh pasta, roasted meats and fish from a rotisserie and wood burning oven. The upstairs private dining loft, adjacent to the roof garden and overlooking the main restaurant and market, is available for parties up to 50 people for cocktails and/or a seated dinner. Whole fish under sea salt and roasted short ribs or porchetta are house staples often served family style as are house made gelato tastings.
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Join us to celebrate Easter! We will be open for breakfast, brunch, and dinner with holiday specials. Reserve your table now.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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EC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely evening with a friend. Mention of honor to Benedetto which made sure we were taken care of properly!

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A
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lovely atmosphere. Would come back and would recommend!

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K
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service here is incredible. They really make you feel like you are the most important person in the restaurant. The food is also great. It is pricey but probably not NYC pricey. It is probably normal for NYC.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Artichoke appetizers were superb as was the gem salad and branzino and cacio e pepe. Rhubarb torte and milk chocolate budino were a great finish. Servers were very attentive. The restaurant was empty as it was an early seating and we were seated right next to another couple and tables are close so we made new friends.

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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

I love the atmosphere and the service was great but unfortunately our overpriced pasta was completely undercooked. Not al debate, not with a bite to it, under cooked. Very disappointing!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I am disappointed. Came here once 3 years ago and had a lovely meal. This one... my risotto was bland and had little flavor. We were seated by a storage door that staff continually opened through the meal which shot blasts of cold air at us. We wanted another glass of wine and server was nowhere to be found for a good 10+ minutes. At the end, the server took our plates away while they were still 1/3 full.. did not ask if we were finished.

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A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its always perfect. What else can i say. And so are the servers and bar tenders.

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around. And not salty like last time. Love this place. Superb service

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food wasn't amazing, not bad either. To be fair, the waitress made several suggestions but we went in another direction.

Service was excellent.

Nice ambiance.

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OT
New York Area
200 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

the dining areas are bustling busy with happy diners, and servers running to & fro. Dishes are tasty - taking you to Italy without the airfare

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D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, especially the beef short rib, very nice service and lots of atmosphere

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GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always delicious and the service wonderful. It was a bit noisy for lunch time, but perhaps an indicator of the popularity of the spot.

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TT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and very helpful staff. Wine selections were spot on.

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server actually took the time to explain the wine I ordered! Great food too! Doesn't need to try too hard to be different, just good food!

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SH
Jacksonville
128 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

First time at the restaurant, which is pleasant enough. Friendly service but a very limited menu with entrees.

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DD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, keeps me going back again and again!

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NF
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alimentari is a wonderful place for a breakfast with friends you haven't seen in a while.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service and knowledgeable wait staff.

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LJ
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my favorite restaurant in nyc!
brought friends who had never been and they are now as obsessed as i am!
the food!!!!!!!!!!!!! the ambiance!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
cannot wait to return.......

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D
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a really nice place in theatre district that rises above most of the “pre theatre” alternatives. Attentive service and very good food in a relaxed but upscale environment. My date and I were delighted to discover it!

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H
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my 20 year anniversary here and everything was perfect. From the service to the meal. You can not go wrong celebrating a special occasion at Il Buco.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was Flora and she couldn't have been more attentive, personable or knowledgeable. We had the olive oil flight-delicious. The appetizer special was lagostinos, fabulous and my mussels were were so good.

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s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Old shrimp — they were seasoned very nicely but were mushy (due to soaking in cold water/melted ice too long)

Pasta dish was nicely seasoned but the pasta itself was beyond al dente— basically undercooked.

Porchetta - dry, over cooked, very little edible meat due to amount of fat. The fat was not properly rendered.

Unfortunately there were too many things wrong and we will not go back.

Restaurants in NYC are so obsessed with originality and spice choice that they often forget that most of the focus in the kitchen should be given to the main ingredient.
The service was lovely, however, as was the ambience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, staff was phenomenal esp since we had two young children. Couldn’t have been better

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Thought we had reservation for the other Il bucco a block away. Ambience of the restaurant is worst then Olive Garden; feels like they put tables in a deli. Lighting is very bright and not romantic. Prices are too high for it not being the real il bucco. I would rather go to one of the dozens of other great Italian places in the neighborhood than this one.

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New England
69 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, interesting wine list, wonderful service. Highly recommend. All meals ordered were amazing.

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DB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!

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n
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Though prices are a tad high - the equality is matching. Wonderful service - knowledgable wine director - friendly wait staff.
Perfect before or after going to Public Theater.

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KO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our favourite italian restaurant. casual and relaxed atmosphere. very friendly and welcoming staff. food and beverages are of excellent quality! always worth a visit!

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LJ
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly THE best restaurant in NYC! Authentic and beyond delicious cuisine........professional and convivial staff.......warm and welcoming.
Cannot wait to return!

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good choice. Unfortunately, the prices seem to have up quite a bit compared to when I came first time. Hope they will not price themselves out of the market, I would like to have Alimentari stay in the neighborhood.
Also, the menu could be changed a bit more often. But everything on the menu looks good and it’s all well prepared.

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JO
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

We love the atmosphere here. Unfortunately the service tonight was terrible. There are so many back waiters etc walking around- and insufficient wait staff. Appetizers came before drinks and it took 10 mins to order drinks.

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MH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed we didn't have a table as we had made the reservation and had not been told that we would be seated at the bar. The staff was nice and they did offer a table after we sat at the bar, but at that point we were settled in. Next time, they should alert people that bar seating is treated like regular seating.
Also, the bartender seemed a bit out of it and not very friendly.

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N
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a night! Great food, great service and great camaraderie with a neighboring table of regulars who swooned over the same dishes we did. You can't beat their ricotta app especially when it is served with their homemade bread (using a secret imported grain). It rivals even Jim Lahey's Sullivan Street bread. Their famous short ribs do not feature traditional flavorings, but don't let the olives and walnuts deter you. Dig in! And don't forget the Cacio e Pepe. very simple, but sooo satisfying. The bartender makes a killer Old Fashioned, too.

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G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fresh, delicious and impeccably presented. Great wine choices and our server was really knowledgeable about every item and recommendations

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! Thank you.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ottimo! Bel locale e buona cucina

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f
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best pasta I have ever eaten! Our server was very knowledgeable and the service was impeccable.

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OT
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best birthday dinner ! The artichoke was a knockout!

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d
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. The experience was superb. Quality ingredients. Expertly prepared pasta. Reasonably priced wine bottles. Attentive knowledgeable service by Hector with assistance by many others. We will return.

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