Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
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 Garrison Price features salumi/cheese boards, small sharing plates, fresh pastas and 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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Excellent flavor and good service. The environment felt so comfortable.
Food is ok, I would call Italian-inspired rather than Italian (I’m Italian). Ambience is average, not bad or anything but quite plain vanilla. Wine, I had a good bottle: a 1999 sforzato, I recommend it. The wine made my night. Ok for catching up with friends I would not go for a special occasion.
Erica, one of the waitresses is absolutely the best. Ask for her and you will have an amassing experience.
signature dish was not prepared well......I have had the Cacio Pepe many times...at Il Buco Alimentari. Way too aldente .
Very good quality food. Excellent desserts & wine! Cheers
Absolutely wonderful! Will definitely go back.
Place was great, food, service definitely will go back
My husband and I were really excited to dine at Il Buco Alimentari-I just wish our experience had been better. We were seated upstairs at the bar stools which were uncomfortable to be honest and a bit confusing as there were plenty of open tables. Our waitress was great-very knowledgeable of the menu, dishes and explained in detail the new chefs method, etc. We ordered the ricotta to start which was average. We both love Cacio el Pepe and split an order before our main course. The noodles seemed undercooked, which was very disappointing. Before we could finish our pasta, our main courses were brought out and the small bar space was suddenly crowded with our drinks, bread, first course and main course dishes. For our main we ordered the porchetta and branzino. I had never had branzino before and the dish was good-I just couldn’t eat the whole serving. My husband liked the porchetta-describing it as good but not great-however, it upset his stomach. Unfortunately, we were leaving town the next day and were unable to take my fish leftovers home, which the wait staff seemed to judge us for. We ended up leaving without getting dessert which is rare for me. It’s possible we just happened to come to Il Buco Alimentari on an off night since it seems to have so many wonderful reviews. We were really looking forward to our meal and unfortunately left with buyer’s remorse as it turned out to be an “okay”, over-priced meal.
Despite having made a reservation a few days in advance, we were seated at a communal high top table which wasn’t ideal for three senior citizens.
The food and service was not as good as before. Too much staff turnover.
One of my favorite places in town for excellent (casual) Italian. Service is exceptional! Highly recommend Il Buco Alimentari.
The starters of beef carpaccio were fantastic but the pasta main course was very basic bordering on poor. Lacked flavour
Great service. The somm was very attentive and educated. Perfect suggestion for wine pairing with our food choices.
Stellar! Ttruly italian place! Attentive service and great food!
The service is okay. The pasta portions are tiny and they have nerve to charge $2 per person for very generic bread. Not impressed.
Food and service were amazing. The ambiance was ok. Downstairs is a bit crowded and the upstairs is definitely more spacious but not super warm and inviting, overall totally fine though and the delicious food more than makes up for anything else.
Everything was great! Service, food, ambiance, even the Maitre D was ok!
Too noisy mostly because of the chairs scratching the floor. The food was average.
We come often and, without exception, every January 28th to celebrate a special occasion (this was our 7th consecutive year) and this time was as good as ever. The service is friendly, warm and attentive and the food and wine is amongst the best in the city in our opinion. Kudos to the new chef, whose take on some of the menu classics like the crispy artichokes and riso nero was outstanding, as well as many of the newer dishes we tried this time. We look forward to returning to Il Buco Alimentari often and, for sure, every January 28th.
I’ve been to the restaurant many times and always a wonderful experience. However- somehow this time- the dishes were unique. I am particularly referring to the ricotta dish and the polenta special for restaurant week.
My husband and I are vegetarian- so always impressed with new flavor combinations.
Ideal place for a breakfast, lunch or afternoon coffee meeting into aperitivo. The acoustics are too loud for dinner. I prefer the cozier atmosphere of Il Buco for evening, though it too is loud and crowded. Daytime or less crowded times at Alimentari are always pleasant.
Delicious and the pasta was excellent! Everything we ordered was great except for the Torta with the kale and egg - very bland
Service wasn't great. They mixed up one order at our table and then took an extremely long time to bring out the replacement. It doesn't take that long to boil pasta. That order should have been expedited. By the time it arrived, we no longer wanted it. The service issues definitely had a very negative impact on our meal, and I won't be returning.
We really enjoyed the food and the environment, and the service is also very good - kids friendly. Just remember to make the reverberation, because the restaurant starts getting busy after 12.
This is one of our neighborhood go-to places. Great food with many elements such as pasta, bread and sausage made on site.
The food is great but if you are looking for an intimate date night this is not the place. There are only three 2 person tables with the other option being a communal table. Overall though food, service and ambiance is an A+
Incredibly helpful staff and management. Made our night a memorable get together!
Overall, the food was extremely salty. The cavatelli had no flavor. The brook trout was good. My husband said the pork was so salty he couldn’t eat it. We eaten at the restaurant at least six times. This was our most disappointing meal. The service was great. Our waiter, Jeffrey, was attentive and personable.
Always predictably amazing food.
Food is delicious, service was also very attentive. Chairs though are so uncomfortable.
Excellent food, wine adn service! A great meal - will come back again for sure!
IL Buco is and remains one of our favorite restaurants, Nothing we know beats it in ambience, service, and cuisine. We also buy bread there frequently, along with olive oil, condiments, and the best sweets ever!
Went for Restaurant week. Was disappointed that the lunch was a 2-course meal with no dessert course.
Ogni volta che che veniamo a New York torniamo al buco. Ci piace tutto, dall’atmosfera al cibo e anche la zona visto che si trova a soho. Lo consiglio a chi cerca un posto carino e accogliente dove si mangia bene.
We had the most amazing experience at Il Buco Alimentari. It was seamless start to finish. We were greeted by a friendly gentlemen at the host desk who gave us the option of two tables, which was appreciated. The sommelier was knowledgeable sharing interesting facts, and helped us pick the perfect bottle of Montepulciano. Our server was attentive and anticipated every need. The server assistants and bussers were also on point.
The food was phenomenal. We had the crisp artichokes, shiitake mushrooms (nice char), and the leeks with roe (very special dish). The chicken was crispy and cooked perfectly, and the cacio e pepe definitely hit the spot. Also have to give the crostata a shoutout. Truly unforgettable.
Thank you to the entire team and a special Cheers to Chef Preston!!! We look forward to our next visit.
I was disappointed at the food it seemed rushed and discounted not a good value. I love Il bucco so I was very surprised.
We sampled the restaurant week menu as a birthday lunch. Very disappointing. One of the appetizers was not available with no substitute. The minestrone soup was tasteless and very sub par. The enter was a Northern Italian pasta with pork cheek. So heavily salty I couldn’t eat it.
The only good part of the meal was the wine from Montefalco!
For over $100 this was the single worst restaurant week meal ever in many years. Would not go back
My wife and I have been many times to both Il Buco (the original) and the Alimentari and would recommend them without hesitation. The food is consistently good, and has been since we started going there in 2010, and they make an effort to use only quality ingredients, which is a must for us. I would recommend Alimentari for a younger crowd and the original Il Buco for a more mature and kid-friendly meal (although it can get a little loud because the acoustics are far from perfect). Besides the food, we like very much the staff, some of whom we have seen regularly for more than eight years. That kind of stability in a New York restaurant is something to value...
I love love loved the food, but the service could have been better. Also, for our anniversary, we were seated very tightly next another couple - we learned they were siblings, all about their family issues, and each of their love lives because the guy talked. so. loudly. It was truly painful and did dampen our experience a bit.
Great salumi selection. Service was superb and there was a great wine selection. Rest of the food was tasty too, but the black pasta was a touch too tart. Really recommend this place.