47 Bond St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Lafayette St.
By rrberdecia on 4/22/2013
From Bianca whom I confirmed my reservation with to Natasha the manager on duty on the evening of April 20, 2013, they all (Il Buco staff) need training on how to serve a good meal and how tend a table with customers. I felt completely unwelcomed by the staff. I was told, more than once that my table was reserved right after me and I needed to end my meal by a certain time --AND I HAD MADE A RESERVATION A MONTH IN ADVANCE! Who does that? I love to eat. I enjoy the restaurant scene, not just in NYC, but in my travels through Europe (Italy and France several times included) as well as throughout the United States. I must say, I have never been treated the way I was treated at Il Buco. As for the food itself, The Bistecca was the only dish that lived up to the expectations. The burrata cheese appetizer tasted like it was a cheap mozzarella slice of cheese from the dairy aisle from a grocery store. I kept asking the staff to pour water in my glass. I mean, one thing after another went wrong. The service was just so out of touch with the reality of the food business industry. I will never set foot again at Il Buco. It was a wasted evening of $326.00. I do not recommend this place to anyone. There are plenty of other GREAT and REAL restaurants in Manhattan. I do not understand at all why Zagat guide gave Il Buco the ratings they did. I was very much disappointed!! --BTW, I was celebrating a special occasion that evening. So much for celebrating that was. NEVER AGAIN!
By notimpressed84 on 2/15/2013
To echo what others are saying... I recently had a pretty laughable experience with the service. Bottom line--remarkably bad service, nothing remarkable about the food.
By diva36 on 1/6/2013
I was told I couldnt be seated at a table. Then after being thrown at the bar, we were ignored. The restaurant remained empty until we left. The food was good and expensive, but that's no reason to put up with that kind of treatment. I recommend going to il cantanore on 10th street for the same good food and no rude treatment.
By tryingeverythingNYChastotoeat on 8/7/2012
I really wanted to like this place. Despite being located in a lovely spot in Nolita, the service was average/poor and the food was simply tasteless, minimalistic and nothing was special. We tasted 6 appetizers and we were extremely disappointed. The main courses and especially the pasta had no character. I can make those spaghetti in 10 minutes in my house.... And the then the bill... It made us all very sad, it really wasn't worth the money.
By cathyl123 on 1/9/2012
I stumbled on this place with a friend early on a Sunday evening. The cozy atmosphere seen through the window drew us in. Perfect for a cold winter's evening. The waitress was very attentive and the sommelier came over immediately offering to help with the very extensive wine list. The $60 Italian red he recommended was delicious. The food was outstanding. I lived in Italy for 4 years and am very critical on subpar Italian. This was perfect. Limited amounts of ingredients, seasonal produce used and one of the best spaghetti with clams I've had in a very long time. My only regret is I haven't discovered this gem previously.
By ballad on 7/10/2011
Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance.
By kitowilson on 11/3/2010
We recently had a celebration at Il Buco, in the old world wine cellar. It was such a special intimate setting and we could not have asked for a more perfect place. The food was great, especially the porchetta and risotto. We took many photos at this event and everyone who sees them asks, "WHERE IS THIS PLACE?" If I were ever to own a restaurant, this would be the place!! Bella fantastico!
By nycl on 7/5/2010
Warm, gracious, cozy, romantic. My husband and I spent part of our dinner arguing whether il Buco is the best winter or summer restaurant. We finally agreed - summer in the wine cellar, winter in the dining room. Exquisite food and seamless service, I have had dinner here maybe a half dozen times, and it never fails to impress. Whole roasted fish, the Kale salad, the octopus, the porchetta. Even writing these words is making me hungry. You must go... now.
By JillyB on 6/2/2010
I dined at Il Buco last night with a friend and had very high expectations. Although the food was tasty and the ambiance was extremely cozy and adorable, the service was horrific. I ordered a glass of wine at the bar and brought it to the table. I finished my wine before appetizers came and the waitress did not ask if I wanted another glass until I was done with my entree. She did not come over ONCE to ask if we needed anything/if we were enjoying our food, to the point where I had to ask if she was still our waitress (yes, she was). We then left a sub-par tip,and as soon as we signed the bill (which we of course had to ask for after waiting without entrees for 20 minutes), the waitress picked it upand looked at it right as she walked away! All in all, I don't think I would return unless I was sure the service had improved.
By foodon on 5/15/2010
Went in last Wednesday night and it was like stepping into an alternate universe - a much lovelier universe. Beautiful decor - like a Tuscan farmhouse, warm gracious service from start to finish, and outstanding food. Brought my 74 year old mother who had plenty of questions about the menu and the waitress could not have been nicer, or more patient. I also quietly mentioned to the sommelier that since Mom wanted to pay, I didn't want to spend a lot of money on wine. He quickly gave me several options in the 30-40 dollar range, and was fun and informative. Every dish we tried was close to perfection. Simple but perfectly balanced. I am impressed that the menu changes every day, but at the same time was a little sad that I will be unable to come back and order the halibut again ... every day for the rest of my life! Really one of the best dining experiences I have had in a long time.