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Il Buco

47 Bond St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Lafayette St.
212-533-1932

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

43% would go back.

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Why haven't i been here before?

By cathyl123 on 1/9/2012

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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61 out of 129 people found this review helpful.

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance.

By ballad on 7/10/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance.

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54 out of 124 people found this review helpful.

Magic!

By nycl on 7/5/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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73 out of 139 people found this review helpful.

Superb experience

By foodon on 5/15/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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61 out of 128 people found this review helpful.

Culinary Perfection

By gayleatlas on 1/20/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

We just had our third dining experience at Il Buco. This is a true delight for food afficionados--unfortunately wasted on some reviewers who cannot distinguish fine food from large quantities of food. The decor is enchanting, the servers understand the food and the subtlety of ingredients, and the prices are commensurate with a superior dining experience. The wine list is heavenly, but the sommeliere has both feet on the ground. Salud!

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383 out of 847 people found this review helpful.

Beautiful, charming, perfect!

By kitowilson on 11/3/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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!

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74 out of 153 people found this review helpful.

Great Bday

By datruth585 on 11/28/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

My gf just took me here for my bday. All I can say is wow. She requested a seat downstairs, not too cold (but obviously cooler seeing as how it is a wine cellar) like other reviewers complained about. Also, food = Amazing. Skirt steak, rigatoni, pork, chianti, etc. Server very unassuming but always around and attentive. A weeknight and the place was packed, but we only waited about 7 minutes for our table to be ready. As college students we were definitely the youngest people there. Definetly a great special occasion venue in virtue of the terrific decor. Also, I argue the best (smelling) bathroom in downtown manhattan. Opt for the downstairs if you can - much more quiet and calm.

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161 out of 320 people found this review helpful.

Il Buco regular

By opdinnerout on 3/28/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I've eaten at Il Buco several times. It's a great restaurant: authentic rustic decor with big beautiful wooden tables and farming details, consistently high quality natural food, a huge wine selection, and gracious knowledgeable staff. It's also a very versatile place: fun, romantic, nice bar area, etc... One of the few places that I return to regularly for all occasions!

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411 out of 759 people found this review helpful.

The best Italian food I've eaten outside of Italy

By embley on 12/20/2006

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I've eaten a fair amount of Italian food: both in America and in Italy (in Rome, Naples, and Sicily), and eating at Il Buco is the best American approximation I've had of the authentic Italian dining experience. Very fresh and lively flavors: standouts were the smoked gambas crusted with Trappanese sea salt, a summer squash salad, and the octopus. The signature pork belly on ciabatta was a bit too fatty for me, but everything else was wonderful. I didn't have any problem with the portions (as some other reviewers have complained). The way to eat here is to order a number of the dishes and share them. My date and I were referred by a friend of mine who knows the chef, and we let the chef choose our dishes. We were inundated with food, and some things like the salads were whipped up especially for us. I'll definitely be back.

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351 out of 711 people found this review helpful.

enchanting

By emily1 on 3/24/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

In this area, I never expected to come across such an incredible restaurant. I was completely enchanted by the room, the service, the food (have the mackerel, the sardines or the monkfish liver). This place is the unsung hero of real Umbrian cuisine...you must go if you enjoy hidden delights with no scene attached.

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