Il Buco Il Buco
47 Bond St. (Bowery & Lafayette Sts.)
New York, NY 10012
Cuisine: Mediterranean / Italian
Indulge your passion for Italian wine while partaking from the Mediterranean-influenced menu.
Openings: Lunch Tues.-Sun., Dinner nightly


Il Buco, New York, NY

Il Buco Restaurant Review:

This SoHo Italian spot has launched chefs' careers and pleased a thousand taste buds and more. Owners Donna Lennard and Alberto Avalle originally opened this hole-in-the-wall (Il Buco literally means the hole in Italian) as an antique store in 1994, then decided to sell wine and food as well. They soon realized that more people were interested in buying tapas than rusty watering cans. From the original regulars who happily nibbled Italian and Spanish morsels amidst old wheelbarrows and mirrors, Il Buco's following has grown. Reservations are a must, especially on weekends. Mediterranean-inspired dishes include Dijon-encrusted lamb chops with puntarelle and slow-roasted porchetta over white polenta. Consider risotto with green peas, and Atlantic steelhead trout served with green farro, pomegranate, salsifis and black garlic. Don't become too attached though --- the menu changes nightly. For dessert, good luck choosing between chocolate-buckwheat cake with cherries and toasted almond gelato, and panna cotta drizzled with 10-year-aged balsamic. The wine list is considerable, and dotted with unusual Italian selections.

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