11 hours ago
Friday, January 4, 2013
I like a lot of places in NYC, but this is my new fave.
It has everything we love about a restaurant.
It's Italian. It's Rustic. It's Casual. It's Affordable with great service.
And it's downtown.
New York Magazine & The New York Times just voted Il Buco as top 10 restaurants in NYC for 2012 (now we'll never get in), and I know why.
The new Il Buco Alimentaria & Vineria is a rustic Italian food and wine bar that serves fabulous food to hungry patrons seated at long farm tables on industrial seats.
They serve house made salumi along with in-house baked bread served with delicious olive oil.
There is also a small market and a cafe, selling unique Italian specialty products, along with fresh pastries and bakery items in the morning to go.
There are 2 floors and the place is jumping. Family style is the way to order.
We were treated to a wonderful evening and tried one of everything!
Fried artichokes; octopus; fried polenta; sausage on lentils; shaved Chioggia beets w/ fresh ricotta (my fave); brussels sprouts w/ bottarga............
Pastas: squid ink w/ bacala; spaghetti w/ almonds and anchovies (YUM); lasagnette w/ Bolognese sauce.............
For entrees, we had an amazing porchetta with kumquats; beef short ribs and roasted rabbit to die for;
Panna cotta for dessert drizzled with aged balsamico, the best ever.
Delicious affordable Italian wines by the bottle and by the glass.
Great place for families w/ kids or small groups of big kids, like us!
Can't wait to go back!
Amo Il Buco! xo
Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria
53 Great Jones Street