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Feb 15, 2012 11:55 AM

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

Three stars from Pete Wells:

Has anyone tried it?

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
53 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. I haven't been but I am a big fan of their restaurant on Bond Street so it wouldn't surprise me if it is fabulous.

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    1. re: City Kid

      i find il buco to be akin to an italian restaurant at epcot center. totally fake, limited menu, mediocre quality.

      basically, its meh italian for wealthy people that dont know any better.

      Il Buco
      47 Bond St., New York, NY 10012

      1. re: sam1

        I've never been to Epcot Center but I have been to Italy many times. I find Il Buco charming and authentic -- love the Italian proprietors, the former rustic antique store decor, and the food. And not inordinately expensive.

    2. I've been several times. I enjoyed it a lot each time. I think the cooking is better and more precise than at OG Il Buco.

      To call this a three-star restaurant, though, is about as big a piece of idiocy as I can imagine.

      1. It was pretty good but three stars? I dunno... It was delicious and all, but it didn't wow me.

        1. As vegetarian's we found the menu incredibly limited and were not wowed by our food. Wells ladled on the praise a little high, but he was clear that it's all about the meat. He also made it seem like a little burst of Italy in NY, but in Italy we rarely find such a limited range of non-meat items on the menu.

          Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
          53 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

          1. Went for lunch today. Food was all very good but nothing mind blowing. Would equate it with Osteria Morini. Service, however, was surprisingly spotty. They forgot our drinks, and we saw many similar mistakes with our neighbors. 3 stars is pretty laughable.