il Buco only opened five months ago, but already the New York Times has compared it to ‘the simple and convivial spot that tastes just like Italy,’ and crowned it with three stars. Its house salumi has earned raves (and rightfully), but truth be told, everything the FoodShed tried was well worth those three stars.
To begin with, look at how great this place is, ambiance-wise. Don’t you want to go inside?!
Classic on the inside. It’s like being on the set of your own sophisticated movie about New York, if you allow us to indulge our inner Woody Allen for a moment. (At least one member of the dining party felt she was on an episode of Sex and the City.)
And, the advice on the wine was spot on. An excellent bottle. (Altho, do you think they have any bad bottles here?
And lots of wine.
So, what’s for dinner?
Beautiful presentation with the salt-roasted branzino. And, it was done to perfection.
The Paccheri was another winner – perfectly done al dente pasta with braised oxtail. The meat melted in your mouth.
We also had broccoli rabe sides and organic umbrian beans – both perfect little sides.
And, there’s a little area to purchase to-go.
This was a wonderful dinner experience – amazing ambiance, wonderful dining companions, excellent food, and great wine. Thank you for a wonderful New York dinner, il Buco.
- Diner’s Journal: Five Dishes at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria (dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com)
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