il Buco Alimentari e Vineria – A New Taste of Italy


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.

House Made Salumi
House Made Salumi

To begin with, look at how great this place is, ambiance-wise. Don’t you want to go inside?!

Classic From the Outside
Classic From the Outside

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.)

Classic on the Inside
Classic on the Inside

And, the advice on the wine was spot on. An excellent bottle. (Altho, do you think they have any bad bottles here?

A Sage Wine Advisor
A Sage Wine Advisor

And lots of wine.

Are Those Barrels of Wine?
Are Those Barrels of Wine?

So, what’s for dinner?

Menu at il Buco
Menu at il Buco

Beautiful presentation with the salt-roasted branzino. And, it was done to perfection.

Salt-Roasted Branzino
Salt-Roasted Branzino

The Paccheri was another winner – perfectly done al dente pasta with braised oxtail. The meat melted in your mouth.

Pasta and Oxtail
Pasta and Oxtail

We also had broccoli rabe sides and organic umbrian beans – both perfect little sides.

Delightful Beans!
Delightful Beans!
Amazing Broccoli Rabe
Amazing Broccoli Rabe

And, there’s a little area to purchase to-go.

Buy Something to Take Home With You!
Buy Something to Take Home With You!

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.

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