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Posted by Squash Blossom on 08/21/2014
We chose to entertain a friend who had lived in Rome there. We all agreed the squash blossoms were excellent. But we had to wait a very long time for them and even longer for our main courses both meat and fish -- which were all quite mediocre. In the meantime we lost our hearing because the place was so loud. Waiter was clearly overworked and tended to forget us. Love those squash blossoms just not enough to go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/26/2012
What a disappointing birthday dinner! The salumi plate was great (though the servers never bothered walking us through it), but everything else was underwhelming. With so many amazing restaurants in NYC, won't even bother with this place.
Posted by anonymous on 12/04/2011
it started with the attitude and ended with the attitude and it bordered on rude. we had some trouble with the menu as there were few fish options....so i ordered a double order of the scallop app. could barely read menu and the waiter never mentioned the scallops were RAW. when they came to the table, we could hardly see them until i tasted one. yuck! finally they offered us a drink at the bar to leave bc they had people waiting for our table of 6. did i mention they charged us for the scallops? cannot recommend for anyone.
Posted by Kid Charlemagne on 05/12/2011
My wife and I have dined here several times since first being amazed at the quality of food on our first visit. The homemade pasta is something to be experienced and is far and away the best we've ever had. It's a small restaurant, their busy, so eat somewhere no one goes for faster service if you are impatient. You probably couldn't tell the difference anyway. We'll keep going to Il Buco
Posted by Kentish on 12/12/2010
There is no doubt they did a good job of designing the interior, very charming and rustic, feels like it has been there for decades. The disappointing parts though are everything else! The service, while not necessarily slow, was provided with an attitude. The tables either side of us were actually touching ours, not a problem for us, but if you are after a private dinner, this may not be the place for you. The main disappointment was the food. Paying premium prices is fine if you get a premium service and most importantly food. Where the food is not what you would call bad, it was certainly average. Most of it was too rich, portions were small and entrées served with nothing as a side. You could of course order the sides but given the prices, you leave with a sense of being ripped off. We heard also that others had brought in their own Champagne and were charged $35 for the corkage. Again, this is a little too much. Will not be going again, in this city with so many great restaurants, if you are going to charge high prices, the food and service need to reflect this, Il Buco fails.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/15/2010
Amazing food and ambiance, but terrible service. Came in with a friend for a late dinner at 10:15pm on a Friday night. We were told the wait would be about 20 minutes so we decided to have a drink at the bar. The bar tender immediately gave us drink menus but then did not acknowledge us again for at least 15 minutes. By this time our table was ready and we decided to order a drink there. Our waitress was very friendly and took our drink order promptly. She returned with bread and we ordered. Our food was brought out by members of the kitchen staff and we never saw our waitress again, having to ask a bus boy for a second glass of wine. No one ever came over to check on us or our food again until a different waiter came over to offer us a dessert menu. After we asked to speak with a manager he apologized profusely, saying our waitress had left in the middle of our meal but didn't offer an explanation why. He did offer us two complimentary drinks though. The food however, was out of this world. The handmade pasta is truly divine and the atmosphere is that of rustic Italia.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/06/2010
I attended a birthday party at Il Buco in the downstairs area last evening. They set up a beautiful long table in a cavernous wine cellar by candelight. The food was delicious, the staff attentive, and a great time for all. Recommend the risotto, it was lovely.