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Posted by Ne York visitor on 05/27/2007
My family was taken here by a friend and I must tell you it was the most charming dinner we had during our week in NYC. Friendly staff, warm atmosphere and the food was wonderful. For the rest of the week we compared the many meals we had at 'the best of NY' locations and most did not compare. Good job to all!
Posted by wishbone on 03/31/2007
My family went to Il Buco for dinner this evening. I have not been as dissatisfied with a NYC restaurant as this one in my 25 years of living in the city. In fact, I would argue that this is the single most disappointing restaurant for the price in the entire city. Without question, the ambiance is terrific - it is a very charming place - almost like you are dining in a small town in Italy. Other than that, I'm not sure what they are thinking. Nearly all of our appetizers / entrees had serious deficiencies - pasta overseasoned; octopus was too chewy...and oh...the portion size. The fish and pasta entrees were egregiously small and the desserts were not much more satisfying than the apple pie at your local chain. Not to mention that the service was unattentive and uninformative. Lastly, the menu selections were limited. I complained to the manager with little effect - he said he would tell the chef but they made no adjustment to the bill and did not apologize. Do not go here by any means!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/22/2007
Went here last night to meet up with a few friends for tapas and wine. Their wine list was extensive but severely overpriced for the type of restaurant it is- as I paid $15 for a simple Sancerre. That's the type of prices you pay at the Four Seasons not at a small tapas place near the bowery. The food was certainly prepared well and was very tasty (the octopus was the best) but we sat at the bar and the bartender continously ignored my gestures or requests, simply "pretending not to see".
Posted by NYFoodie on 03/14/2007
I went here with a large group of friends without knowing much about it. The atmosphere is AWESOME. Very comfortable and warm. The food was amazing and the staff was welcoming. All in all a great place to go. Be prepared to pay high prices (especially for wine) but it's all well worth it!
Posted by Chowhound on Patrol on 12/20/2006
The chowhounds favourite restaurant once again never dissapoints, I was out shopping with my daughter the other day and just happened to be at the best art store in the city a block away, we stopped in for lunch and had a magnifecent stripped bass and that fantastic unripened green olive oil with wonderful sea salt to dip our bread. Of course we bought a few bottles of oil and salt to give as holiday gifts, the chowhound turns 51 on 12/27 and will most definetly be dining at Il Buco with family and friends that evening, I adore this restaurant, it's ambience and food cannot be beat, a little pricey for some I suspect but a real true vale for the freshest of food and sparkling service. Happy Holidays fellow New Yorkers and to Il Buco's staff and owners Bon Appetite
Posted by Anonymous on 11/07/2006
I had dinner at Il Buco yesterday. The atmosphere was OK, however the service and food was quite mediocre. Nobody offered us a drink for 20 minutes after we were seated. When I asked for a diet coke, the waiter said :"Excuse me Sir, we do not serve refined sugar-based drinks". Please, but they do sell ice-cream ? My main course, which was supposed to be Porchetta, turned out to be a piece of tepid lardo (not that I don't like lardo, but that was not what I had intended). Overall, lots of attitude and extremely poor service with a side order of very mediocre food. Totally overpriced.
Posted by michael on 11/03/2006
Although the setting was wonderful, the food was a total bust -- all 3 courses, but especially the boiled meat stew, which was almost inedible. The short rib was probably the fattiest I've ever seen (to tell the truth, it was hard to actually see it in the dim light), and this was the first time in my life I can remember disliking a sausage of any kind. Nor was the coffee ice cream dessert -- apparently made without sugar -- any great shakes, either.