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Posted by Anonymous on 10/18/2005
After hearing wonderful things about this restaurant, and eager to use our Diner's Deck card, my boyfriend and I came here one rainy Saturday night. We were tucked away into a rustic table in a cozy little corner and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was delicious and if we thought the portions were a little small, it was only because we wanted to keep tasting the very tender pork and creamy potatoes, the broccoli rabe seasoned just right and the rich buttery ravioli. The food is not necessarily sophisticated - it's just that they coax all the right flavors out of it! The wine list was extensive, but a bit pricey. The sommelier was knowledgeable and gave us a very good recommendation. The best part was, they did not hurry us out into the rain and let us sit with our empty cup of coffee for as long as we liked. The atmosphere is charming and relaxed, the food is excellent and overall, it was worth paying a little more than usual for such an enjoyable evening. we will definitely be back.
Posted by Max on 08/31/2005
I read a lot of positive things about this restaurant and was anxious to try it, but I certainly would not return. On their own website, they have posted an extensive tapas menu, however, in the restaurant, the menu is very, very limited. This didn't get things started off ideally, as the menu makes the place out to be a restaurant where you can get a bunch of tapas and split them for the table. This is not the case. We had an icelandic cod with chicpea pancakes that was really good, but the portion was small. The king prawns were served in the shell and were salted, yet were not anything special. For an entree, I had the salmon special, which again, was just average. Most parties will be seated at big group tables, so you most likely will be sitting with other parties. The place has a lot of charm, is certainly somewhat romantic, but the group seating seems to hurt the romance of the place. All in all, it was fine to try, but it was not worth the price at all, we left hungry, and I would not go back.
Posted by Delicious on 03/25/2005
I'm a real foodie and I was completely blown away by the food at this charming NoLita find! The wine is delicious, the food is extremely fresh and creative, and the atmosphere is perfect! Everytime I go here I am impressed by the meal and completely satisfied. Wonderful place!
Posted by Disappointed on 01/21/2005
I was really dissapointed with our visit to one of my old favorites. This stunningly beautiful spot used to have an equally impressive attention to detail regarding it's food. Striped Bass, was less than fresh. Octopus was sandy. (I never had sandy octupus). Head-on shrimp were under seasoned and uninteresting. When Il Buco first opened someone was paying attention. Perhaps the chef took the day off.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/12/2005
One of the most memorable meals of my life. While at this romantic and cozy restaurant, we received attentive and helpful service, and perfection on a plate. Our outstanding waiter Gianluca guided us toward the perfect complementary flavors and made insightful suggestions about what dishes would work well together. The whole experience was a dream-- I just don't see how our meal could have been improved upon in any way.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/19/2004
Great restaurant tucked away on slightly remote Bond Street. Well worth seeking out for its Umbrian specialities, including a fantastic tasting menu of super-premium olive oils. Ask about the basement's connection to Edgar Allen Poe. Beautiful wine list and excellent cheeses from around Europe and the U.S. Great both for a group or just a couple.
Posted by masha on 08/18/2004
Very charming restaurant; it feels like you are in Italy, not in NYC. The atmosphere is great, especially if you have a large group of people. Food is not exceptional, the wine list is great. Well worth the price.