47 Bond St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.725868 -73.992869
Tue-Thu 12pm-4pm, 6pm-12am
Fri-Sat 12pm-4pm, 6pm-1am
Neighborhoods: NoHo, Downtown
Best Everything! – My boyfriend took me here for my birthday this past weekend and it was amazing! We had an early reservation (6:15 p.m.) on a Saturday and though they were not sure we could get a seat in the wine cellar, we wound up having the whole thing to ourselves! So romantic. We had the salted cod appetizer and I had the asparagus risotto with goat cheese and I can not stop thinking about how amazing it was! Stellar wine menu, perfect atmosphere, everything about this place was amazing. Will go back again for sure. FYI, the upstairs gets kindof noisy; as we were leaving, the place was pretty packed and not nearly as romantic as downstairs.
PERFECT – My fiance proposed to me down in Il Buco's wine cellar. It was perfect, and the staff were fantastic. It was the most romantic place.
Don't Bother-Overrated – When I made the reservation, I specifically asked for a special table for two for a birthday. Instead, we were seated at a long COMMUNAL table that was basically a picnic bench. Located just outside the kitchen, the servers were knocking into our chairs every time they walked by. The waitress had real attitude. We literally said we needed "one minute" to order and she came back in 15, letting us know she was annoyed we were trying to get her attention while she stood around chatting to other staff members. The menu is limited with more pages devoted to items they sell (olive oil, salt, balsamic vinegar) than actual dishes. The place was loud which was good b/c it helped drown out the maddening bongo "music" that looped all night long. The food was overall delicious, but expensive with miniscule portions. They brought the wrong appetizer, but it was corrected quickly. For about $15/ea, Fluke - 3 paper thin pieces of fish and Calamari - 3 small tubes of squid. My $14 glass of wine was undrinkable. I have bought better bottles in the liquor store for <$10. There was an unusually long delay between courses even though it was late and most patrons had been served. My $47 steak was cooked as ordered but there were only 3 small pieces (apparently the chef likes to serve in 3's). My fiance's spanish mackeral was NOT fresh and had an ammoniated taste of fish that was past its prime. We did not bother with dessert. I was starving and wanted to get a burger somewhere. The best part was the Russian vodka. I am 100% Italian and have been all over Italy and don't agree that this is "authentic" Italian food. I have been in foodservice from waitressing to foodservice director for over 20 yrs and understand quality and customer service. Don't go unless you're really not hungry in the first place and insist upon getting ripped off.
Great customer service – I went there for the first time last weekend on a date and had the best time. The food was fantastic and the service was spot on. The people there really seem to enjoy what they do and our server was knowledgeable and friendly. I know nothing about wine and the sommelier took time to talk to us about what we were eating and picked us the perfect wine to pair with our meal. She really knew what she was talking about, even telling us a story about the vineyard owner I would recommend this place to anyone and I will definitely be back.
All around superb! – I was pleasantly surprised by this gem of a restaurant. I just celebrated an anniversary with my husband and it was by far one of our best nyc experiences. FYI if you want a romantic seating be sure to ask for seating for 2 or you could get stuck sitting at the "banquet" style tables. The rabbit just fell off the bone it was so tender and the gnocchi was so perfectly made. The service was top notch as was the wine suggestion made by the sommelier. We really liked the ambiance which felt cozy and unpretentious. We will definitely go back soon.
Poor service, food quite unimpressive; Don't get lured in my the charm of the space! ... – Our server was rude and aggressive in her manner - she had all the attitude, but not of the charm, of a waitress at a west side greasy spoon - an offensive curt manner. She got defensive about not understanding a drink order (brought an americano coffee instead of an americano cocktail), and rather than admit her mistake kept interrupting me when I tried to clarify what I wanted. Most of the other wait staff during our meal were fine - but in the end, it was generally unremarkable food (hit-and-miss, I'd a nice starter - quail - and a poor main course - pork -. My friends felt similarly about their's) in a delightful setting, at way too high a price. The place always seems busy - I wonder how many are regulars? I personally have no desire to eat there again.
Amazing rustic Italian cuisine, with tons of celebrity sightings – I went here on a double-date on Friday night and thankfully we knew to make reservations in advance. I love Bond Street restaurants and all the other restos in this neighborhood but I could be biased because I live in the area, though. Regardless, when we got to Buco (20 minutes late but they were still willing to get us our table if we waited at the bar). In those 10 minutes that we waited at the front bar while they prepared our table, I noticed I was standing right next to Sophia Coppola.
To make this new-New-Yorker even happier, when we sat down they seated us next to Ron Livingston (from Office Space and S*x & The City season 5 fame). I really like how they push people together on long wooden tables. So even though we were three groups seated at one table, there was enough space and centerpieces to break-up the groups at this one long table.
The meal was excellent. this place is not like a typial Italian tourist trap in the least. I felt like I was back in Tuscany in a tiny village neighborhood eatery. I highly recommend any pasta dish on the menu, we had the taglioni which was amazing.
Seafood was fresh, service was attentive and non-obtrusive.
Dessert was delicious too, but not the high-light of the meal.
Everyone in the place seemed to be relaxed enjoying their meal on a Friday night.
Too bad my adorable boyfriend couldn't get off work to join us. I guess I'll have to go back so he can know what the hell I'm talking about... or maybe it's just an excuse to go back ;)
Outstanding service! – My boyfriend and I took my out-of-town parents to Il Buco last Friday night for dinner. It was our first time there. After delicious appetizers, someone (I think he was the manager) came over to let us know one of our four entrees (mine) would be delayed a few minutes. He apologized profusely and offered me a complimentary salad, which I declined. The entree arrived less than five minutes later. At the end of our meal, our waiter brought over four (terrific) desserts, compliments of the management. We were so surprised, and very appreciative. All this without our ever having to say one word! How often do you get service like that? In my experience, not very often. I never thought I would write one of these reviews but I just wanted to thank Il Buco for reminding me that good service can and does exist and won't soon be forgotten. I will definitely return to Il Buco and you should, too!
Excellent, personal service / Incredible food – I haven't written many reviews but felt compelled to write one for Il Buco. I took my boyriend there for his birthday, they made sure it was special and treated us very well. I didn't even have to remind them it was his birthday. The service was smart and personable and the manager came over to ask how our meal was at the end. Be sure to ask for a private table if you want to dine alone as some tables look like you will sit close to other diners. The location is unassuming but beautiful inside. The olives and wine pairings with dessert were perfect. I'll definitely go back and am so happy to find such a wonderful place!
Cozy average fare – Went to Il Buco on a Friday night. The atmosphere is homey. There is only one individual table for 2 in the entire restaurant. Otherwise, parties of 2-3 are seated on a communal table. Service is good, although not a place you can sit and talk. When we didn't place our dessert order right away, the waiter came three times and then sent the hostess as a subtle nudge to leave. The food is ok, good, but not spectacular. Desserts are sub par. The disappointing thing was that everyone was of one demographic, much older and generally lacking diversity.
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