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47 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St. (East Village)
(1) 212-533-1932 | www.ilbuco.com
HOURSMon-Thurs.: 12:00pm-11:00pm; Fri.-Sat.: 12:00pm-12:00am; Sun.: 5:00pm-10:30pm
BEST FORLunch; dinner; late night
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 7-19; USD 10-30
FAMOUS PLATESPorchetta; pappardelle with veal sugo
DRINKS AND WINEWinning wine list; beer; cocktails
# OF SEATS40
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - the Wine Cellar; the Chef's Table
SUBWAYBleecker St. (6); Broadway-Lafayette St. (B, D, F, M); 2nd Ave. (F); Prince St. (N, R)
Tucked away on quiet Bond Street, this antique-laden Mediterranean restaurant has been wooing foodies since it first opened in 1994. The owners, an indie filmmaker and her Italian boyfriend, source all the artisanal ingredients from local farmers in Umbria, an effort which adds that extra bit of authenticity to every bite. Diners can choose between the livelier upstairs space (filled with an artfully worn collection of communal tables, suspended copper pots, and weathered bar stools) or the two-centuries-old basement space, a quieter and more romantic candlelit setting popular with daters.
Tuned-in locals, foodies, and clusters of creative types (poets, writers, filmmakers, artists, photographers, and the like)
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Something stylishly casual like a pretty blouse with a pair of jeans and heels.
GO HERE WITH
A beau - a romantic candlelit dinner; friends - for a fun dinner
WHY WE LIKE IT
We can’t help but fall for its rustic and romantic charms. The food is phenomenally fresh, the antique décor transports you to Italy, and the service fantastic.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
It can be a touch dark during the daytime.
GOOD TO KNOW
The restaurant is open late on the weekends (swing by then and you might even spot a chef or two). This is a fabulous date spot; be sure to request a table in the candlelit wine cellar for added romance. In addition to private rooms, the entire restaurant can be rented for larger parties; if you’re springing for this, Il Buco will share their own event planner (who is quite helpful), private tastings, and even exclusive party favors.
Il Buco Alimentare e Vineria (New York)
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