Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria




Get directions | 53 Great Jones St., New York, NY 10012


Hours | Sunday 9am-11pm, Monday 8am-11pm, Tuesday 8am-11pm, Wednesday 8am-11pm, Thursday 8am-11pm, Friday 8am-12am, Saturday 9am-12am


You know what makes me angry? The fact that right now, at this very minute, someone, somewhere (probably in Britain) is buying tickets to see Queen with Adam Lambert. I’m sorry, but I’ll just never understand why anyone would pay money to see a live desecration of ‘I Want To Break Free’ sung by someone not named Freddie Mercury – especially when that someone came from American Idol. That’s not Queen. That’s Queen karaoke.
Now, before word makes it to the ‘Glamberts’ that I’ve slandered their king, and before the virtual pitchforks come out, let me make myself clear. I absolutely do think that Adam Lambert sucks. But I am making that point here in this restaurant review for a reason. You see, in most situations, be it music, sports, or television, you cannot have a significant core lineup change and simply carry on as though everything remains the same. It didn’t work for whatever that first Dumb and Dumber sequel was, it didn’t work on Two And A Half Men after Charlie Sheen got awesome, and I don’t care what you say, it didn’t work for Van Halen either. David Lee Roth forever.
Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria recently had a pretty significant lineup change of its own, when their longtime chef left to open a new establishment with Stephen Starr, the restaurant industry’s Simon Cowell. Being that this place has been in our regular rotation ever since we first reviewed it back in 2011, this was a concerning development. We generally dislike change, especially when it relates to whether or not short rib sandwiches will be available to us for lunch. As a result, we’ve been back to Il Buco AV several (seven) times over the last few months to see what’s changed with a new lead singer at the helm, sure to be bummed out by a bunch of Adam Lambert interpretations of their greatest hits.




Winter 2022

Olive 8
olives marinated in fennel pollen,
rosemary, lemon zest

Salumi 18/36
a selection of il Buco Alimentari salumi and
La Quercia prosciutto Americano

Baccalá Fritto 18
crispy Sanmartí flour salted Atlantic cod,
Lani’s Farm crushed chili aioli

Crudo 21
thin-sliced bigeye tuna, bergamot,
hearts of palm, serrano pepper

Bikini 18
Ibérico shoulder ham, fresh mozzarella,
black truffle, pan blanco

Pulpo 24
Spanish octopus a la plancha, mandarin,
capers, taggiasca olives, cilantro

Uovo 18
poached organic egg, Phillips’s Farm cardoon,
horseradish, fontina d’Aosta, gremolata

Ricotta 19
house-made ricotta, Lani’s Farm beets,
Cantabrian anchovies, peppercress

Cavolonero 18
Tuscan black kale, garlic-anchovy-lemon vinaigrette,
filone croutons, parmigiano Reggiano

Insalata di Agrumi 17
blood orange, Castelfranco radicchio, market greens
Sicilian pistachio, Calabrian fennel pollen

Salsiccia di Coniglio 19
house-made Vermont rabbit sausage,
chantenay carrots, herb yoghurt

Scottato di Bue 26
seared Mishima wagyu A5 beef carpaccio,
crispy salsify, chive pesto

Gambas 24
pan-fried Pacific blue king prawns
in Trapanese coarse sea salt

“Il Buco Ribeye”
Bistecca alla Fiorentina 130
*cast-iron seared Painted Hills Farm ribeye steak,
smoked salt, arugula, parmigiano Reggiano

Sample Daily Menu

Zuppa 14
Umbrian lentils, winter vegetables,


Lasagnette 26
house-made fresh pasta, Alimentari pancetta,
butternut squash, pecorino di noce

Ravioli 28
house-made egg pasta filled with ricotta, red beets,
walnut, brown butter, sage

Spaghetti 32
artisan dried pasta, Long Island razor clams,
Fresno chili, scallions, capers

Risotto 24
Principato di Lucedio carnaroli rice,
Lani’s Farm spinach, melted leeks, Meyer lemon


Pesce 34
seared filet of Montauk wild striped bass,
olive oil crushed potatoes, artichokes, Meyer lemon

Pollo 36
cast-iron roasted Bella Bella Farm baby chicken,
ambrosia apple, shaved fennel, red endive, whole grain Dijon

Agnello 38
slow-roasted Hudson Valley lamb tenderloin,
foraged nettle purée, caulilini, pomegranate

Bistecca 42
grilled Provitello Farm beef skirt steak,
charred Romanesco, cipollini onions, Calabrian chili salmoriglio

Cestino di Pane, Sale, Olio 6/8
house-baked bread basket with Trapanese fiore di sale,
il Buco extra virgin olive oil

Olive Oil Tasting 18
we offer distinct extra virgin olive oils
to complement your meal – a tasting of all three

’20 Biancolilla
delicate and fruity with notes of orange blossom
and a soft, spicy finish – Trapani, Sicily

’20 Cerasuola
fruity and fresh green flavors; floral, herbaceous,
slightly bitter finish, spicy and sweet flavors –Trapani, Sicily

’20 Moraiolo
powerful, dark green, superior fruit with a grassy aroma
and spicy finish – Foligno, Umbria