Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

I love this place. It has all the making of a perfect, great for so many reasons spot. It's located on Great Jones Street, off Bowery, right around the corner from the original (and still great) Il Buco. There's a ton of excellent bars and restaurants in this area, and tons of nightlife for afterwards if that's what you are into.
I've been here twice now, once for dinner at the bar, and again yesterday with a friend for lunch. The food is delicious, the service excellent, and I love the vibe. The chef, Justin Smile does an amazing job. It's casual, but still really nice. 
When we came for dinner we had the padron peppers with preserved lemon and sea salt(I love these and order them any time I am able to), the gnudi with ricotta, cherry tomatoes, anchovy and brown butter which was insane, and the branzino which comes salt baked with caramelized lemon. Yesterday for lunch we had crispy artichokes with fresh lemon, perfectly crispy but not oily. The ricotta with grapefruit, extra virgin olive oil and pistachios, also delicious. And the panini with grilled kale, strachiotello cheese and anchovy was gooey greatness. 

Do not leave without get the salted caramel gelato, you will not regret it!

Go here. Then come back again. And again. And again. It's a winner. 

Neighborhood: Noho, Bowery 

Good For: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Date spot (though you may get communal table)

Bite Mark: ****

Il Buco Alimentari; 53 Great Jones Street bet. Lafayette & Bowery 212-837-2622