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NYC’s il Buco Alimentari Starts the Year Off With a New Menu


The NoHo Mediterranean spot launches a new menu and introduces a new culinary team

A new dining option for fans of Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria.

At the beloved Italian eatery il Buco Alimentari, restaurateur Donna Leonard has revamped the menu with a little help from some new faces. The venue’s new executive chef is Garrison Price, an alum of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in NYC and Jean-Georges’ Culinary Concepts.

His global palate and passion for whole-animal butchery means we can enjoy dishes like riso nero made with Venetian black rice, housemade pork sausage, blue prawns, and farm eggs; Polpo a la Plancha with braised baby octopus, Gaeta black olives, and kumquats; and Elysian Fields lamb, which Price is sourcing whole, serving roasted alongside a tea-smoked broth. Breathe easy; classics like the roasted short ribs and crispy artichokes are staying put.

Along with a new menu comes a Chef’s Counter at the Alimentari where small plates can be shared before heading back to il Buco for dinner. The goal is to unite the two spaces.

The restaurant also brought on a new head baker, Sheena Otto, who worked as head boulangère at the Michelin-starred Atera and most recently at beloved Brooklyn bakery Bien Cuit. Also joining Price and Otto is executive pastry chef Robert Bryant, who has worked in the pastry kitchens of Rouge Tomate, Craft, The Standard Grill, and The Breslin.


Il Buco

We try to keep things fresh here at The Infatuation. Most of the time that means staying on top of the latest New York City dining trends, whether it be the hottest new openings, that time we got another BBQ restaurant, or anytime anyone does literally anything with a donut. That’s what food writing is all about these days. Following trends and discussing them until they die.

Other times, keeping things fresh means going back to some of the oldest restaurant reviews in our system to see if anything has changed over the last five years - or at least just to take out all the references to LOST and The Black Eyed Peas. Is there a chance you’ll still understand what we meant when we said we wanted to “eat that gnocchi like Hurley alone in the hatch with a sack of candy bars?” Possibly. But we’d rather not take that risk.

Our original review for Il Buco contained no such reference, nor was there any mention of will.i.am, Fergie, or the girl in that group. But it was time for an updated review for one simple reason - this is still one of the absolute best restaurants in New York City, and we want to remind you of that.

We published our first Il Buco review back in 2009, but we never stopped eating here. It’s been in our Date Night rotation since basically the beginning of the decade, and it’s also at the top of our list when people visiting New York for the first time ask us where they should eat. Start with Il Buco, then fill in the rest. Why? Because there still just isn’t any place like it. Show me another restaurant in this town that was originally an antique store, has a 200-year-old wine cellar that Edgar Allen Poe used to chill in, and is so romantic that you’re pretty much guaranteed to see people trying to Fergie each other at the table if you hang around later than 10pm. It doesn’t exist.

That very fact is what led us to actually increase our rating on Il Buco, even though it is exactly the same as it always has been. This restaurant is still better and more special than almost everything that has opened up around it since 1994, and longevity and consistency have to count for something.

In this case, they count for half a point and a brand new review - one that’s full of fresh and topical references.


Il Buco

We try to keep things fresh here at The Infatuation. Most of the time that means staying on top of the latest New York City dining trends, whether it be the hottest new openings, that time we got another BBQ restaurant, or anytime anyone does literally anything with a donut. That’s what food writing is all about these days. Following trends and discussing them until they die.

Other times, keeping things fresh means going back to some of the oldest restaurant reviews in our system to see if anything has changed over the last five years - or at least just to take out all the references to LOST and The Black Eyed Peas. Is there a chance you’ll still understand what we meant when we said we wanted to “eat that gnocchi like Hurley alone in the hatch with a sack of candy bars?” Possibly. But we’d rather not take that risk.

Our original review for Il Buco contained no such reference, nor was there any mention of will.i.am, Fergie, or the girl in that group. But it was time for an updated review for one simple reason - this is still one of the absolute best restaurants in New York City, and we want to remind you of that.

We published our first Il Buco review back in 2009, but we never stopped eating here. It’s been in our Date Night rotation since basically the beginning of the decade, and it’s also at the top of our list when people visiting New York for the first time ask us where they should eat. Start with Il Buco, then fill in the rest. Why? Because there still just isn’t any place like it. Show me another restaurant in this town that was originally an antique store, has a 200-year-old wine cellar that Edgar Allen Poe used to chill in, and is so romantic that you’re pretty much guaranteed to see people trying to Fergie each other at the table if you hang around later than 10pm. It doesn’t exist.

That very fact is what led us to actually increase our rating on Il Buco, even though it is exactly the same as it always has been. This restaurant is still better and more special than almost everything that has opened up around it since 1994, and longevity and consistency have to count for something.

In this case, they count for half a point and a brand new review - one that’s full of fresh and topical references.


Il Buco

We try to keep things fresh here at The Infatuation. Most of the time that means staying on top of the latest New York City dining trends, whether it be the hottest new openings, that time we got another BBQ restaurant, or anytime anyone does literally anything with a donut. That’s what food writing is all about these days. Following trends and discussing them until they die.

Other times, keeping things fresh means going back to some of the oldest restaurant reviews in our system to see if anything has changed over the last five years - or at least just to take out all the references to LOST and The Black Eyed Peas. Is there a chance you’ll still understand what we meant when we said we wanted to “eat that gnocchi like Hurley alone in the hatch with a sack of candy bars?” Possibly. But we’d rather not take that risk.

Our original review for Il Buco contained no such reference, nor was there any mention of will.i.am, Fergie, or the girl in that group. But it was time for an updated review for one simple reason - this is still one of the absolute best restaurants in New York City, and we want to remind you of that.

We published our first Il Buco review back in 2009, but we never stopped eating here. It’s been in our Date Night rotation since basically the beginning of the decade, and it’s also at the top of our list when people visiting New York for the first time ask us where they should eat. Start with Il Buco, then fill in the rest. Why? Because there still just isn’t any place like it. Show me another restaurant in this town that was originally an antique store, has a 200-year-old wine cellar that Edgar Allen Poe used to chill in, and is so romantic that you’re pretty much guaranteed to see people trying to Fergie each other at the table if you hang around later than 10pm. It doesn’t exist.

That very fact is what led us to actually increase our rating on Il Buco, even though it is exactly the same as it always has been. This restaurant is still better and more special than almost everything that has opened up around it since 1994, and longevity and consistency have to count for something.

In this case, they count for half a point and a brand new review - one that’s full of fresh and topical references.


Il Buco

We try to keep things fresh here at The Infatuation. Most of the time that means staying on top of the latest New York City dining trends, whether it be the hottest new openings, that time we got another BBQ restaurant, or anytime anyone does literally anything with a donut. That’s what food writing is all about these days. Following trends and discussing them until they die.

Other times, keeping things fresh means going back to some of the oldest restaurant reviews in our system to see if anything has changed over the last five years - or at least just to take out all the references to LOST and The Black Eyed Peas. Is there a chance you’ll still understand what we meant when we said we wanted to “eat that gnocchi like Hurley alone in the hatch with a sack of candy bars?” Possibly. But we’d rather not take that risk.

Our original review for Il Buco contained no such reference, nor was there any mention of will.i.am, Fergie, or the girl in that group. But it was time for an updated review for one simple reason - this is still one of the absolute best restaurants in New York City, and we want to remind you of that.

We published our first Il Buco review back in 2009, but we never stopped eating here. It’s been in our Date Night rotation since basically the beginning of the decade, and it’s also at the top of our list when people visiting New York for the first time ask us where they should eat. Start with Il Buco, then fill in the rest. Why? Because there still just isn’t any place like it. Show me another restaurant in this town that was originally an antique store, has a 200-year-old wine cellar that Edgar Allen Poe used to chill in, and is so romantic that you’re pretty much guaranteed to see people trying to Fergie each other at the table if you hang around later than 10pm. It doesn’t exist.

That very fact is what led us to actually increase our rating on Il Buco, even though it is exactly the same as it always has been. This restaurant is still better and more special than almost everything that has opened up around it since 1994, and longevity and consistency have to count for something.

In this case, they count for half a point and a brand new review - one that’s full of fresh and topical references.


Il Buco

We try to keep things fresh here at The Infatuation. Most of the time that means staying on top of the latest New York City dining trends, whether it be the hottest new openings, that time we got another BBQ restaurant, or anytime anyone does literally anything with a donut. That’s what food writing is all about these days. Following trends and discussing them until they die.

Other times, keeping things fresh means going back to some of the oldest restaurant reviews in our system to see if anything has changed over the last five years - or at least just to take out all the references to LOST and The Black Eyed Peas. Is there a chance you’ll still understand what we meant when we said we wanted to “eat that gnocchi like Hurley alone in the hatch with a sack of candy bars?” Possibly. But we’d rather not take that risk.

Our original review for Il Buco contained no such reference, nor was there any mention of will.i.am, Fergie, or the girl in that group. But it was time for an updated review for one simple reason - this is still one of the absolute best restaurants in New York City, and we want to remind you of that.

We published our first Il Buco review back in 2009, but we never stopped eating here. It’s been in our Date Night rotation since basically the beginning of the decade, and it’s also at the top of our list when people visiting New York for the first time ask us where they should eat. Start with Il Buco, then fill in the rest. Why? Because there still just isn’t any place like it. Show me another restaurant in this town that was originally an antique store, has a 200-year-old wine cellar that Edgar Allen Poe used to chill in, and is so romantic that you’re pretty much guaranteed to see people trying to Fergie each other at the table if you hang around later than 10pm. It doesn’t exist.

That very fact is what led us to actually increase our rating on Il Buco, even though it is exactly the same as it always has been. This restaurant is still better and more special than almost everything that has opened up around it since 1994, and longevity and consistency have to count for something.

In this case, they count for half a point and a brand new review - one that’s full of fresh and topical references.


Il Buco

We try to keep things fresh here at The Infatuation. Most of the time that means staying on top of the latest New York City dining trends, whether it be the hottest new openings, that time we got another BBQ restaurant, or anytime anyone does literally anything with a donut. That’s what food writing is all about these days. Following trends and discussing them until they die.

Other times, keeping things fresh means going back to some of the oldest restaurant reviews in our system to see if anything has changed over the last five years - or at least just to take out all the references to LOST and The Black Eyed Peas. Is there a chance you’ll still understand what we meant when we said we wanted to “eat that gnocchi like Hurley alone in the hatch with a sack of candy bars?” Possibly. But we’d rather not take that risk.

Our original review for Il Buco contained no such reference, nor was there any mention of will.i.am, Fergie, or the girl in that group. But it was time for an updated review for one simple reason - this is still one of the absolute best restaurants in New York City, and we want to remind you of that.

We published our first Il Buco review back in 2009, but we never stopped eating here. It’s been in our Date Night rotation since basically the beginning of the decade, and it’s also at the top of our list when people visiting New York for the first time ask us where they should eat. Start with Il Buco, then fill in the rest. Why? Because there still just isn’t any place like it. Show me another restaurant in this town that was originally an antique store, has a 200-year-old wine cellar that Edgar Allen Poe used to chill in, and is so romantic that you’re pretty much guaranteed to see people trying to Fergie each other at the table if you hang around later than 10pm. It doesn’t exist.

That very fact is what led us to actually increase our rating on Il Buco, even though it is exactly the same as it always has been. This restaurant is still better and more special than almost everything that has opened up around it since 1994, and longevity and consistency have to count for something.

In this case, they count for half a point and a brand new review - one that’s full of fresh and topical references.


Il Buco

We try to keep things fresh here at The Infatuation. Most of the time that means staying on top of the latest New York City dining trends, whether it be the hottest new openings, that time we got another BBQ restaurant, or anytime anyone does literally anything with a donut. That’s what food writing is all about these days. Following trends and discussing them until they die.

Other times, keeping things fresh means going back to some of the oldest restaurant reviews in our system to see if anything has changed over the last five years - or at least just to take out all the references to LOST and The Black Eyed Peas. Is there a chance you’ll still understand what we meant when we said we wanted to “eat that gnocchi like Hurley alone in the hatch with a sack of candy bars?” Possibly. But we’d rather not take that risk.

Our original review for Il Buco contained no such reference, nor was there any mention of will.i.am, Fergie, or the girl in that group. But it was time for an updated review for one simple reason - this is still one of the absolute best restaurants in New York City, and we want to remind you of that.

We published our first Il Buco review back in 2009, but we never stopped eating here. It’s been in our Date Night rotation since basically the beginning of the decade, and it’s also at the top of our list when people visiting New York for the first time ask us where they should eat. Start with Il Buco, then fill in the rest. Why? Because there still just isn’t any place like it. Show me another restaurant in this town that was originally an antique store, has a 200-year-old wine cellar that Edgar Allen Poe used to chill in, and is so romantic that you’re pretty much guaranteed to see people trying to Fergie each other at the table if you hang around later than 10pm. It doesn’t exist.

That very fact is what led us to actually increase our rating on Il Buco, even though it is exactly the same as it always has been. This restaurant is still better and more special than almost everything that has opened up around it since 1994, and longevity and consistency have to count for something.

In this case, they count for half a point and a brand new review - one that’s full of fresh and topical references.


Il Buco

We try to keep things fresh here at The Infatuation. Most of the time that means staying on top of the latest New York City dining trends, whether it be the hottest new openings, that time we got another BBQ restaurant, or anytime anyone does literally anything with a donut. That’s what food writing is all about these days. Following trends and discussing them until they die.

Other times, keeping things fresh means going back to some of the oldest restaurant reviews in our system to see if anything has changed over the last five years - or at least just to take out all the references to LOST and The Black Eyed Peas. Is there a chance you’ll still understand what we meant when we said we wanted to “eat that gnocchi like Hurley alone in the hatch with a sack of candy bars?” Possibly. But we’d rather not take that risk.

Our original review for Il Buco contained no such reference, nor was there any mention of will.i.am, Fergie, or the girl in that group. But it was time for an updated review for one simple reason - this is still one of the absolute best restaurants in New York City, and we want to remind you of that.

We published our first Il Buco review back in 2009, but we never stopped eating here. It’s been in our Date Night rotation since basically the beginning of the decade, and it’s also at the top of our list when people visiting New York for the first time ask us where they should eat. Start with Il Buco, then fill in the rest. Why? Because there still just isn’t any place like it. Show me another restaurant in this town that was originally an antique store, has a 200-year-old wine cellar that Edgar Allen Poe used to chill in, and is so romantic that you’re pretty much guaranteed to see people trying to Fergie each other at the table if you hang around later than 10pm. It doesn’t exist.

That very fact is what led us to actually increase our rating on Il Buco, even though it is exactly the same as it always has been. This restaurant is still better and more special than almost everything that has opened up around it since 1994, and longevity and consistency have to count for something.

In this case, they count for half a point and a brand new review - one that’s full of fresh and topical references.


Il Buco

We try to keep things fresh here at The Infatuation. Most of the time that means staying on top of the latest New York City dining trends, whether it be the hottest new openings, that time we got another BBQ restaurant, or anytime anyone does literally anything with a donut. That’s what food writing is all about these days. Following trends and discussing them until they die.

Other times, keeping things fresh means going back to some of the oldest restaurant reviews in our system to see if anything has changed over the last five years - or at least just to take out all the references to LOST and The Black Eyed Peas. Is there a chance you’ll still understand what we meant when we said we wanted to “eat that gnocchi like Hurley alone in the hatch with a sack of candy bars?” Possibly. But we’d rather not take that risk.

Our original review for Il Buco contained no such reference, nor was there any mention of will.i.am, Fergie, or the girl in that group. But it was time for an updated review for one simple reason - this is still one of the absolute best restaurants in New York City, and we want to remind you of that.

We published our first Il Buco review back in 2009, but we never stopped eating here. It’s been in our Date Night rotation since basically the beginning of the decade, and it’s also at the top of our list when people visiting New York for the first time ask us where they should eat. Start with Il Buco, then fill in the rest. Why? Because there still just isn’t any place like it. Show me another restaurant in this town that was originally an antique store, has a 200-year-old wine cellar that Edgar Allen Poe used to chill in, and is so romantic that you’re pretty much guaranteed to see people trying to Fergie each other at the table if you hang around later than 10pm. It doesn’t exist.

That very fact is what led us to actually increase our rating on Il Buco, even though it is exactly the same as it always has been. This restaurant is still better and more special than almost everything that has opened up around it since 1994, and longevity and consistency have to count for something.

In this case, they count for half a point and a brand new review - one that’s full of fresh and topical references.


Il Buco

We try to keep things fresh here at The Infatuation. Most of the time that means staying on top of the latest New York City dining trends, whether it be the hottest new openings, that time we got another BBQ restaurant, or anytime anyone does literally anything with a donut. That’s what food writing is all about these days. Following trends and discussing them until they die.

Other times, keeping things fresh means going back to some of the oldest restaurant reviews in our system to see if anything has changed over the last five years - or at least just to take out all the references to LOST and The Black Eyed Peas. Is there a chance you’ll still understand what we meant when we said we wanted to “eat that gnocchi like Hurley alone in the hatch with a sack of candy bars?” Possibly. But we’d rather not take that risk.

Our original review for Il Buco contained no such reference, nor was there any mention of will.i.am, Fergie, or the girl in that group. But it was time for an updated review for one simple reason - this is still one of the absolute best restaurants in New York City, and we want to remind you of that.

We published our first Il Buco review back in 2009, but we never stopped eating here. It’s been in our Date Night rotation since basically the beginning of the decade, and it’s also at the top of our list when people visiting New York for the first time ask us where they should eat. Start with Il Buco, then fill in the rest. Why? Because there still just isn’t any place like it. Show me another restaurant in this town that was originally an antique store, has a 200-year-old wine cellar that Edgar Allen Poe used to chill in, and is so romantic that you’re pretty much guaranteed to see people trying to Fergie each other at the table if you hang around later than 10pm. It doesn’t exist.

That very fact is what led us to actually increase our rating on Il Buco, even though it is exactly the same as it always has been. This restaurant is still better and more special than almost everything that has opened up around it since 1994, and longevity and consistency have to count for something.

In this case, they count for half a point and a brand new review - one that’s full of fresh and topical references.


Watch the video: OzerskyTV visits Il Buco Alimentari u0026 Vineria, part 2 produced by Underground Eats (January 2022).