Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria
Italian cuisine with a deep wine list for those who dine in and essential Italian provisions including gelato, to go.
There was a time when I thought if I had to eat at one restaurant for the rest of my life, it would be Il Buco Alimentari. Now, thankfully I have not had to make that sort of monastic commitment, but if pressed, I still would. Il Buco Alimentari’s got it all—the vibe, Italian vintage meets old-world grocery; the charming service; the long and deep wine list. The food, though, is the thing.
You’ll want to start with some Salumi Della Casa and the Crispy Artichokes with preserved lemon. You can’t not have the short rib for two, a gorgeous hunk of fall-from-the-bone beef, adorned with green Castelvetrano olives, diced celery, toasted walnuts, and fresh grated horseradish, so go with a carnivore if possible. Or eat for one and bring the rest home for lunch the next day (who are you kidding, you’ll have it for breakfast!). I’m also big on their Bucatini Cacio e Pepe, which is as delicious as it is simple. Gelato for dessert. Whether inside in the front room, down below by the bar or outside on the sidewalk on a summer day, it’s always perfecto!
Crispy Artichokes, Salumi Della Casa, Short Rib, Cacio e Pepe
- Subway: B, D, F, M to Broadway-Lafayette or 6 to Bleecker
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