Perfect day for lunching alfresco!
I arrived at the restaurant on the early side, so I got a chance to browse. I was surprised to find a rustic interior, with farmhouse details. The space felt cozy and homey, not at all what I had imagined for this upscale restaurant…but in a good way. If it wasn't such a beautiful day outside, I would have chosen to dine "in".
The appetizers were small in portion, average in taste, and way overpriced! I mean, $19 for 4 measly prawns?! The prawn shells didn't even peel off easily, which made me think that something wasn't quite right…
The housemade pappardelle with porcini mushroom was fresh, light, and tasty.
The risotto tasted more like Asian rice than Italian risotto. The portion was big, but it didn't have much flavor.
The star of the meal was definitely the chicken. Moist and full of flavor.
Verdict: A. I was a bit disappointed with the food here. I love Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, the more casual sister restaurant to Il Buco, so I assumed the original Il Buco would be even better. Maybe my expectations were too high... While I love the atmosphere of Il Buco, I much prefer the food at Il Buco Alimentari.
47 Bond Street (Between Bowery & Lafayette)