Earlier this summer I stopped at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, an extension of the original Il Buco restaurant still located on adjacent Bond Street in Greenwich Village. The front of the restaurant is a market and bakery, the back a noisy eatery and wine bar. The food is fresh and quite good, but a tad pricey for the small portions.
Thin slivers of asparagus ($14) come with mojama and a lightly poached egg that you break to become the sauce. Perfection. We also had a side of the — not to be missed — crispy polenta dusted with Parmigiano ($7) Reggiano. The only disappointment was the cacio e pepe $17, a minimalist dish that I usually love for it’s simplicity of fresh pasta cheese and pepper.
Our crisp 2010 Garlider Veltliner ($50) was the perfect match for our various nibbles.
Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria
53 Great Jones St
New York, NY 10012