Dinner Plans: il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

January 08, 2013 | by —Simona Rabinovitch
Photography by Noe DeWitt
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From your morning espresso and brioche to a business lunch or hot-date dinner, NoHo comes alive at Donna Lennard's casual dining destination, il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. This lively, tri-level sister to the popular il Buco features not only a restaurant, but market, coffee and wine bar, bakery, and gelateria, with in-house cured meats and fresh breads (made with organic flour, of course) among its many seductions.

When describing the Vineria's cuisine, rustic and flavorful are words that come to mind. Shareable small plates and entrees include daily handmade pastas, rotisserie-roasted ribs, and Label Rouge chickens. For an appetizer, try the hamachi crudo with cucumber granita and trout caviar or the bottarga and Brussels sprout salad. Pastas range from corkscrew busiate with almond, anchovies, capers, and tomato to carbonara with house-cured pancetta. Spaghetti comes tossed with either bottarga or house-cured salt cod, fennel, and breadcrumbs. Heartier appetites will enjoy the spit-roasted rabbit, slow-roasted short ribs, and porchetta, all courtesy of executive chef Justin Smilie, who East Enders will recall from his stint at Andre Balazs’ Sunset Beach on Shelter Island.

As the cuisine treads the line between rustic and refined, so too does the décor. Antiques are peppered throughout the space, with old Italian street lamps and antique porcelain tiles alongside reclaimed banquettes, tables, and bar paneling from the building’s previous incarnation as the Great Jones Lumber Supply.

At the market, or Alimentari, you can take home house-cured salami, whole roasted chickens, freshly prepared sandwiches, house-made ricotta, bruschetta, and a rainbow of gelato flavors. And il Buco’s own brand of hand-harvested Sicilian sea salt, extra virgin olive oils (sourced from Ubmria, Sicily, and Liguria), and vinegars straight from Montegibbio de Mondena are not to be overlooked, either. 53 Great Jones St., 212-837-2622

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