I have been to restaurants and brunches specifically all over the city, but I went to one a few months ago that stood out among all of the others.
Located in NOHO, Il Buco is an Italian restaurant known for their homemade goods. When I went there, I sat outside with my family while we sipped on lattes on a sunny day. Nothing gets better than that.
There are two Il Buco restaurants in the city, the one that I went to was called the Alimentari & Vineria, and their other location is one block over. Both serve a full menu, so whether you are in the mood for more of an old Italian olive and cheese shop aesthetic or a more traditional restaurant feel, both options are less than a five-minute walk apart.
Inside the Alimentari & Vineria restaurant, the setting is so cozy, the tables are old farm tables, and they have tons of antique wood furniture. You feel like you are stepping into a restaurant straight out of Italy. They really nailed the whole ambiance. There is a coffee bar inside, where you can buy their homemade bread, cheese, and various meats. My family took home an olive loaf, some salami, and some cheese on multiple different trips to this location, all of which was delicious.
The first time I went there for brunch I ordered the avocado toast with scrambled eggs. This meal was so simple yet so delicious.
My family also ordered the Bucatini Cacio e Pepe which is a pasta topped with parmigiano reggiono, pecorino and black pepper. They got the Caprese and a few salads as well. No complaints and the urge to order everything on the menu because of how good the things we got were.
my dad described his experience as:
“the decor, the server, and the menu all seemed authentic, approachable Italian.”
Overall, this has to be my favorite spot in the city, whether you are looking for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
My family and I will be coming here again and again.