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Il Buco: another sad chapter in a series of crushing culinary disappointments.

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Il Buco: another sad chapter in a series of crushing culinary disappointments.

Eliot Shepard | Mar 16, 2001 10:17 AM

I indulged at Il Buco (47 Bond St. off Bowery) the other evening. This is the pan-Mediterranean place which is an antique store by day, restaurant by night. Atmosphere and service were pleasant enough, if a little kitschy, but the food ranged from uninspired to really bad.

I was in the mood for pasta, and ordered papardelle with lamb ragout, hoping for something hearty. The dish seemed to consist of ground lamb, onions, absolutely no salt, and some shards of what must have been some very thin pappardelle that was flat-out overcooked. It was a bland mush, and just plain shouldn't been served, especially for sixteen dollars!

Anyone had a better experience there?

Eliot

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