The Italian Restaurant In Nolita That Inspired Edgar Allan Poe
Il Buco deserves to be in your date night rotation, especially if you’re in the mood for Italian. An antique shop in its past life, this Umbrian restaurant has more than a little magic in its rustic ambiance. Warm, charming, and romantic, Il Buco boasts an authentic seasonal menu that mixes familiar Italian dishes with creative Mediterranean small plates. If you’re feeling adventurous, start your meal with the olive oil tasting. You’ll sample a range of flavors from different regions of Italy, all paired with delicious bread. The wine list spans the globe and showcases boutique producers, and you’ll find the bottles adorning the walls of the 200-year-old underground wine cellar, which, rumor has it, inspired Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado.”
Post dinner, head across the street to The Wren for artisanal cocktails and updated classics. The cozy space fills up quickly on weekends, so grab a drink and enjoy the atmosphere and each other among the lively, energetic crowd. Come back during daytime boozing hours for delicious items like B.E.C. croquettes, maple-sage sausage sandwiches, and French toast.
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