In 1994 Donna Leonard opened the original il Buco out back of an antique furniture store on Bond Street steps off the Bowery. Self taught with no experience the place was an instant neighborhood hit. A few years back she expanded with il Buco Alimentari a block north on Great Jones St., which earned 3 stars from the NY Times, both of the places are total stand outs.
Two restaurants that are wine lovers paradise, both affiliated with wine shop. Racine's is linked to Chambers St Wines down the block, spot on French inspired menu and an amazing selection of wines by the glass or bottle. Wine Disciples is a store right next to a restaurant, here the cooking is American / Italian, ingredient driven and the wine list by glass and bottle is wonderful.