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Pasta for breakfast

Pasta for breakfast

I found the best breakfast carbonara in New York. It's at Il Buco and you need to go try it immediately.

I acknowledge it's a rather sizable claim, so perhaps I'll qualify it by saying the best breakfast carbonara that I've had so far in Manhattan. I'm always open to new food suggestions, so fire away if you think you know of another serious contender. But I'm willing to stake some serious cash that the cabonara here deserves a spot in the upper echelons of your list. 

There are 2 sister restaurants with (basically) the same name - you're looking for Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria on Great Jones. Il Buco on Bond St. is the slightly bougier, refined older sister.  

Filled with wooden tables and worn multi-colored accessories & glassware, the space feels rustic and homey. Snag a seat upstairs to bask under the enormous sun-roof, which floods the space with light on a nice New York day. 

If you're brunching with a group, they offer a great pastry basket appetizer which comes filled with assorted different croissants & muffins and a side of freshly whipped butter and ricotta - important. 

Now let's talk about this carbonara - starting where every good carbonara starts, with the pasta itself. The pasta is fresh and cooked perfectly to be just a tad al dente. Timing on carbonara is everything and they nailed it with this dish - the richness of the cheeses have been perfectly melded to the very essence of every strand of pasta in the dish. You'll find yourself vying for more long after you've already eaten your fair share.

They also serve up a couple of different tarts which are great for splitting. We opted for the torta di spagna which is a plump little tart filled with potatoes & onions and covered in a flaky crust.  

Finally, the  short-rib hash here is pretty darn delicious as well. The hash is blended artfully with chili & salsa verde, which serves more to elevate the flavor of the dish rather than really amp up the spice factor. It also comes topped with a sunny-side up egg, which is a welcome addition to pretty much any brunch dish (in my opinion). 

Verdict: do yourself a favor and make your way to NoHo to try this carbonara immediately. Also for all my friends who don't believe in the institution of 'brunch' - they don't serve this carbonara for lunch or dinner, so start believing. 

Revel in the (Bar) Glory

Revel in the (Bar) Glory

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