West Village Favorite Barbuto Is Closing After 15 Years

by Stephanie Maida · March 27, 2019

    The New York restaurant scene is taking another hit. Barbuto, the breezy Italian eatery beloved by celebrities and locals alike, will be shuttering in May. 

    Helmed by Chef Jonathan Waxman, the neighborhood favorite opened in a former garage space on the corner of Washington Street and West 12th back in 2004, gaining fame for its market-driven, California-fresh approach to Italian. With its glass-paneled garage doors, which can fully open come spring and summer, Barbuto also became a go-to for al fresco dining and people-watching (it's right next door to Fashion Week hub and studio, Industria).

    According to the New York Times, the building just south of the Meatpacking District was sold last year and the new owners don't want a restaurant in the space. Thanks, guys.

    But all hope is not lost. Waxman hopes to find another location for the restaurant in the neighborhood by the end of the year. Nevertheless, summertime dining just won't be the same this season.