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About Butter Midtown
BUTTER is located in Midtown Manhattan. Executive Chef, Alex Guarnaschelli offers traditional American fare highlighted and enhanced by subtle global influences with the grace notes of seasonality.
New York, NY 10036
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am-2:30pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
45th street between 5th & 6th avenues
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Butter Midtown Ratings and Reviews
The food was really tasty and full of flavor, however, our waiter was not attentive at all. He never came back to see if our food was alright and I constantly had to flag him down to get assistance. If it wasn't my daughter's birthday I would have left after waiting 15 minutes for someone to take our beverage order but my daughter had been dying to come here. On another note, the busy boy was very helpful.
The food was amazing, delicious, outstanding, i could go on and on! This was easily the best meal i have ever had in my life. We ordered the chili rubbed octopus, tomato panzanella salad, gnocchi mac and cheese, guinea hen ravioli, NY strip steak, goat cheese grits, zucchini gratin, chocolate espresso cake and raspberry beignets along with many of the delicious cocktails! Everything was so fresh and seasoned to perfection. The octopus was the most tender and delicious octopus I've ever had. The atmosphere was wonderful!
However the service could use some improvements.. our waiter was a bit rude. Myself and 4 friends came for a ladies dinner to celebrate the upcoming wedding of one of our friends. We requested separate checks at the end of the meal and got some attitude in response. We had several cocktails, a few appetizers, split a few sides, everyone had an entree and everyone had a desert so i understand that it may not have been ideal to split them up but he was pretty rude in his response. At this point, I said just bring one check and i will put the whole thing on my card and we can figure it out later. The menu and online both say that gratuity is automatically added for parties of 6 or more (totally fine, i definitely understand this) however when the server dropped off the check for the 5 of us he had added 20% gratuity and did not disclose it. Luckily we noticed on the receipt when i was completing the signature/tip lines. I have worked in restaurants and bars for over 10 years myself and he would have received a 25-30% despite his not so friendly nature had he not taken it upon himself to add gratuity (contrary to the restaurants policy on the menu) and not let us know about it. I am hoping that we just caught the waiter on a bad night and that this is not his typical way to treat customers... especially groups with a final check totaling over $500. I loved the food, the ambiance and everything but the service. We would good back with a different server!
The food was terrific and so was the service. However, I was a bit disappointed because the executive chef, Alex, was at the restaurant and we were there because of her and her reputation. We let the server know; however while Alex did greet another table, she did not come to ours which was disappointing since we had specially let our server know.
I've been twice; experience both times was very good. The booth seating is great for two and high ceilings help dampen the noise.
Food is good but the panzanella was a serious disappointment - cut up tomatoes with some dressing and a few croutons. We make it much better at home! The cauliflower is delicious and creative but it is begging for some cayenne - otherwise it was a bit bland.
We went to Butter today for Sunday brunch buffet. It was amazing! We ordered a carafe of peach bellinis for my daughter and I and my husband got a Bloody Mary. The carafe is a really good value and the bellinis were delicious. There was a wide variety of food on the buffet ranging from sweet to savory, including all the requisite breakfast staples. The hanger steak was delicious and the Mac and cheese gnocchi was melt in your mouth. There were also a couple of salads and veggies. There was an assortment of pastries as well, and the croissants and donuts were melt in your mouth. We literally did not taste anything that wasn't excellent. Don't go if you're dieting!
We enjoyed the food and vibe however our server was barely adequate. We had been seated for 15 minutes before he approached us. Didn't greet or welcome us to the restaurant - just asked about drink requests. Throughout the ordering process we had to pull words out of him about the menu. It seemed to all of us in our party, he didn't want to engage or talk. Nothing changed throughout the night - he remained a verbal minimalist and we had to ask the bus help for several requests. I did not agree with the automatic 20% gratuity added to the bill, as he did not earn it.
We are here based on a recommendation. We will likely not return. Our service was wonderful and the servers were attentive. The food however was just ok. We had stuffed peppers, strip steak, salmon and spinach. The taste was average. I could have made the same thing at home for about 1/4 of the price.
I'm well acquainted with fine dining. It's not unusual for me to spend a lot of money on food; however, the food at Butter was not worth the price. There was nothing special about the steak or the pork chop. The gnocchi mac and cheese was bland. The experience was truly disappointing.
While the food at Butter is very good and could have leaned into outstanding if the rest of the experience was outstanding. The waitress was not available. The service was very slow. The restaurant does not have a sommelier so we were referred to the manager for input, he did not seem highly professional or adapt at giving wine advice. We were going to order dessert but the waitress took so long coming back to our table we just asked for the check and immediately gave her our credit card for fear we would not see her again. My husband went to the Men's room and walked past her back to our table where she and the wait staff and manager were all just standing around chatting. She actually never brought back our check, the bus boy brought it back to us. SO incredibly sad to have spent the amount of money we did on dinner and feel used by the restaurant because they gladly took our money and did not deliver, had we not given them the credit card we should have walked out without paying. We truly would never go back or recommend them because you are paying for a luxury restaurant and had a horrible experience.
We were actually pretty stunned by our experience here. The prices are high (read far too expensive) but the food is truly average. The chef is well known but this place just doesn't impress...at all. And the ambiance is that of a high end TGI Friday's. I'm so sorry to say this. Please note...staff was great. Some dish details....Cesar Salad: hardly any greens and no discernible flavor. Shrimp: a bit chewy and no distinct flavor profile. Gnocchi mac and cheese: this is just a mistake. Flavorless pasta with flavorless mild cheeses. If you're a foodie just stay away.
Went for our wedding anniversary and it was spectacular food, the time we waited for the food was the only negative, the best salmon I ever had. The salted rolls and butter were exquisite. Truly appreciated the champagne surprise to help us celebrate 42 years of marriage. Highly recommend Butter
Maybe our expectations were high since it's Alex Guarnaschelli's place. The steak tartare was amazing. Grilled octopus was nothing spectacular. The pasta app was tasty and a large portion. Our service was sub-par. It was not busy, yet we waited for his attention for long periods of time. He also indicated that we could put in only one order, as the chef does not like multiple orders per table. He also understated the portions, talking us in to ordering more small plates/apps.
Overall, Butter is good but not memorable. I will not plan to dine again.
We had lunch at Butter. The restaurant is beautifully designed. The service was exceptional. The atmosphere was lively and bustling- exactly what one would expect in Manhattan. The food was delicious and the presentation was nice. I would definitely recommend Butter.
I was disappointed in the atmosphere and quality/uniqueness of food. I was on a trip to NYC and wanted to experience Alex's cooking/menu. I had the price-fixe luncheon and found the food okay but nothing extraordinary. I also was seated right in the aisle which provided no privacy and constant motion around me. Not a great experience like I had hoped.
Sad to say I'd been looking forward to this experience but it was a complete let down. The hostess didn't check us an Open Table ID to read check in when we left to make sure I got my OpenTable points because I kept getting emails during dinner saying that I missed my reservation. The waitress we had was great until she disappeared in the middle of service and we found out from a new waiter that she had gone home from the night and didn't clear with us or say goodbye before she left. The food was good some mrs. With the appetizers. The main thing is the service was not remotely up to par for what it should have been.
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