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.
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am-3:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30pm - 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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Butter Midtown Ratings and Reviews
Overall the food was quite good. However ...
Overall the food was quite good. However, the wait staff as a whole was very awkward. They communicated poorly, and one of the staff actually started pouring the leftover sauce from one of our appetizers onto my main entree as he was clearing the appetizer dish (so bizarre). Additionally, the pace of the meal was very off. They basically rushed the service, and at one point they moved my appetizer plate from in front of me to the side as I was about to take a bite from the plate. They came by multiple times during each course to see if they could clear our dishes. And we are not slow eaters. It would be a much better experience with a well trained wait staff.
AMAZING!!! If I could, I would add an ad ...
AMAZING!!! If I could, I would add an additional bonus star. Our experience was made memorable by the delicious food, impeccable service, and overall great vibe. My girlfriend has wanted to visit Butter for some time now, so taking her for her bday was a must ;) I plan to visit again, and would recommend that everyone experience this flawless restaurant. Bon appetit!!!
The food was fantastic. Everything we s ...
The food was fantastic. Everything we sampled was done with such attention to detail...from the cocktails to the desserts and coffee. The biggest complaint I have is the service. It was just very, very slow. As long as one isn't pressed for time, I think it's a lovely experience. My opinion is, if the restaurant can get over the hurdle of slow service, it would be unstoppable.
They could not have been any more accomm ...
They could not have been any more accommodating. the service was excellent, the food impressed some very particular foodie types. The crowd was a bit boisterous by the time we got there so it was a little hard to talk at first. It got quieter as we ate so it ended up fine. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone.
An expensive bummer. Adequate food, exce ...
An expensive bummer. Adequate food, exceptionally cold, neglectful, and sloppy service, prices out of line. Somehow I doubt Alex G., if she's anything like the person I see on TV, would have been happy at all had she been with us at Butter. The negatives swamped the positive-- the food was ok-- but there was no vibe, no buzz, no warmth. Not sure why anyone would come here for any reason other than celeb chef curiosity.
My husband is a huge fan of Alex Guarnas ...
My husband is a huge fan of Alex Guarnaschelli on "Chopped," so when our weekend plans were canceled we decided to eat at her restaurant on a whim. I don't know why I didn't google the place first; none of my friends were surprised that we had a very poor experience here.
The cocktails (Ghost Margarita) and appetizers (burrata) were good, but the NY Strip I ordered was so full of gristle I couldn't get one edible bite. And even if I had been able to chew it, the thick glaze it was encased in was so salty it burned the back of my throat. (And I love salt!) This meal was maybe the second thing I have ever sent back to a kitchen in my life. I ordered the sea bass special instead, and while it was delicious on the inside, it was covered with that same briny goo. The service was friendly and attentive, but for some reason on a 90+ summer day, the air conditioning was barely turned on. The waiters admitted that it tended to be either freezing or stifling in the cavernous dining room. Sweat was trickling down my back all through the meal, and although our waiter said she would try to get the a/c turned up, she didn't express much confidence and it never happened. I had to get my Chinese fan out of my purse -- the one I bought for use on hot subway platforms -- and fan myself off and on throughout the meal.
For a "fine dining" restaurant with $25 appetizers and $50+ entrees, this whole experience was unacceptable. Really disappointing.
Very cool and trendy space and is defini ...
Very cool and trendy space and is definitely what a non New Yorker should expect to find in the city! The food was a 7/10 and a bit overpriced for what it was but overall we had a nice experience and would recommend it to friends visiting New York.
Our main dishes were great! I us the du ...
Our main dishes were great! I us the duck and my husband has the pork chops. The flavor and temperature was perfect!! I wasn't too impressed with the greens. It was more like a partially cooked salad.
The service was beyond sub par! I should have given it 1 star. We had reservations and arrived at 5:45. We literally waited 15 mins before someone came over to say anything to us! My husband and I were talking for a while before we realized no one had come over to greet us. We watched the servers walk around casually and talk and periodically check in with the six tables in the dining room. Finally, our server came over and meekly said, hi and asked for our order. He never asked if we had questions, he didn't make any suggestions, he spoke so lightly we could barley hear him. He has absolutely no enthusiasm at all and was completely off putting. Our food came and he never asked how it was. I was very disappointed. Why doesn't great food and good service come hand in hand?
Big disappointment. I took 5 colleagues ...
Big disappointment. I took 5 colleagues to dinner on a Thursday evening. These colleagues were in town from London and Washington, DC. The service at Butter was terrible. Our waiter only stopped by our table 3 times over the course of 2.5 hours. Our first round of drinks took at least 20 minutes to arrive and we weren't asked if we would like another round until we were nearly finished with our main course. The food was generally good but most of us agreed that it was too salty. I would not return; NYC has too many fabulous restaurants to give this one a second chance.
We had the tuna tartare and poached shri ...
We had the tuna tartare and poached shrimp appetizers, and both were good but not great; the tuna was very spicy and with the macadamia nuts, just seemed like an oddly conceptualized dish. Our entrees were better - the pork chop, chicken and a side of grits. The chicken, in particular was extremely good. Our waiter was fantastic and made the entire experience very enjoyable.
A very good experience. The food was ex ...
A very good experience. The food was exceptional and sevice very good. Our server had a confluence of tables, but was attentive and did not rush us.
The noise level was high. All hard surfaces around the dinning area amplified the noise. My only serious critique is the artwork, ugh the only thing worse would be the dogs playing poker series on velvet.
All and all a must in midtown.
This may have been the best meal I've ev ...
This may have been the best meal I've ever eaten. It's not cheap, but you're eating top-notch food prepared by a world-class chef. Simply exquisite dining. Foodies will have an appreciation for Guarnaschelli's masterful recipes, every bite is rich with a flawless balance of flavor (and O'Brien's as well for that matter, the raspberry beignets were to die for). Perfect for a special occasion, like before seeing a Broadway show. I don't see this as a place you bring the kids, or a place you whimsically stumble into and try out. This is the kind of place you get a reservation for a month in advance and plan a perfect evening around. It will be worth the effort, I promise. I cannot give this restaurant enough stars.
While visiting New York, Butter Midtown ...
While visiting New York, Butter Midtown was pretty high up on our list of things to try. We were so excited to try the famous hamburger and it definitely didn't disappoint. The cheese fondue and pickles that accompany the burger were our favorite part. Yum! Unfortunelty, the service made the experience not so pleasant. Our waiter was visibly "fed up" with us when we ordered a meal to share. He rarely came to our table to check on us and other waiters kept our waters filled and brought us our food. Alex (our original waiter) seemed to be doing everything BUT waiting on his tables. This was frustrating, and made the experience less than what was expected. For a restaurant this popular, I expected above and beyond service and was VERY disappointed.
My son is a huge fan of the Food Network ...
My son is a huge fan of the Food Network show, Chopped. Alex G. is his favorite! He requested we go to Butter on our recent trip to NYC. It did not disappoint! The food was fabulous and the service was outstanding. We had a wonderful lunch and made a special memory together before he leaves for college. We will definitely be going back to Butter!
The food was superb, the service excelle ...
The food was superb, the service excellent. The wine list was quite extensive. I was pleasantly surprised to see several Napa Valley selections. Would have loved to have had a table visit from Iron Chef Alex, but we were notified that she was opening a new restaurant in Miami. We have seen her in the past. She is as charming as she is talented.
Butter is a great place for an after work meal, a special occasion or simply drink with friends.
The food is very good at Butter and it's ...
The food is very good at Butter and it's a pretty restaurant. But the service is not only slow but annoying (not refilling drinks, not watching the table, expecting you to move your dirty plate etc.) Even worse was when I called to change the reservation from 4 to 6 people, they said they couldn't accommodate us - and the restaurant was half filled with plenty of spots for a 6-top. If a big supplier didn't work right across the street, I probably wouldn't be back....hmmm maybe that's why they don't care?
The tobacco-smoked double pork chop is o ...
The tobacco-smoked double pork chop is one of the best meals I have had in NYC. The food was terrific; however, the two times I went the service was lacking not due to lack of staff but lack of attention. I had to constantly ask for things for the table, like what the "of the day" was on each menu, for more butter (at BUTTER!), and for the check. In addition, on each visit there were menu items that were not available and instead of informing at the start of the night, I only found out when I ordered them!
The cocktails were delicious! The veal b ...
The cocktails were delicious! The veal bacon was outstanding along with the potato croquettes. The red snapper was cooked perfectly-very crispy but the snap peas were tough and fibrous making them in edible. The gnocchi Mac and cheese needed seasoning although the gnocchi were very light and airy.
We really enjoyed every dish that we ord ...
We really enjoyed every dish that we ordered, the halibut was really delicious! The restaurant was nice enough to treat my husband and I to glasses of champagne to help celebrate our wedding anniversary! We also got to meet and chat with Alex, which was so special to us! Thanks for making our anniversary dinner so memorable!
An oasis in the midtown sea of madness. ...
An oasis in the midtown sea of madness. Went for a pre-theater dinner and it was perfect. The food and wine was wonderful. The space is serene and beautiful. The service was attentive, but unobtrusive. They were very sensitive to my time constraint. I would return again.
The halibut with lobster sauce was delic ...
The halibut with lobster sauce was delicious. However, when we first sat down the server took a long time to bring us bread and take our food orders. We ended up having to flag someone down. After they brought our meal we didn't see the servers again...no one refilled our waters and when we were finished it was a pretty long time before anyone took our plates / gave us the checks.
Nice brunch buffet in a beautiful settin ...
Nice brunch buffet in a beautiful setting. Delicious, well priced, fresh food. The potato haystacks/hash brown patties were TO DIE FOR!!! Have been wanting to check out Alex Guarnaschelli's place for years. Glad I had the chance. Beautiful decor- wood and trees. If I didn't know better, I would have thought the name of the restaurant was "Tree" or "Forest", instead of "Butter". But it was great.
It had been 1 1/2 years since we last at ...
It had been 1 1/2 years since we last ate here. Twice I had a filet (steak) that was melt in your mouth good. Best steak both times I ever had. They have now switched to a pedestrian strip that was tasteless. I have had steak that is better at Outback. Definitely not worth $49. Then I get my bill and see $18 for my iced tea. I asked about it and only then did the waitress tell me they don't give free refills so it was $6 each time. Again, if it was some special flavored tea or tasted like anything special, I might understand, but the tea at Cheesecake Factory is better. It's a nice restaurant and we certainly enjoyed the other items we ordered, but it felt like the restaurant is coasting downhill since our last visits. It seems like they are riding on Alex's reputation and have cheapened their product. I have no problem paying this much for a great meal, but this time I felt a little ripped off.
Well done comfort food, but no "wow, thi ...
Well done comfort food, but no "wow, this is awesome" for us. . The roasted cauliflower entrée was a very good veggie option. Good variety on the dessert menu (not the normal staples i.e., lava cake, cheesecake, etc.)
Everything was just perfect. We ordered ...
Everything was just perfect. We ordered our favorite classic cocktails - Old Fashioned and a Manhattan and they were divine. The waiter recommend the perfect Bourbon that was something new for the Old Fashioned...and it was really tasty.
The food was fresh and beautiful. Loved the Watermelon and Feta salad and the beignets were lovely. Will go back again next time in NYC.
Absolutely fantastic venue, highly recom ...
Absolutely fantastic venue, highly recommended. Catered well for all five of us and especially for myself as I have many food dietary requirements. The staff are very friendly and well presented. The interior looks great, very modern, and very clean.
We chose to have dinnner here for our on ...
We chose to have dinnner here for our one night in the city and enjoyed the meal thoroughly. The restaurant is beautifuly designed with a cozy modern feel and the tables are not on top of each other. The bread and butter served with dinner were great! As s starter we has the veal bacon, which was tender and served with a tangy mustard sauce. I had the halibut which was in one of the best broths I have had. Really rich in tomato flavor and seasoned perfectly. My husband ordered the scallop special which he enjoyed, but the size of the dish and scallops didn't leave room for me to taste! As the scallops appeared small. We shared the gnocchi mac which was also creamy, cheesy and delicious. I think we will be back! This restaurant was not crowded at all so I hope it stays around.
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