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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-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, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Butter Midtown Ratings and Reviews
I thought this place was very tasty & had a great look to itself-- I do wish that there was more on the menu & the prices weren't so high-- the portions were a good sizes though, better then I expected! I Love that it is Chef Alex G from Food Networks "Chopped" place, come for that experience!
Plenty seating at the bar. Negroni perfectly made. Carpaccio appetizer plate too small. Recommend the burrato appetizer instead or pesto. The lobster salad small plate was fresh and recommend. The sword fish special was plentiful enough for 2. Definitely get the coconut macaroon for dessert. Quite large very sweet can be shared with 3.
Insanely expensive mediocre food. Our friends ordered flank steak on crostini that was so small I was actually embarrassed for having suggested the restaurant. It would not even have been an adequate appetizer. Then the waiter wanted to leave at 10:30 (on a Saturday night) so asked us to pay our bill!! Total disappointment.
We were visiting New York and wanted to try it out. Arrived and we're seated immediately. It was over 10 minutes before anyone greeted us at the table. When the waiter arrived, he said hello, but never said his name, never made a suggestion and it appeared he would rather be somewhere else. After he served us drinks he said he was leaving because it was slow. When our food arrived it was less than good. My wife had a double cut pork chop that was smothered in a lot of beans and the meat tasted like liquid smoke and not tobacco smoked. The pork chop was comped, but when my wife told the waiter she ordered it medium well, he said she shouldn't have ordered it because anything more done than medium would be tough. She has had medium well chops before that we're not. We are not going back.
Very good food but pricey.
We had foie gras, served warm, and soft shell crabs. Both dishes perfectly cooked. Pleasant and quiet environment. The service was friendly but a bit slow . The check however was stiff: $170 for 2 with one glass of wine per person and no dessert.
This restaurant was a huge disappointment from beginning to end. Waiter came over and left the menus. Long wait for him to return to take order. Even though the place wasn't so crowded, I had to flag him down to come take our order. We ordered wine which never came until AFTER the meal was delivered. Had to ask for bread and butter. Food was mediocre. Ordered dessert and coffee and asked that the coffee be brought same time as dessert - coffee came first, dessert came by the time we finished the coffee. We sat in the upstairs lounge afterward and chef Alex walked by with a scowl on her face - not friendly or welcoming at all. No maitre'd that I could see. This place lacks management of any kind. Do NOT go here.
Butter is a mediocre restaurant at best.
The pros: Great for business lunches/dinner. Good for groups. The decor and overall ambiance of the restaurant is very nice.
The cons: The service was boring, bland and dismissive (our waiter seemed almost annoyed at the 2 simple question we asked him). Extremely expensive for lunch (I split an appetizer (hummus) with 4 people in our group, had the chicken breast lunch entree and an iced tea and spent close to 60$ inclusive of tip). To top it off, they charged us 6$ for 5 pieces of extra pita bread for our hummus.
Overall: Given the plethora of great restaurant options in midtown this is easily one to pass.
Pork Chop, mac n Cheese gnocchi , carpaccio were good. Outdoor Bar was closed for the entire stay, which was disappointing since it showed it was on the website. Dishes were dirty with greasy fingerprints. Waiter was great. They is so many good restaurants in NY I wouldn't waist my money at Butter.
We took our daughter to Butter after her graduation from NYU and it was so much better than expected! We were disappointed with another Resturant that wanted to switch us from one more casual location to its larger more business location. We were so pleasantly surprised by our last minute change to Butter. Couldn't be more happy. The food and service were superb! Will go again soon!
Once entering Butter, I was delighted at the look and ambiance of the restaurant. It had a sophisticated yet cozy feel to it. However once we sat down that feeling went away quickly by the abysmal service. Once we sat down it took nearly ten minutes for our waiteress to finally arrive and take our drink order. Which I because at the time it was pretty busy, but I took a mental note of it. Then once we finally got our drinks she was gone. She gave so much attention to other tables ( now mind you I wanted to give her a chance, as others may have had a show to catch), but it boarded on being completely ignored. It was another twenty minutes before she finally arrived, took our order and finally receive out bread for the table. The bread was very delicious so I thought that things would be getting better. But I was very wrong. We waited a VERY long time to finally receive our food, however no one cleared our plates from our appetizers so the runner had to clear our plates, bring them to the kitchen, come back, serve us and then go back for clean silverware. My partners chicken was inedible and dry and my risotto which I ordered to go with my meal arrived when I was finished with my entree. Alex guarnaschelli is one of my favorite celebrity chefs and I cook from her cookbook quite often. But her restaurant was a big letdown, mainly from the poor service I received. Especially on Mother's Day. It was my first and only time I will be dining at Butter.
My family went to Butter this past Sunday May 14th for Mother's Day and had booked and early dinner at 5:00 which included my 8 year old grand daughter. To sum it up quickly, while the food was very good, the service was terrible, the portion size for the price was pretty outrageous and after we waited for our waitress for 20 minutes to come to back to see if we wanted desert, although we did we were so frustrated with waiting the entire meal to be served we got the check and left. I doubt I would return considering there are so many great restaurants I love to eat at in the city that have enough waiters and waitresses to take care of the dinner rush hour.
Would not recommend. We went for brunch on Mother's Day. It was darker and noisier than expected. The buffet options were quite limited, especially for vegetarians. There was meat in one of the dishes but wasn't labeled as such. The buffet platters that were out were constantly on low or empty. Nothing felt abundant or celebratory. Disappointing. Definitely put a damper on our celebration. Way overpriced for the offering. Would not go back.
Butter Midtown was our favourite and most memorable meal during our most recent visit to New York and one of our most favourite meals ever. We are fans of Chef Alex Guarnaschelli before we visited and were very much looking forward to our reservation - and our experience did not disappoint! The food is fresh, creative, and absolutely delicious. Great value and this quality is only matched, if not surpassed, by the friendly, informative and professional service. If you are looking for a nice meal pre-theatre, an intimate date night, or nice dinner-out, we would recommend Butter Midtown - it strikes the perfect balance between warm, inviting casual atmosphere and high-end, food.
AMAZING! The food, service, was great. They kept your table clean while eating without being a disturbance. They kept clean silver wear on the place settings, and knew who the food went to, even if it was not your waiter bringing it. Great atmosphere, nice and cozy. very welcoming.
This was my first time eating at Butter and was really excited because I am a huge fan of Alex Guarnaschelli. The food and astomphere were great. The only complaint I have is when I saw the host stand on the bar countertop with her sneakers on to write the daily special of the day.
Disappointed after looking forward to it. First round of foie gras was cold in the middle. It seemed like they just threw the same piece back on the grill to get it a little warmer. And we agreed it was probably the least flavorful foie gras we've ever had. Gnocchi was great, duck was pretty good.
Restaurant was loud and service was a bit slow. Asked about chefs tasting menu and were disappointed that the waiter discouraged it, didn't know what was on it at first, told us it would take a long time, and it was set with no substitutions allowed. Restroom was not clean, although the main restaurant had nice decor.
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