About Butter Midtown
New York, NY 10036
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, 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
To begin, menu on the open table website ...
To begin, menu on the open table website as different then what was on menu in restaurant. Very limited menu, food was good but if this was chopped - it wouldn't have made it past the appetizers! My friend and I ordered same exact meals, price fix menu, her appetizer came with garnish chips, not mine. Waiter not great either.
Would give the restaurant another chance but hope the menu improves.
It wasn't my first time at Butter. The s ...
It wasn't my first time at Butter. The service was not that good at all this evening. Our salads came before the appetizer, our wine was kept in a cooler 4 tables away and we had to keep getting it ourselves, and despite the restaurant being probably 20 percent booked the service was very very slow. The food was decent, but the beignets for dessert tasted like they had been fried hours before and heated up and were stale. I'll go back, but hope it improves.
My third visit to Butter in midtown. Fo ...
My third visit to Butter in midtown. Food always delish. I preferred Lafayette location where I dined three times. I miss the birch decor. It was very special. Nothing notable about midtown decor except furniture they moved from Lafayette. Any restaurant could occupy urgent space. It's just meh. Fantastic cocktails. As always, the beignets never disappoint!
So disappointed. The restaurant was onl ...
So disappointed. The restaurant was only half full and we had to chase down our server each time we wanted him and it took 1 1/2 hours to get our food. The salmon was undercooked and had to be sent back, steak was overcooked and pork chop had so much fat on it could only eat half.
Warning. Stay away from the Sunday brunc ...
Warning. Stay away from the Sunday brunch. Based on the number of patrons, many have made that assessment. Overpriced, poorly stocked, not fresh, not the same choices as advertised, service with no interest. I could go on but consider yourself warned.
The food was outstanding here. I tried t ...
The food was outstanding here. I tried the octopus appetizer and the steak and salmon entrees. Not a single complaint about the food, truly perfect. Service was friendly, timely, and comfortable. Fantastic experience.
It was by far the worst experience I've ...
It was by far the worst experience I've ever had dinning a restaurant. I have dine out a lot and this was by far the worst. My wife and I are frequent diners in some of the most expensive restaurants in New York City. But this by far was the worst experience I've ever had. When we first sat down at the table the waiter never introduced himself. He just handed us the winelist. When we asked him what would he recommend, he said everything is good and that he cannot give us any advice on any of the foods. I've never been to a place which the waiter could not give me any advice. When I order a glass of rose champagne he brings over a glass that was completely soaking wet and sticky on the outside. I asked him was it customary for a customer to receive a wet glass? He it's normal for the bar tender to wash the outside of the glass before we pour champagne into the glass to better preserve the bubbles so the glass can be cooler. It was just a really dumb excuses for a messy restaurant with poor service. After our appetizer there was a 45 minute wait until we actually got our entrée. During this time I've asked three different people of when out entree will be coming, yet no one returned back to our table to tell us that it was on its way or anything at all. When I mention this to our waiter, he simply said it's normal to wait 45 minutes for our entree and that he has been in the restaurants for over 10 years and it's was the normal. Another dumb excuse after another. When we later asked to speak with a manager named Tony, he came over us and said he heard Heard it from my waiter that we were concerned about the wait time for the food. I'm just curious how come if he heard it he never came one time charge table to apologize for such a long wait for the entrée to come in. This whole entire establishment is filled with useless and incompetent employees. From the waiters to the manager no one seem to take responsibility for their job nor can do a decent job either.
I was excited to finally try Butter, and ...
I was excited to finally try Butter, and I couldn't be happier with the food and overall experience. I had the octopus special which was cooked perfectly and the pork chop which was amazing. I highly recommend the biegnets for dessert! I cannot say enough about them! I hope to visit again soon.
We went to try Butter during restaurant ...
We went to try Butter during restaurant week and had a 7:30 reservation for which we arrived about 15 minutes early. We were told it would be a few minutes and were asked to wait at the bar. We spent over $30 on 2 drinks there. The reservation person forgot about us until I went back up to the desk 30 minutes later and asked how much longer it would be. It took another 7 or 8 minutes, but we were finally seated. However, the main problems with the restaurant were that 1) the menu for restaurant week had nothing on it from the regular menu, so I have no idea what the food is actually like, 2) for $42 per person, we didn't get enough to eat - still hungry after the tiny "three course" dinner, 3) bottles of wine started at $40, but we did order a bottle anyway, 4) the noise level was quite loud to have any kind of a conversation. All in all, we spent $200 for 2 people and were forgotten about, under fed, and we still have no idea if the food is good or not. I thought that restaurant week was a chance to sample a restaurant to see if you'd like to back for another meal. I know that Alex Guarnaschelli is a famous Chef and I do enjoy her TV shows (which is why we wanted to try her restaurant), but if she doesn't want to deal with something as low-class as restaurant week, she should take Butter off the restaurant week list. Based on the above, I'm definitely not going back there - at least not on my dime. I'm certainly not afraid to spend money for dining out. LINCOLN RISTORANTE at Lincoln Center is a much better deal - even at full price.
Love the restaurant overall. Food and se ...
Love the restaurant overall. Food and service is always exceptional. The only drawback is the noise level; probably not an easy issue to fix with all the wood and other had surfaces in the room. Otherwise it's a fantastic dining experience.
This is from my Feb. 11 blog, NYMysterie ...
This is from my Feb. 11 blog, NYMysteries: Alex Guarnaschelli’s Butter Restaurant is in the basement of a midtown hotel. You go down the stairs into a dark, enormous space. Uh-oh, the first thing you see is a Sports Bar TV. Not to worry. Our reservation, during Restaurant Week, was for 5:15. A late lunch, you say? Once in our comfortable, spacious booth every dish was excellent and the service couldn’t have been better. Florida shrimp, oysters, stuffed cherry tomatoes, bread baked on the premises, tomahawk steak, grits. I could go on but am too embarrassed. Holy Basil is a gin cocktail packed with basil and delicious. I think you get the message.
Disappointing restaurant week meal in a ...
Disappointing restaurant week meal in a beautiful space. The server didn't describe the food accurately (no one would have ordered the broccoli steak if the description had matched what was eventually served). At one point, he disappeared to find out something in the kitchen and never returned. We were even told, after asking for bread, that it hadn't been served because it was baked fresh (huh?). No spoons for the soup and minor mistakes in the order all added to the less than impressive service. The appetizers were very good, the main courses less so, and the desserts were fine.
Butter is an excellent restaurant. My wi ...
Butter is an excellent restaurant. My wife and I enjoyed our experience. My continues to rave about her entrée "Pan Seared Brozino in the Lemongrass sauce." I enjoyed the "Chicken Lasagna." The sauce was very tasty. Both of us enjoyed the ice cream over the banana bread cake with candied walnuts.
My only complaint during our stay: the server seemed to be rushing us out. Before we could complete our entrée, they had already brought out the dessert.
Having been to the other location which ...
Having been to the other location which we loved, thought to try Butter Midtown for Sunday brunch before the theater. The buffet was prix fix at $40 per person and although the food was generally good, the buffet dishes were not replenished sufficiently. We were there at 11:45 and there was one piece of hanger steak left when we came to the buffet. Same for the salad..lettuce and radishes. That's it. Not up to par what I would expect from Alex G.
We arrived at Butter at 10:52 AM, slight ...
We arrived at Butter at 10:52 AM, slightly before our 11AM reservation. At 11:20 we were not seated so I asked the hostess why. She claimed that there was only one server and they were trying not to overwhelm him with guests. So why did they accept all of their reservations if they did not have staff to support it. Plus this was a buffet brunch, so minimal attention needed from the weight staff.
We were seated five minutes later and waited a few minutes before anyone brought us water. We ordered drinks which took almost 20 minutes to arrive. There were several waiters and buss boys running around, plus a bartender.
The only option was the buffet which was terrible. There was no bread or bagels, but there was butter and cream cheese at the buffet. I asked the waiter what it was for and he shrugged his shoulders. The eggs were unbelievably runny and discussing. When we asked why, the for runner said that the sterno's cooked the eggs more and they eventually overcook, so they bring them out raw. As a frequent diner, that tells me that the eggs sit in that pan for hours without being changed or stirred. One of our guests asked for cooked scrambled eggs, which they brought out after two reminders and 25 minutes.
The fruit was brown, the brioche french toast was soggy and overly sweet, the spinach with basaltic was brown and looked revolting. I was excited to try the gnocchi mac and cheese, but it was extremely heavy and almost tasteless. The bacon and sausages were dripping in grease.
The one positive of the brunch was the hanger steak which was cooked perfectly and delicious. There was a potato pancake which was pretty good, just to greasy.
Our bill was $255 for four people which is significantly overpriced for the food and service quality.
Overall this was a terrible dining experience and I would never recommend this place to anyone. We should have walked out after the issue with the hostess and had brunch at one of the local diners.
We really enjoyed our time and dinner sp ...
We really enjoyed our time and dinner spent at Butter. We had the mac and cheese gnocchi, NY strip steak, chicken, and beignets for dessert. All of the food was delicious however the mac and cheese gnocchi portion was a little skimpy for the price and the chicken was spicier than anticipated. The inside of Butter was very nice and had a nice ambiance but I could not have had a more uncomfortable chair, which took away from the experience a little bit. The service was fairly spot on, our waters were always filled, but our drinks we ordered did take a while to come out at first - they came out after our appetizers. Overall, I would return because the steak was delicious and the beignets and vanilla bean dipping sauce was beyond satisfying.
I looked around to find a restaurant nea ...
I looked around to find a restaurant near our hotel and came across Butter. Although it is underground it is very spacious with windows to the first floor. Creative food and cocktails nice atmosphere very glad I came across it.
Went before Broadway show and just the p ...
Went before Broadway show and just the perfect location. Service was impeccable and friendly. Menu was diverse and healthy despite the connotation of heavy dairy in the name. Tables were also well spaced for private conservation.
We loved the service and comfortable din ...
We loved the service and comfortable dining room. I would like to try more dishes, but the price was high for such small portion size. The potato salad had sliced young potatoes, sliced radish and lettuce. It was not a potato salad at all. The fish was great. Everyone loved the desert. Service was well-timed and friendly.
I would NOT recommend this restaurant to ...
I would NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone!!! The service was horrible....I had to request
bread 3 times and when it came, it was a parkerhouse-type roll, hard on the outside but softer inside. Service was sparse throughout the meal. We had the restaurant week lunch, starting with the squash & ricotta salad. It was OK but there was a strange, unidentifiable taste that was somewhat unpleasant. Next, the stuffed trout, which was passable. The portion was very small---1/2 of a trout which isn't that large to begin with. The menu stated that the trout was stuffed with several vegetables, but it turned to be a pesto-like smear which had no flavor. The desserts were acceptable. What a disappointment overall.
I have seen Alex G. on Chopped many, many times and she sure does know how to criticize others'
cooking, Suggest she critique her own restaurant and bring up its standards.
I had a really awkward exchange with the ...
I had a really awkward exchange with the hostesses while checking in. I had given my name for the reservation which prompted a tense and lengthy discussion. At one point they all but asked me to leave the hostess stand which has literally never happened to me in all my years of fine dining. I was eventually seated after being called back to give my name again.
Service was quite slow. Within minutes of being seated my party was ready to order, but the waiter didn't come to take our order until we had been seated for 20 minutes. I should state that we were there early with a 5:00 reservation so we could make it to a show by 7pm. I did alert the waiter of our time schedule at which point things started moving more quickly. However, we had to ask for someone to come back and give us the opportunity to order coffee and tea with dessert. It didn't arrive at our table until after we had been done with our final course for sometime.
Food was good, but I wasn't blown away. I ordered the potato salad which was lacking some punch of flavor. Even some salt would've been a welcome addition. The chicken lasagna was the best dish I tried as it came with a bit of unexpected spiciness which was a nice touch. Dessert was a banana bread sundae. There were some homemade marshmallows that felt a little out of place, however I appreciated the table-side warm chocolate on top.
I should acknowledge I was there, as a fluke, during NYC restaurant week. I typically don't expect that to be the best representation of a restaurant. Overall this was a decent experience. I've had better and definitely had much worse. Location is convenient for a pre-theatre meal.
Underwhelming. The hanger steak I order ...
Underwhelming. The hanger steak I ordered was served with absolutely nothing else on the plate. Not even a garnish. My friends salad was boring. I can do better at Fresh & Co. My coffee was weak and tasted more like tea than coffee. The service was polite, but nothing special. The should close this place and try again.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.