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
What a disappointment! Friends were in f ...
What a disappointment! Friends were in from out of town and wanted to try it. Did not offer coat check, tables were not set properly, our waitress left mid shift and the food was mediocre at best. Also, $17 for a specialty cocktail with Absolut is insulting. Huge disappointment!
Don't let the stairs from street level ...
Don't let the stairs from street level leading down throw you off. This is a beautiful, spacious, yet cozy feel, superb midtown find offering small plates, large plates and an excellent crafted cocktail menu. The spinach and melted bacon dip is no-miss, as is the Brussels sprouts salad. Plenty of comfy booths ring the restaurant and the wait staff could not be more attentive and pleasant. This is a return-to location.
Awesome!! We shared the pasta special ( ...
Awesome!! We shared the pasta special (house made) and brussel sprout salad - so good. I had the fish special and my husband had the NY strip - both were incredible. Very creative cocktails and extensive wine list, but the alcohol is overpriced. And I was disappointed in the dessert. Guajillo ice cream must be an acquired taste and the apple crisp it was served on just didn't do it for me. But I'd definitely recommend the restaurant and we're definitely going back.
This meal was amazing! I would have to ...
This meal was amazing! I would have to say it is the first time in my life where every aspect of the meal was perfect. Appetizers, Side, Main Dish and Accompaniments were all spot on. The Geechie Boy Grits were superb!
I went with my daughter for her birthday ...
I went with my daughter for her birthday! Lovely location inside. Delicious food. I especially enjoyed the roasted and raw brussel sprout salad. Her mushroom appetizer was awesome. Great drinks. Service was solid...not exceptional. It did not adversely affect my meal. The server was attentive. His shift ended. The second server was not as good.
This was potentially the worst service I ...
This was potentially the worst service I've ever had at a restaurant. I expected more for both the price and the reputation of the owner. Mid-meal I actually texted family and friends to never go to this restaurant.
- The space was quite nice and pleasant. The bar area looked welcoming and there was a large TV showing the football games
-Some of the food was quite good, particularly the bread and the gnocchi mac and cheese. My dining partner raved about her salmon.
-The bartender makes a great drink
-The bussers were friendly and helpful- by far the highlight of the night's customer service.
-The food didn't arrive out of the kitchen in a timely manner. Our bread arrived after our appetizers, and the roasted potatoes we ordered never came.
-When we reported to a staff member that our potatoes hadn't come (we had completed our entire entrees without the waiter ever coming to check on us), our waiter returned and simply said "I heard you didn't get your potatoes." Not even an apology.
-I ordered my steak medium rare, and it came back medium. Normally this wouldn't bother me, but the steak's only garnish/side dish was a few slices of onion and some scallions. If I'm paying $46 for a steak, and nothing else, I expect it to be cooked to the temperature I requested. It would also have been nice to have the side dish that I ordered with it.
-Dessert was not served in a timely manner. This time there was an apology, but from our busser, and not our waiter.
-The hostess did not say goodbye when we passed her station to leave the restaurant.
We were very disappointed with the resta ...
We were very disappointed with the restaurant, overall.
The service was poor and the waiter acted annoyed to have to be serving us. We were not
Welcomed upon arrival and were made to wait, although there were many tables available.
The only positive was the adept bus people, who were attentive yet discreet. As well
As the French press coffee, which was a nice touch.
The food was average and definitely not worth the hefty price tag.
We expected more, especially better service!
Very slow service and when asked, they h ...
Very slow service and when asked, they had lot of excuses. Our bread/ butter starters were late and their excuse were they weren't open for lunch time. When I asked where our drinks were the wine lady tells me the Bar is behind and she walks away without any further listening. How is this is my problem? I am paying for a good customer service.
It's way over priced for a mediocre food and service. ☹️
The atmosphere is warm and inviting but ...
The atmosphere is warm and inviting but still feels modern. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The raspberry Beignets are quite memorable and the portions are exceptionally large for the class or restaurant and price point. We would go back.
I have been wanting to go to this restau ...
I have been wanting to go to this restaurant ever since I fell in love with Chopped on the Food Network. I loved the food, everything we had was delicious. It is a bit pricey (for a young professional/recent grad) but definitely worth the splurge. I plan of visiting again and encourage everyone to try out their menu.
Overall, positive experience. Good food ...
Overall, positive experience. Good food and atmosphere. The service could have been a bit better given the caliber of the restaurant. Be prepared to pay $$$$ but this is NYC. Gnocchi Mac N Cheese was delicious. The strip, halibut, and pork chops were a big hit as entrees at our table. And the bread is awesome.
The food came out WAY too quick (we were ...
The food came out WAY too quick (we were served our mains 25 minutes after ordering) and we felt very rushed. It led to us feeling uncomfortably full and unwelcome. Also, the DJ played awful top 50 hits mixed with annoying beats that were so loud you couldn't hear yourself think. Too bad, because had it not been for that, the ambiance would have been lovely. Gnocchi mac & cheese was really good.
If money is no object, then this is a wo ...
If money is no object, then this is a wonderful restaurant! The room and decor are fascinating...I loved just looking around the space. The food was spot on. I had a delicious brussels sprout salad and we both had the fish special...perfectly cooked with crispy skin. My only complaint on that side would be that it could have been a little lighter on the garlic. While I loved everything about this restaurant, the prices were a little surprising. On looking at the prices of the salads, my husband asked the waiter if these were entree-sized, and the waiter had to stifle a smile as he told us that they were in fact definitely appetizer portions. We ordered two salads, both of which I would describe as miniscule given the price. But they were delicious. I should also mention that the restaurant has a very lively bar scene and rather loud music, so if you're looking for a quiet romantic spot, this is not it. But for a delicious, pre-theater dinner with great service in a beautiful, modern-but-not-sleek space, I would highly recommend Butter.
Nice place in an area lacking good resta ...
Nice place in an area lacking good restaurants, but very expensive. Had a $45 pork chop that was really nothing special; $25 sushi appetizer tasted amazing but was tiny, almost amuse Bouche sized. Dinner was nearly 200 bucks for two with no dessert and only one glass of wine. Ambience nice, people nice, if it was third less $$ would rate it very highly.
Lunch meeting at Butter and I must say I ...
Lunch meeting at Butter and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Perhaps the best Onion Soup I have ever had. The Butter Burger was also good, cooked well and put together with some well thought out ingredients. Menu was a bit limited and some items that were found on their website were missing from the menu, but still, overall this was very good and pretty comfy too.
Butter has a lovely ambiance and a wonde ...
Butter has a lovely ambiance and a wonderful foodie menu with options for all kinds of eaters (Meat, vegan, etc). Attentive but not intrusive service. Would definitely recommend without hesitation. Expensive but worth it for a special occasion (or on an expense account!).
The food was very good but over priced. ...
The food was very good but over priced. I wasn't wowed for what I paid. Therefore I wouldn't recommend it. The atmosphere is nice and the service good, but nothing stood out for me. There are so many great restaurants in NYC, so I don't think I will ever go back.
We had lunch at Butter before seeing a W ...
We had lunch at Butter before seeing a Wednesday matinee. Lunch was by far the more enjoyable part of the afternoon. The prix-fixe lunch was very good value, and delicious. My arugula salad had a delightfully tangy lemony olive oil dressing, and my husband's butternut squash soup was very good (as was the accompanying popcorn). Our Butterburgers (complete with excellent fries and pickles masquerading as salad) were really good, and so was the vanilla bean cake, which came with wonderful alcohol-laced (?) cherries whose name I never remember. There are two regular options for each course of the prix-fixe lunch, and a vegan option as well. That seemed sufficient to us. For those on a more generous budget, additional lunch items available on the regular menu sounded equally appealing. The dinner and brunch menus looked great too. If schedule and circumstances allow, I would certainly go back to Butter for a non-prix-fixe meal.
The restaurant is indeed in a basement but not at all claustrophobic; there is a large sort-of skylight window, and restaurant feels spacious. There is an elevator to/from street level for those to whom stairs might be a barrier. Service was pleasant and professional; it struck me as somewhat like the Danny Meyer restaurants I've been to--and that is intended as a compliment. Overall, having lunch at Butter was a really good idea.
Beautiful restaurant and atmosphere. Ou ...
Beautiful restaurant and atmosphere. Our waitress was spectacular as were the other staff keeping our waters filled, bread basket filled, and table clean. Food was delicious and the drinks with the watermelon ice cubes were AMAZING! They even made the drinks sans alcohol for my kids! Would definitely recommend this place!
The food was excellent but sadly, the st ...
The food was excellent but sadly, the staff did nothing to promote it or make the dining experience feel like it was anything "special." The hostess was dismissive. The bartender knew how to make the cocktails on the menu, but didn't know how to describe the flavours. The waitress knew how to recite the specials, but didn't know about the ingredients in the plates. We were looking forward to our dinner here because we just assumed the staff would be as excited about the food as we were - which is perhaps a naive way of thinking, but the restaurant of a "Food Network" chef is also an attraction that has to live up to the hype of providing a memorable dining experience, not just memorable food.
Hi! I made a reservation with my fiancé ...
Hi! I made a reservation with my fiancé for the New Year's Eve 5 course pre-fix menu. When we sat down we were told by our server that the chef "decided not to do the pre-fix menu anymore" which was really disappointing considering we came especially for that. I ordered the poached black cod and it was flavorless,cold, and an extremely small portion. My finance's chicken dish was very delicious, but over all we were both very disappointed. We expected a much better experience due to the name and prices.
I arrived early on New Years Eve (5:15) ...
I arrived early on New Years Eve (5:15) and was dining alone. Still I was sat at a horrible table, next to a busy bus station where the severs were milling around because they weren't busy yet and it was at the juncture of the bar. One table back in an empty restaurant would have made all the difference! It was just poor planning. I did share this with the hostess as I was leaving.
The beet salad appetizer was too chilled to enjoy. I found my chicken for dinner and cake for dessert a bit dry. They both clamored for something creamy, whipped, velvety or luxurious. Whipped potatoes with the chicken, ice cream with the cake would have been perfect.
It's a beautiful restaurant. Everyone was quite kind. I've eaten at Butter downtown and much preferred it.
It was my 60th birthday celebration dinn ...
It was my 60th birthday celebration dinner. The service was outstanding and so kind. the food was amazing and we loved the restaurant ambience. The staff front of the house/ greeters / bartender/ and waitperson. bus people were so fun and very professional.
They even let me use their iphone plug..for the proverbial "low battery" cell phone.
thank you again for making my birthday special.
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