Butter Midtown
Butter Midtown

Butter Midtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.butterrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 212-302-8703x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am -10:00am
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am-3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Alexandra Guarnaschelli
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 45th street between 5th & 6th avenues
  • Parking: No
A word from 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.
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Butter Midtown reviews from OpenTable diners
512 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (283)special occasion (225)romantic (157)good for groups (124)hot spot (112)great for lunch (100)neighborhood gem (88)notable wine list (87)vibrant bar scene (74)great for brunch (37)late-night find (28)great for outdoor dining (14)scenic view (9)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food was very good, but the selections were limited.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    LynchpinVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The restaurant was recommended by friends. However, they went to the other (older?) location. The service was okay, but slow (the restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived at 6:30). My wife ordered the soft shell crab that was over-spiced, over-cooked, and served lukewarm. My char was ok, but nothing great. Overall, we were disappointed.
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  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My teen daughters wanted to eat here on our recent visit to NYC ... the prix fixe menu was good, a more generous serving of the watermelon & sorbet dessert could have been offered , otherwise I would have given the food a five star rating - we'd come aback again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific space
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Love the juxtaposition of the tall ceilings and intimate booth-like tables. Food was very good, as you would expect. Lunch in summer is a quiet time. Service excellent except that we had to remind our waiter to tell us about the specials more than once. Odd, but no big deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Went to Butter Midtown on a friend's referral to their amazing food. Unfortunately it wasn't what I experienced. I dined there on a Sunday night with a client, service was incredibly slow and the food was meh. The bread was so stale it was breaking up in tiny fragments, the appetizers were great but the main dish took forever. We ordered everything within 10 minutes, and somehow we left the restaurant 2 hours later. Yes, two hours for a 2-person dinner. The restaurant was pretty empty, I only counted about 6 tables taken, and somehow 2 of those tables had multiple screaming children. Maybe this was an off day for Butter, but for such an expensive dinner, and with a client, it did not impress.
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  • ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE
    Boone
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Firstly, we were sat precisely at our reservation time. The ambiance of the restaurant made for a special night. The staff was quite friendly and the meal itself was one of the best I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alianne
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food and wine beautiful space love the booths service sweet but lagging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely wait staff
    jeannieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was excellent and the garden was very pretty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    droro
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My husband and I ate here for our anniversary. Every bite was delicious and absolutely lived up to our expectations! We are huge fans of the show Chopped and had extremely high hopes for Alex Guarnaschelli's restaurant. We had lobster from the raw bar, the homemade ricotta and puntarelle appetizer, the beef filet and roasted chicken entrees, and the walnut torte appetizer, as well as a couple amazing cocktails. They also gave us free champagne for our anniversary! I would highly recommend Butter and can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I have always wanted to come to Butter. I am a huge fan of Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and I was just overall disappointed with the food. I went to Fig and Olive the previous week and I must say I enjoyed their food much better.
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  • Loved it all!
    Nolafoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had been here once before when the good was excellent but the service lacking. This time it was ALL fabulous! Well done- we will be back! Don't miss the veal bacon or the specials--- very attentive friendly service this time that made the experience special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hungry
    IvyS
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went there for restaurant week -so $38 for dinner was a good deal. Started with a cocktail for $16! Service was attentive but rushed -we could have finished our meal in a half hour if we allowed it. Portions are European so don't expect to be full when finished. Everything was tasty by was hungry when we left.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Impressed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was lunching with a friend and had a great experience. The food, service, ambience were all wonderful! Each bite, from the carrot ginger soup to the ravioli to the watermelon with lemon sorbet was totally delectable! I look forward to returning for dinner with my husband.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week
    foodie11
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was good but the portions were on the small side even for restaurant week. The ravioli course only had 3-4 tiny raviolis and the short ribs were tiny.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    TriceVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My husband and I are great fans of Alex. We were so pleased when she won Iron Chef and find her to be the most exacting and discerning of the judges on Chopped. We were thrilled when she opened her restaurant in Times Square. We were however, gravely disappointed in our meal the other night. The interior is cavernous and unattractive. The lack of white table cloths and the elevated booths scream tourist trap. The food was good, but not superior. The noise and clientele screamed midtown bar. We wanted a fine dining experience. We did not get it. As one of two female Iron Chefs, the expectation is high and we were greatly disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing...
    LuvmediterraneanVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Went for restaurant week with friends. It was so loud that we could barely hear our soft spoken waiter. We did hear him say not to order the ravioli because the portion size was too small. We ordered the fish...3 bites and that dinner was over (poor presentation and tasteless too). BTW, appetizer and dessert the same. I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food is amazing and the restaurant is beautiful. Overall its an outstanding experience. Will definetly be back many times.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect
    rileyaves
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    had a fantastic evening at butter with some friends, its great for groups looking for a fantastic meal. however would not suggest it for a business meal because the volume is a little high, great energy but sometimes had trouble hearing across the table. electric atmosphere, unbelievable food, and an over all great experience. I recommend the chicken, and the beignets!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    FoodieeMal7
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Went for restaurant week and totally enjoyed the food. I also liked the vibe of this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pre-theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We love Butter! The ambiance is terrific and the menu inventive. Really loved the baked ricotta and pasta dishes. Steak and pork perfectly cooked. Only quibble as service which was slow and not sufficiently knowledgable of the wonderful menu. Chef Garnichelli is terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food at Butter
    susiesnowflake13
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The table service at Butter is exceptional, and the food creatively prepared and presented. Everything was delicious-our party had the Sea Bass entree, which was a work of art, and the cauliflower steak, which had a wonderfully flavourful sauce. The only criticism to offer is for the decor, which is a bit lack-lustre, and the noise level...we could hardly hear ourselves think!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Butter had a very nice menu for restaurant week. Food was good as was the service.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Katie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Went here intending to do Restaurant Week, which I have done in the past, decided to order off the main menu instead and so glad I did. RW portions are small and not cooked with much care. Actual menu items are DELICIOUS. I had the pork chop, it was HUGE and I was full. Desserts are sized to share as well. My only complaint was the collard greens were extremely salty. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had the restaurant week menu and loved every course. The service was spot on and the atmosphere is fun and eclectic. A win all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Food Excellent but Small Portions
    foodie123
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I went with a small group of friends during restaurant week. The food was amazing, but most of the portions were small. The corn chowder was a generous size and it was one of the best things I've ever eaten. The chicken was really good, and a normal size entree. However, one friend ordered the ravioli and was disappointed when only four ravioli's arrived as her main course- it felt more like an appetizer size than an entree portion. Same for the fish entree. Both the chocolate cake and plum tart were delicious, but small slivers of cake that left us joking that part 2 of our dessert would be forthcoming. Maybe it was because of Restaurant Week, but the portions overall were not very generous, even though the food was still really delicious.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • anniegirl5
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great energy. Food was delicious. Resturant Week menu had good varitey but portions were very small.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Butter is delicious!
    Skurvybones
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Butter is the very first restaurant I dined at in New York City! Being from casual CA, I was a little intimidated while we were waiting outside watching all of the fancy businessmen and women walk in for lunch. But the ambiance was very inviting and the hostess was very friendly. We were lucky enough to eat there during Restaurant Week so we had a 3 course lunch for only $25. We agreed the serving sizes, while a little on the small side, were actually perfect and what to be expected from a restaurant of this caliber. Everything I ordered, I loved. Only sad I didn't catch a glimpse of Alex Guarnaschelli herself because we are HUGE fans. Thank you Alex for our delicious meal and my very first ever NY dining experience!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VERY DISAPPOINTING
    TooBad
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Restaurant week portions small. Awful service. Waited 30 minutes for dessert and it wasn't worth it.
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  • Great experience
    Dion2
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Nice choice of items for restaurant week. Although the salad was very drab, everything else was delicious.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Butter is Better
    johnny
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Loved our early dinner. The food and service, (thank you Sergio) was top notch. Patricia at the bar was lovely and very attentive.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • upscale theater district resturant
    luv2cookVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Alex does a great job with taste and presentation. Service is professional and space is very open. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Great Business Lunch
    TamiVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great find !! Only issue was waiter needed to be asked more than once for previously requested items. i.e. more bread & lemon for the water. Bus staff helped.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've had butter
    KimmerVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Meh. We got there on time for our reservation and waited at an empty front desk for several minutes (it was long enough that I actually thought about peeking around into the kitchen to see if I could get some help). The wine list was disappointing. The food was just ok. Certainly not up to "Iron Chef" quality. We went for a special occasion (29th anniversary) but it wasn't that special. Butter.
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  • What a letdown...
    MsMew
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Guess had too many unrealistic expectations due to the chef's fame of recent year. Service was perfunctory but soulless, professional and yet indifferent. It negatively impacted the food and over all dining experience. The space was beautiful and wow, too bad the rest was not so well presented. Food was uniformly too salty for our taste, and the chicken liver app was a weird and rather unpleasant app. Pacing was inconsistent for a mostly empty restaurant. From being seated to finishing the first course took an hour. There were some stellar food moments, such as the perfectly cooked, thick-cut pork chop and the charming, homey touch of the beurre maison. But the food experience was diminished by a lack of service finesse. Very disappointed.
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  • Hoping for better...
    Scoob
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a post matinee show dinner here on a Saturday in August. It's a beautiful space and the waiter was very friendly and conversational. Unfortunately, the quality of the food was uneven (some very good, some so-so) and the execution on the food delivery and follow up was not good. Overall the investment was not worth it. We were there for 3+ hours and the last 40 minutes was torture trying to get our desserts and bill. Some of the entrees were creative and very tasty, we enjoyed the atmosphere for the first 2 hours...but, we wouldn't go back to Butter. We had really high hopes to find a spot away from the run of the mill Broadway dining but within walking distance of the theater district. Guess we will have to keep on looking.
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  • Fabulous and memorable food
    Nolafoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    All six of us loved every dish we ordered- the veal bacon charcuterie we all want again and again. We will go back! The only downfall was the in attentive service and the lack of service mentality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FLvisitor
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very nice experience missed seeing Alex! Claire N our server was terrific.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unimpressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I was expecting great food and while some dishes were fantastic, others fell completely flat. 50/50 are not odds I'd like taking with a meal at this level.
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  • Great Dining Experience
    SapphireBelle
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was delicious, and I would describe the setting at rustic with a touch of nostalgic charm. Our waitress was extremely attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    NatalieDee
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was my third time at Butter, and it was by far my least satisfying experience. The food was simply not up to par, just not comparable to my prior experiences. My bacon appetizer was small and a little tough -- either overcooked or left out too long after cooking, or maybe a little bit of both. I got the fish of the day for my main dish, which was a beautiful, buttery piece of hake, but it was covered in a very odd, strong fruit sauce (way too sweet), which was totally unexpected. The menu or server should have denoted that it would be a sweet dish (over white beans...pretty bizarre). My chocolate cake dessert was lovely. All in all, I have LOVED Butter the past 2 times I went, but this time was very mediocre.
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