Butter Midtown
Butter Midtown

Butter Midtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.butterrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 212-302-8703x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am-3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • 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
461 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (260)special occasion (201)romantic (141)good for groups (110)hot spot (102)great for lunch (96)notable wine list (78)neighborhood gem (77)vibrant bar scene (59)great for brunch (33)late-night find (24)great for outdoor dining (9)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (8)Show More
  • Dinner before a show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This was our first visit to Butter. This was a dinner before a 7:00 show. We let them know when we arrived and the staff was made aware that we needed to be out in time for the show. The service was quick, attentive and well done and yet we never felt rushed and had time for coffee and dessert as well. The food was excellent, the Filet was outstanding as was the duck. The rest of our party enjoyed the Branzino. Would highly recommend this for not only a nice dinner before a show but for a destination night out for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I was just disappointed . We waited for the food for an hour and the restaurant was not even full. As for the food, I was excepting something very special considering the chef is so well known and respected. It was good but rather plain. Nothing special at all. The service was poor. The level of nouse was annoying.
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  • Excellent restaurant for theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I've always seen the restaurant but just never went in. I needed a restaurant close enough to the theater where my friends and I could talk and catch up while enjoying good food. What a pleasant surprise. The food was excellent, the service was impeccable and the noise level was just right for talking. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner but Warm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Really enjoyed the food! Everyone in our party enjoyed dinner and drinks would definitely recommend however be prepared to be hot. We were sat in the back of the restaurant and it was so warm that we had to take some of our layers off. The staff was very nice and turned on the air but we were still really hot the entire dinner.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    seefudeatVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    After watching Alex Guarnaschelli for years on the Food Network, we were excited to go to her restaurant on a visit to NYC. My wife had the pork which was ok but not very flavorful. My fish was excellent, but the service was extremely poor and for the price, we were not impressed at all. It sounds like Alex need to spend more time managing her restaurant and less time being a food network star if she is to exist long term in the crowded and excellent New York restaurant scene.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is where trained staff is key
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I went to have dinner prior to the Theater. Build out is beautiful. Food was good not out of this world but the service was inexcusable. While my waitress was attentive she did not know anything about the restaurant or the menu. Could not tell me which ones were east or west coast oysters let alone their names. She could not tell me anything about the restaurant and as I asked her about the different dishes she could not answer any questions. I believe that knowledgeable and engaged staff enhances the dining experience. It was so sad. The food was good but the lack of interest really made the experience a total let down.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Went to Butter for brunch and could not be more disappointed on many levels. The service was completely abysmal! Took 15 mins to get water and be seen by our waitress who quickly just asked if we wanted water but not if we wanted coffee or a drink. The restaurant was more than half empty so no excuse for horrible service. It took another 10 mins for her to come back. When the food arrived it was extremely subpar. I have eaten at the Astor Place location for dinner a few times and had great meals. The food at this new location is not good. I had the Eggs Benedict, the hollandaise was bland and not good, the Mangalitsa coppa was very fatty and uneatable. Once our check arrived it took another 10 mins for the waitress to come take our cards.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I was there for brunch.....beautiful atmosphere and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, bad service
    Nolagirl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a nice meal but the waitress was horrible. We had a late reservation and she spent more time talking to her friends at another table than checking in on us. After waiting 20 minutes for the bill, we finally asked the bar to help and just was informed that "oh she's talking to the owner's assistant." I'm sorry but I don't spend $400 on a meal to really be ignored most of the night. Our wine was also on the other side of the floor, we finally flagged down a bus boy to help. The food was good overall but they need to change the service.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Dolcemia
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The service and ambience were excellent. The squash ravioli was so delicate but had a deep flavors melted in your mouth. The raspberry beignets with vanilla dipping sauce was one of the best desserts I ever had. Warm, pillowy beignets with delicious raspberry filling and the vanilla bean flecks in the dipping sauce brought intense vanilla flavor. Incredible dinner!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wonderful!
    TheresaVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went to Butter on Saturday while I was in NYC for the day from Cleveland. I have to say it did not disappoint. The food was delicious. My friends and I shared the Tomahawk Steak. It was outstanding! Probably one of the best steak I have ever eaten. Our server Racquel was very nice and efficient. The only disappointment was not meeting Alex, but I have a feeling I will be going to Butter again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh Alex.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We were so excited to try bitter since we have seen Alex's performances on food tv. The restaurant was beautiful and the service was great. It's dark but cozy and loud vs romantic. The food was a disappointment overall. Unreasonably expensive. ($16 for soup, $9 for an Amstel light bottled beer) and small portions. In addition the food lacked the personality we expected from the executive chef. We left hungry and feeling as if the experience lacked value.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As advertised.
    CCLASL14
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    A great spot, with comfort food done right. The atmosphere is low key, waitstaff helpful. An excellent, upscale (but non-threatening) experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Underwhelmed
    Swankysweet
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Not worth the hype or money. Service was slow and unfriendly. Food was mediocre. I'm disappointed that we wasted one of our meals here on our 3 day trip.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A mixed bag
    CarolinaFoodieGirl95
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our waiter The dishes at our table Our dishes were very good overall. However, I ordered a filet and it was overcooked. I pointed it out to the server, he just shrugged his shoulders and said "I'm very sorry but I did put your order in as medium rare." He offered to send it back but it has taken a while for a meal to come and I really didn't want to hold up the other guests. Also it was taking up to 15 to 20 minutes to bring us a round of drinks. This was puzzling to me given it was a Saturday night. But the desert that I was comped was fabulous! It was a beautiful restaurant but I was very disappointed in the consistent execution.
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  • Excellent
    Momofmany
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went for dinner before a show and service was efficient but attentive. Our food was superlative. The chicken was perfect as was the ravioli. And the rolls were worth the carb calories. Totally wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what I expected...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Was in New York with friends for a long weekend. Butter was recommended by another friend who had been before. We made our reservation on Fri for a Sat night dinner through Open Table. I called Sat afternoon to let them know we would be slightly delayed...they said that was fine, but there would be a bit of a wait when we got there. We arrived at 8:30p. Not only was there no wait, but there was no one else waiting for tables and there were several tables empty. Only one or two parties were seated while we were there. Our server was difficult to understand and didn't check often to refill or order more drinks...didn't expect him to hover but was not very attentive. The food we ordered was good, but the portions were very small and pricey.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Three strikes for service issues!
    HarborGirl
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Ok--The food was very good except we felt the veal bacon was smothered in mustard and hid the flavor of the meat. Service was terrible. We sat for a long time before anyone came over with bread and water. We ordered steak and the server never asked what temperature--when we finally flagged him down, he claimed that we ordered med. rare--No! Rather than own the mistake, he seemed annoyed that we challenged him. Then we ordered another round of wine which didn't come until, once again, we flagged someone down, to get our server--no apologies for forgetting. You pay a premium price and you should get 5 star service. If you watch the food network, go to a Bobby Flay restaurant where you'll get BOTH great food and great service. Sorry Chef Alex.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expectacular!!!
    Vacacionera
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Después de verla en TV, comer en su restaurante es mejor de lo sonado. La carne es jugosa, los meseros muy atentos, las margaritas explosivas! Regresaría sin pensarlo dos veces.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were not disappointed
    8thumbsup
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My three girlfriends and I recently spent a long weekend in NYC. We had lunch at Butter and loved it. The food was great...my friend Kathy called the artichoke soup "life-changing". :) I had the Burger 2.0, mainly because I always see chefs (including Alex) making bacon jam and I needed to have some of that. The burger was divine...and I am from Iowa and know good beef! The service was really great...the only complaint was it was loud and a little hard to hear...maybe dinner is a little calmer??? We would all return to Butter in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything is better with BUTTER
    Foodislife
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great environment for a wonderful lunch! The Butter Burger was terrific.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Taste of NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Went there with my mom, to show her a good time in NYC. We were 8 min late for our reservation and they received us with welcome. Service was a tad slow, but friendliness made up for it (plus, it was nice to spend some time on the menu). Food was out of this world! Mom had a great time!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Space it out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My wife and I went to Butter the other night for a date. We had heard great things about it and were excited to try a new place. The ambience was very cool and the food was excellent, but the whole experience was severely handicapped by the service. We ordered 3 small plates of food and one entree to share. All 3 small plates came out simultaneously and probably a good 10 minutes before we got our bottle of wine which we had ordered 10 minutes before ordering our food. Then, before we were finished with the small plates, the entree also came out. We were hoping for a relaxing meal together but we got more of a fast food, hurry up and turn the table type of experience. If you go, I would highly recommend asking them to space it out.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always pleases
    DThompsen
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Butter always delivers a fabulous meal. The menu changes seasonally, so it's always fresh. The presentation is beautiful, the food is outstanding but not fussy. The service is excellent - attentive but not hovering. Prices are reasonable for Midtown, especially with the lunch prix fixe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Service, food, atmosphere was better than anticipated. Would definitely recommend and will absolutely return. Only down side was that the outside needs a little spiffing up - there were some less than attractive plants in front. However that would not and should deter anyone from experiencing this restaurant. We would love to try dinner and brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Pre-Theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Consistent quality in food preparation and presentation with a wide variety of options - on the expensive side though for the relative lack of uniqueness of the meal options. Foie Gras special with grape jam was lovely and easily the best plate of the meal; the "Butter" steak was a pleaser but was $45+
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    good for groups
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  • Food good, service horrible
    BubbaVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This is a beautiful place in midtown. Has a limited menu, but two of had the Butter steak which was delicious. Appetizers are SMALL and expensive. My $18 octopus app was about 4-5 bites. That said, overall food quality was pretty good. Service, on the other hand was not. Our waiter could hardly hear us and we could hardly hear him. When I asked him what appetizer he would recommend, he said, if you order that, you won't have enought to eat. Just bad attitute all around. Pitty such bad service for such a nice and EXPENSIVE place. So, 4 stars for the food and ambiance, and 1 star for the service. Wouldn't go on my own dime.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extremely impressed
    Siniaya
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I accidentally booked a reservation for Sunday brunch but there were two items which appeared only on the dinner and lunch menu that I really wanted to try. Our server was nice enough to ask the kitchen to make one of them for me and they did.... ordinarily when I go out to eat there's usually one or two things that are just OKAY or done mediocre in regards to the food, (like blan veggies, or a reduction sauce that takes away from the flavor profile of the food it is accompanying) However, this time is one of the first times I ever enjoyed each and every flavor profile from every single thing I tried. And I have eaten at quiet a few places such as the Four Seasons, Megu and the flavor profiles here are the best hands down.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Excellent Food
    roblessolVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I had been to the downtown Butter a few times and loved it, so wanted to try this new location. The food was terrific, ambiance was soft and warm. Very nice meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Seasonably Delicious
    Foodnatic
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Still daydreaming about the squash ravioli. Delicious, delicious, delicious food from the bread & butter, to the dessert. Great seasonal cocktail list. Fantastic desserts. Perfect flavors all around. If I could afford it, I'd come back every week! It was a great birthday treat.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Star Struck!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Wow! And all of a sudden there was Alex! She came to our table, answered our questions and was down to earth and delightful! That's what make a restaurant so great - an on site owner. What an anniversary. Incredible food - we had the duck and filet - both melted in your mouth (like butter). Amazing grits and grilled escarole. Grilled peaches and vanilla ice cream for dessert. We'll go back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service, ambiance & food
    Lucy2001VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I was hesitant about going to Butter after seeing some of the negative reviews but I'm glad I chose to go regardless of the reviews. The restaurant is beautiful and service was wonderful. My friends and I had the branzino, roasted chicken and cauliflower for dinner and all the dishes were amazing. The branzino was cooked perfectly. Crispy skin and moist inside. The sauce was delicious. Definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Butter Shines
    Jet530
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was outstanding. Each dish was sumptuous and more than delicious. Several of our party had the filet and each steak was cooked to their specific direction. The food was so enticing that you had to continue eating until it was gone. The wait staff was attentive but not hovering. They was friendly but not intrusive. I would highly recommend this restaurant and cannot wait to return for another meal.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annivesary dinner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went for wedding anniversary. The tomahawk steak for 2 was excellent. Lots of meat, juicy steak, and nice sauce on the side.
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Butter is better!
    Fan2z
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Alex G. does not disappoint! This restaurant is great in decor, dining, and distinction. The food and drinks were fabulous and service was given with a smile! We enjoyed a nice quiet anniversary dinner at 5PM on a Saturday, but as we were leaving the restaurant started filling up. I enjoyed the burrata (best I've ever had) and my husband ordered the cavatappi, a scrumptious pasta dish that we wanted to keep eating. For our main dish I ordered the branzino, a favorite fish which melted in my mouth and was seasoned superbly and he ordered the duck breast which was tender and delicious. For dessert we shared (thank goodness because there was plenty) the beignets, again satisfying and sweet, oozing with raspberry sauce and perfect!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Evening
    follysmom
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Based on other reviews comments about the service and noise level I was concerned before our visit as we were entertaining out of town guests and wanted to be able to talk. We had a great server, Christian and the food was quite good and creatively prepared. Our party of 3 ordered oysters, endive salad, mackerel (special), duck and pork milanese. The pork was a standout as was the endive salad dressing. When confirming our reservation, I requested a "quiet" table and the hostess was very accommodating. Looking forward to a return trip to have the pork all to myself!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Butter Not
    MidTownDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Butter was wholly unimpressive. The food was ok, but not memorable. Surprisingly, the bread and BUTTER were forgettable. (You would think that a restaurant named “Butter” would have great bread and butter – not here. Two small dabs of “salted butter” and “herb butter” for a table of 5 was strange). Service was inattentive – at best. We dined early – 6:30 pm – and were surprised how long it took for drink orders to be taken and how long we waited for the drinks to come. Two in our party ordered martinis that arrived in identical glasses filled to noticeably different levels. Appetizers were ok –again, nothing memorable except the “veal bacon.” But come-on, how hard is it to make tasty bacon? Better choices in NYC.
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  • Delicious Brunch!
    JAP33107
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I highly recommend Butter! The food, atmosphere and staff were all wonderful! We went for brunch and it was the best French toast I have ever had! I can't wait to go back!
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    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what's in a name ?
    2gaules
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our first dining experience at Butter would have been more enjoyable had our waiter been more polite and helpful. He seemed oblivious to the fact we were talking and didn't just interrupt, but squarely talked over us several times. Some of the basic drinks (wine by the glass and beer) were unavailable. I had a special but others ordered from the main menu. The waiter never suggested they get a side dish. So when the food came they were surprised to see only a protein and some sauce. There was plenty of bread with 2 tiny servings of "Butter" for a table of 5. What's the name of the restaurant again? I'm a big fan of Chef Guarnascheli and was really looking forward to this experience. Needless to say I was very disappointed.
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  • hungry
    CHUCKEATS123VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    food was good but portion size was ridiculous. 14$ salads could have fit in a teacup. pasta entreeof 24$ consisted of 6 small ravioli. waitress spent a lot of time at the bar, not getting our drinks. would not return although food was good quality.
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