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Butter Midtown
Butter Midtown

Butter Midtown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.butterrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (212) 302-8703
  • 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 American, Contemporary French / 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent food with a nice drink list. Well-trained staff, but the waiters always seem a bit pretentious and unfriendly."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "went for restaurant week dinner. food was good, not great. went in knowing portions would be small, but this was a bit ridiculous. was expecting more from alex guarneschelli's spot. service was impeccable, though. attentive, personable, and helpful."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Food was superb, service was excellent. BRAVO.....LOVED IT !"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "the restaurant week menu was DIVINE! Finally, quality food (no short cuts, well, noticiable cuts) in service or portions. Perfect Girls Night out!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I heard good things about the food, but, to be honest, was underwhelmed by the whole experience. The portions were rather small, which usually implies exquisite taste, but in this case, it was just an overpriced version of a low-quality meal. It wasn't by any means "bad", but it didn't even come close to expectations. The wine list is awful. And the service was sub-par."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Appetizer - Soup of the day Lobster bisque: not very bisque-like, it's light and creamy; tasty and summery; good amount of lobster bites. Entree - Fish of the day Hake: perfectly cooked, crispy skin and well-seasoned (thought it got a little too salty towards the end, the taste got slightly 1-dimensional) Dessert - watermelon with lemon sorbet Perfect light summer dessert Portion was great for lunch."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I have eaten lunch and brunch here on numerous occasions. The restaurant is comfortably designed and the staff is friendly and attentive. The food is beautifully presented with artful plating on homey china and the salads and fish dishes have been uniformly delicious."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We found the food at butter to be especially salty. The waiter was so spaced out, he gave us the desert menu before the main course, and also forgot to give us our check. In addition, we were celebrating our wedding anniversary, and I called in advance 3 times to let the restaurant know ahead of time so they could do something special for us. Each time, the response I got from the restaurant was distinctly cold. When we got there, the wait staff totally forgot it was our anniversary, I had to remind our waiter as we were paying the check. He did bring us a glass of wine on the house, but we did not feel taken care of. We will not be going back or recommending this place to anyone."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We had made reservations before we left and when we arrived were promptly seated. Although it's a high end restaurant we never felt out of place. All the staff was very friendly and welcoming. Nick was our waiter and he was fantastic. Every recommendation he made was spot on. Highly recommend the beignets."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The staff and chef really know how to make you feel special. Great food, too."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Food was good, however it would have been much better had our entrees been served at temperature and the server remembering to bring our sides. Was not impressed with the portion size of the items on the restaurant week menu, pretty sad when you have to order side dishes and even worse when a kale side dish is about 3/4 of a cup for $5."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Noise level was very high, hard to hear others at the table. Food was amazing and he décor simple. Curious about the floral, pottery water pitchers that really didn't seem to fit the space. Wait staff could have been more on point. Mixed up appetizer order, didn't know who ordered what, an charged us for a dessert we didn't have."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "There is definitely amazing food to be found here, but unfortunately the restaurant week menu was a little underwhelming. The appetizers started off our meal with a bang - as did the table bread served with it.. definitely one of THE best butter rolls I've ever had. I ordered the corn chowder which was rich and creamy (probably made with an entire stick of butter), and others had the veal bacon which was just as good. The entrees, however, fell a bit flat. The fish and greens (kale) was too salty, which my friends' short ribs was a bit overcooked and not tender enough. Dessert finished semi-strong with the chocolate cake and plum tart, but again, not as great as the appetizer. Maybe the regular dinner menu is worth the extra dollars."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food at Butter use to be great, we would go often to have delicious cocktails, pasta, chicken, etc. Now that they moved to a new location & renamed Butter Midtown, it's taken a dive for the worst. The decor is different & ambience changed, there are no longer interesting design, table cloths or matching plates. Everything is bare basic mismatched grab any vessel to deliver food in. The food was overly salty & disgusting. Corn chowder had no corn, tasted like cream, fish was overcooked, salty & dry, short ribs just salty. And the portions were just slithers, no joke. Food from midtown delis taste better. Music was so loud everyone was yelling, felt more like music at a club than a restaurant. Such a shame because Butter use to be good."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Butter is something to experience if you are dining in NYC. The food is good and to get a chance to experience a celebrity chef's restaurant is fun!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I am often wary of going out during Restaurant Week because although I love the bargains, the offerings aren't always peak. Butter has been one of the standouts, though. We had a great lunch experience at summer RW and would do it again. Cocktails are amazing (yes, at lunch!), soup of the day is always a good bet (corn chowder poured into the eclectic vintage bowls from pitchers), and dessert is always delicious (dark chocolate cake with candied nuts). I was a little disappointed by the flavors in the pork shoulder - it was a little too acidic for my taste. Chef Alex's meat is usually the key to a good meal here but I would get the pasta if I were to try again this month."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food was not very good. Pork entrée was very dry and sour. Not sure it is because of the quality for restaurant week is lower than usual."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I dined at Butter the other night with a few friends and we loved it! We are all CIA graduates and work in the industry and were very impressed by the service and food. Our server Tony was very friendly and made sure we were very well taken care of! The restaurant week menu had great options! The corn soup was delicious and has been in the back of my mind since I dined! Butter is a place where I will bring out of town guests and other industry employees. Overall it was great! Thank you so much! Next time it would be amazing to meet Chef Alex, I am a HUGE fan!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I love the show Chopped and while I was visiting New York, I wanted to experience Alex Guarnaschelli's food. While I was in NYC, it happened to be Restaurant Week! I ordered from the pre fix menu, and was extremely pleased. I got the chicken and it was the best I've ever had. I think that Butter was in it's prime a couple years ago, however, the food and service is still outstanding today."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Wish I had read the reviews before dining here. The waiter visibly rolled his eyes at us when we asked him for something. Staff seemed to rush us out quickly. Food portions were TINY - I understand that high-end restaurants serve smaller portions but we were all decently hungry after leaving - and it's not cheap."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "What a fabulous dinner we had at Butter- I have been wanting to go to one of alex's retaurants for years and it did not disappoint- everyone loved the food and we live for good food. Could not have been better- those rolls !!! and the deserts to die for. Cant wait to go back to NYC and have another great meal there."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We went for Restaurant Week and had a fabulous meal! The bread and butter to start off with were so delicious and fresh, we just knew the rest of the meal would be terrific, and it was. The waitress was very friendly and knowledgable about the menu. We weren't rushed through our meal at all like they do in some places during restaurant week. The short ribs were extremely tender. The shrimp and corn chowder was absolutely delicious. The chocolate cake was very decadent and tasty. It was a great experience, and we will return."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I came in with 8 friends for my 31st Birthday on Wednesday night and I was sadly disappointed in the lack of service or attention anyone gave us. The food was good but not worth visiting again or recommending it to anyone. It sucks because I love Alex as a chef but the overall experience wasn't how I would think a top notch restaurant should operate."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Butter was truly a wonderful dining experience. The wait staff was very knowledgeable. The atmosphere was outstanding. In addition, my friend and I met Chef Alex who is my personal favorite. She signed her cookbook for us. We really couldn't believe such an extraordinary chef would take the time to actually oversee her restaurant all evening. I raved about the food and all that went with it. I definitely will visit again."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Restaurant week. Ambiance is great, was packed and loud. Good booze selection albeit on the pricey side. Had the chilled Cucumber soup which was refreshing but on the blander side. Had the chicken which had amazing seasoning and a great unique flavor which I devoured; but to be fair on the dry side. The Chocolate cake for dessert was okay. Service was great and attentive"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Two LA girls met up here for Restaurant Week. We were so excited and the menu did not disappoint. I started off with the Veal bacon and spicy cabbage, then a Hake (fish) entree followed by a plum tart. All were delicious and a bargain at $38 for the prix fixe menu. The service was excellent and the ambiance was just right."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We loved it from the minute we walked in the door - friendly staff - excellent food"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Tried the midtown location for lunch during Restaurant Week. Physical location of the restaurant is in the basement of a hotel though it has its own external entrance. As it was a sunny day, the place was well lit due to the large window from the courtyard above. However, I can see how it can be dark on dreary days or nighttime. Decor and ambience is welcoming. Can easily sit and eat at the bar. All dishes are nicely presented and very flavorful. We would definitely return to try other choices. Other reviewers had issue with the service. We found the service not warm but definitely acceptable. In fact, there were so many different people who came by our table we were not sure who was our main waiter."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I will never go to this restaurant again. Not only was the service horrible, but so was the management."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service with well-prepared dishes and innovative cuisine."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I am an Alex Guarnaschelli fan and have been trying to get to her restaurant for a year or so. I finally got in and was impressed. Even though I did not get to see her the food was up to her idea of quality. We ordered the bread basket. YUM! I had the Shrimp & Grits and my dining companion had the Steak & Eggs. The food was very good. The service was a little slow at first and the a/c was cranked way up (everywhere inside was cold in NYC that day) but overall all was well. I definitely will return!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "From start to finish, our dining experience was top notch. Waiter was excellent. Very knowledgeable about wine selection and helpful in recommending dishes. One of the best meals I've had in NYC."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I LOVED the Cauliflower Entrée- I would go back again just for that ! (which I did for lunch three days later but that is not on their lunch menu, but I still had a great lunch w/the salmon.) It was absolutely delicious ! We also had some of the other vegetable side dishes and loved them all. The beets were exceptional as was the potato gratin. My daughter had the pasta with lamb sausage- she was pleased but it wasn't as outstanding as the cauliflower entrée."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed a special evening at Butter. Every detail was perfect; ambience was comfortable with spacious, intimate seating. The menu is refined with several key choices that range from appetizers to entrees. Everything we selected was delicious and perfectly prepared. We enjoyed the shrimp, which were huge and tasty; flavors in every meal came through with distinction. We ordered the Kale salad, which was one of the best we ever had. The kale must have been massaged to make sure it was soft and easy to digest and the flavoring was absolutely perfect. Guest said the steak was the best he ever had and the bass dinner I ordered was perfect. The raspberry beignets were exceptional; worth every calorie. outstanding service."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My kids and I treated ourselves to this special lunch on our trip to New York. My daughters wanted to dine at the restaurant portrayed in "Gossip Girl" and Alex G. of Food Network fame. It was fabulous! The food was delicious, and the peaceful ambience perfect. My daughter's comment sums it up: "I feel like the most important person in the world here!""
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I ordered a ceasar salad with grilled chicken. The chicken was absolutely delicious!! My friend actually ordered the same thing. Neither of us could believe how tender and juicy the chicken tasted. Mouth-watering!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Although the food was good, I was not overly impressed. I would not hurry back there."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This is an excellent restaurant that has superior food and excellent and accommodating service. It is a great choice before the theater!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We had been to the other location of Butter before, and this one close to the theater did not disappoint! We got to meet Chef Alex, who went from table to table checking on everyone. She is delightful. Our food was amazing. Will definitely go back. The restaurant is beautiful (but loud)."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My husband said the pork chop was the best he's ever eaten and my ribeye steak was perfection. To start, we shared a very nice baby gem lettuce and lobster on the half shell. The salad was perfectly dressed and the lemon tarragon sauce for the lobster was amazing and a perfect compliment to the lightly poached lobster. For dessert we chose a fresh strawberry tart and the raspberry beignets - both were delicious. The service started out poorly because our waiter apparently didn't notice that we had been seated so we were not greeted until I found the hostess and complained that we had been waiting for a waiter for 20 minutes. Although he was not apologetic he did do an adequate job after that. All-in-all I would go backing heartbeat."
    Dined on 7/13/2014