Butter Midtown
Butter Midtown

Butter Midtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.butterrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (212) 302-8703
  • 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
429 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (244)special occasion (180)romantic (133)hot spot (94)good for groups (93)great for lunch (79)notable wine list (70)neighborhood gem (69)vibrant bar scene (54)great for brunch (34)late-night find (19)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (6)great for outdoor dining (6)Show More
  • Would never go back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Food was tasteless and presentation was poorly done.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    MattVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The menu is not extensive. The decor is all dark wood and is sort of blah. Of the one thing on the menu that I wanted they didn't have. How can you run out of chicken??? Although somehow I could have had chicken on my salad..... We were not impressed. It just wasn't our night, I guess.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing.
    DiningDivaVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    I expected more from the renowned Alex Guarnaschelli. The menu was extremely limited, but did offer a chicken dish, which they told us they ran out of. I know of no restaurant that runs out of chicken. They also ran out of mashed potatoes. Had 2 Cosmos, very good. Ordered the burratta, very good though pricey at $23. Since the menu was extremely limited, we ordered pumpkin ravioli from the small plates, priced at $24 and worth it. Ordered bignets for dessert which were delicious. We're told by our very detached waitress that there were no specials that evening! Service was poor at best, busboys were very responsive. Would not recommend this restaurant to any of our friends.
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  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Don't know why people had bad experiences. Seated promptly even before our reservation time, server was very attentive. My filet you could cut with a fork, the best ever. My wife order the pork tenderloin, didn't realize the French description was that it was fried, they volunteered to replace it, had the chicken, she commented the best ever as well. Grits were scrumptious. We will return the next time we are in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Given the star name behind the restaurant, we had high hopes. However the experience especially the service was very disappointing. It was as if none of the servers wanted to even be there. They barely spoke and our waitress didn't tell us about items they were out of. We only found out from someone else after we ordered. The food was flavorful but nothing amazing. In fact, the squash pasta while overall very good had way too much oil - so much that I couldn't finish the dish and the chicken dish, while juicy, was pedestrian. The ambiance and decor was nice although not what I expected as it was very dark and masculine for a female star chef. The desserts were probably the best part although the beignets were huge. Certainly better options in NYC.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sinking ship
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    so disappointed in Butter. We called to confirm our reservation and the phone just rang and rang. Then during dinner, the server said they was out of the Pinot Noir by the glass and didn't offer an alternative. Instead he proceeded to tell us that they were out of most of their wine...really? The restaurants name is butter right? The butter we got at the beginning of the meal was the size of two peas on a plate. Scrumptious and stingy. I wanted the special ravioli app with truffles but our sever said they ran out of truffles the night before...even though it was on the menu as "tonight's special". Just before our entrees arrived, the server came over again and told us his shift was over and he was turning us over to the bus boy....it was 8:30 on a Saturday night. I wouldn't mind so much if we weren't spending hundreds of dollars per person on dinner! Our entrees came and they told us they were out of steak knives so they gave us butter knives...really? Overall, the food here was good but so far overshadowed by the bad inadequate service it's hard to give this restaurant high marks. Spent wayyyyyy too much on a below average experience. Will never be back.
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  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We went to celebrate our sons graduation from college, but no acknowledge was made, birthdays get a candle and a song. We ordered 4 different dishes, the cauliflower steak was cooked quite differently, hence the 4 stars instead of 5. The salmon ans tomahawk steak were perfect. The desserts were also very nice. Service was perfect, very attentive and helpful. Overall a great experience, we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Food was excellent. The server was very attentive. The music was too loud and the play list was heavy on the base--not conducive to relaxed dining. The hostess was unable to change the playlist. The restaurant is down a steep flight of stairs. At the top of the stairs is a greeter who has no chair and must stand. We were offended by such inconsiderate treatment of an employee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • BankerVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Visited with clients while on business trip. Great location and food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The bar scene was very lively
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    It was very noisy. The food service was very slow. The decor was very nice. The seating was very intimate. OVerall, I would recommend this place to my friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very cool and upscale, food was excellent
    BillVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    My wife and I decided to celebrate our 20th anneversary at Butter and we weren't disappointed. We started off with two specialty drinks which were very tasty. We had the yellow tail appetizer and the ceviche , both were great. The mains were duck and filet, both outstanding. Portion sizes were nice, and you left satiated. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and ambiance
    Herb
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Butter was on my wife's bucket list, so we made reservations for our anniversary. Don't be afraid of the ghost margarita - it's not too spicy. Order the squash ravioli appeteaser. The web menu says it's a large plate, but when we were there it was a small plate - either way you won't be disappointed! My branzino was very good, but my wife's "butter cut filet" was out of this world delicious. We topped it off with a fantastic cheesecake. We even caught a glimpse of Alex Guarnaschelli but we didn't get the chance to speak with her. I highly recommend this place for any reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    TeamLunch
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Maybe the waiter was having a bad day (which shouldn't be an excuse) but i expected a better service from such a restuarant.Was debating for a bit if I wanna pay the service charge at the end. Not sure if I wanna come back.
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  • SandyVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Much of the food was fried. We had been to Butter years ago at the other location and found the offerings to be tasty and healthy. This time, food was slow to come out of the kitchen and one of the sides we ordered, the potato cake, was not edible. It basically was a deep fried hash brown. Even a fork wouldn't go through it. Nice beer and wine selection. Cappuccino was excellent and desserts were good. We had a good server.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Best brunch ever! The shrimp and grits were divine, the basket of fresh baked goods was delectible! Excellent service from every staff member we encountered. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Butter's Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    This was a great place for a group of 6 that just wanted a good, relaxing and quiet place to have brunch and be able to talk without shouting! The menu wasn't extensive for brunch on a Sunday, but it had the basics and everyone enjoyed the various dishes they got- couple of different omelets, French Toast, Eggs Benedict. Their Mamosas are fantastic. Didn't really like the white sangria with fruit though. Had a very strong rose water flavor, kind of soapy. Service was good, but we realized after we left the restaurant that an order of Brussels sprouts was not brought to the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An elegant experience with personable touches
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The front house staff quickly accommodated me even after missing my reservation. My server really made my solo dinner special with his attentiveness and friendly manner - plus, his suggestions were spot on and exactly what I was looking for that night. Amazing food and the raspberry beignets were incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy!
    Dpipes
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Really boosy for a romantic rated restaurant the foos was good presentation not so impressing and they should really think About changing the dinner ware its really ugly and tacky
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NeverAgain
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I thought it was really mediocre. The food was OK, but not for the price -- and the service was spotty at best. The hostesses were haughty and not very friendly, and it was a pain getting a reservation. Never again!
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  • Great service
    cyblume
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed the food at Butter but it was the server who made my day. She let me stay until it was time for me to leave for the theater & was very accomodating all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food!!!
    Tammy
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We went to Butter for my friend's 40th birthday dinner. The food was absolutely amazing! Great atmosphere and honestly some of the best food I've ever tasted!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Rusty902VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Food was good but service was awful. The entrees came out 5 minutes after we started our appetizers and the lamb pasta came out cold. Dishes were taken away while we were still eating. Staff untrained.
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  • Lovely pre-theatre choice!
    Vogueeater
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Had a lovely pre-matinee theatre lunch with my daughter. Overall we had yummy food in lovely surroundings. Definitely try the Calamansi cocktail - it was amazing and we highly recommend it! I started with the Butter Chopped Salad which was delicious with a healthy portion but mine was a tad overdressed. We both had the hen-of-the-woods quiche which arrived hot, creamy and delicious! The service was pleasant and attentive but the waitstaff was almost too aggressive in trying to clear plates that we hadn't yet finished with. All-in-all we thoroughly enjoyed the meal and have already made reservations to try dinner. Highly recommend this restaurant with delicious food and cool vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    MiddletownRI
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The food was fabulous... No less than expected.. Great menu support by our waiter as well
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Jlc425VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The brunch menu was very good, although some of the portions were small. Don't go if you have a big appetite. The Butter Burger was delicious though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fair at Best
    Moneydoesntequalquality
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Of course, our expectations were high. However, the food was merely worded to sound upscale on the menu and yet had the taste of average, local restaurant supply. Nothing blew us away and frankly, we found the wait staff to be melancholy and, well, strange in their demeanors. It was fun to get dressed up for a night in the city but I would much rather spend the kind of money I did somewhere where the food is prepared to satisfy tastebuds and not just a foodie's blog post. Let's just say Alex would have been chopped by the main course round. And for those of you, like us, who plan on listening to reviews online for Butter's "wonderful" raspberry beignet--well save money and grab some jelly donuts at your nearest Dunkin Donuts. It's uncanny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing
    Patti
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We expected more from Alex Guarnachelli. My husband and I each ordered three courses. His appetizer, chicken liver mousse, was salty. Mine, tuna tartar, was tasteless. The entrees were chicken, which was okay, but served with salty spinach. And my entree was a $45 filet, which was so salty, I could only eat half before my mouth started to burn. The desserts were good. The server deducted the price of one of the desserts, but we ended up paying a lot of miney for a meal that simply wasn't good. On top of all that, it was so noisy, we couldn't hear each othrr talk. Not a good experience. We would not go back.
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  • Butter Go and Enjoy!
    ScottP920
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Overall the experience was very nice. We had great wine great bread and butter the food was very good however salt is essential
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be careful of the "specials"
    Pookie1146
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    $64 for Halibut?! When will I learn to ask for the price before ordering? It was very good, though.
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  • Great engagement dinner spot
    Nikkirawks
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My fiancé took me to Butter for our engagement dinner and it couldn't have been better! They even surprised us with champagne flutes to congratulate us. The food was impeccable. Beautifully seasoned and plated nicely. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Love4Food
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Everything I could ask for in amazing food and service. The food literally melted in my mouth. The service was great, our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. Executive chef Alex Guarnaschelli was there and sat at our table for a quick chat and pictures, she was extremely delightful! If you're looking for a new spot for GREAT food this is it. The hot apps, entrée, and desert were spot on perfect. I will definitely be going back! I'm left craving the food still!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding +
    Spil
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    If there were an option for better than outstanding Butter would own it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seems the "Butter" has melted
    freshfieldsVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Limited menu and expensive. Portions adequate but filet entree and potato 'cake', which is really rosti, covered in sauce concealing flavors instead of enhancing them. Waiter unable to adequately explain how dishes made or ingredients. Space large but you have to go downstairs, (basement), to get there so dark atmosphere in spite of skylight inner ceiling and upper wall mural.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PattyCakes
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We are vegetarians and we loved the creative way the vegetable dishes were prepared and served. There weren't a lot of choices but the ones they had were excellent and we would go back again based on what we had.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service made the difference
    Ellie1819
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Our brunch started off badly. Eggs were not cooked as specified and were a disappointment in presentation. Fortunately, the excellent young manager took charge. He changed our items, comped us beverages for our trouble, and turned what had been a negative experience into a lovely pre-theater meal. We will definitely be back.
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  • Carolem
    carrie
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Ricotta crostini was great. Expected a little more out of the menu after seeing Alex on so many shows. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Should have been better
    IMOTAS
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Went for brunch for the first time. Out of items on the menu and not very accommodating when we asked for variations due to dietary restrictions. Wanted to charge us extra for every change. Service was horribly slow too. Overall a major disappointment.
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  • montehall
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Was a beautiful restaurant. Filet was excellent. Presentation of salad and shrimp was fair. Steak could have been a bit warmer. Taste was very good.
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    special occasion
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  • Nice dining experience
    wcfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food and drinks were great. Atmosphere was inviting. Our waiter was polite but not very enthusiastic or overly helpful. Probably would be the deciding factor on whether we chose to come here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crazy
    Out4DinnerVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food here is very good but the prices are crazy. $45 for beef shortrib?
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    fit for foodies
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