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
485 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (266)special occasion (214)romantic (153)good for groups (121)hot spot (106)great for lunch (102)notable wine list (86)neighborhood gem (80)vibrant bar scene (70)great for brunch (36)late-night find (29)great for outdoor dining (16)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (9)Show More
  • Wow!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    What an experience! I had to try some of the items I have heard talked about previously, and they were delicious - more than delicious! One of the top 5 meals I have had. When my Buratta salad was delivered it looked like art and the taste was out of this world. That was my reply with everything I tried. Truely inspired food.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb food subpar service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food was everything I expected and more! The veal bacon was hands down the best food at our table. The only downside was the poor service. The waiter seemed to have a bad attitude and while not directly rude to us acted like everything we asked for was putting him out
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so-so
    Hungry
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Nice business lunch for secretaries, Mailroom guys, etc. Not at all a top of the line place that is really special. Very ordinary indeed. Some nice architectural touches. It is a bit like an underground "Dock's" without rising to the level of quality or atmosphere os Dock's.
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    great for brunch, special occasion
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  • It was fine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Lovely atmosphere - waited a long time to be greeted by server, drinks took a long time as well. Sunday evening, only about 6 occupied tables. Food was fine, but did not wow and impress as was expected. Ordered cavatappi pasta app and it was the best item of the evening. Walnut torte good as well. Hake entree was nothing special.
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  • DebG
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went to Butter for Sunday Brunch. It was lovely and comfortable. Best scones I've had in a long time served warm with a sprinkle of sugar on top...yum..so delicious. I had the herb omelet, hubby had eggs benedict. All was delicious and service was awesome. Brunch cocktails were also unique and delicious. Coffee, top knotch! One negative was the potato cake. It was a grated potato formed in a small cake and deep fried, ours were so cooked that they were not pleasant to eat. Yes, they had a super crunch but there was no moisture left in them at all and I could taste the oil which didn't have a great flavor as in it needed to be changed. I would still go back though as everything else was tops!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Average...
    MMVG
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    There is nothing about Butter that I would consider memorable. The food was average. We were served oysters and were given only small forks and not small spoons to spoon the sauces onto the oysters before we ate them. The soft shell crabs were very good, but the corn underneath was either frozen or from a can. The tenderloin was good. My wife had the ravioli with fresh ricotta. The ravioli alone were delicious, unfortunately were completely over powered by a butter sauce. I have eaten at some pretty fine dining establishments in New York, and had incredible and memorable meals in each of them... I am very sad to say that this did not like up to my expectations.
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  • Veal Bacon
    FoodyRI
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was by far one of the most amazing dining experiences I have had. I took my Executive VP out for dinner and Both her and I were blown away. First the Appetizer Veal Bacon was the most inedible thing I have ever eaten. The Wine list was great. For dinner I had the House Made Ravioli and she Had the New Bedford Silver Hake. Of course we sample each others plates and they were both divine. The Service was impeccable. There was one slight mistake, we both ordered the Veal bacon App but they only brought one. We shared that one while the preapred the second. I was please that they acutally gave us two more portions.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good slipping
    Badburger
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Burger was recommended as 'signature dish' but was over cooked not medium rare. Dry burger disappointing. Should have chosen the fish til talked into burger
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  • Good, just not for us
    JPEG
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We went here for our anniversary on a friend's recommendation. Very nice restaurant and good food, but I would not recommend it for an intimate occasion. I noticed several business dinners occurring while we were there and it does seem perfect for that. It's the kind of place that is high-end and notable; good for impressing clients or business associates. It was much larger than I expected; we were seated in a booth that could easily seat six, which felt a bit odd for a romantic occasion. The food was very good, but it didn't knock my socks off. I recommend it as a great place for business dinners, just not for dates or any sort of intimate occasion.
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    notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Butter can do better...
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    They food here is inventive and playful. It's a great midtown option for a business lunch when you don't want the usual steakhouse. However, service here continues to disappoint - from the hostess who cannot be bothered to smile, to the harried and frazzled waitstaff, not to mention the 30 minute wait to get drinks to the table (and another 15 min after that to get lukewarm appetizers). Even with great food, I'm not sure I'd be willing to sit though such poor service again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food!
    BPBjr
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We went Sunday evening when they opened and it was great. Great cocktails and absolutely amazing food. Service was great at the start and during our meal. However, at the end, our waitress decided to ignore us and service other tables. Trying to get the check was problem. Finally, one of the other waiters brought the check over. Getting someone to take my credit card was another issue. Again, we were ignored. A bus boy took pity and rung us up. Of course, that part of the experience was reflected in the tip! So, if you don't have a schedule to worry about I highly recommend Butter. We will definitely go back for the food & drink.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey
    Jerseycookie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The items on the limited menu were expensive. The hake was much too salty.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited Menu
    jlturk
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were a party of 5 and although we all enjoyed our meal we each had difficulty making a selection due to the limited number of choices, including specials. The preparations leaned towards the spicy side as did some of the cocktail choices. The portions were generous. The wine menu had many good selections but seemed a bit pricey even for New York. The decor is very natural but elegant as was the lighting and they have an outdoor section as well.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ReneeMBVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We shared the steak and it was to die for! Had to take a pic of it as we were so impressed with the bone LOL Not a good selection of reisling, however the waiter suggested another wine that was o.k.for me, however my friend loved the malbec! Very nice dinner before our show and we will def recommend it to our friends! Loved the matches and the thick business cards , very classy...
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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  • Hugely disappointed.
    FoodismylifeVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I booked this restaurant based on adjacency to theatre land, menu assortment and options. The space is great and host staff congenial. The food was adequate - don't look for a squash blossom in the meager eggplant and squash blossom small plate- The experience however was completely let down but the glacial pace of service. We ordered four small plates, of which only the eggplant was hot, the first two took 25 minutes to arrive. The last arrived after repeated requests starting at the arrival of the first. The remaining cold plates arrived as we were getting up to leave, more than 45 minutes after ordering. When asked we were told the manager was checking, that it was prime dinner time and we hadn't told them of our timeframe.
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  • Fun times
    Babsbunny77VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Always a good time. Food was great too! Definitely a great spot to wine and dine clients!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    inventive food on this small menu. Was surprised that with such a limited menu there were NO specials of the day to speak of. Had there been a few specials in addition to the standard menu it would have been a more appropriate selection given this price point. Having said that, it was enjoyable experience. Courteous service, prompt seating, vdry good drinks and the food was very good. Only course we didn't much care for was the liver app as it was just too overpowering for matzo and would have done better on their delicious bread or make more traditional chopped liver which has a milder taste. other than that standouts were veal bacon, pork terndlion, and the rasberry beignets. Was also nice to meet a iron chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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  • good food ruined by service
    NolaTravels
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The service was absolutely terrible. We spoke with the manager on two separate occasions regarding the poor quality of service and the slow pace of the kitchen. The food was delicious, unfortunately, the service absolutely ruined our night.
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  • Disappointed with the service
    bsg1
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I was very excited to dine there as it's Chef Alex's restaurant who is well renowned. However, I was disappointed with the slow and inattentive service. Firstly we waited quite a whole for someone to come to the table, bring water and bread. Then our side dishes never came and when the maître approached us to confirm if we had side dishes, we explained what happened but didn't receive any apologies or attempts to amend it. Also, the food was good and not spectacular as you'd expect from someone with Chef Alex's name and reputation. Ironically, the best part of the meal was the desert which is signed by another pastry chef. With all that, you can understand how my wife and I were very disappointed.
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  • Not up to snuff
    Jos22
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This place is usually my go to but the last two times the food has really gone down hill. Dry port with a heavy dose of too-sweet mustard sauce. Last time the chicken was dry. In their defense, my husband liked the chicken this time. Maybe I need to just order what he orders.
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  • 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
    gossipgirlfav
    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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was fantastic (except for the fries, which were a little cold. However this was rectified with a fresh serve, but unfortunately they arrived right at the end of the meal), and the menu was interesting and creative. The service was lovely and helpful.
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    great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good - but with limited choice
    Jimmy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We went here to celebrate a family occasion & my daughters specifically wanted to come here having seen it in a movie/ tv show. Overall, I'd say this is a really nice restaurant in a good central location. The food was very good, nicely presented & the service was attentive without being intrusive. The only downside for us was the limited menu - not a great choice here I'm afraid. Price wise, it's not cheap, but the quality of the food & the general ambience are very good & we enjoyed our visit.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Disappointed
    FoodJunkie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My mother and I were in NYC celebrating our "Big" birthdays. She loves Alex G, so I decided to surprise her with reservations to Butter. We could not have been more disappointed. Our service was beyond slow, even though there was hardly anyone else in the restaurant. Our food was not good, we both ordered the filet, my mother ordered hers Medium Rare, it came out with the outside so tough (and over charred) she could not cut though it with the knife she was given yet when she got inside it was almost raw. I ordered mashed potatoes and they were cold. We would have said something to our waitress, however she was never around and we couldn't get her attention when she was. Therefore we had a $200 dinner that was pretty much inedible....
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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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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  • 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.
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    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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  • 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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  • 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.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    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.
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    good for groups
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  • 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.
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  • 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.