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
470 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (251)special occasion (204)romantic (141)good for groups (117)hot spot (104)great for lunch (102)notable wine list (82)neighborhood gem (73)vibrant bar scene (65)great for brunch (36)late-night find (29)great for outdoor dining (13)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (10)Show More
  • Delicious Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Service was terrible. Forgot some drinks, brought others with too much ice. Not at all attentive. Noise level was horrible. People had to shout(and did) to be heard. Will not go there again
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  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food and service were excellent! I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Heard great things about te food, but not great about the service. Had opposite experience. Very nice service but my fried chicken salad consisted of pathetic bits of thigh meat in thick fried batter.
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  • Great!
    Sarah
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My husband and I went for lunch and it was great! The food was amazing; the atmosphere was flawless. I don't eat meat or cheese so I modified my salad to be, basically, just vegetables and it was delicious! The veggies were fresh and flavorful, and the combination wasn't the usual salad mix so I thoroughly enjoyed it. Our only issue was that our server was a little bit detached. We don't drink (which is usually the reason for servers to not pay attention to us) but, in this case, he started off as a bit aloof and remained that way. Didn't affect the food, though, so it really isn't a big deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good location, ambience, food meh
    1cway
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    While the location and vibe is good, the food and service is not up to par. Took too long to get our salads and then the main course came right on the heels of it. The food is relatively good, but not great and the menu pretty eclectic.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food, Realistic Prices
    lunnjm
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The Brunch Menu has everything you need we tried the Butter Burger and the Cure All Omelet, both were taste explosions and full of unexpected textures and flavor combinations. Presentation for the Butter Burger was over the top flamboyant. The omelette was understated and plain on the plate but it was a ruse, it was deceptively simple on the outside. A unique experience. I expected designer prices but that is not the case, Butter is a MUST visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • best meal
    sharkfin
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went to there for our anniversary dinner and we did not know what to expect. It was literally the best meal we have had from top to bottom, and we eat out a lot in different types of restaurants in the city. We had the burrata and the homemade ricotta for appetizers, the tomahawk steak with escarole and grits. I could not say anything remotely mediocre about anything because it was all excellent. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Bad service
    DaisyDiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Top Chef's restaurant does not disappoint. Amazing flavors and textures, but the staff drags the dining experience down. If you don't mind waiting around to get service, go for it. But as an impatient New Yorker, there are better places to eat with great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprised!
    Gracavi
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were surprised by the quality, creativity and the service of this restaurant. It was an amazing experience! The menu is different and has a vegetarian and vegan choice. By the way, the eggplant was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ajfoodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I chose to eat at Butter Midtown on a lark, a Friday night dinner. The restaurant is very dark, with so-hip-it-hurts lighting that makes it difficult to see the menu or your food for that matter. Also I nearly turned my ankle stepping out of the booth. On the other hand I guess the booths could be considered cozy and romantic. We split an order of a half-dozen fresh oysters with our cocktails; however the hot appetizers were brought out before we were done with them. The sauteed soft shell crab appetizer disappointed in that it was coated in corn meal and was VERY salty. Doesn't seem like there is enough attention to the details here. We will not be coming back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Really loved the food and the service was fantastic, but it was so loud we couldn't hear our waiter. Luckily the food and wine were so good we overlooked the headache-inducing noise level. There didn't appear to be so many people in there for such noise level - must be the high ceilings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a visit
    Brandon
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I loved my visit to Butter. The food was so good! You should check it out and try the veal bacon if it's offered. Great atmosphere and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal
    nycadamVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food here is very good. We ate some specials, some regular menu items, all were terrific. And, while a bit dark, the room is pleasant and comfortable. All of which make the fact that the service was not as good a bit if a surprise. Nothing bad happened, but the staff was not as helpful or attentive as those in other restaurants in this league.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a disappointment!
    Moi79
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Both of us ordered the "butter cut" filet medium-rare. Mine came out tender and medium-rare, but Dan's filet was both rare and tough. I tried a piece, and had a tough time sticking my fork in it. Dan spoke to the waiter, and was told "I'll let them know". No offer of a new filet. Dan spoke to the manager, who offered a new filet. The new filet was much smaller than our first filets and was overcooked. By this time, we'd had enough. The manager came back eventually, but we hadn't been offered a refill on wine or had any plates cleared in at least 30 minutes. Dan had two bites of the new filet. The manager did take it off the bill, but by this time we just wanted the bill, which took another 30 minutes to arrive. Will not go back.
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  • Wow!
    Firebell
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb food subpar service
    JSully
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DebG
    DLishes7
    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!
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wendy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Beautiful restaurant. We went for lunch, the ambiance and the menu and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.