Butter
Butter
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Butter

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://butterrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2122532828
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, American
  • Executive Chef: Alexandra Guarnaschelli
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer private dinning for parties ranging from 40 to 300 guests.



    Guests are able to customize their menus. We offer passed hors d'oeuvres, buffet, and sit down dinner options.
  • Private Party Contact: Tracey Hill 2122532828
  • Entertainment: Please call the restaurant for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Astor Place and East 4th Street
  • Public Transit: 6 train to Astor Place, N,R train to 8th Street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Outdoor Parking is located across the street; indoor parking is located 2 doors down.
A word from Butter
Butter is located in downtown Manhattan.Our Executive Chef, Food Network favorite Alexandra Guarnaschelli, offers traditional American Fare highlighted and enhanced by subtle global influences with the grace notes of seasonality.
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Butter reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Great food for a special night
    Zerotorque
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We both where very satisfied with not only the food but the experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I expected better. I got butter.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    I expected much more than I experienced. The appetizer was very good. The entree was a bit salty. They did not have the wine we ordered in stock. Service was very slow. Overall it was unworthy of being on my list of must visit places.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Went for restaurant week and Butter didn't disappoint. Next time I'm in New York I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FIRST TIME WAS BETTER
    danz4joy
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    THIS WAS MY SECOND TIME AT BUTTER ... I WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED 2ND TIME AROUND. IF YOU WANT THE TRUE EXPERIENCE DINING AT THIS RESTAURANT MAKE SURE TO MAKE THE RESERVATION FOR THE UPSTAIR MAIN ROOM. THE HOSTESS TRIED SEATING US DOWNSTAIRS BUT I REQUESTED TO SIT IN THE MAIN ROOM. FORTUNATELY IT WAS EARLY AND THEY WERE ABLE TO MEET MY REQUEST. OUR SERVER WAS NOT AS KNOWLEDGABLE AS HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FOR A RESTAURANT OF THIS CALIBER. THE FOOD WAS GOOD AND THE WINE LIST IS VERY IMPRESSIVE. OVERALL THE EVENING WAS ENJOYABLE BUT SINCE MY FIRST TIME AT BUTTER (WHICH WAS LAST YEAR) WAS SO INCREDIBLE THIS TIME PALED IN COMPARRISION.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great booze
    pcakes
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Went for restaurant week and had the PEI mussels appetizer, saffron and ricotta ravioli with oyster mushrooms, hierloom potatoes (salty and garlicky, crispy outside and soft inside), and strawberry sorbet with black pepper and strawberries and ALL was delicious. Perfectly seasoned, generous portions, delicious! Friend had the fish of the day (wild atlantic salmon) with pesto over roasted veggies and the sweet corn creme brulee. The fish was tender and flaky with crispy skin, seasoned well and the creme brule was sweet but not overwhelming. The butter martini was sweet and didn't have that alcoholic bite to it, the agua fresca was like and a good summer drink, must-have if you like watermelon. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I went their for restaurant
    romarmo
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    I went their for restaurant week with low expectations as I've gone to a couple of other locations this year and was let down. But was very pleased with the outcome the portions were great the food was excellent and the staff very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great enjoyment!
    NoviDan121VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    We truly enjoyed Butter! The staff and service was very attentive and friendly. The food was excellent. We went for NYC restaurant week. Every bite was delicious. Thank you to everyone at the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Butter was a delight. We were
    KSKANK
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Butter was a delight. We were not disappointed in our choice of special occasion restaurants. Every morsel of food was outstanding. Would highly recommend to our friends and will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant Week Meal
    msdrd
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    Last minute choice to take advantage of the prix fixe special and I will go back. The atmosphere was pleasant, and despite a full house and 2 bars, was not too loud. The cavatappi with yellow tomato sauce and spicy lamb sausage was a delicious appetizer, only to be topped by the short ribs entrée. Will definitely return to try the full menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • B+
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    After reading mixed reviews, we went for Restaurant Week to see for ourselves. We were seated upstairs without asking. Maybe we were lucky (or maybe it was the bottle of Brunello we ordered) but service was outstanding. Constant attention, filling our glasses, re-folding our napkins, asking if we were enjoying. The pace between courses was comfortable, relaxed - never felt like we were waiting, nor rushed. Cuisine was what I expected from Alex. Hearty comfort food, nothing "Oh My God" but solid. Apps weren't memorable (Charcuterie & Cavatappi), but recommend the short ribs, nice flavor profile with bed of lentils and carrot, topped with pickled ginger. Surprise was the Corn Crème Brulée. Really tasty, the unexpected highlight of the night.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expecting more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    The decor needs an injection of love. The wood walls are dingy with several water stains, peeling paper, missing panels and a true sense of its age. The hostess was pleasant and seated us fairly quickly. The bartender served the drinks but didn't chat up the specials nor the restaurant when we inquired. The wait staff fell short in the fact that not one of them discussed menu options, specials, wine parings. There were no pleasantries. The food was very very good. I would recommend training for staff. Greet the customers with a smile. Invite the customers into the dining experience. For dome of us, its more than a meal.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gotta love me some butter
    jcmeatloverVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    One of my favourites. Every dish were thoughtfully created with high consistency and care. Desirable flavours, beautiful presentation, great portions, high quality and worth every penny. I would come back for the same meal anytime. Appetizers - Charcuterie Platter + Cavatappi Pasta [best charcuterie platter yet] Entree - Braised Beef Short Ribs + House Made Ricotta and Saffron Ravioli [perfection] Dessert - Sweet Corn Crème Brulée [interesting taste at first and very delicious] Excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ticked all the boxes
    ctgal
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    My husband and I had eaten at Butter last year. We found it beautiful & delicious , but pricey. When I saw that it was one of the featured restaurants during Restaurant Week, we decided to go back with another couple. Our experience was once again a great one. They had very nice choices for the prix fixe menu and all of our party were very happy with the food, the service and the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Visited Butter for the third time during Restaurant Week 2013 and was not disappointed. Corn chowder soup was delicious, as was the Wild Salmon over zucchini and other mixed vegetables. The quality and preparation of the food was outstanding. Service was attentive and the ambiance very attractive. Dessert, although tiny, was enough. We had the chocolate cake and raspberry sorbet. Both were excellent. Overall I would recommend the two level Butter as one of my favorites in the city. I prefer the top level. From the outside you would not predict this gem.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent dining experience,
    Boomer
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    An excellent dining experience, with fantastic service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    McTee
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We had a very nice meal at Butter. The room is beautiful and it definitely lived up to the hype.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Food
    JoeD
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    I enjoyed the food quite a bit, I order the Lamb special, gnocchi, and Strawberries with Strawberry Black Pepper sorbet. I went with my brother and he had a chicken entree, heirloom potatoes, and a lemon tart with apricot doughnut . Everything was very good. My and given this type of restaurant in Manhattan the price wasn't horrible, though it was still $175 dinner for two with a tip, and no alcohol. The only thing that rubbed me the wrong way was that Iced Tea $4 PER GLASS and we're talking wine glass size...So I felt a little nickel and dimed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good time
    Morehouse89
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Had a nice dinner with my wife. Food was great, staff was accommodating. Nice atmosphere. Rarely provide these type of reviews but after such an enjoyable time felt it was only right to promote the restaurant. After speaking to staff it appears the location is also a nightclub some evenings in the downstairs space.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Loud music, poor service, mediocre food. I will not be going back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Adele
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    I live in a small town in Tennessee. For a long awaited trip to New York, I could pick only one big restaurant to make a night out of. Alex Guarnaschelli has been far and away my favorite chef on Food Network for years. With the choices in New York City and her name on the brand, I expected better food. The service was adequate and even fun--until we paid the check. For the few minutes it took to finish our drinks, we may as well have been sitting on the street. I wish I'd picked the Lamb's Club. Or gone back to the diner across the street from my hotel.
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  • underwhelming
    foode
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    underwhelming. food came out in small portions, the mussels were tiny, the beef short rib was okay. unimpressed by the Michelin star restaurant and food network star restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night!
    Iheartfood
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    We made reservations for the Restaurant Week menu. I have to say, I was not disappointed. The restaurant was quite busy for a Thursday night at 10pm, but we were served quickly by very well trained staff. In all, a great experience and I look forward to going back! Delicious food, delicious wine, and delicious cocktails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food nice tables upstairs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Walked by this restsurant many times, knowing that it is Alex Guarnaschelli's restaurant. Mixed reviews prevented us from going there, but restaurant week gave us an excuse to try it. Not bad, food was very flavorful, we had salad, mussels, salmon and short rib, deserts were delicious, good value wine special, the downside were the mussels, not the same type the former reviewers had, rather dried and tiny, but the broth was very tasty, may be too salty for some. Overall good experience, will go back and try the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    I went with my boyfriend for Restaurant Week. The menu was nicely varied, and all of the food we got was excellent. I was a little disappointed that my saffron ricotta ravioli had clearly been sitting under a heat lamp for several minutes - the sauce had started to congeal and the plate was hot - but that kind of thing is typical during restaurant week, unfortunately. It was still delicious. Big problem with the service, however. I constantly felt like we were being rushed, and when we ordered the restaurant week special bottle of wine ($33, cheaper than anything on the regular wine list), the waiter said, "Are you sure you don't want to order something better?" If it's bad enough to say THAT, it shouldn't be on the menu at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrid server
    Notimpressed
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Bad service. Over rated food. Brief story that led to my party walking out after apps made the table. As we ordered our meals we ordered our drinks as well. We all got old fashions, a fairly simple and traditional drink. However, when they arrived they all had a bright orange color and simply tastes like watered down whiskey and orange juice. We decided it would be best to ask if we could swap out the drinks, even for cheaper ones, such as beer. After waiting 10 minutes to successfully track down our server we were greeted with the questions, which was paired with our server taking sips out of all of our drinks and setting them down saying that's what they are.
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  • Four ravioli a main entrée
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    I tiki my three kids there in NYC restaurant week or dinner. The 3- course dinner comes with very small portion of entrée , especially the ravioli---- four small pieces ! It is a starter portion.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    kfjohansen
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    My good friend and I came here for dinner during restaurant week (since we would never be able to afford it otherwise) and had a great time. I got the chicken breast and my friend got the fish of the day which happened to be salmon, and both were cooked to perfection and had just the right amount of sauce to accompany the plate. We also shared the potato side, which was more than enough for both of us. We also ordered a bottle of wine for the table - the one we had originally wanted was out, but the one our waitress recommended was excellent. The service was also wonderful, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Butter.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week - Not bad!
    Gabby
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    I booked this restaurant for Restaurant Week. I get that it's the busiest week, but the server actually came to tell us we need to hurry up. I get it, but it was just a little rude. The food was very good. Had the braised short ribs for dinner and mussels for an appetizer. Yum! I can't remember what I got for dessert. Something with chocolate. The service was alright. I had a drink with Pimm's and it wasn't for me. Maybe a different drink next time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was all really solid,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    The food was all really solid, but for the price, you expect brilliance. Cocktails and dessert were the highlights of the meal. Service was a bit slow - I definitely noticed the amount of lag between courses (even the drinks took a while), and the server seemed to be the only one for the whole dining room. Downstairs definitely not as nice as upstairs dining room, and a bit on the cold side.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Favourite restaurant in NYC
    PG85
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    Absolutely love this restaurant. I have been here a few times and it never disappoints. The food is amazing, service outstanding, cocktails devine, decor is sleek and the atmosphere is perfect for a nice dinner. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. I had the best birthday meal here, it topped off the perfect evening. I will crave this place once I return back to the UK.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened here?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    With some anticipation we booked a reservation at Butter during restaurant week. We had never tried it and thought this would be a good time as normally restaurants try to do something special during restaurant week to try and attract new customers. Here it looked like they took August off like the French. Our first clue was the "B" rating from the health department posted in the window; how many of those do you see? After being seated near the front of the restaurant my husband noted that the huge vase of flowers at the entry was totally dead and sitting in yellowed water. The food was fine if not really inspired and certainly not up to the ratings in Zagat.
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  • A Restaurant Week MUST-visit!
    pjersldrp
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    This was my second time at Butter (my first visit was on opening day of Restaurant Week 2013) and the experience was as wonderful as my first time. This go-round I was seated on the first floor instead of the basement. Downstairs, there's more of a party vibe whereas upstairs is more elegant. I was seated in a booth both times so I was happy. The dishes I had during both visits: cavatelli pasta & goat cheese market salad (appetizers), braised short ribs & saffron ravioli w/ mushrooms (entree), sweet corn creme brulee & chocolate espresso ice cream cake (dessert). Everything was AMAZING! And the portions were a good size because I felt full after the 3 courses. I'd go back again & again; they truly know what they're doing here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Dinner with the Family
    FrancescaNina
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    We went to Butter as a family this Sunday. We decided to order from the Restaurant menu because we had never been there before, so why not explore their expensive menu with a great deal. To start the service was impeccable. We were waited on a by a lovely server and the other gentlemen who cleared the table in between courses and filled out water glasses were respectful and not to pushy. For the meal i got the Pasta appetizer, the Short Rib dinner, and the Creme Brûlée desert. Pasta was super flavorful but the star of my meal was the Short Ribs. They were on a bed of velvety, creamy lentils and top with a delicious gravy and shaved carrots. SO SO DELISH! Desert was okay but not spectacular. Overall the experience and meal were wonderful!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Alex Guarnaschelli came
    foodie8
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Chef Alex Guarnaschelli came and greeted everyone that was dining! Awesome experience and the food was very lovely! Will definitely be back to Butter the next time I am in the city.
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    fit for foodies
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  • One word...Scallops!
    LizzieVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Besides the wonderful romantic atmostphere, they have possibly one of the best scallop appetizers. It's a must try if you go. My husband and our friends enjoyed it immensly. They were also kind enough to fulfill our request for a candle on our dessert for a special occasion we were celebrating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fancy food that's filling
    foodadventurer
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Food was excellent and filling. Very artistic creations. Service was somewhat slow. Was there for almost 2 hours for a 3 course meal for Restaurant Week. We were seated in the basement area, but I would have preferred to sit on the top floor which was more brightly lit with prettier decorations. It was a good experience overall.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    slal3
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    We went for restaurant week. It did not disappoint. The food was amazing. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing, but had a B grade!
    Kms13183
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Everything was divine: the drinks, every course, the service, the ambiance, everything. The only thing that threw me was as were walking we noticed the B rating from the health department!! Wow! This place has an Iron Chef as their Executive Chef, and they have enough violations for a B rating? That's sort of disgraceful. Hopefully steps have been taken to resolve those violations because I would definitely love to go back.
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  • Good job Alex!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Food was delicious. Dining room was beautiful and super cool. Best gnocchi I have ever had and to call them gnocchi is a disservice. Amazing to see a top chef out and about in the dining room and nice to know she is still down in the trenches for us Well well worth it
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Good food and fast service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Good food and fast service. Only disappointment was that the Butternut Squash soup was not on the menu.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic