Butter Midtown

4.4
3476 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am-2:30pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 302-8703
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Alexandra Guarnaschelli
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
45th street between 5th & 6th avenues
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Please join us as we celebrate Christmas Eve! We will be offering a $95 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu from 5pm-8pm.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Please join us as we bring in the New Year with a NYE Prix Fixe Menu. We will be offering a $150 3-Course Menu from 5pm-9pm.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 3476 People Are Saying
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly attentive service.

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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The menus used to be better - it’s disappointing now.

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Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I ever had! The salmon was flavorful and my husband loved the ribs. I will surely be back if I visit New York again.

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Love Alex. Watch her beat everyone in the Food Network! Love patronizing women owned businesses.

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NB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere was great. Our service was pretty good although we had to wait a long time to see our server to ask for a dessert menu. The food was pretty good but my husband and I both agreed that we wished the menu had more variety. I had the NY strip steak. The sauce that came on the steak was delicious. The steak itself was cooked to a perfect medium rare temperature however; it had quite of a bit of inedible grizzle and fat on it that wasn't properly rendered down. My favorite part of the meal was dessert. The raspberry beignets with vanilla dipping sauce were so good! Light and fluffy and had lots of raspberry filling. We brought my daughter, she enjoyed the gnocchi mac and cheese, but there really wasn't anything else on the menu suitable for children. (It's probably not the best place for kids.) Overall, we had a good experience. I would go back. (Hopefully Alex would be there next time!)

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YR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The seats were uncomfortable and the service wasn't great. The food was good but small portions and no sides included.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Wait staff must have got lost on the way to our table. Very Friendly, just not attentive!

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PG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We didn't know that each diet coke we ordered refills was another $6.00.
For me this took the shine off a perfect dining experience.
The food was awesome! Service great!
This was the second most expensive meal we had ever had and was worth it.
Our bill came to $350.00

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Little Rock
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had brunch at Butter & loved every bite! Chef Alex was even putting out the food. She signed a cookbook, adding a personal note for me. It was at the top of the best meals we’ve had.

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a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Entrees were really good but the apps and sidez were pretty bad. Giant broccoli stalks we had to cut ourselves, flavorless squash, messy stale bread. Just not good enough for the quality that was expected

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food. It was everything I hoped for and more. The gnocchi Mac and cheese and strip steak were to die for. Best meal in a very long time.

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CL
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came to Butter to celebrate our 40th anniversary. The restaurant is very lovely, with a warm ambience. Starting with a drink at the bar, we were then seated in a booth for dinner. We noted that we were able to enjoy our conversation at dinner, without too much noise or interruptions. The food was exceptionally prepared. We had an elegantly presented crispy mushroom appetizer. For dinner I had the French Onion Short Ribs which were tender, succulent, and rich with a grilled broccoli with balsamic side dish, just amazing. We shared the pumpkin spice almond sundae for dessert. A perfect evening.

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ML
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. The food was exactly as ordered, the service was excellent and the overall ambiance was great!

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Charleston
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great location with outstanding food and ambiance. cocktail menu fun and inventive.

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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration lunch. Loved the atmosphere

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Festive decor. Loved it!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The burger is outstanding.

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Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

BLT special was delicious....

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lived up to the reputation of Alex G's expertise. Food is very enjoyable and not the usual midtown fare you find in NYC. Tasty and different, solid service and allows the time YOU want to enjoy your meal, conversation and coffee.

Recommend them for either lunch or dinner.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Too noisy, very slow (yet pleasant) service

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AO
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

It was difficult to have a conversation right across the table because of the noise level in the restaurant. Gnocchi mac and cheese was good, but significantly under seasoned. We had the cauliflower steak and porkchop entrees which were again... good, but under seasoned. Sides included broccoli with aged balsamic vinegar which had very little balsamic and was otherwise just unseasoned steamed broccoli. Raspberry beignets were good, but the rest of the experience was so mediocre and unenjoyable that we'll never be back. Probably the most disappointing food experience we've had in New York, especially considering the price.

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Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was a very disappointing night. I will say the cocktails and the appetizers were very nice. All else was not. Hostess forgot we were waiting for our table. We arrived 10 minutes early and were seated 15 minutes after our reservation. One member of the party had a gluten allergy and the server was aware and still suggested the gratin and the fried squash. Definitely not a restaurant for gluten intolerant people. No water or beverage for 10 minutes, took 2 1/2 hours for a two course meal. Main course arrived 15 minutes after the appetizer plates were pulled. Busses pulled our entrée plates and wiped the table with a dirty cloth. He left more food on the table after the wipe than was there before. The food was VERY expensive for the quality and certainly the portion size. We had high expectations and were very disappointed, especially considering this was a Monday night and they were certainly not packed.

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L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Butter never disappoints. The waitstaff is always very professional and well trainer. Our server tonight, Jacqui made the experience absolutely amazing and added to the whole experience

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Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The cocktails were unique and excellent, the food and service also excellent. My only complaint is how they handled an allergy. I have a very bizarre but serious allergy to Rosemary which is also in a common seasoning Old Bay. Both their Octopus and Delicata Squash are made with Old Bay. For a restaurant of this caliber I would have expected them to be able to adjust the seasoning to accommodate an allergy.

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MG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lived up to our considerably high expectations. Every dish and course was superb. Loved the octopus. And the branzino. The short ribs fell off the bone and were full of amazing flavours. Finally, had the best bacon of my life. Seriously.

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MD
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy to finally make it to Butter - I was getting tired of all my friends raving about it. Now I get to do the same. I don't get to New York that often but I will definitely go to Butter again, and again, and again. Loved it. Go. (and get the beignets!)

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k
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Butter was a place we've wanted to go for years. Sometimes places seem to lose their luster after years of being in business, but Butter did not disappoint. The food was outstanding and very creative. The portions were quite large for fine dining. We had a strip steak and the pork chop. Both were cooked to perfection. The gnocchi mac n' cheese was super delicious and well worth the trip alone. I also enjoyed the cocktails. The drink with the watermelon ice cubes was recommended and it was fantastic. Above all else, the service was superb. We almost went back the very next night for seconds!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely love the bread rolls, gnocchi Mac and cheese and the raspberry beignets!!! Restaurants very loud, wish they would install some sound absorbing material in the ceilings... always a must repeat restaurant when I come to nyc!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I first want to point out the gentlemen clearing the tables were phenomenal. The waiter, was anything but the same.

I have never questioned tipping a waiter for their work in a nice restaurant but unfortunately that was not our experience last night. However, since our party was six people, the gratuity was already included on our $450 bill. The bus team should receive 100% of the tip for our table as they were the only ones working.

From my memory here are the things that were less than stellar about our evening.

1) We were told nothing of the menu or any suggestions on what to order

2) We asked for a few moments before ordering, we received about 10 minutes

3) My niece ordered a lemonade, after 5 minutes we asked a second waiter if they could bring it. It came almost instantly

4) we asked for small plates to eat/share the appetizers we ordered. He acknowledged, they never came. We asked a second waiter and he got them immediately.

5) We asked for blue cheese on the side of a wedge salad so the people sharing did not have to eat it. Such as my pregnant wife who can’t eat soft cheese. It came on the salad.

6) When the main course was delivered it was incorrect and included food we did not order.

7) Two individuals were sharing two plates. They asked for 2 plates to help share. The waiter acknowledged, walked away and never came back (possibly until he brought the bill). We had to ask a different waiter, who again got them immediately.

8) the waiter never came by to ask how everything was. The fish was very salty and would have been sent back. However, we did not know how long that would have taken. Everything else was great.

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Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing dining experience. We went when we were on a trip to NYC. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. Truly incredible food!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s definitely a must if you are traveling to NYC. Very intimate setting and a fun experience.

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BL
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Taste and flavor of food was average.

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G
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and we’ll be back again.
The only drawback is the noise level.

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i
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

the food is excellent. I wish the noise level were lower--a bit too noisy. The service was slow, and we had to get to the theater. We had told that to the waiter and he was aware, so I think the service would have been slower otherwise.

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first trip to Butter and we enjoyed our experience tremendously. Our server was very attentive and helpful with menu recommendations. The food was well-prepared and the presentation was excellent. My compliments to all of the staff who helped make our experience memorable.

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ID
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Went for Brunch Sunday 11/25
Was shocked when I saw Ceaser's Salad with ROMAINE lettuce on the buffet
When I asked the waiter he said, the chef said our lettuce is from farmer's markets and is perfectly safe
They later removed it!
The steak was delicious, but offerings were limited and the balsamic spinach disappointing
Wish it had been a better expeerience

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A
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch awesome choices very southern style great ambience and hospitality

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time here for dinner! We were scared that it was going to be overrated and not worth the cost but it most definitely was.

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very good. Was a bit disappointed with lack of consistent attention to detail. My entrée (chicken breast) and desert (“candy bar”)were very, very good - very tasty, original, perfectly prepared. Also tasty and well-prepared, my shrimp cocktail appetizer was a bit disappointing - it felt slapped on a plate with some store-bought cocktail sauce. Also, I had iced tea (also very good) and got charged for refills!!??! No place I know does that, especially when charging $6 for a small glass. The plates seemed very mismatched - perhaps that is deliberate, but it definitely didn’t match the elegance and refinement expected. Our waitress was good, but not great. Busboy / server was spot-on!

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L
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Branzino was the best fish I ever ate. Cooked to perfection and very well seasoned. My nephew really enjoyed the beef short ribs. The bread was stale. The Beignets and Swiss Roll we had for dessert were incredible. The atmosphere and service was great. Overall it was a fantastic experience.

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