The food made us all feel sick, so much cream, so little flavor. We tried to order drinks and our waiter said it would take 20+ minutes because the bartender was overwhelmed. Same thing happened with the bread. It was a Sunday night and I’m guessing most people came by reservation, yet they seemed unprepared to accommodate the number of people there. Not worth the money!
Food was amazing as always!
The restaurant and service was phenomenal. Expected the salmon to taste better. Very oily. I make it better myself. The chicken breast looked like a skinny chicken leg and the sweet potatoes were overly sweet. The chocolate cake was amazing but the cappuccino had no flavor- it tasted like a foam of milk. Lower quality of food than I would expect from this restaurant. Not sure I’ll return for the food again.
Was at Butter for Sunday Brunch and it was very relaxing and cozy and unrushed.
Wide variety of food also. Will be back.
That mac and cheese gnocchi was so wonderfully decadent and worth every cheese smothered carb! Pasta special (bacon jowl ragu) was very tasty and fortunately the served advised that it was a small portion, which was perfect for sharing as an appetizer but would have been disappointing as an entrée. Excellent braised short rib that was very tender and full of flavor. My friend said her salmon was tasty but not exceptional. However, she did rave about the beignets with vanilla bean dipping sauce. We were well tended to with minimal interruption and service was quick but not hurried at all. A lovely evening.
We dined while on vacation, it was at the top of our list for best resturaunt we expierirnced.
While the food was good it was not as outstanding as I expected. After watching Alex give continuous criticism to cooks on Food shows I felt embarrassed for her. The food was very plain. No exceptional sauces or flavors here.
Beautiful, warm environment; attentive, polite staff; creative, delicious food--all adds up to an excellent dining experience.
To be honest this was one of my favorite restaurants until this visit. We have always come to butter for special occasions and a great meal but this time something changed. If anyone asked us what our favorite restaurant was in NYC we would say got to Butter hands down. Sadly we can't anymore. We went for dinner on Valentine's Day and the whole time we kept giving the benefit of the doubt that things would get better but they didn't. From the start we we craving Butter's amazing rolls. Well ours were hard and felt like they were taken from another table and rewarmed up. Later into the meal we thought ok we will ask for new rolls. Somehow the rolls were worse the 2nd time. For our appetizer we got the poached shrimp. It came out and we thought it had to be a mistake it was maybe 3 or 4 cocktail shrimp that seemed just slathered in mayo. Our cavatappi pasta was okay. Next came our main course the $120 Tomahawk steak. We had gotten this twice before, it previously had been the best steak we ever eaten. Literally butter. As bad as its to say u could have licked the plate clean on previous occasions. This time it was cold and a bit tough and just SAD. Our sides were maybe the worst part of our meal. How can you mess up side dishes. We got the potato gratin and wilted spinach. Well the potatoes were harder then hard and basically raw so they were inedible. The spinach felt like it was picked form the garden and put in a bowl, dirt included. The spinach left a dryness and bad taste in your mouth that lasted an hour. We said ok we will try to redeem this meal with dessert. We usually get the beignets but could not get them because we were worried they would ruin our memory of what was good here. So we went with the special a chocolate soufflé. One word. Ruined. It was brought out and at table side the waiter doused it with liquor and set it on fire. Well if you wanted burt inedible chocolate alcohol this was the dessert for you. We do not think we will be returning!
You canceled on us—it was our 25th anniversary and in town from Chicago to celebrate. Not happy.
Great lunch in Midtown
I was honestly disappointed with Butter. The atmosphere was great. The service was awful. I had a reservation and arrived 10 mins early. There were empty tables and we still had to wait 20 mins to be seated. The food was just ok. Could have cooked something better at my house. I had chicken and sweet potato entree. My sweet potatoes tasted like baby food (it’s not my first rodeo with mash swt potatoes either) and i got a chicken THIGH. I paid $37 for a plate and it wasn’t even a chicken breast?? My thigh was over cooked too. The only good part about my meal was the crunchy sage leaves garnish. Our waiter offered us dessert and we turned it down because we were full. He came back a moment later and walked past our table, threw the check down and didn’t even say thank you or acknowledge the fact we dined with them. I expected WAY more out of dining at Butter.
Was expecting more especially based on how critical Alex can be on her show Chopped. Its not that there was anything wrong with the food, but we would have preferred at least a couple more choices on the menu, it just seemed very limited.
1. Ok there were not table linens, but not even placemats? Table decor wasn’t too much better than a food court.
2. No sommelier? And server wasn’t equipped to answer questions or provide advice on a wine selection.
3. Menu creative but way too limited.
4. The bread had a nice buttered flavor but was cold and stale.
5. One bartender and like a one-armed paper hanger didn’t have time to be attentive.
Incredible food and atmosphere. The wine list to be expanded to have wines for a bootle under $100
Wow. Alex has a real winner with Butter in midtown! Sunday brunch before theater was delicious and the baked choices were sublime. Croissants and scones were beyond delicious. French press coffee and cool cocktails were another highlight.
Expense brunch for what was offered. Smoked salmon, shrimp and grits, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, gnocchi, salad, veggies, flank steak and potatoes don't add up to $40.00 per person! Expected Eggs Bene freshly made, or something a little more inspired than scrambled eggs. I will say the salmon was delicious and the straw potatoes were AMAZING. Best Croissant I have EVER had. That being said, it just felt very expensive for a pretty uninspired brunch. I expected more. ALSO, $6.00 per glass for ice tea.....and no one bothered to mention that refills were not free. $12.00 for two glasses of ice tea is unreasonable. I would not recommend it for Brunch but I might try it again for lunch or dinner.
Brunch was delicious! Best smoked salmon lox ever! And the gnocchi . . . what else can I say? I'll be back next time in NYC.
The food was amazing!
The food was really good but the service was extremely slow.
I had high expectation making this reservation especially with an Iron chefs associated with the restaurant. The initial reception was good and the ambience was inviting. Unfortunately being in the hospitality business you notice things. Once downstairs I notice a corridor to the side of the stairs that was piled high with boxes and very dirty, I wouldn’t want customers to see that, poor attention to detail.
The meal. Appetizers, bacon was extremely salty, the burrata and avocado toast was a complete miss, really soggy and no flavor, the Mac n cheese and food gras however were both very good. The wine list lacks imagination and is so over priced I don’t mind paying for wine but with lack of choices I was not happy with paying for what we got. The bread was good but needed more butter and more bread.
Entree, the gratin was under cooked, the steak for 2 had absolutely no flavor and paying $120 for 2 was not worth it, the chicken however was delicious!
Dessert, the beignets came stone cold, so we sent them back when they did come back they were delicious! Best part of the mea! Pineapple upside down cake and sorbet both good. The service was excellent however.
In summary a very disappointing experience especially with high expectations, over priced for par quality food and wine list that you find at a local bar. Attention to details definitely needed.
Tried it for Restaurant Week and my friend and I loved it!!!! From the service....to the food ....and the cozy atmosphere.... Alex’s restaurant is a win win!!!!!
Went for Restaurant Week and everything was delicious: rich but not overly indulgent. Seemingly simple dishes are surprisingly and wonderfully not so.
We took advantage of the NYC Winter Restaurant week menu - a catch of the day & a beef dishes - both excellent. Saved another few $ as we ordered 2 wines (happy hour only available at bar). We had a nice booth & attentive service.
Alex Guarnaschelli's gem in Manhattan lives up to its fine dining wonderful reputation. The butternut squash soup was the best I've ever had. My cod entree was light with a wonderful balsamic vinaigrette sauce over chicory which worked well together. You won't be disappointed. The entree portion was small but with an appetizer and dessert you can try the different wonderful courses and not be stuffed!
The first time I came in the hostess was absolutely awful and very rude. She had her feet up on the chair and when asked to check our reservation she rolled her eyes and acted like doing her job was too much to ask for. It left a very poor impression. We ended up changing the reservation for lunch instead of dinner. This time the hostess and our servers provided good service. The food had not come out as we had requested but that wasn’t really a problem. The issue we had was most of our food was cold or half worm. My soup was good, but room temperature and the chicken dish was cold.
Nice meal and good service.
Went for restaurant week but didn’t end up ordering restaurant menu. The food was good but nothing amazing and i was a little disappointed that there weren’t more options on the menu. The atmosphere kind of felt like a hunting lodge or boys club. I was there pretty early for a pre dinner theater so maybe ambience changes as the night goes on.
It was great!
Super cute place. Dined during Restaurant Week...great food & service.