Butter Midtown

4.2
3219 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.7
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72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was impeccable and the service was so kind and attentive.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Overhyped and just trading on Alex G.’s fame. Food is bland and uninteresting, yet crazy expensive. Awful service too - took 2.5 hours for a dinner for 4. It took 30 minutes to get our first round of drinks, and then our food took another *hour* with zero interaction from the waiter to let us know we weren’t forgotten about. No acknowledgement that it was a special occasion even though it was noted as such when making the reservation. Already told all our friends that we do not recommend. [Also just want to note that we didn’t order off the restaurant week menu, this was for their regular dinner menu]

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Awesome meal had with great friends! Definitely try the ‘Mac’and cheese. The gnocchi is out of this world!

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The drinks were good. The food was average and the portions were small and over priced.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The ny strip was cooked perfectly and the mushrooms were fantastic. Branzino was perfectly cooke with crispy skin. The raspberry beignets were to die for. I would go back just to have them again! Only downside is our table was at the entrance to the restaurant so didn’t have best ambiance bc of where the table was located. It was a fantastic meal.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Went with friends for early dinner after work. The restaurant itself was very nice and the service was fine. However we were disappointed with the food. The rolls were the highlight and I think you should like more than just the free rolls. We ordered off the restaurant week menu. $42 per person, it was not enough food for anyone. I had the clam chowder, the short ribs and the chocolate torte. Dessert was the best part. The ribs were like an appetizer only some wilted greens came with it. We all left hungry which is a bad feeling. I might try again off the regular menu down the road but not anytime soon. Disappointed as we are fans of chef Alex but I will give it one more shot.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food, just like I expected from ICAG. The taste was there, but I think it was a bit overpriced. Low average value overall. Would recommend this restaurant, but not as a budget friendly suggestion.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I had been looking forward to going to this restaurant for a while and it did not disappoint! I had the prix fixe menu, and it was a great value - I was completely stuffed by the end of the meal for $42 USD.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We came to Butter Midtown for Restaurant Week dinner. This was the second time for one of us, but that was for lunch. While the food was comparable at lunch and dinner, the noise level was not. We had a very hard time hearing each other-there were four of us- due to the loud din. One reason could be that there were a group of young men at the bar who were acting as young men do or the reason could have been the poor acoustics this very pretty restaurant has. Whichever, this does inform me never to come for dinner and stick to lunch.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The service was impeccable! The food was delicious though a few changes would make it perfect. We had the tomato and eggplant parmigiana for lunch. It was wonderful except that it was served on a very small plate that made it difficult to eat and it would have been better if there was more eggplant. I had the crispy chicken Waldorf salad, delicious. The sauce was peppery just the way I like it! A few more walnuts and carefully chosen grapes would have made this dish even better! A few of the grapes were mushy. Overall we enjoyed our lunch at Butter and would definitely go back!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Extraordinary flavors, with attentive service to match. We loved our meals. Thank you.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was great but the restaurant was very noisy.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Restaurant week menu very disappointing. We tried 2 out of 3 appetizers and 2 out of 3 entrees. On paper looked good but food was just ok, nothing we didn't eat before at $-$ restaurants. Desserts really shined in comparison. Tried one item from the regular menu (pasta with sausage) and it was the most flavorfull item. Service was good. One dead fly on the table, don't know if was there before or after we were seated. Overall did not create the desire to return, especially considering the price premium.

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

With Clients who ordered from the Restaurant Week Menu & it was absolutely horrible... Not only was the entree portion more like an Appetizer, the Short Ribs were tough, more bone than should be, and each order had Gristle throughout. One client asked for another dish which was same result. Waiter was apologetic & brought over a different side dish for Table.
Definitely not a return visit planned as many better options in NYC than Butter.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We had the bass which was grilled to perfection and the Korean short ribs was lick your fingers. We wish there were more of them (we did the restaurant week menu so the portions were a little small)

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

I have been looking forward to going to this restaurant for a long time. I was able to finally go and it was soooo good. Glad I went!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Pasta, duck, pork chops, beignets all amazing! So was the service! All that was missing was Alex G herself

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

I love Butter Midtown. This was my first time trying their brunch and I have semi mixed feelings. Our service staff was not very friendly. The food was terrific although I felt there were not enough choices. The choices that were provided were amazing and cooked exceptionally well.

I will return again for sure and enjoyed my dining experience.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

The brunch buffet was excellent, but I couldn't believe that it was not even ready ~20 minutes after opening (and some additional dishes were put out after we first went through the buffet). Our reservation was for 11:15 and when we arrived, people were waiting to be seated (restaurant opened at 11, but no on was seated yet). They eventually started seating parties after we waited ~10 minutes, but I found it very unprofessional that their buffet wasn't ready on time.

I liked the unique choices alongside standards, and most of the dishes were delicious.

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2.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Very disappointed. Food was mediocre as was the service. The fish was slightly overdone sitting in a pale fairly tasteless pool of green liguid. We had two different waitstaff since one was sent home because of a lack of customers. This was a Saturday night. Food and service might be the reason why.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

The food was amazing, but I believe the A/C was broken so it did get a bit warm in there near the end of our meal. Service was good and the atmosphere was lovely.

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2.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Food was terrible and tasteless

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

We traveled to NYC from western Canada and visited Craft, Morimoto, and Butter for dinner events.
Butter was good food, acceptable service, and nice atmosphere, but did not exceed expectations in any way. Other places we visited on holiday had some excitement and wow-factor.
I guess the bar was set too high for Butter because it left us regretting our choice.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Booked a table for dinner after a matinee Broadway show at the Gershwin Theater - service was excellent and accommodating. Dinner was amazing - I would highly recommend the Gnocchi Mac and Cheese for an app and the Butters Pan Seared Chicken breast was definitely the unanimous favorite at the table. Dinner was perfect and we would definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Very excited to have gone to Butter and it was a great experience. I don't know why it bothers me, but the waiter never introduced himself. The veal bacon was fantastic. We did a pasta course with the all amatriciana and thought the pasta really needed 30 more seconds to give it a silky feel. And I didn't get the guanciale at all. My main course was the halibut, which was beautiful and delicious but it really needed some salt. My son had the duck leg confit and it was out of this world, so good job there. I would go again but I'm sorry I was missing some salt. The piece I took home was so much better after a small hit of kosher salt

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I anticipated a extraordinary culinary experience. Unfortunately, the experience was more ordinary. We had what was recommended and were still underwhelmed. I can’t imagine that our meals accurately represented Alex Guarneschelli’s immense expertise. I thought they would.

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2.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Came here for Restaurant Week last night. Very disappointing meal and experience. If not for watching the owner/chef on Chopped, Beat Bobby Fly, etc. all these years I would never have come in the first place. The restaurant was warm and had an oscillating fan cooling the area. Really? The Restaurant Week menu was a tasting menu. Mini portions and nothing to rave about. Even my salad of olives, cucs and tomatoes was the size of a scoop of ice cream. My husband's ham croquettes tasted like tater tots. My portion of bass was about 3 oz, same for my husband's short ribs. With a glass of wine the bill was just under $150. For that amount I could have eaten at Ocean Prime or Strip House. I think most times Restuarant Week lures you in but the meal served is less than amazing. Won't be returning.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Great food and drinks. We will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Food was amazing, service was great. This was my wife’s first choice on this trip to NYC. Did not disappoint.

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Very disappointing. The amateurish service was unforgivable given the price point.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Absolutely wonderful everything was delicious! Hands down one of my favorites-in NY!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Wow, where do I start. It was a sure pleasure from start to finish. Staff was polite and attentive to our needs. The food was absolutely amazing from appetizers to dessert. Way to go Chef Alex and Team!

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

I am such a fan of Alex but the short ribs were very fatty and cut in half that there was little mean on any of the bone. No vegetables were provided. It was more like a tapas once the fat was removed.
There was no air conditioning in the restaurant which i would have liked to know when we arrived. We sat at the bar for a drink but the heat was unbearable at the table. There was no accommodation or consideration made for heat. No complimentary sparkling water, or drink was provided which should have been done.

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

We expected a little more from an iron chef restaurant. The fish and the dessert were dry. Quality food, yes. Quality delivery, no.
The service was pleasant.

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2.0Dined on August 7, 2018

This was an underwhelming food experience. I was forewarned by a friend who had visited last week, but I had high expectations. The service was wonderful as was the decor of the restaurant but in addition I would have expected a much better plate of food. The temperature in New York is 100 degrees, as I watched my husband perspire and the patrons beside me fan I realized it was approaching an uncomfortable temperature in the restuarant as well.... Our server indicated there was a problem with the air conditioner and they were addressing it but it never became comfortable during my visit. The presentation of the food was cute and picture ready but the quantity was petite at best. The portions of the meal were by no means satisfying even on a diet. I had the the short ribs that resembles a thin cut pork chop with greens that had as many stems as it had leaves
My husband had the sea bass which was just okay. The taste of the meal was not what I would have expected. Overall with the price of the meal this experience should have been much better. I have paid less for much better.
I was disappointed because I went in with higher expectations than I experienced.

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1.0Dined on August 7, 2018

The AC was either off or not working and it was 95 degrees. When asking staff about the air, there was zero acknowledgement of the issue. My dinner guests sweated profusely throughout dinner - and it took nearly 90 minutes to be served dinner for 4 people. I will never be coming back to restaurant.

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2018

The food was good but the ambiance was not consistent with the Open Table review. It felt very masculine and was loud — not at all cozy. The night we were there, the air conditioner was not working (the temp was 90 during the day). The service was through, but I wouldn’t put this restaurant on my list again.

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1.0Dined on August 7, 2018

This restaurant has an unreasonable restaurant gift card policy. Our children bought us a $150 gift card to cover dinner for my wife and me on our 46th wedding anniversary. Our bill came to roughly $136 dollars. We then found out that the remaining unused gift card balance could not be used to partially offset the tip amount (this policy was written on the gift card). In our experience of using restaurant gift cards, we've only encountered this problem one other time. In fact, restaurants that we've been to that do allow this application range from low end (Outback Steakhouse) to high end (Restaurant NIcholas in Red Bank, NJ). However, the worst was yet to come. We agreed to leave the tip in cash, thinking we would at least be getting back the approximately $14 left on the gift card for future use. Such was not the case: we were then informed that unless the unused amount was at least $50, no credit would be given to us, something that had never happened to us at any other restaurant when we used a gift card. It also seemed like a policy that was made up "on the fly" and smacked of greediness on the part of the Butter. What exactly are they saying to us and our children: give us your $150 in your hard-earned cash and, in exchange we'll give you no value for $14 of it? Triple P in my opinion (P___ Poor Policy). Thank you for ruining our Wedding Anniversary celebration, Restaurant Butter. We'll never be back.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Food was amazing as was the entire experience. I am a huge fan of ICAG and this restaurant did not disappoint. Short ribs, Gnocchi Mac and Cheese were delicious as well as my torte I had for dessert. Cocktails were very refreshing too.

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Room was warm but food was delicious. Good value for the restaurant week menu.

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