Butter Midtown

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4058 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.

BUTTER accommodates PRIVATE EVENTS for groups of 20 to 250. For more information please visit our website listed below.

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JV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service is ok but waitstaff repeatedly interrupted conversations w/o pause or word of apology. Annoying. We had 7:00 curtain so went early when Butter was reasonably quiet. By 6:15 the bar had filled up, music boomed, and noise was awful. Go early & ask to be as far from bar as possible.

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

Amazing experience. Cocktails were unique, fun, and delicious. The meal was great! Everything was great and meat was cooked perfectly.

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NG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is quite lovely. It has the feel of a tavern with nice lighting and decor. I ordered the prix fixe menu before going to a Wednesday matinee. The service was spot on. For a three course meal at 35.00, given the quality of the food, it was well worth it. The bread, which was like a small croissant was delicious. The nicoise salad was very tasty, dressed perfectly. The sea bass skin was so crispy it crackled when cut and veggies underneath were firm and crunchy just the way I like them. The portions are small, but sufficient for lunch. The corn meal desert ordered was okay but didn't stand out. It lacked some of the texture/flavor I expected. The non dairy desert ordered by my companion was a bit too sweet Overall we had a wonderful meal and it was money well spent.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Eh. The atmosphere is cool but doesn't seem to match the menu or food presentation. Couldn't figure out what they are going for in there... Menu very limited and food just fine. Not great, not bad, just fine. Service was also just fine. Prices too high for what it is. Probably wouldn't go back.

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

Fantastic from beginning to end. The waiter was very attentive and the food was delicious.

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Memphis
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I cannot believe it wasn’t packed! A gourmet spread for $40 is rare in New York. The ambience was very earthy and relaxing. Best brunch in a long time.

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L
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner with my daughters this past Saturday night. We tried most of the hot appetizers with the mac and cheese gnocchi being my personal favorite. Our meal selections capped the delicious dinner experience.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

The Mac n cheese gnocchi is delicious! Like little pillows of potato pasta. The restaurant was dead though! Not busy at all on a Friday night. We were confused by that but ended up having a drink and going somewhere that felt more lively for dinner. We were so sad about that!

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S
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our visit to Butter was excellent. The service was excellent and the food surpassed my expectations which were so high (this is Iron Chef Alex’s restaurant). Wish we had one in Miami!

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

The food and service were great, but it was so hot in the restaurant that one of my clients and I had to fan ourselves with the cocktail menu. The heat put a damper on the meal, but a good time was had overall.

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d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an early reservation for four at 5pm - and we were seated within a few minutes of our arrival. The cavatappi pasta w/spicy lamb sausage appetizer was to die for.
According to our friend, who is quite a steak lover, the New York strip steak may have been the best steak he had ever eaten. He asked for his steak "Pittsburgh rare" and he said it was cooked to perfection. The branzino was absolutely delicious on a bed of spinach and a lemony butter sauce. The service was attentive, but not overbearing. The only slight negative to the evening was that the restaurant was very warm, which made it somewhat uncomfortable. We would definitely visit Butter again!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good meal and service. Music was unnecessary. The restaurant was already loud due to all the patrons. There was no need for music to be played in addition. At times, it was hard to hear people around the table.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great time, a wonderful birthday celebration. The food was amazing.

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was fist visit for us, my friend and I really enjoyed lunch there. Receptionist, Daniella is excellent!

The coffee was charged twice per each person (we didn’t know that), 4 coffee on the receipt.
Compare to Cafe Boulud and 21 club it was not better honestly ( service) but we will come back more often because the library ( currently Walt Whitman exhibition) and Bryant Park near.
The soup and salad was really good.
The atmosphere is modern and parking garage on 44th St.
Plan to go again in August.

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will Be back !! Food incredible - service impeccable

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KY
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As a big Alex Guarnaschelli fan I had high hopes for Butter and I was not disappointed. It’s a super cool restaurant and the food was amazing. We had the pork chop, beef short rib and New York strip which were all delicious. The Mac and cheese gnocchi was also a highlight. The staff were friendly and there was a great atmosphere. It is easy to find and not too far out of the way either. It was pricier than our usual dinners but was worth every cent! Definitely recommend!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was just wonderful. She was super chill and fun. She made great recommendations and really enjoyed the overall experience.

Also the bread and butter before the meal, really lives up to the name. Soooo yummy!

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CC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Monday night steak and wine special is one of the best values in the city. Creative steak presentation and half price bottle of a great high end Cabernet. Their specialty cocktails are worth starting the night off with. Service is always solid but ours was exceptionally great this past time.

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DS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My vegetarian wife and I split the gnocchi Mac and Cheese and the mushroom "wedge salad" appetizer to start. Best Mac and cheese every -- amazingly soft and rich. Mushroom dish had several different types cooked differently, and really did a good job imitating lettuce and bacon. Her cauliflower steak was great. I was deciding between the NY strip and the chicken; they were out of the strip so that made my choice easy, unfortunately. A slightly overdone and dry chicken breast, but at least it had a wonderfully pan-seared coating on it, and I got a few bites of it. But the big giant pile of broccoli rabe was dumped on top of the crispy top so that all got soggy. Would not recommend the chicken dish to anyone, but everything else was great.

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DD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a special, yet casual place for an anniversary dinner! Loved everything from start to finish, we will be coming back again. Food was cooked perfectly, staff was just attentive enough so we could really enjoy our time together, and the atmosphere was exactly what we were hoping for. We had high expectations coming in and they were met with ease.

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V
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was amazing. The bartender Patricia was wonderful, as was our waitress Victoria. The food was truly amazing.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were sat at a really nice table and the food was amazing!!!

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AF
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was not exceptional. Nothing delicate about the dishes. Salad was average and entrees were heavy with oil.

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BK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was perfection! People that are working there not so much- they need a refresher course in service 101. Our waiter was dreadful.
Hang it up on the strawberry & rhubarb tart , it’s terrible.

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T
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The steak tartare and the peanut butter cup dessert were phenomenal. Service was great.

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BM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is large cavernous space which is not unattractive. The menu is quite limited but the food is good and well prepared and served. Service is good and in total it was a good experience and it is very convenient for the theater district which makes it a good pre-show destination. I would go again.

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LA
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Love everything about Butter. Our waitress, Rachel was an all star. Never a problem when dining.
Great for dates and impressing out of town friends.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Cuisine was average, was expecting something more creative and appealing.
Had poor experience with reception. We were asked to not enter with the stroller (we specified in our reservation we had an infant in the stroller) and were not offered high chair but to put our son on the table..
Ambient was very nice and stylish.

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The service while excellent it took a long time to get our food - almost 2 hours. The butter burger was cooked right. However the dessert was so dry we could only eat one bite. We were so disappointed in Butter as my son wants to be a chef in NYC we thought we would try a lot of different restaurants over the week we are in the city. The atmosphere was great as was the service. Food was not good and not worth the $75 bill for lunch.

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C
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were exceptional. The soup had an amazingly deep flavor. However, I might have to disagree with Alex, it was more like a bisque with shrimp than a chowder. Nonetheless, I could have eaten two bowls.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good overall night

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LG
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend this elegant pre-theater dinner gem. The entire experience from the ambiance to the service to the food to the timeliness was lovely.

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Waiter was lackluster. Almost as if he was doing us a favor. No one smiled from the front desk to the waiter. Only the bus boys smiled. That is unfortunate. Makes you feel like you do not want to be there or do not belong there.

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BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was a combination of modern and rustic that was really cool. The service was great. The food was exceptional. The gnocchi mac & cheese was amazingly decadent and delicious. I got the steak special and it was probably the best steak I've ever had. It was well-seasoned and perfectly cooked. My friend got the strip steak and loved it. We had the raspberry beignets for dessert. They were so light and yet packed with flavor...a perfect end for a great meal. If I'm in NYC again, I'll definitely be back!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The server was not happy to be there. Never asked how our food was or if we needed anything. The busboys (except for one latino busboy, he was a keeper) were just standing around. They never filled our water or cleared our plates. They got yelled at by the waiter when our food was ready and our table was not cleared. Not a good experience. Food was way too acidic and rib eye steak sauce was horrible. Sticky molasses. Ruined the steak. We should have sent it back.

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VB
Tucson
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but not outstanding. Portions were very large for both starters and mains. We had wine by the glass and were impressed by the quality of the wine available this way. All the food was clearly hot and freshly prepared but neither I nor my dinner companion were particularly blown away by any of the flavours. Meat was missing a sear and rhubarb was absent from the strawberry rhubarb lemon tart. Price was OK for midtown Manhattan and the ambiance was very nice - we were not rushed through the meal at all and it was easy to hold a conversation.

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LB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food....great menu....great service. Background music too loud and kind of funky for a fine restaurant. Shut it off. Expensive, but no worse than most good restaurants in NY. Overall recommend highly

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o
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely excellent! Try the "Mac and Cheese Gnocchi" for an appetizer...
Our server was amazing: great personality, lots of ideas about food and wine, great recommendations, and extremely friendly. We had a wonderful experience and would highly recommend Butter for any occasion.

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DT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Way overpriced for the quality and quantity of food. Service was pleasant but mostly indifferent. Hard to believe AG would approve

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HK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food and cocktails were excellent, service was less so. I felt a bit ignored; I don't like a server who hovers, but our server that night just disappeared for a while. The quickest response we got to a request was when we asked the check to be split.

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