Butter Midtown

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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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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Visiting and wanted to try Alex Guarnaschelli’s restaurant. I watch her all the time on the Food Network, and she’s a beast of a cook, and I wanted to try her food. It did not disappoint.

SB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Hands down great food (the tobacco smoked pork chop is simply divine)!

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

We had a great dinner. The atmosphere was fantastic and the service was exceptional. Or waitress was very personable and attentive. All of the food was cooked to perfection. My wife had the short ribs and I have a double cut pork chop and both melted in your mouth. We will be back.

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

Celebrity chef, nice description of dishes, but the food doesn’t live up to the hype. Fairly tasteless, and expensive, short rib. Very salty veal “bacon”. Mislabeled “Atlantic” black cod.
Not worth a return visit for me.

b
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food tasted great, though it was not super hot, which makes me wonder if it was heated up or had been sitting a while. Also, portions were pretty small given the price. Still, it was a good experience. Service was outstanding!

g
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good some was exceptional nice portions. Prices were high.

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

Fantastic. Thanks very much for a great evening

VW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Starting with the menu. Disappointed with the lack of choices. I had the Chicken Waldorf Salad. Fried chicken was OK but rest was disappointing. My associate had the chicken Milanese. Dried piece of chicken with a bit of frisee salad. Overall very disappointing and way too much money for what we got.

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

Perfection all around

CW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely astounding. The pork chop I ordered was quite literally the best I have ever had. Our server was wonderful, answered all of our questions, and had some great recommendations for drinks and food. I cannot say enough good things about Butter and will be looking forward to my next visit.

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

I moved out of the New York City area last year to San Francisco and came back for a work assignment. My niece started college at Hunter and I met her and her mom for dinner here. I’ve been to this restaurant before and was impressed. That’s why I decided to come back. We all had the chicken and the raspberry beignets and - as was my experience last time - everything was amazing!!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre show dinner. Everything was awesome! Food was amazing, service was friendly and right on without too much checking in. The ambiance and design of the restaurant is wonderful. Thank you Butter Midtown for a wonderful evening!!!!!

MP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I was there for a networking meeting. I would have given Butter higher marks but the service was too slow. By the time the main course cam for me and my guess it had been 1 hour. I at least had an appetizer to hold me over but my guess had not. It was the longest wait I’ve ever had and it didn’t seem overly busy.

G
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Our server was fine. Service model horrible. Did not get order wine without asking after appetizer delivered. Did not get dessert without asking.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Professional gracious attentive service. Shout out to Visar and Sergio. Food never disappoints. Exceptional execution. Shout out to kitchen crew up and down the line and the genius of Chef Michael J. Establishment well run with coherence organization and style. Shout out to GM Lauren and AGM Tony. From start ( aperol spritz) to finish ( beignets ) mixologist and pastry/desert/bread chefs ( looking at you both Kevin and Stephanie) closed the loop of this magnificent luxurious and indulgent gastronomical experience.
And that was just lunch....
One can only wonder how much more of an epicurean experience dinner will be.

a
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Butter Midtown is a must try restaurant if you are in New York City. The staff was super friendly and everything we tried was amazing. I highly recommend the Tomatoes and watermelon salad as well as the Gnocchi Mac N Cheese.

MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great brunch. There were only a few other people there. We practically had the place to ourselves.

JE
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner, outstanding daily specials well presented by our server. Food was outstanding.

IK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great location for pre theater. More upscale than most restaurants in theater district.

LF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience - everything was perfect! ... from the hostess & bartender to all the wait staff
Food was perfect

UE
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Dinner started well, appetizers and salad were outstanding, but the meals were less than what we expected for the reputation of Butter. The evening's special, halibut and uni spaghetti, came out clumpy and somewhat of a mush. The pasta was not al dente and the presentation resembled a pyramid of gruel. The pan-roasted chicken breast was ample and excellent, but the accompanying broccoli rabe was bitter and difficult to enjoy. I recommend the Akkadian Empire drink for something novel, but drink it quickly as it waters down and leaves you with a diluted flavor at the end.

B
Miami
52 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were headed to a play so just got a few apps. The oysters were very fresh.did not care for the octopus but it was cooked very well. The bread and Butter are sinful.

C
New York Area
509 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious corn chowder. Great branzino. Pleasant dessert. Price fix lunch a good value in a nice atmosphere.

K
Charlotte
43 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ok, ICAG is an Iron Chef cause she is truly that food! I made arrangements to have a business dinner at Butter. My word the apps were mine blowing. We had all the cold apps and the “Mac and Cheese”. How do you make oysters taste better. Well let Alex provide the pop. I had to let everyone try my Bronzino cause yes it was just that good. The tobacco smoked pork chops, the short ribs were also outstanding. And yes tobacco smoked, who would have thought! On to desert.. the beignets were the best ever. New Orleans can be taught. The tiramisu was awesome. I had the short bread. Well, that surely was not what I mad with my Mom so many years ago. It was a flavor explosion. Texture and flavor outstanding. Needless to say we all shared cause it was just that good.

We were doubly blessed as Alex was able to stop by our table. And yes Alex is as fun to talk to as she seems on the food network.

I can only hope that Alex is Blessed in a mighty way. What a talented chef!

Oh and Wow. Meal to remember.

JE
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

For this being the restaurant of a celebrity chef, I was extremely underwhelmed. The food was...fine. It wasn’t horrible, but it was not at the level I was expecting. Way too overpriced for what it was. My chicken was dry. They took our bread away before we were finished without asking.

MH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been to Butter a few times and the food is consistently very good. Bright flavors (this may have been a bit more of a summer type menu) and nice combinations of herbs, spices, and light sauces. I had the lunch prix fixe (a lovely, but small, fresh shrimp salad, a delicious sea bass on a light corn salad, and a spice bread/cake with a dollop of berry ice cream), which was a good deal. And I was there for a late lunch so the room was pretty empty, but it would be good for conversation or a work lunch.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is good. Service is not attentive. Noisy. Decoration is just ok.

CL
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food as expected. Arguably the best porkchop of my life and the cheesecake was incredible too.

AW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from start to finish! The food is divine, the ambience is special, and the service is top notch.

BL
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was so excited to try butter and it did not disappoint. Everyone’s meals were top shelf esp the beignets !

LF
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. My husband and daughter had different cuts of beef which they enjoyed. I had hazelnut ravioli which was wonderful. The service could be improved. We were kind of rushed along. Also, our server was very nice, but knocked over a full glass of water on our table and she seemed rather nervous and uncomfortable the entire time.

CH
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and atmosphere. Ample portions

OT
Dallas
151 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

In a nutshell, I found this place very standard. My food was ok but not remarkable. The appetizers were not exciting and dessert was disappointing. I will not go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

This was an overall awful experience. A lunch reservation for people in suits in midtown is obviously a work lunch, so to be told that my clients and I have to wait until our entire party (one additional to make a total of four) arrives is ridiculous and embarrassing. Then to be told by a sloppy, young hostess that all of our orders need to be in and no additional orders can be made before we were even seated was outrageous. What kind of establishment is this? The entryway was filthy with stains on the carpet, and a tacky home improvement television show was displayed in the lobby.
The servers were confused. People in the entire section were receiving wrong orders, food was late, it was awful.
Never, ever again and I will actively discourage anyone in our firm to dine there.

ES
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Butter. Meal was delicious! We ordered 3 different entrees...salmon, chicken, and the cauliflower. Each were cooked perfectly. The salmon was flaky and moist; the chicken was juicy and tender; the cauliflower was the surprise of the evening! If you like cauliflower, get this...the coconut flavoring was right on par. For dessert we shared the poached pears and the chocolate ganache covered shortbread...perfect balance of pears with the coconut ice cream and the shortbread tasted like a very rich, velvety Twix bar. Would definitely dine here again!

TK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I go to Butter quite frequently but this was my first really bad, poor service, overpriced meal. Terribly disappointed.

OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and unusual food choices. Our waiter was the best!

OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere fun to order a variety off the menu and share with table

R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so, so delicious! The homemade rolls w sea salt were divine! The buratta salad as well as the tomato and watermelon salad were both fresh and yummy. We enjoyed our branzino and chicken entrees! 5 stars all around!

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

We were visiting NYC from out of town for a family member’s birthday. We were excited to celebrate at Butter; however, the experience was not great. We were told at arrival they would not be able to accommodate our 2 year old son with a high chair. The waitress advised we could have our two year old sit in the corner of a booth and that “most people don’t bring children to the restaurant.” The remark was a distasteful way to start off the evening, especially when we looked around and there were about 8 other children with their families in the restaurant. If you don’t want to accommodate families, make it known in advance. We even called ahead and confirmed with the hostess he would be accommodated. The food is good here but the service was terrible. Our waitress did not have familiarity with the menu and couldn’t answer basic questions. Not a great experience, and I couldn’t wait to leave this restaurant. Our family and son was so well taken care of at Cafe Boulud. Go spend your money there instead.

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