Butter has become margarine, I have been a fan of Butter since its beginnings on Lafayette st. Where the food was creative, the atmosphere friendly the drinks were not child size.
Stringy grizzled and fatty, highlighted my skirt steak, the salmon, nothing special. Alex would be embarrassed at what her creation has become, just another midtown restaurant with medicore food.
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!
We've watched Alex Gournaschelli on the Food Network's Chopped for many years, and on this latest trip to NY decided it was time to try her restaurant - to see if her culinary chops were on display. We were not disappointed. Our high expectations were exceeded! The restaurant itself is very warm, with a woody decor and comfy chairs. All of the service staff were friendly and eagerly helpful. The menu had a ton of variety - something for everyone. And the prices were very reasonable. I had the salmon, and it was cooked to perfection. My wife had the White Cloud Cauliflower (yes, an entree) and it was the best cauliflower I've ever tasted. Sharing plates, the two meshed perfectly. My only regret was that we didn't save room for dessert! We'll be back to Butter next time we visit NY.
Our family enjoyed a dinner at Butter last weekend. The food was excellent with bright and unexpected flavors and textures. The gnocchi Mac and cheese was the favorite with the strip steak and salmon close behind. We had high expectations for the burrata but found the avocado toast underneath was too soggy and did not compliment the texture of the cheese despite the excellent sauce. The natural wood themes of the restaurant were warm and rustic which we also enjoyed. Would definitely go again.
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.