Butter Midtown

4.2
3283 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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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Cross street
45th street between 5th & 6th avenues
Additional
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
Value
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
4 reviews
2.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Not worth the $40 for brunch. Dinner here was much better.

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RP
1 review
2.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

I always eat here when in NY. Alex G is one of my favorite food personalities ever!! I always recommend to friends when they are traveling in the area. The burger is life changing. Unfortunately, this visit was met with a snooty server who was condescending and arrogant. She carried herself as though our dining experience was a nuisance. She also explained to me that "they make their own water at Butter"....that was an interesting fact. I assume she meant filtered the water but I kept that to myself. Since this was my first and only less than awesome experience at Butter, I'll definitely go back.

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SC
1 review
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Staff was friendly and accommodating. Seating was comfortable and adequate. Food was delicious but honestly for the price I’ve had better. Portions were small which is fine but quality did not reflect price point at such a small portion. I get your paying for the name but I’ve eaten at other notable chef’s restaurants and paid less and had a better atmosphere and more talked about experience. I don’t regret it. The halibut was excellent, but I’m not bragging about it.

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A
1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was tasty but the wait staff was exceptional.

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MD
5 reviews
3.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing food! But it was so cold even with jackets on —and despite requesting the temp to be adjusted we continued to obviously freeze. I literally ordered hot tea just to hold something warm 🤣. 3 special birthday girls but nothing special done to celebrate— but the gnocchi Mac and cheese was so amazing! Portions big- I suggests ordering and doing family style if you like to share.

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WC
7 reviews
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Good for a business lunch and they kept us on time.

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AF
1 review
2.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

The worst meal ever in NYC. The food was cold upon arrival to our table. The only good part of the meal was the gnocchi and cheese.

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LL
3 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took clients to Butter for lunch and we all loved it. Great service, food was fantastic, and will be back for drinks. Not too busy on a Wednesday late lunch and great decor and atmosphere.

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m
2 reviews
5.0Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We are from out of town and looked forward to enjoying a meal @ Butter - we were not disappointed EXCEPT for having just missed Chef Alex - our favorite TV chef. Perhaps next time.
Wait and bar staff are stars. Enjoyable evening. Thank you, Maureen Hines

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T
25 reviews
4.0Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Salumi plate was the least generous I have encountered

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MS
1 review
2.0Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

The restaurant was as cold as a refrigerator. First they sat us under an air conditioner unit that was so loud you could not hear yourself think. Once we moved the service was lacking. The portions were extremely small and while of good quality the flavors were nothing outstanding.

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M
4 reviews
4.0Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Tutto bene, unica pecca, aria condizionata troppo forte. Abbiamo dovuto cenare con i giubbotti.
Abbiamo chiesto di abbassarla o spegnere ma dicevano che non era possibile

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I came to the city with my wife for a concert, and my only demand was to have dinner one night at Butter. I was not disappointed. It was by far one of the best places I have ever eaten. The veal bacon appetizer was incredible. The red wide mustard sauce on top of it had amazing flavor, and balanced out the richness of the bacon. The meat itself was soft and gooey inside while quite crisp and salty on the outside. Our server, Jacqui, was wonderful as well. She was knowledgeable and funny without being pretentious. She made us feel at home, and she had great recommendations. I doubt I will ever go to New York again without a dinner reservation.

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OT
3 reviews
5.0Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delightful Sunday brunch. Had the typical foods you'd expect for brunch but elevated, along with some delicious surprises. Everything tasted amazing and the service was very attentive. Our water glasses were always full, our coffee cups always warm, and used plates and platewear removed quickly and unobtrusively.

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TR
1 review
3.0Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

In town for the weekend for anniversary, same was noted when I made the reservation, it was never acknowledged. At 8 the place was about 1/3 full but very loud, by 9 it had filled in more and was much louder than expected. It's also very dark in club, nightclub dark almost. There were two waitresses taking care of the floor on a Saturday night, perhaps one more in the bar area but we couldn't be sure. Plenty of support for them, bread, water, etc, but really unexpected for a place of this kind (and the prices). Our waitress was nice enough, but just not at all attentive. Food was good, but nothing close to what I expected. Menu is VERY limited, shockingly so. Had the carrot app, horrifically overpriced at $15.00. We're talking carrots, not truffles. Gnocchi was superb, and at $18.00 for an app is steep, but downright offensive when it arrives at the table, I think there were about 12 grape sized gnocchi in the dish. The chicken breast was excellent, not really sure what the "grilled scallion" hash was all about. Virtually no flavor and the colors were all washed out, it was liked overcooked veggies. A nice sauce would have been better. My wife got the special of the evening, duck breast. A bit overcooked, and dry. Skin needed to be crisp. The pureed red/golden beets was nicely done. Side dish of saffron lemon potatoes seemed to be missing the saffron. The hit of the evening came at the end (just before the big hit of the bill), raspberry beignets. Beyond perfect. Warm and sugary with a shot of fresh raspberry coulis in the center. The dipping sauce tasted like partially melted ice cream, which was fine. I guess I expected more from this chef given the prices paid and how she talks about food on her shows. The next day I ate at Beccos and the food was just as good, at half the price.

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DO
2 reviews
4.0Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Our meal was good, but both main courses were over cooked. Service was great and very attentive. Wine list was good and decent prices.

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MK
27 reviews
3.0Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

food was ok, not great. the appetizer burrata was disappointing and bland (the caponata with it, tired), the octopus was the only savior of the night: crispy, light, with a smoky taste, and a cream/paste accompanying it that was delicious. the branzino main dish was decent. the bucatini lobster special was way too al dente (sorry, tough) and not really flavorful, plus no lobster to be seen... service was good though. the place is beautiful, of-the-moment decor, paired down with lots of wood, leather, glass, industrial-mod chic. maybe best for drinks not dinner. it was disappointing. sorry.

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FD
16 reviews
5.0Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

33rd Anniversary

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GE
1 review
5.0Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner was amazing and the best meal we had while visiting NYC. Try the Beet it or Not cocktail and definitely order it WITH the beet shot. Delish!

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D
19 reviews
4.0Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

While the service and food were great, the front desk can use some service training. A bit “fresh” and argumentative.

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AH
2 reviews
2.0Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

The food was pretty good but the noise level was deafening! Really took away from our dining pleasure since we couldn't carry on a normal conversation. In fact, we couldn't even carry on a shouting conversation.

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A
6 reviews
3.0Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Ambiance is just there. It’s dark and nothing of note. Service was not that attentive. Staff didn’t seem to care much nor understand what we were asking or saying. Food was tasty but not good value. They need more options and the staff could do a much better job sharing what’s good or what they recommend. Fire alarm went off for awhile. It was quite loud and no one said a word about it. I won’t be going back.

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NT
2 reviews
2.0Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The noise level was horrible!! The entrees were not presented as appealing. The fire alarm rang and the waiter would not respond if we should be concerned. I will not come back here, nor will I recommend it.

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VH
1 review
5.0Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed ourselves very much. The server was great and asked if we had time constraints, which we did since we had tickets to The Lion King at 7pm.

I met Alex a few years back at a Food and Wine festival in California. She was very nice and food is as always- delicious. 😋

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S
4 reviews
3.0Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Most of the food seemed to be deep fried or rolled in some kind of flour mixture. Very heavy. Also waitress didn’t show up for a long time and then busboys were taking plates away before we were done. Nice ambience and space tho

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CA
1 review
2.0Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

I was soooooo disappointed with the service our party received at Butter. The young lady who waited on our table was just short of being unfriendly from the moment we were seated. She never smiled and only told us her name after we asked. We waited 40 minutes for our appetizers to arrive (ravioli and gnocchi mac and cheese). The waitstaff never brought us plates for the appetizers, so we were forced to use our bread plates. The appetizers (ravioli and gnocchi mac and cheese) were both very very spicy, as if someone in the kitchen had made an error in their preparation. When asked the waitress said they were supposed to be spicy though the menu did not indicate this. (And I love spicy food, but this was inappropriately overly spicy!) The waitstaff forgot to bring bread to the table. Three in our party ordered the lamb, and the waitress came back to inform us that they had "run out" of lamb. I ordered mint tea and was brought black tea. I mentioned the error while speaking to the manager about the service we were receiving, (I asked to speak to him at the reception desk so as not to make a scene about it), and the manager came to the table with a jar labeled "mint tea" and told me this was what I was served. I politely let him know that I did not dispute that they had mint tea, but that mint tea was not what I received. He made a big show of it all and asked me to taste my new cup of tea. Again, it was not mint tea. He went on to argue that the restaurant always works with the same vendor and that the tea was indeed mint. He then took the tea away, but never asked me if I would like something else to drink. I strictly drink tea and love to drink mint tea with my meal, so I was a little taken aback that he would argue with me over the tea. Overall, I was appalled by the service, as this restaurant, located in Midtown, is pricey. Guests at the table commented that the bone-in chicken breast ($39) was tasty. We will not return to this restaurant.

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DE
1 review
5.0Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The rolls were outstanding! The service was exceptional.

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KT
1 review
5.0Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Sunday brunch was absolutely delicious. The pastries were some of the best I've had. It was a great experience.

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n
7 reviews
2.0Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Not worth the price. They had six options for entree but they were out of two. The ravioli appetizer had a surprise bitter taste and the cauliflower entree was disappointingly a one-note dish. I don’t mind paying the price when the experience is great but this time it was not worth it.

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OT
3 reviews
5.0Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came here for our daoughter's 21st birthday. She chose it because of Chef Alex and Gossip Girl! LOL. The choice did not disappoint. Our server was friendly and attentive and gave great recommendations as to food and drink. Expect to lay down some serious $ but for a special occasion, it was well worth it!

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A
4 reviews
5.0Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and awesome service. Thanks for making my wife's birthday special.

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JF
4 reviews
5.0Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great would go back in a heartbeat !!!! We loved it !!!

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KF
22 reviews
3.0Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We really wanted to like this restaurant and it was just okay. The gnocchi mac & cheese app. and lemon panna cotta dessert were standouts The NY strip was well-seasoned and seared, but a little chewy. We barely saw the restaurant once seated along side the bar just inside the entrance. So much for the Open Table request notes. The staff were detached and seemed to be just going through the motions. A few minor tweaks would have made this a very good vs. good review.

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OT
7 reviews
5.0Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Fantastic!!!

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience. Would recommend to everybody

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AB
3 reviews
5.0Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Treated myself to dinner (solo) while I was in the city, and so glad I did. Magnificent food — I had the gnocchi ‘mac and cheese’ and the NY Strip steak — and delightful service. I’m a fan, and I will definitely visit again.

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Z
12 reviews
3.0Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

This was kinda meh. Whole meal meh.

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EM
1 review
4.0Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Very nice place. The servers were kind of awkward in their approach and my main dish of chicken breast was kind of tough but the gnocchi Mac and cheese and beignets were delicious

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D
2 reviews
3.0Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Amazing smoked pork chop. The panacotta and the oat milk Sunday should be taken off the menu. Both were pretty bad. 50 bucks for a dozen oysters was ridiculous too. Went for my wifes 40th bday dinner, which I told to the staff, and they did nothing. Not even a single candle on the desert of even a "happy birthday".

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KS
1 review
5.0Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great and the service was excellent. I had a delicious meal.

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