Butter Midtown

4.3
3401 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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Neighbourhood
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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

Special Offers

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Come join us at BUTTER as we celebrate Thanksgiving. We will be offering a wonderful 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu priced at $85/adult and a 2-Course Prix Fixe Menu priced at $50/child under 12 years old. We will be open for dinner from 2:30pm until 7:00pm.

Thursday, 22 November, 2018

What 3401 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.3
Ambience
3.8
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SN
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

Were celebrating a special evening. Restaurant was not real busy but still waited 10-15 minutes for water. Rest of meal continued with poor service for entire evening. My wife and mom had brezino and was very good. Salmon and pork chop were good but as my son said, nothing to write home about.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing! The service was excellent. I wish there was a location in Pittsburgh so I could go more often!

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TA
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I couldn't wait to try Alex Guarnaschelli's notable restaurant, Butter. I only wish I had a larger appetite to have been able to try more dishes! I had the short rib and my date enjoyed the pan-roasted chicken breast. The short ribs were incredible, buttery, soft, and good quality meat. They served it atop a dollop of mashed potatoes, and the presentation was picture perfect. Pairs beautifully with the cab wine.

For dessert, I ordered the beignets and my date ordered a different dish (forgot the name!). Don't waste your time -- the raspberry beignets are the winning ticket. So good you'll almost want to order another plate.

Location is perfectly situated for pre- or post- theater. Ours was only 2.5 blocks away and an easy walk.

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NY
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You must try the pork chop - sounds boring. It’s divine. You will not stop talking about it and it will ruin all future pork chops for you.

Also had the short ribs - very tasty - almost like a pot roast, certainly didn’t need a knife.

The Mac & Cheese gnocchi appetizer is incredible, creamy and rich. Share it, as it may put you over the top for dinner and you will regret that.

The cocktails are worth stopping in at the bar for a drink, even if you don’t make it to dinner.

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BM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was impeccable ! Our server was friendly , knowledgeable & attentive . Meal was delicious ! The butternut squash soup took us to another planet !!!! It was out of this world !!!!

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CW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

One of the best experiences we had in NYC! You cannot go wrong with the short ribs or the kale gratin, though truly everything was delicious!

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M
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Took awhile to get seated even though I had a reservation and it was not full. Food was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed our experience at Butter. The food and service were great and the restaurant is beautiful with natural wood and spacious booths.

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MM
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

We had a 5:45 pm reservation, however, waited at least 15 minutes to be seated. The service was extremely slow and the music was too loud. I don't like having dinner with someone when we have to scream at each other to be heard. However, I am an admirer of Alex G and the food was delicious, different flavor profiles for two pasta dishes and the desserts --again little different touches, whipped Creme Fraiche, who knew? Wow.

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MO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My sister and I enjoyed eating dinner at Butter after a couple of long days of conferences in NYC. The ambiance was cozy and relaxing, the booths comfortable, and the staff excellent. They were polite and upbeat and the flow of the meal was good. The "dutchess" potato was phenomenal...fluffy potato with sweet butter, sour cream and caviar, simple but so yummy. Also recommend the French onion style short ribs. The ribs were tender and flavorful with a little bit of cheese melted over the top and combined with the buttery mash potatoes, truly comfort food at its best. My sister's New York strip was also excellent, well-cooked and again very favorable. We were disappointed with the saffron/lemon potatoes though, the potatoes were a little undercooked and tasted like they had been reheated which is why am only giving 4 stars. I do recommend the restaurant though...if not for the saffron/lemon potatoes, would have been a 5-star experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

The service was notably unfriendly and unremarkable and the price was relatively expensive for the food selections available

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CK
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience . Great FOOD and DRINKS! def would recommend it. Atmosphere was beautiful as well - Christine

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 1

Honestly this is a tourist trap. The food is below average with sky high prices. $38 for a tiny piece of salmon that was too salty. I can’t imagine anyone returning to this restaurant ever. I love watching Alex on tv but maybe she’s just a good actor. She’s a critic on tv, she needs to try her own food.

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PP
8 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We were so excited to have dinner at Butter, but the food was underwhelming. After seeing many Instagram posts and wanting to order everything on the menu, we were disappointed in the level of flavor of each dish. The waitress was friendly and helpful.

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TC
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Did not disappoint. Every bite was delicious and balanced.

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VE
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Steak tartar, Squid Ink Tagliatelle and the donuts were excellent. Tuna Tartar and Swordfish pasta (both specials ) were mediocre at best. Waiter didn’t come after food was delivered to ask how it was. When entrees were brought we ordered another round of drinks (34 for two cocktails)...they weren’t delivered until we finished our meals. We had been looking forward to this night for a long time - our first trip to Butter- we are big fans of Alex. My advice would be to stay away from the specials menu. Not sure if we’ll come again.

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M
13 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

It was a very nice restaurant, the staff friendly and helpful. The prices are pretty high (though you do have to remember you are in NYC). The food was just OK. I expected better from a place owned by a top chef. We tried the steak, short rib for dinner. They were fine, just not overly special. We had the wedge salad and the shrimp cocktail for beginners. Again, just OK. For dessert we split the ice cream with oats and caramel bourbon sauce. It was fine but I've had better desserts many times before. I just have to say i found the food to be disappointing for the price. The ambience is lovely.

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TG
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We travelled from Michigan and decided to make Butter one of the highlights of the trip. It did not disappoint! The food was delicious. The service was fantastic. The portions were generous. We highly recommend it and look forward to returning.

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BH
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Having grown up hearing about Alex's restaurant on food network, I had to try it once I had moved out to new york. The food was very well done with creativity and consistency I havent seen anywhere else. The dishes we had were valued very reasonably for what you get. I have not gotten a better NY strip for the same price anywhere else in the country.

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A
14 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great. Killer gnocchi Mac and cheese
Waitress Jocelyn was very attentive and pleasant

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C
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was a small menu and pricey but the food was excellent! Nice atmosphere. I will go again.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had dinner at Butter before going to a show. The waiter takes me into more food than I should have ordered but it was delicious. The raspberry beignets were to die for and the Gnochi mac and cheese was better than any mac and cheese I have ever had. The bread service was presented uniquely and the rolls were fresh and hot!
Overall a great place. I didn't feel out of place eating by myself and the staff was awesome!!

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M
86 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Horrible job from the kitchen. Undercooked a simple filet 2xs 3 time was still wrong but my friend ate it as we were done with lunch. Waiter tried his best but kitchen failed.

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JV
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was top notch at Butter. Atmosphere was very nice, service was prompt and friendly, and food was delicious. Lunch Salmon was buttery and decadent. Lunch Prix Fixe of Fried Risotto, Bass, and Key Lime Pie was a good deal and tasted amazing. Would highly recommend.

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

Our first night ever in NYC and my daughter insisted we go to Butter as she is a huge fan of the Executive Chef. We went on Halloween night and we were not disappointed. The service and the food were excellent. I had salmon, my daughter the gnocchi Mac and cheese. Both were excellent. Sides are a la carte. The beignets for dessert were to die for. Our server was very attentive but not intrusive. Would highly recommend!

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B
13 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Poor service. Waitress was judgmental about a dish I wanted non spicy. Ordered steamed green beans, no seasoning. They came very spicy. As she took them away to replace, she commented that nothing was added to them. She brought out a new order and they were fine, so obviously something was added to the first order to make them spicy. No apology, no interest in our satisfaction. Overpriced for merely OK food.

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CT
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I absolutely loved our experience at Butter. I have always wanted to try Alex’s food and she did not disappoint!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Wait staff intrusive, tried to clear dishes including wiping down the table while one in the party was still eating. We were sitting in the larger booth and with only 4 people the table was much too large with a lot of ambient noise, difficult to hear each other. Food was over salted.

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TR
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

LOVED getting to experience Butter! The food was fantastic. Very nice servers though a little soft-spoken and difficult to hear if the music was loud. Butter came highly recommended and I was not disappointed. Can't wait to visit again on my next trip!!

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RC
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went for Sunday brunch. Food was exceptional and exceeded our expectations. Staff courteous & friendly.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

The atmosphere is great. I ordered several items. The worst part was paying $37 for chicken. It was not worth the $37. The menu is limited..not a lot of options.

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TR
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

From start to finish awful dining experience! service was atrocious! server couldn’t be bothered telling us about dinner specials. Our dinners were cold & not seasoned well the steak was like shoe leather & dessert was just as bad the chocolate cake was incredibly dry. We cannot ever recommend or go back! save your money! We did tell the manager & hostess we had a horrible dining experience & manager said he would look into it. We all know how that ends up?

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BW
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waitstaff was very attentive and every bite was so delicious.

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DB
16 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Overall bad experience. We waited an hour after our apps for the meal, and my lamb was way overdone. Waiter never checked on us the whole time-not even to order more drinks! When I complained, he just told me how busy it was.

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SS
17 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food at butter is excellent. There service could be better. Our server apologized for drinks taking too long to be served. A side dish was brought to the table as we were finishing our entrees. More attention to details of needed

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RE
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My group of 4 enjoyed a delicious dinner before a Broadway show. Our server asked what time our show was to ensure that we wouldn’t feel rushed. Everyone was very attentive, refilling water and wiping the table between courses. The Parker House rolls were a comforting start to our meals. We all loved everything; I had perused the menu online in advance of our reservation, and was so intrigued by a new offering that I ordered that. The French Onion Soup short ribs were tender and flavorful. After reading great things about the raspberry beignets, we split them for dessert. The only thing that would’ve made the night more perfect would be seeing Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, but we had a wonderful experience!

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VC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was excellent. Service was exceptional. Will definitely return next time we’re in town.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great service, great location for pre-theatre!

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CR
20 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great Happy Hour menu... this was our first time there and the salads were great and the Halibut was amazing!

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