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Posted by Brian on 02/13/2013
I went here for my birthday and while the quality of the food was excellent, for the amount you get on your plate the menu is obnoxiously overpriced. The $22 foie gras appetizer took up all of 2 square inches on my plate, and at $11 per bite it should have been the best thing I've ever had, and it wasn't. The "rack" of lamb consisted of two skimpy lamb chops that tasted great, but were gone in under 2 minutes along with some very average, undercooked root vegetables. In short, I left the place still starving and paying $150 per person. My girlfriend then went again for a friend's birthday, and they were laughing hysterically when the waiter brought them a 1x1 square inch piece of birthday cake that was almost overwhelmed by a single birthday candle. You can do much better elsewhere for all the hype this place has, I won't be back.
Posted by P&M on 10/08/2012
This was something we both had been looking forward to - and it was evertyhing we could have hoped for. The food was outstanding - the pace of the meal relaxing. The service was top notch. We travel and have our share of good/great meals - this was in our top 5 ever. My duck was the very best, his lamb was to die for. The very best of all was the Cavatappi Pasta With Spicy Lamb Sausage, I could have eaten this and been fully content.
Posted by Aileen Chester on 09/23/2012
Thought it would be a nice experience to bring foodies from Los Angeles, not. We were seated in a very nice booth, our waitress was lovely and accommodating. However, after the appetizers came, we waited almost an hour for our entrees. She kept saying our dinner was just about to come out. We had to go speak to the general manager of the restaurant. Needless to say we were embarrassed for taking our guests to this restaurant. However, I must say they were very apologetic and did make up for it with wine and dessert. The excuse was too many tasting menu orders from the kitchen. Thought the food was fair and did not get your monies worth. Not again!
Posted by mira Stulman on 09/21/2012
After looking forward to Butter, were not prepared for non-quality of our dinner. Arugula salad with smoked almonds - too smoked. Scallop entree totally over-salted and seasoned. Could not get taste out. White mousse dessert not specified as frozen with overly buttered brioche. After seeing Alex so much on TV and expecting the food to have her light hand,we were not happy campers. Our expectations were high but alas......... So what happened?
Posted by English Girl on 09/05/2012
Nice space but the food was overpriced and really average. Might have been a bad day but our waiter was also seemed a little uninterested. The 'executive chef' is a regular on TV and I know has been here for a while but think the menu could do with an overhaul to be honest....NYC has much better to offer than this place.
Posted by lickin the chops on 08/31/2012
Finally got to go to Butter to see what Alex Ghurnascelli was really made of, as she is so critical on TV. Honestly, with the exception of delicious raspberry beignets, the meal was a total bust. In addition to pretty much none of the food being very good, the entree took 45 minutes from when we completed our appetizers. We got grilled Octopus for our appetizers and these were brutally overcooked, and though I love octopus, hard to eat. For entrees my fix was tasteless, and my wife's past was mediocre at best. I would have expected much much better from Alex, and honestly, she would have been appalled by our disinterested waiter.
Posted by MM on 02/09/2012
I had ordered the Lamb Shanks & some Brown rice would hv made the meal "Perfect". To only offer Endive And Bacon Gratin, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sauteed Brussels Sprouts, or Smashed Purple Majesty Potatoes just isn't good enough