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Posted by BD on 07/18/2005
Went in late June '05 during restaurant week, was suckered in by the admittedly impressive decor and the catchy name. We had a 5:30 dinner reservation, though when we arrived a hostess told us they were running late and to take a seat in the waiting area. When asked to be seated at the bar while we waited, she responded that the bartender wasn't ready yet. 40 minutes later he still wasn't ready... we were about to leave when we were finally seated. Next, our waiter decided we didn't look 21 so he brought no wine list with the menus, nor did he give us time to ask for one before he ran away. I flagged down a passing hostess for one and our waiter came back holding the wine lists demanding first for ID. I am 25... and dressed far too well for a dinner at Butter... I can see how he decided I was a minor just looking to get wasted... 2 hour later when our food arrived, the lobster ravioli tasted very fishy and the fish tasted like cardboard. Oh I recommend staying away from the half bottle of shiraz. The moral of the story is, when a 20% gratuity is already included in the meal, don't expect decent service from the waitstaff or kitchen.
Posted by Freddie on 07/06/2005
My husband and I went here for our anniversary and everything was perfect. From the moment we walked in the door the staff were fantastic, really friendly and accomodating. I couldn't choose between sitting upstair or downstairs so they told us to have a look around and let them know when we had decided. We choose to sit in the main level dining room. Our waitress was really good, she went out of her way to research some wine for us. The food was fantastic, I had the duck and it just melted in my mouth. Strawberry shortcake for dessert was just out of this world. I've recommended this place to lots of people.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/05/2005
We went as a group to Butter for my birthday this year. I had heard it was great, so we took a chance and headed over. The atmosphere is very cool, how it looks like you are out in the woods, and the waiters were very professional when they served you (if not a little too much because they were on top of you when filling up your wine glasses every 5 seconds!) I had a salmon dish, which was very pleasant, although a little dry, and my friends had either that, or the Filet (which I think was actaully the best). We all enjoyed our food, but it was nothing incredibly spectacular. It was fun to go once for the ambiance, but that was about it.
Posted by stella on 07/01/2005
If you want to impress someone from out of town with a trendy restaurant than this is the place - but only by appearances and not by food quality or service. High marks for atmosphere but a zero for service. I went for restaurant week June 2005 (items on rest. week menu not the same as their regular menu.) We were promptly seated but waited 25 minutes to get the waiter to come back around and take our order. Drinks were ordered and those came 20 minutes later. Food was salty and mediocre. I waited 15 minutes for the waiter to take the bill from me and finally I got fed up with him walking past our table I had to start waving the bill in the air and finally some woman from the bar area came to take the bill. I guess the automatic 20% added service for every size party is a license for waiters to let patrons wait when it's convenient for the waiters!
Posted by Eliz on 06/27/2005
I went for lunch today. Its namesake is quite prevalent in the food. Everything was extremely rich and loaded with butter and cheese. It tasted good but a little too rich for my taste. I had the romaine salad. It was good but could have done with about half of the dressing it was swimming in. My companion enjoyed the beef empanadas, but, again, rich. Her fish was excellent but rich. My mushroom ravioli, very good, very rich. The spinach that came with both was very nice and refreshing. The chocolate cake was to die for and the cookies were fun and delicious. All of the servers including the hostess were nice and friendly except for the one waitress who took our orders and brought the bill. The servers who brought our food though could not have been nicer. They were also knowledgeable, whereas the waitress was not. It was a nice meal overall, and I would go back.
Posted by Agnieshka on 06/06/2005
Having only 2 nights left during our trip to NYC and after a tremendous disappointment at the Rainbow Grill the night before a friend suggested we check out the Butter... What a nice surprise. The food was great and service very attentive. The lobster salad for starter was the best I have ever tasted! The warm chocolate cake for dessert - simply heavenly. The dessert wine suggested by the waiter - absolutely spot on. After dinner we were lucky to get downstairs for some more really great cocktails and dancing. The owners were amongst the guests and we felt really taken care of. It was like a great therapy session we needed.
Posted by dana on 05/24/2005
I went here last week for the first time, and was unfortunately disappointed. The scene inside was pretty good, and the space was unique and spacious. The service was very poor, our waitress was speechless and rude. I really wanted to ask her to smile. We ordered peach/lychee martinis, and they were so wildly sweet that I became queasy. The lobster bisque was unusual, with corn, but good. I had mahi mahi for my entree, and it was very disappointing...bland, boring, but the sauce was super salty. Also everything was overpriced.