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Posted by Ms Roxy on 05/20/2005
I went there last nite with a group of 10 for my b-day. Our waiter was hot and not pretentious like I thought he would be. Music/atmosphere: Fabulous, nice and NYorky like we like it. Food: I liked my dish (Halibut) but others did not rave: steak was chewy, pork chops were dry, shrimp was not good, overall very overpriced for what it was. Drinks: Our cocktail bill was more than our food bill- $13 martinis in a tiny glass and watered down Mojitos. Wow, are we paying with the Euro? Overall, it's not recommended.
Posted by Lilach "butter" Feldman on 04/10/2005
I went to butter for restaurant week and had the most amazing meal. The waitstaff was somewhat rude, but other than that the gnocchi is to die for! I am drooling just imagining it in my mouth! Also, chocolate cake = heaven.
Posted by gigi on 03/23/2005
Go and have fun, but there are more places that offer the similar atmosphere if not better and a definitely smarter crowd of company, not to mention better food.
Posted by Scott R on 02/14/2005
Title says it all. Made reservation weeks in advance. Then they call 2 days before and tell me it is $120 per person...chef's menu. Give me a break. Not to mention the bouncers are mad at the world for some reason if you plan to go there latenight. Not going back. Not needed with all great places in this city.
Posted by left something to be imagined. on 02/04/2005
Flavorful but chewy baby octopus; over-cooked short ribs in a mediocre brown sauce; a chocolate cake that's ok.; and $13 glasses of wine that sells by the bottle in stores for $17. Maybe I'm overly critical because I've been in the restaurant industry for too long, but this restaurant is pricey for pricey's sake. It feels like more of a filter to screen out the un-schmancy people from the crowd. They have to be making a killing on their food and alcohol costs because what was being served was nothing special. But the model-esque wait staff is genuinely kind and attentive and the atmosphere is amazing for the 60 seconds that I saw it before being escorted to my table... in the basement. Go there if you have $100 to blow and want to be seen by people who love being seen.
Posted by nicolita on 02/01/2005
Last night I dined at butter for the first time with a group of friends. I was not impressed with their restaurant week offering. I know the staff hates restaurant week, but I was expecting something a little more impressive. However, there were a few highlights. The white wine I chose was delicious - Sylvaner, from the Alsace region of France. It was similar to a riesling, but dryer. Really different and quite unlike any white wine I've ever tasted. It complimented the grilled muscles and calamari appetizer nicely. The dish itself wasn't anything spectacluar. Sorry, I am a native new englander so I am pretty picky about my seafood. I had a couple tastes of the butternut squash soup that my friend had and that was delicious. It tasted like pumpkin pie in a bowl. My grilled mahi mahi was absolutely tasteless. Eleven madison park had mahi mahi on their lunch menu for restaurant week which was far and away superior. But I digress. Dessert was alright, but also nothing special. I've had better fried apples at the cracker barrel in my hometown for $1.75. Overall the meal was just so-so, and not exactly satisfying. I will not be going back to Butter to sample their regular menu. A lot of people have mentioned the atmosphere. Not my style. There were tons of large ugly stains on many of the arches, which looked like the result of water damage. Overall the experience just wasn't very satifsying.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/31/2005
I made a late reservation (9:30 pm) for 2 during restaurant week. we arrived almost 15 minutes late due to traffic, yet they held our table and seated us right away. The restaurant looks very chic and if you don't mind staring at an a-symmetrican semi-circle, there is a lovely glass forest on the back wall. The restaurant week menu different completely from the regular menu. I ordered a green salad with herbed goat cheese and then grilled halibut with roasted asparagus and squash emulsion. The entree was excellent - tasty fish and the squash was incredible. the service, however left much to be desired - our waiter was not particularly attentive and we did not leave the restaurant until almost 1 am. We did not see any celebrities here which was a minor disappointment, I would go back simply for the squah emulsion.