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Posted by shyred05 on 08/08/2007
I've been wanting to go to butter for quite sometime now. So one wednesday night, a friend & I decided to have dinner here. The ambience is very nice, and the hostess seated us right away even if we came 30 minutes too early for the reservation. the bread basket looked good but i didnt want to ruin my appetite. I had 2 cocktail drinks through-out, they were 15 bucks a piece -a standard for trendy areas at nyc. To start I had the foie gras appetizer sandwich. the foie gras piece was huge! it was quite an unconventional dish for me since it was paired w/ apple &cinammon but nevertheless, i enjoyed. for the main course, i had the rack of lamb. the portion was really huge. i managed to finish it. again, it was delicious. on the other hand, my friend ordered one of the specials, kobe steak. she liked it but almost choked when she realized it was 64 bucks alone. our server was gracious and attentive but with our bill, he should be!! i definitely had a nice time dining here although i would think twice of going back if i was footing the bill.
Posted by chana_b on 08/01/2007
Went to Butter last night and left slightly unsatisfied. To begin, my date and I were seated 15 minutes late... not a huge deal, but not a great way to start off the evening. The bread and butter were tasty (they better be at a place like this, right?) as were our appetizers. Calamari and soup of the day. My dinner, salmon, lacked any flavor! It tasted bland and the sides didn't do much to help it. The desserts we tried also left something to be desired. I'd go back and try ordering something a little more adventurous... Oh, and they rushed us. We were in an out (three full courses) in a little over an hour.
Posted by GuruFood on 07/26/2007
Went to Butter on Monday evening and was gravely disappointed. Had an 8pm reservation and was not seated till 9pm. Hostess was very rude, did not even offer us a drink for our troubles. The menu featured typical american fare and was not worth the price of admission. One thing worth noting that it was definetely a place to be seen and people watch!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2007
Went here for a RW dinner with my mother. We did not have a reservation as it was last minute but were told that if we came late it should not be a problem. Got there about 10:15 and they did have a table for us, but it was not in the main dinning room, but rather downstairs in what appears to be a lounge dinning room. I say that because it is right near a bar and even a DJ. Nonetheless, the atmosphere was still decent, in such a cozy space, mind you there were still about 20 tables down stairs. Upstairs appeared to have a more elegant manner, but was somewhat loud and downstairs was even louder. Of course the place was full so that no doubt adds to the volume, but it was a little over bearing at times. To emphasize some of the other people's comments this is most certainly a "fashion" "trendy" spot and I must say an extremely young crowd. I'm 30 and was probably in the top 10 oldest people in the room. It was a little odd, no exaggeration, 90% under 35 80% probably under 28 and 90% female. My mother felt a tad unconfortable with the age gap, but nevertheless we had a nice meal. First off the food choices were interesting for a RW menu, and even better was the fact that they were quite good. The pasta app. was fantastic as was the Calamari, the main courses were fairly large as well, the beef was big and extremely tasty, the cheese tart, was OK but a little small (as to be expected with a tart) and a little devoid of flavor. Deserts were quite good as well. Overall, a pretty decent value and very solid food. I would go back but probably only with people my age, and would prefer to sit upstairs.
Posted by Kristen on 07/12/2007
went there with a group of 5 girls and we were treated very very well. got seated right away and the staff gave us wonderful service. it's definately a 'see-and-be-seen' place, where you are constantly getting the up-and-down look from everyone around you. it has more of a club feel instead of a relaxing dinner feel. however cool the atmosphere is, the food is a little odd. i got the ravioli, which was good if you removed most of the sauce, but the sauce had really odd herbs in it that just didnt work together very well. presentation was impressive. good drinks. i will definately be going back, but i'm not sure what to order to eat...
Posted by Candy on 06/18/2007
The atmosphere was really enjoyable, you should really check this place out. Food was delish and reasonably priced. Would definitely return when I visit NYC again.
Posted by foodpro on 06/17/2007
The space is simply beautiful, with very good table spacing. Staff was excellent from the initial greeting (very hot hostess), and servers. I found the appetizer choices rather limited and the entrees were garnished with sauces that were too rich and heavy. Also, some of the garnishes were awkward. The food itself varied from very good (striped bass), to so so (halibut that was too dry). And in general, everything was a bit salty. Overall, a pleasnt enough experience to give this restaurant a second try.