Everything our table had last night was very good.
It started with an amuse: a spoon of mac & cheese with truffles.
The salt-rined bread and tasty butters (two served) were also a great way to start the meal.
The special was a three soup appetizer (or you could have one bowl of one).
Butternut Squash soup - very rich and creamy. Tasty but heavy on the sweet side.
Clam Chowder - deemed the winner by one guest.
Lobster Bisque - the few pieces of corn in this dish threw off one voter.
I personally found the bisque to be the best of them.
I ordered the seared tuna and tuna tartare appetizer. The seared tuna was average. Nothing to note whatsoever. The side salad of mint and other greens was very nice. The tuna tartare was excellent - but very small portions.
Everyone else had the soup special(s) or a variation of it. The waiter was sure to let us know that the ingrediants used for the soups were bought at the Union Square Greenmarket. An interesting plug...but I liked it. Partially because I get my vegetables (more often than not) from there as well.
I ordered the beef filet. I was feeling surf and turf for some reason last night...and it didn't disappoint. Cooked exactly how I wanted it - nice beef - and a very tasty although perhaps a bit syrupy of a sauce/glaze. It was good...but I wish I had ordered...
The duck. Delicious. I'll go back to have this for myself. Very rich. All of the food was, as you can imagine, cooked with plenty of butter. But it tasted wonderful. The sweet potato puree was very sweet and very rich but quite tasty. My wife and I agreed that this and pretty much all of the dishes might be too bold in flavor for the foodies on this message board. There is no subtleness in the food at Butter whatsoever.
The pork chops with spaetzle and pork belly cracklins, were reported by two of the guests as very good. Seemed to be quite a large dish/serving. My mother, one of the guests, pretty much cleaned her plate, which is rarely done these days.
My father had the striped bass special and said it was very good.
Desserts didn't dissapoint either. I had the sampler. The raspberry beignets were pretty darn good. I'm not much of a dessert guy, so I'll leave it at that.
The bar menu looks like a ton of fun...so much so that my wife and I plan on going to have drinks (one of the best 7 & 7s in the city) and some starters, namely the Kobe beef empanadas, the grilled cheese with truffles and more.
Overall, the place is filled with a young, attractive and (some very) noisy crowd. The waitstaff is likable (except for the maitre d' and hostesses) and know the menu quite well. The space is nice but the booths are somewhat uncomfortable. The air temp went from ice cold to hades hot and then finally to a perfect temperature. It took them 3 times to get it right for some reason - and apparently we weren't the only ones talking about it. At least they were receptive. The food is tasty and rich, but certainly not the leader of haute cuisine. I would go back. It is the kind of place you can take someone from out of town who wants to see NYC but has already been to Balthazar and doesn't want to go to Asia de Cuba.
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