Butai

★★★★★
  • 115 E 18th St between Park Avenue South and Irving

    New York, NY 10003

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  • 212-387-8885

About Butai

Hours
Mon. - Thu., Sat. 5am - 11pm;Fri. 5am - 12pm;Sun. 5am - 10:30pm

Food

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The food is so yummy here and the lycee martini, I love! I also love the fact that they remember your name when you come back second time. Nice decor, especially upstairs. You just have to try!

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★★★★★

The food is so yummy here and the lycee martini, I love! I also love the fact that they remember your name when you come back second time. Nice decor, especially upstairs. You just have to try!

Pros: Food, Decor, Service

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Wow I had such a different VDay experience! Yes, there were a lot of people there on Valentine's Day, but I thought the service was excellent. The waitress would come and say "thanks for waiting!" when we literally waited for like 5

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★★★★★

Wow I had such a different VDay experience! Yes, there were a lot of people there on Valentine's Day, but I thought the service was excellent. The waitress would come and say "thanks for waiting!" when we literally waited for like 5

Pros: food, ambience, service

Cons: not enough people go!

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Well, it was Valentine's, so probably a bit busier than a usual night, but seriously. We sat and our order was taken right away. We ordered an appetizer, a few sushi rolls, a tapas sized filet, and some very small skewers. The appetizer

3
★★★★★

Well, it was Valentine's, so probably a bit busier than a usual night, but seriously. We sat and our order was taken right away. We ordered an appetizer, a few sushi rolls, a tapas sized filet, and some very small skewers. The appetizer

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: Terrible and inattentive service

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I read all of the reviews before going in, but should have actually *looked* at the prices before ordering. I got a miso soup, 3 yellowtail rolls, an eel avocado roll, and 2 salmon avocado rolls, and finally a piece of toro sushi. My

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★★★★★

I read all of the reviews before going in, but should have actually *looked* at the prices before ordering. I got a miso soup, 3 yellowtail rolls, an eel avocado roll, and 2 salmon avocado rolls, and finally a piece of toro sushi. My

Pros: Great sushi! Lots of space to sit, as it's not busy at all!

Cons: Go broke for good fish.

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My boyfriend & I went here on New Years Eve for a nice romantic dinner before going out for the night. We had such an amazing time. First of all we messed up our reservation time & got there almost an hour early but the hostess barely

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My boyfriend & I went here on New Years Eve for a nice romantic dinner before going out for the night. We had such an amazing time. First of all we messed up our reservation time & got there almost an hour early but the hostess barely

Pros: Great food, great staff, good drinks

Cons: a little too dark to read the menu (we used the candle on the table...) haha

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I've been a regular at Butai for some time and it has always been an amazing blend of food, service and atmosphere. The robata dishes are excellent. I'd recommend the lamb chops as well as the short ribs. As for the sushi it is just as

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★★★★★

I've been a regular at Butai for some time and it has always been an amazing blend of food, service and atmosphere. The robata dishes are excellent. I'd recommend the lamb chops as well as the short ribs. As for the sushi it is just as

Pros: Robata, sushi, atmosphere, friendly service

Cons: busy on friday and saturday nights. reservations are usually needed to get a good table

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The food was really good. The menu selection reminded me of Gyukaku, tho the food gets prepared in the kitchen. I didn't try the sushi so I have no opinion there, but all their robata selection was excellent and made for a good date.

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★★★★★

The food was really good. The menu selection reminded me of Gyukaku, tho the food gets prepared in the kitchen. I didn't try the sushi so I have no opinion there, but all their robata selection was excellent and made for a good date.

Pros: Great food! Quiet.

Cons: Slightly awkward seating

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??,??,?? dark and romantic Environment .Wanted to write to say how I loved the place. and food is fresh ,delicious food, nice people, warm environment.??,??,??

3
★★★★★

??,??,?? dark and romantic Environment .Wanted to write to say how I loved the place. and food is fresh ,delicious food, nice people, warm environment.??,??,??

Pros: romantic spot,Location,sushi and Japan grill .

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The food and drinks were good, but what should have been a quick meal took an hour and a half. The first round of drinks didn't arrive until after the appetizer. My husband's entree arrived about 10 minutes before mine, and my second drink didn't arrive until I had finished my entree. In short, nothing lined up. The restaurant was not in the least crowded. To top it off, I got an email from Open Table saying Butai had marked me as a no-show.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food and drinks were good, but what should have been a quick meal took an hour and a half. The first round of drinks didn't arrive until after the appetizer. My husband's entree arrived about 10 minutes before mine, and my second drink didn't arrive until I had finished my entree. In short, nothing lined up. The restaurant was not in the least crowded. To top it off, I got an email from Open Table saying Butai had marked me as a no-show.

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The food and drinks were good, but what should have been a quick meal took an hour and a half. The first round of drinks didn't arrive until after the appetizer. My husband's entree arrived about 10 minutes before mine, and my second drink

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★★★★★

The food and drinks were good, but what should have been a quick meal took an hour and a half. The first round of drinks didn't arrive until after the appetizer. My husband's entree arrived about 10 minutes before mine, and my second drink

Pros: Good food and drinks

Cons: Slowest service you'll ever encounter

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I'm a neighbor, almost a regular since Butai opened. The service was always bad, the prices were always astronomical and the food was always good- but the last time I went to Butai the management was so awful it ruined the meal.
Shortest form: the manager cranked up the music during our meal- with only us and another couple in the room upstairs so loud we could not speak to each other and when we politely asked him to return it to the level it had been for the hours we had been talking while waiting for food, he was rude- in addition to leaving it loud.

The manager also allows staff to smoke at the entrance.

There's never a need for reservations, this place is always empty- guess why?

This is Union Square, it's not the price- its the suffering and punishment factor from management that is surly and incompetent- and apparently the owner likes it this way. I phoned and faxed messages to the owner, Theresa Hwa, and never got a response.
We ran up a big bill waiting for food that we couldn't enjoy.

There's so many fabulous restaurants in Union Square- give this one a pass in favor of one that serves food with a good attitude.

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I'm a neighbor, almost a regular since Butai opened. The service was always bad, the prices were always astronomical and the food was always good- but the last time I went to Butai the management was so awful it ruined the meal.
Shortest form: the manager cranked up the music during our meal- with only us and another couple in the room upstairs so loud we could not speak to each other and when we politely asked him to return it to the level it had been for the hours we had been talking while waiting for food, he was rude- in addition to leaving it loud.

The manager also allows staff to smoke at the entrance.

There's never a need for reservations, this place is always empty- guess why?

This is Union Square, it's not the price- its the suffering and punishment factor from management that is surly and incompetent- and apparently the owner likes it this way. I phoned and faxed messages to the owner, Theresa Hwa, and never got a response.
We ran up a big bill waiting for food that we couldn't enjoy.

There's so many fabulous restaurants in Union Square- give this one a pass in favor of one that serves food with a good attitude.

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I'm a neighbor, almost a regular since Butai opened. The service was always bad, the prices were always astronomical and the food was always good- but the last time I went to Butai the management was so awful it ruined the meal.

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★★★★★

I'm a neighbor, almost a regular since Butai opened. The service was always bad, the prices were always astronomical and the food was always good- but the last time I went to Butai the management was so awful it ruined the meal.

Pros: Nice food

Cons: Impossible to enjoy food, horrid service, exorbitant costs, surly manager

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Not cheap, but you will find some good deals in the robatayaki menu. Try the duck. If you're more of a sushi person, this restaurant offers a good sushi menu as well. Nice atmosphere, great for dates, and not too loud.

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Not cheap, but you will find some good deals in the robatayaki menu. Try the duck. If you're more of a sushi person, this restaurant offers a good sushi menu as well. Nice atmosphere, great for dates, and not too loud.

Pros: ambience

Cons: a little dark

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Went in after work with a friend who lives in the area. It was beautifully decorated. There are smaller rooms and private areas too, which would be great for a sexy date. But the bar area is also great for getting together with a group of friends. Their happy hour specials are awesome.

We had a couple of skewers, which are all delicious and satisfying. Try the bacon wrapped asparagus- sounds and looks simple..but they're soo good. I think that is what's great about this restaurant: the flavors are so simple but also so elegant.

Summary: beautiful restaurant, great location, delicious food, some pretty attractive waiters, drinks...we'll definitely be going back!

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★★★★★

Went in after work with a friend who lives in the area. It was beautifully decorated. There are smaller rooms and private areas too, which would be great for a sexy date. But the bar area is also great for getting together with a group of friends. Their happy hour specials are awesome.

We had a couple of skewers, which are all delicious and satisfying. Try the bacon wrapped asparagus- sounds and looks simple..but they're soo good. I think that is what's great about this restaurant: the flavors are so simple but also so elegant.

Summary: beautiful restaurant, great location, delicious food, some pretty attractive waiters, drinks...we'll definitely be going back!

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I've had excellent dining experiences at Butai. I absolutely love their skewers and their grilled meats. The setting is very relaxed and its perfect for a date or to take a friend out to eat. The service has been great as well with

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I've had excellent dining experiences at Butai. I absolutely love their skewers and their grilled meats. The setting is very relaxed and its perfect for a date or to take a friend out to eat. The service has been great as well with

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I was walking around the Gramercy Park area last night and I came across Butai. What great deal. Half-price Kushi-yaki on Monday nights is a steal in this neighborhood. I enjoyed it so much I booked a reservation for Friday night because I

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I was walking around the Gramercy Park area last night and I came across Butai. What great deal. Half-price Kushi-yaki on Monday nights is a steal in this neighborhood. I enjoyed it so much I booked a reservation for Friday night because I

Pros: the Monday night half-price kushi yaki, the sake, the service

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This is not your average Japanese restaurant. One of the reasons it's great is that you can order many small dishes rather than just one entree. The cherry tomatoes are amazing (who knew?), the tsukune (chicken meatballs) are perfect, and

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This is not your average Japanese restaurant. One of the reasons it's great is that you can order many small dishes rather than just one entree. The cherry tomatoes are amazing (who knew?), the tsukune (chicken meatballs) are perfect, and

Pros: Super yummy, get to try lots of new things

Cons: Can be a little expensive ("Oh, I'll just order one more $5 dish ..." It can add up.)

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Last Friday I took someone there for a first date. It was the first time visiting for both of us. This place is perfect those on a date because the portion size allows you to order many items to share. And that enables you be more engaged

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★★★★★

Last Friday I took someone there for a first date. It was the first time visiting for both of us. This place is perfect those on a date because the portion size allows you to order many items to share. And that enables you be more engaged

Pros: location, food,

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We walked by this restaurant and thought the decor was interesting although the tables were empty. We decided to try take out. What a mistake. The portions were tiny and it was the most expensive take out we've ordered in 8 years in

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★★★★★

We walked by this restaurant and thought the decor was interesting although the tables were empty. We decided to try take out. What a mistake. The portions were tiny and it was the most expensive take out we've ordered in 8 years in

Pros: good location and decor

Cons: bad food

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I live in the Gramercy area. I have been a customer since the beginning. Like many non-corporate restaurants this place really struggled when it first opened. Over the last few months this place has really become great. It isn't that the

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I live in the Gramercy area. I have been a customer since the beginning. Like many non-corporate restaurants this place really struggled when it first opened. Over the last few months this place has really become great. It isn't that the

Pros: Food and Location

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As someone who works in the restaurant industry I can have a difficult time finding a place i really enjoy. I happen upon this place one night about seven months ago while out walking with a friend. We had drinks at the bar. I really took

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★★★★★

As someone who works in the restaurant industry I can have a difficult time finding a place i really enjoy. I happen upon this place one night about seven months ago while out walking with a friend. We had drinks at the bar. I really took

Pros: sushi, fish, kalbi, bartenders

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This is the worst restaurant experience i have ever had. It took 45 minutes for the waiter to bring us a glasss of wine. Entrees took two hours to come out, and the restaurant was half empty!!! The Manager was unapologetic and out to

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★★★★★

This is the worst restaurant experience i have ever had. It took 45 minutes for the waiter to bring us a glasss of wine. Entrees took two hours to come out, and the restaurant was half empty!!! The Manager was unapologetic and out to

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I like this place. Butai is not a former dining place, but it?s really nice casual hang out place with wonderful modern Japanese food. Service is average, deco is cool and atmosphere is hot. Some new fancy fusion places really charge you

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I like this place. Butai is not a former dining place, but it?s really nice casual hang out place with wonderful modern Japanese food. Service is average, deco is cool and atmosphere is hot. Some new fancy fusion places really charge you

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This was honestly the WORST dining experience I have ever had in NYC. The manager was so un-accomodating after we still hadn't received our appetizers an hour after being seated. From there it was all downhill and I suggest you take it

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★★★★★

This was honestly the WORST dining experience I have ever had in NYC. The manager was so un-accomodating after we still hadn't received our appetizers an hour after being seated. From there it was all downhill and I suggest you take it

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I've been to every "hot" sushi place in town. Koi, Nobu, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Sushi Samba, AND MORE!!!!!! This is by far the best sushi I've had. My fiance and I went last night and didn't want to leave. The service was incredible and

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★★★★★

I've been to every "hot" sushi place in town. Koi, Nobu, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Sushi Samba, AND MORE!!!!!! This is by far the best sushi I've had. My fiance and I went last night and didn't want to leave. The service was incredible and

Pros: FOOD, Ambience, Service

Cons: Nadda, just hope they don't turn if they get popular. In NY if you're hot ure rude

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We live on Irving Place and finally visitied Butai 2 weekends ago. It was a long overdue trip and I am glad we made it. We had a great time there - the ambience was excellent and the food was truly exceptional. If you are looking for the

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★★★★★

We live on Irving Place and finally visitied Butai 2 weekends ago. It was a long overdue trip and I am glad we made it. We had a great time there - the ambience was excellent and the food was truly exceptional. If you are looking for the

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A friend and I took advantage of the 5-7 happy hour to order 6 charcoal skewers at $6.50 per 3. Our favs were the sausage, tripe (?) with radish, and bacon wrapped asparagus. The rest were fine too. Add a bowl of (less than perfect) rice

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★★★★★

A friend and I took advantage of the 5-7 happy hour to order 6 charcoal skewers at $6.50 per 3. Our favs were the sausage, tripe (?) with radish, and bacon wrapped asparagus. The rest were fine too. Add a bowl of (less than perfect) rice

Pros: good value, pleasant service

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The server got the wine wrong, the order wrong, and the whole experience was incredibly slow. It took them nearly half an hour just to bring out the wine. To top it all off, the toro sashimi was more like maguro.

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★★★★★

The server got the wine wrong, the order wrong, and the whole experience was incredibly slow. It took them nearly half an hour just to bring out the wine. To top it all off, the toro sashimi was more like maguro.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Everything else

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I went there on Monday nt and it was absolutely perfect. I was on a date and wanted a sushi place which doesn't look like a showroom at IKEA, and is not over played like Samba or Haru (which are both great places). The service was

3
★★★★★

I went there on Monday nt and it was absolutely perfect. I was on a date and wanted a sushi place which doesn't look like a showroom at IKEA, and is not over played like Samba or Haru (which are both great places). The service was

Pros: ambiance/decor, service, food

Cons: price

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I have been back this restaurant manytimes already since my first visit. The chef Seiji has never dissapointed me. His personal warm well-thought suggetion, servise as well as cooking all are extraordinally good. All my friends and

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★★★★★

I have been back this restaurant manytimes already since my first visit. The chef Seiji has never dissapointed me. His personal warm well-thought suggetion, servise as well as cooking all are extraordinally good. All my friends and

Pros: Tasty, Reasonable, romantic dining room

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Just went by myself, on a Sunday night - sat at the sushi bar and had a great experience - food & service-wise. The lychee martini was great, but the highlights were the various food options - from a melt-in-your-mouth marinated tongue to

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★★★★★

Just went by myself, on a Sunday night - sat at the sushi bar and had a great experience - food & service-wise. The lychee martini was great, but the highlights were the various food options - from a melt-in-your-mouth marinated tongue to

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This place is a great change from the ordinary sushi bar. They do a traditional Northern Japanese cooking technique that is simply phenomenal. Go with the chef's choice.

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This place is a great change from the ordinary sushi bar. They do a traditional Northern Japanese cooking technique that is simply phenomenal. Go with the chef's choice.

Pros: great service, awesome chef, good ambience

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This was our first, belated visit to Butai, and it is the first Japanese restaurant we have been to that is on the way to replacing the sadly missed Waka. The food was excellent - fresh grilled meat and seafood, and a good sushi selection

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★★★★★

This was our first, belated visit to Butai, and it is the first Japanese restaurant we have been to that is on the way to replacing the sadly missed Waka. The food was excellent - fresh grilled meat and seafood, and a good sushi selection

Pros: Service, Food, Ambience

Cons: Quiet

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Honestly, the "worst service" review that someone submitted really surprises me! This place has some of the best service that I have experienced in ages.... Maybe they read that review and 180'd completely! My only regret for the night

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★★★★★

Honestly, the "worst service" review that someone submitted really surprises me! This place has some of the best service that I have experienced in ages.... Maybe they read that review and 180'd completely! My only regret for the night

Pros: Sweetness of Service, Artistic/tasty food, Atmosphere

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By far the worst service I have ever experienced at a New York restaurant -- and I've lived here for years!! A group of six people ordered at 7:30 -- then waited....and waited....and waited....when food finally came out, the dishes were

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★★★★★

By far the worst service I have ever experienced at a New York restaurant -- and I've lived here for years!! A group of six people ordered at 7:30 -- then waited....and waited....and waited....when food finally came out, the dishes were

Cons: WORST SERVICE

Message from Butai

Welcome to Butai, a traditional yet innovative Robata restaurant. In Japanese, the word "robata" means "cooking by the fireside," and refers to the centuries-old country style cooking of Northern Japanese Fishermen. Evenings in coastal villages found fishermen cooking their catch over an open fire, then sharing among themselves by passing food on oars from boat to boat.



Our menu honors the Robata tradition of sharing and sampling. Appetizer-size portions allow you to try a variety of authentic Robata dishes. Delicious possibilities are limited only by the whims of your palate and the size of your appetite. You can order anything from any section of the menu at any time. There is no order to this experience - enjoy the free-style dinning however you choose.

More about Butai

Our menu features robata, kush-yaki, and sushi. We also do delivery.

 

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