Butterfield 8

★★★★☆
  • 5 E 38th St

    New York, NY 10016

    Cross street: 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue

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  • 212-679-0646

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Very loud if you are looking for a nice dinner. Food was good. Place was beautiful. The bar area was extremely loud. Maybe if we weren't sat right at the edge of the dining room it would have been more enjoyable.

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★★★★☆

Very loud if you are looking for a nice dinner. Food was good. Place was beautiful. The bar area was extremely loud. Maybe if we weren't sat right at the edge of the dining room it would have been more enjoyable.

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I worked with the manager to organize a surprise 30th birthday party at Butterfield 8 in November and am just now getting around to complimenting her. She was totally helpful and offered many options for our party. We could have the back room (must spend a min amt), reserve several booths (no fee), and order some food. We reserved a few booths and they were cool about me bringing a cake I made. The staff was really nice, totally available when we needed them, but not intrusive. The bar is a step up from my usual "dive bar" hangouts but not much more expensive. It was a really great surprise party (even though the bouncer accidently asked the birthday girl if she was there for the surprise party--oops!) and everybody at Butterfield 8 helped make it special.

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★★★★★

I worked with the manager to organize a surprise 30th birthday party at Butterfield 8 in November and am just now getting around to complimenting her. She was totally helpful and offered many options for our party. We could have the back room (must spend a min amt), reserve several booths (no fee), and order some food. We reserved a few booths and they were cool about me bringing a cake I made. The staff was really nice, totally available when we needed them, but not intrusive. The bar is a step up from my usual "dive bar" hangouts but not much more expensive. It was a really great surprise party (even though the bouncer accidently asked the birthday girl if she was there for the surprise party--oops!) and everybody at Butterfield 8 helped make it special.

Pros: Accomodating Staff, Classy Place, Not too Pricey

Cons: Gets Crowded Late

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i was really excited to go here since the pictures of the restaurant looked awesome, so my friend and i decided to ht this place up for the dine about town week during lunch. i would have to say the service is slow as hell and the food wasn't even all that great. i think we all ordered the rib eyes. eh, i don't think i'd ever pay that much for food here.

the only good part of this meal was the dessert!!

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★★☆☆☆

i was really excited to go here since the pictures of the restaurant looked awesome, so my friend and i decided to ht this place up for the dine about town week during lunch. i would have to say the service is slow as hell and the food wasn't even all that great. i think we all ordered the rib eyes. eh, i don't think i'd ever pay that much for food here.

the only good part of this meal was the dessert!!

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Top five favorite places to eat in NY .... yes that's right top FIVE! :)
The ambiance in here is so where it should be. The lighting is just right .. not too bright .. not too dark. Perfect background for a fantastic dinner. The food is 'TO DIE FOR'! We had the mediterranean salad style salad --the best I've ever had!! My friend had one of their atlantic salmon dishes , and I ordered their sesame crusted ahi tuna --Wow, so yummy! We also ordered a glass of wine that was fabulous! I recommend to anyone.

2
★★★★☆

Top five favorite places to eat in NY .... yes that's right top FIVE! :)
The ambiance in here is so where it should be. The lighting is just right .. not too bright .. not too dark. Perfect background for a fantastic dinner. The food is 'TO DIE FOR'! We had the mediterranean salad style salad --the best I've ever had!! My friend had one of their atlantic salmon dishes , and I ordered their sesame crusted ahi tuna --Wow, so yummy! We also ordered a glass of wine that was fabulous! I recommend to anyone.

Pros: food,ambiance

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So I went to Butterfield on a recommendation from a friend for dinner and i honestly had no idea it was a restaurant as well....ive been there for drinks with friends..(great time by the way)...but never for dinner...i must say i was pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was completely different from its normal wild bar scene. My girlfriend had the Tuna and I had the rib eye...UNREAL! the food was cooked perfectly and the service was great....The waitress was great and really knew what she was doing...To top it off i had the best dessert ive ever had...COOKIE SMASH...my only advice is get it......im so excited that i have a new favorite restaurant.

2
★★★★★

So I went to Butterfield on a recommendation from a friend for dinner and i honestly had no idea it was a restaurant as well....ive been there for drinks with friends..(great time by the way)...but never for dinner...i must say i was pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was completely different from its normal wild bar scene. My girlfriend had the Tuna and I had the rib eye...UNREAL! the food was cooked perfectly and the service was great....The waitress was great and really knew what she was doing...To top it off i had the best dessert ive ever had...COOKIE SMASH...my only advice is get it......im so excited that i have a new favorite restaurant.

Pros: Private Dinning room, food, service, COOKIE SMASH

Cons: i cant have dessert anywhere else now...

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We went for snacks and cocktails after work and the place was crowded and loud. The place is nice, but it does get crowded on Friday, they have music so it attracts many people. The food is just so-so its more of a drinking hanging out bar than an eatery.

3
★★★☆☆

We went for snacks and cocktails after work and the place was crowded and loud. The place is nice, but it does get crowded on Friday, they have music so it attracts many people. The food is just so-so its more of a drinking hanging out bar than an eatery.

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I went for drinks after work on a Friday, the bar was packed by 6pm and there was a DJ. We managed to get a table in the back which was much quieter and allowed for conversation. The spinach dip and chips was below average. The drinks were good, except one was served with a hair in it and the waitress didn't take it off the bill. This place is ok if you don't mind fighting the crowd and can overlook poor service.

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★★☆☆☆

I went for drinks after work on a Friday, the bar was packed by 6pm and there was a DJ. We managed to get a table in the back which was much quieter and allowed for conversation. The spinach dip and chips was below average. The drinks were good, except one was served with a hair in it and the waitress didn't take it off the bill. This place is ok if you don't mind fighting the crowd and can overlook poor service.

Pros: Good crowd

Cons: Too loud, poor service

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All and all- this a great place to enjoy some after work drinks, the bartenders are great and make sure you don?t wait long for a drink (even when it is crowded). I highly advise against getting a table and having waitress service. A couple friends and I did and it was a disaster. To start off, they messed up our order. The real thing that got to me, was when we were brought our bill, we paid it (with cash) and the waitress never came back to collect. We handed it in to her, and an hour after when we were preparing to leave she re printed the bill out and accused us of not paying. It was a big mess, and to avoid any fights we paid the bill again. That was completely unacceptable!!!

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★★☆☆☆

All and all- this a great place to enjoy some after work drinks, the bartenders are great and make sure you don?t wait long for a drink (even when it is crowded). I highly advise against getting a table and having waitress service. A couple friends and I did and it was a disaster. To start off, they messed up our order. The real thing that got to me, was when we were brought our bill, we paid it (with cash) and the waitress never came back to collect. We handed it in to her, and an hour after when we were preparing to leave she re printed the bill out and accused us of not paying. It was a big mess, and to avoid any fights we paid the bill again. That was completely unacceptable!!!

Pros: Bartenders

Cons: Waitresses

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My company was having a happy hour in the private room in the back. My girlfriends and I got there early and had dinner first in the bar area. Our server was very nice and promt considering the bar area started to get an inflow of happy hour customers. When our happy hour started we had out own private bar in the back with a bartender that not only was extreamly nice but also remebered my drink order! We love this place and can't wait to come back!

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★★★★★

My company was having a happy hour in the private room in the back. My girlfriends and I got there early and had dinner first in the bar area. Our server was very nice and promt considering the bar area started to get an inflow of happy hour customers. When our happy hour started we had out own private bar in the back with a bartender that not only was extreamly nice but also remebered my drink order! We love this place and can't wait to come back!

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Butterfield 8 (see website) currently offers a deal so that if it is your birthday, your dinner and a drink are complimentary if you go with a group. Butterfield 8 also offers great party deals with open bar discounts, which I didn't take advantage of!

The place was totally packed at 7:00 when we arrived for our dinner reservation, and we felt important being escorted by the hostess throught the crowd. Based on a virtual tour I'd seen on the site, I was given the booth/table I had requested in the back. The food was amazing, with great comfort foods, and a little flair to other comfort foods to give it a classy look on some dishes. I had a fabulous skirt steak, while my friends opted for wraps and sandwiches, but everyone loved their food and had a great time. I would recommend going here, especially for a birthday, when you eat for free! The service I got in the week before my birthday was impeccable and courteous, and the wait staff was also very nice. I'd return here for both the happy hour or a dinner! I shall be reocmmending Butterfield 8 to all my friends for their birthdays and hope to return soon!

Remember to sign up for the BU 8 Club to enjoy the birthday treatment!

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★★★★★

Butterfield 8 (see website) currently offers a deal so that if it is your birthday, your dinner and a drink are complimentary if you go with a group. Butterfield 8 also offers great party deals with open bar discounts, which I didn't take advantage of!

The place was totally packed at 7:00 when we arrived for our dinner reservation, and we felt important being escorted by the hostess throught the crowd. Based on a virtual tour I'd seen on the site, I was given the booth/table I had requested in the back. The food was amazing, with great comfort foods, and a little flair to other comfort foods to give it a classy look on some dishes. I had a fabulous skirt steak, while my friends opted for wraps and sandwiches, but everyone loved their food and had a great time. I would recommend going here, especially for a birthday, when you eat for free! The service I got in the week before my birthday was impeccable and courteous, and the wait staff was also very nice. I'd return here for both the happy hour or a dinner! I shall be reocmmending Butterfield 8 to all my friends for their birthdays and hope to return soon!

Remember to sign up for the BU 8 Club to enjoy the birthday treatment!

Pros: Food, deals, great drinks

Cons: Crowd (if that's a bad thing, really)

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ate here on a fri night around 830, bar was packed, food was decent, drinks were good . would prob come back for the drinks, not to eat

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★★★★☆

ate here on a fri night around 830, bar was packed, food was decent, drinks were good . would prob come back for the drinks, not to eat

Pros: bar scene

Cons: service

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Great place to catch football on Saturdays, Sundays and Monday nights. Awesome special of $25 for unlimited beer and wings Sat & Sun. Where else can you get a deal like this?!? Great place for a private party - Check out their new bottle service. This place really knows how to hook it up. Hottest women around especially the staff. The dj is phenominal and has everything.

Great place to go.

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★★★★★

Great place to catch football on Saturdays, Sundays and Monday nights. Awesome special of $25 for unlimited beer and wings Sat & Sun. Where else can you get a deal like this?!? Great place for a private party - Check out their new bottle service. This place really knows how to hook it up. Hottest women around especially the staff. The dj is phenominal and has everything.

Great place to go.

Pros: Private Parties and Bottle Service

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The front of this place is crowded and noisy with a crowd who looked newly recruited from every Greek letter in the the fratbook. It was a little better in the back room, though the jocks were there too. Also there, however, was Jesse, our wonderful waitress. She accommodated our (almost) every desire, and was very tolerant of our obnoxiousness. She even wrote about us (see below) The kitchen closes early (10PM!) so order early. Ai arrived after dinner and our heroic waitress dug up some tasty rolls, but that's all there was. --Drink Club is a group of NYC roving drinkers

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★★★★☆

The front of this place is crowded and noisy with a crowd who looked newly recruited from every Greek letter in the the fratbook. It was a little better in the back room, though the jocks were there too. Also there, however, was Jesse, our wonderful waitress. She accommodated our (almost) every desire, and was very tolerant of our obnoxiousness. She even wrote about us (see below) The kitchen closes early (10PM!) so order early. Ai arrived after dinner and our heroic waitress dug up some tasty rolls, but that's all there was. --Drink Club is a group of NYC roving drinkers

Pros: Great Service, friendly staff

Cons: too many jocks, too loud, kitchen closes early

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I love this bar and I don't know why! It feels really new, it's bright inside but not annoyingly, and I like the wood decor. And as an added bonus there's the other room in the back. Anyway, I was there last night (Thursday) and the crowd was young, professional, good mix of guys and girls, drink specials were great, and when we left we all fell down...in the street...oops...Oh wait, I remember why I love it- the music was GREAT. Yes, you should go...try not to fall down...

2
★★★★★

I love this bar and I don't know why! It feels really new, it's bright inside but not annoyingly, and I like the wood decor. And as an added bonus there's the other room in the back. Anyway, I was there last night (Thursday) and the crowd was young, professional, good mix of guys and girls, drink specials were great, and when we left we all fell down...in the street...oops...Oh wait, I remember why I love it- the music was GREAT. Yes, you should go...try not to fall down...

Pros: Music! Drink specials- my guy friend paid $9 for double jack and coke- cheap-o; Hotties

Cons: Falling down; not enough sinks in woman's bathroom

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Place is horrible becuase of the waterdowned drinks. Service is rude. The 30 dollar wrist band is a rip off. Bartenders make prices up as they go along. Not recommended at all!

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★☆☆☆☆

Place is horrible becuase of the waterdowned drinks. Service is rude. The 30 dollar wrist band is a rip off. Bartenders make prices up as they go along. Not recommended at all!

Pros: Don't have one positive thing to say about this place

Cons: You get ripped off! Waterdowned drinks

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I went there for lunch with co-workers and found the service to be prompt and very friendly. The food was tasty and the prices VERY reasonable.

2
★★★★☆

I went there for lunch with co-workers and found the service to be prompt and very friendly. The food was tasty and the prices VERY reasonable.

Pros: Service; food; prices

Cons: none

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Alana is the best/ guest bartender from Fairfield University and is not only the most beautiful bartender but she is also excellent at the Cosmo of the century and some Malibu cocktail - MisabellaCocktail - ;-) ENJOY great atmosphere!!

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★★★★☆

Alana is the best/ guest bartender from Fairfield University and is not only the most beautiful bartender but she is also excellent at the Cosmo of the century and some Malibu cocktail - MisabellaCocktail - ;-) ENJOY great atmosphere!!

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I was impressed with this place when we initially arrived, although the door staff / hostess gave us mega attitude. The food was fantastic, as was our server. (I highly recommend the bread pudding for dessert!). However by the end of the night the bar area was hopping, which was fine if you were there for that, but the noise was not contained to the bar area at all, despite there being a door separating the food and drinking areas. So it was hard to hear our dinner conversation! And getting out of the place was ridiculous, we had to shove through throngs of people in the bar (mostly drunk at this point). I agree with separate areas for food and drink, but there should be a better layout when it comes to arriving and leaving. I would totally check it out as a bar though, it seemed fun.

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★★★☆☆

I was impressed with this place when we initially arrived, although the door staff / hostess gave us mega attitude. The food was fantastic, as was our server. (I highly recommend the bread pudding for dessert!). However by the end of the night the bar area was hopping, which was fine if you were there for that, but the noise was not contained to the bar area at all, despite there being a door separating the food and drinking areas. So it was hard to hear our dinner conversation! And getting out of the place was ridiculous, we had to shove through throngs of people in the bar (mostly drunk at this point). I agree with separate areas for food and drink, but there should be a better layout when it comes to arriving and leaving. I would totally check it out as a bar though, it seemed fun.

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I met a client here and wasn't expecting much but after the lunch was over, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the meal and the price point. I had tuna over a salad and it must have been an entire tuna steak... we had cokes, coffee and two salads for $30. In mid town manhattan, that's a good deal for a white table clothed restaurant. There were more expensive main heavier meals and they appeared to be worth it as they were carried to their respective tables. Overall, a great meal at a great price and our waitress was very attentive and timely.

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★★★★☆

I met a client here and wasn't expecting much but after the lunch was over, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the meal and the price point. I had tuna over a salad and it must have been an entire tuna steak... we had cokes, coffee and two salads for $30. In mid town manhattan, that's a good deal for a white table clothed restaurant. There were more expensive main heavier meals and they appeared to be worth it as they were carried to their respective tables. Overall, a great meal at a great price and our waitress was very attentive and timely.

Pros: Food, lunchtime ambience, wait staff

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I've only been to the place once and my over all experience was a good one. Not a great one but definitely a good one. It was brighter than usual but the crowd really didn't seem to mind much as the DJ kept them moving. It was a good pit stop for a bunch of friends on a Sat. night. As most New Yorkers know most bars in the city "are just a pit stop". I wish the investors luck. I don't know any of them personally but I would never trash them publicly like the review below has. Telling "your friends" in person take a lot more courage than "..mmm" will ever know. Keep your money and I bet your friends do just fine. Take it from an unrelated experienced investor that knows what he is taking about.

2
★★★★☆

I've only been to the place once and my over all experience was a good one. Not a great one but definitely a good one. It was brighter than usual but the crowd really didn't seem to mind much as the DJ kept them moving. It was a good pit stop for a bunch of friends on a Sat. night. As most New Yorkers know most bars in the city "are just a pit stop". I wish the investors luck. I don't know any of them personally but I would never trash them publicly like the review below has. Telling "your friends" in person take a lot more courage than "..mmm" will ever know. Keep your money and I bet your friends do just fine. Take it from an unrelated experienced investor that knows what he is taking about.

Pros: Music, Price, Food

Cons: Lighting, Crowded, To Loud

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I met some friends here after work last week - had a GREAT time. Great energy, one of those places that seems like you'll always have fun. We were only supposed to meet there and we ended up staying all night.
As for the past review - what's wrong with getting some personal attention from an investor in a restaurant or bar? It's called customer service? At least they care about their business. I will be going back for sure.

2
★★★★★

I met some friends here after work last week - had a GREAT time. Great energy, one of those places that seems like you'll always have fun. We were only supposed to meet there and we ended up staying all night.
As for the past review - what's wrong with getting some personal attention from an investor in a restaurant or bar? It's called customer service? At least they care about their business. I will be going back for sure.

Pros: price, good crowd, fun atmosphere

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Can I offer some words of advice...never introduce yourself to me as "an investor" and insist on a handshake. I'm talking to my friends. When deciding on whether to buy another TV monitor (they have 7) or investing in lighting/sound system, Please pay a little attention to the latter two or the experience feels like drinking in an overlit library for people with ADD, yelling to make yourself heard. Please don't hand me a menu of food "that will be on offer in the future" I'm hungry now and nachos won't cut it. Finally, don't put a meathead on the door to block my way in and out...you're not a nightclub or even a lounge. It's 7pm on a Wednesday and you're a bar. Good luck fellas. I could have "invested" plenty of money here, but won't be.

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★☆☆☆☆

Can I offer some words of advice...never introduce yourself to me as "an investor" and insist on a handshake. I'm talking to my friends. When deciding on whether to buy another TV monitor (they have 7) or investing in lighting/sound system, Please pay a little attention to the latter two or the experience feels like drinking in an overlit library for people with ADD, yelling to make yourself heard. Please don't hand me a menu of food "that will be on offer in the future" I'm hungry now and nachos won't cut it. Finally, don't put a meathead on the door to block my way in and out...you're not a nightclub or even a lounge. It's 7pm on a Wednesday and you're a bar. Good luck fellas. I could have "invested" plenty of money here, but won't be.

Pros: It's near wher I work

Cons: lighting, horrible choice of be, nasty sound system

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A great new addition to Murray Hill. Classy joint with terrific food. Great place for Happy Hour. Try the cajun ribeye and the macaroni and cheese.

Very resonably priced for midtown Manhattan. I will definitely go back.

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★★★★★

A great new addition to Murray Hill. Classy joint with terrific food. Great place for Happy Hour. Try the cajun ribeye and the macaroni and cheese.

Very resonably priced for midtown Manhattan. I will definitely go back.

Pros: Food, Drinks, Atmosphere

Cons: Crowded, Limited Parking, Noisy

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