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Butter

No, this post isn’t about actual butter.

But it is about the next best thing: Butter, the Midtown restaurant.

Butter - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Butter - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Butter - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The restaurant has been popular for years. Butter was featured on Gossip Girl (the first one), and the night we dined there, so did Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka at the table next to ours.

But I was in better company with Greg, Steph, and Patrick!

Butter - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

For an appetizer, we shared the Gnocchi Mac and Cheese, with melted petit basque and aged cheddar. I asked the group if we should order two, but they laughed and told me one would be fine.

When it arrived, it was phe.nom.in.al. and we all wished we had more.

Should have ordered two, eh?!

Butter - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We also stared with The Duchess Potato with fresh chives and American caviar.

When we were making the decision, I asked my friends whether it would just be one potato. “Of course not!” they said, “Why would Butter serve one potato as a shared appetizer?!” Well when it arrived, what do you know… it was one potato! Why does no one listen to me?! Haha!

It was still really good, and I suppose sharing a delicious caviar-topped potato with good friends isn’t the worst thing that’s ever happened to me!

Butter - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

One of the evening’s specials was Spaghetti with White Truffles. I absolutely love truffle, so I wanted to get that dish. Except I don’t love spaghetti-shaped pasta. Pasta shapes are important, in my book, and I love the dense shapes you can eat in one bite, rather than the long strands that you have to wrap around your fork dozens of times. But I wasn’t concerned, since the menu had other pasta shapes, I figured I could just sub in a different pasta shape.

But no. No I could not. That waiter informed me that the chef, Alex Guarnaschelli, works on the specials for “six months” and does not allow a single change to any of her dishes. I mean… I get that Alex has composed each dish in the way she thinks is best, but ultimately a chef’s job is to prepare food that guests want to eat, and if that means a different pasta shape, then why not? It just seemed like Alex takes herself much, much too seriously.

My Spaghetti & White Truffles dreams dashed, I quickly had to find something else to order, and decided on the steak. It was good, but I wasn’t wowed, and I wish I had just ordered more of the Gnocchi Mac and Cheese!

Butter - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Everyone else liked their meals a lot, luckily.

Steph ordered the Pan-Seared Tuna with charred spigarello kale and fresh wasabi beurre blanc.

Butter - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Butter - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And Greg and Patrick ate the Creekstone Farm Dry-Aged T-Bone Steak for Two. It was so good that Greg (embarrassingly!) picked up the bone and began gnawing off the extra meat!

Butter - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Butter - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then before dessert there was a sweet surprise: Patrick and Steph asked me to officiate their wedding!

Butter - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

It’s an incredible honor, and something I’m already looking forward to!

Butter - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then for dessert: Cheesecake!

Butter - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Despite the particular chef, and my average steak, I really loved everything else about Butter. I’d be happy to dine there again, this time taking my time in selecting a dish that is already exactly the way I want it!

To find out more information on Butter, or to make a reservation, click here.

~A

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