August 15, 2011

I love Butter.  I love the dairy product but I’m talking about the beautiful restaurant opened about 7 to 10 years ago by Chef Alex Guarnaschelli on Lafayette.  The cocoon is warm but spacious and the elegant aches that create a tunnel like diningroom are modern and unexpected… the interior holds its own and still feels unique and fresh after having been open almost a decade.  I had an amazing crab cake starter followed by scallops with sausage and escargot, both were really really good.

My crab cakes (above) a friends chicken thighs (below)… I started eating my scallops so fast there was no time for a picture.  The table shared whoopee pies for dessert that were to die for and I had french press coffee ( a favorite ).  The server was very good, articulate educated on the menu and wine, personal without being to casual and nice.  He forgot a drink or two towards the end of the evening but that would be my only complaint.  The young ladies on the phone and at the front desk couldn’t have been nicer… That goes a long way with me.   A Manhattan native, Guarnaschelli is the daughter of cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli and John Guarnaschelli. She is a graduate of Horace Mann School and Barnard College. Alex’ culinary experience started while watching her mother test numerous recipes at home while editing cookbooks. After becoming a chef, Alex worked at a number of restaurants in France, New York and Los Angeles, including Larry Forgione’s An American Place and Guy Savoy’s La Butte Chaillot. She also worked at Daniel Boulud’s eponymous restaurant and Joachim Splichals Patina before becoming the executive chef at Butter. At this location, Alex is known for her use of seasonal greenmarket ingredients while providing unique interpretations for old favorites.


One Response to “BUTTER”

  1. Angelo Viola Says:

    hmmm yummy… i love crab cakes

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