Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Butterfield 8

5 E. 38th St. (Fifth Ave.) Send to Phone
212-679-0646 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
TV sports and chandeliers collide to create cozy American cuisine in Midtown.

Lunch & Dinner daily
Open late

* Click here for rating key

Butterfield 8 Restaurant Review

: Named for either the prefix code operators used in the days of rotary phones or the 1935 novel or the 1960 movie, this Midtown restaurant-bar boasts a pub grub menu that matches its elevated surroundings. Plush booths, high ceilings, Art Deco flourishes and ornate chandeliers almost seem incongruent with the battalion of plasma TVs flashing sports. But that’s part of the novelty; especially when your mac ‘n’ cheese arrives, complete with jalapeños and bacon. Or when you take your first bite of smothered chicken, served with creamy mashed potatoes and caramelized onions. Likewise, the grilled cheese with prosciutto on thick-cut Texas bread and the blackened tuna sandwich will make you wish for double overtime.
Check out hip and new NYC restaurants to try right now
New & Hip NYC Restaurants

Check out what's new and trendy on NYC's dining scene with GAYOT's list of restaurants to try right now.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.