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Butcher & Singer
Posted by Singer on 03/20/2009
Once again I eagerly anticipated a Stephen Starr restaurant that would live up to the hype... Butcher & Singer is decidedly not it. Clearly I am a Jones man, beyond that I just don't get this man's string of restaurants. A lovely space no doubt, and certainly an above-average meal, but do yourself a favor and go to Fogo da Chao, where at least their overly-salted meat is lean, and plentiful. We clearly made a mistake by going hungry - wowed by legendary tales of steakhouses of yesteryear, we ordered the Porterhouse for two ($73) to split, a friend of ours ordered the regular Porterhouse ($46). My partner and I received the exact same sized steaks, although for some reason ours was pre-cut, as if being served on an airplane where sharp knives would be forbidden by the TSA. Tasty yes, as any decent steak crusted in salt will tend to be, but as fatty and as grisly as any cut of meat we have ever been served outside of a Sizzler. The sides, notorious in celebrated steakhouses for their largess in both price and quantity, were also a huge disappointment. Surely you have heard about the hash browns, which while tasty were really no different than a side at Dennys, greasy and once again, salty - like a mouthful of ocean water salty. We opted for Creamed Spinach [think Boston Market, with maybe a bit of tarragon - half the size and 4 times the price), I also had the French Onion Soup, good but - yes - surprise... way oversalted. The waiter was excellent and the atmosphere wonderful, but if the quality and quantity of food is of concern to you when spending more than $100 for a meal, this is not the place.
Posted by Joem on 02/13/2009
Food and service were excellent. A bit pricey. Main complaint is background music made it difficult to carry on a conversation.
Posted by Lickyourchops on 01/07/2009
Still in the novice stages. Communication break down from the time the reservation was made asking for a Hollywood Booth, then calling to confirm a Hollywood Booth, then begin taken to a standard table. Once we asked we were seated in the Hollywood Booth. Could use some additional salads. When you going to an upscale steakhouse I don't know who would want to eat a salad that tastes like a hoagie. The service was a bit overkill. Waiter chatted way too much not allowing us to enjoy one another or our dinner. Steak....absolutely immpecable. As frequenters of the CGrille we were pleased with the selection of beef. I think they need the Ops Mgr. a bit more involved in orchestrating the communication between the time the order is taken to the servers who deliver it to the table. We will definitely return and hope that some of the mentions about were merely just growing pains.