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Butcher Bay - 23 Reviews - 511 E Fifth St, New York, NY - Local Favorite Reviews - Phone (212) 260-1333

Butcher Bay

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511 E Fifth St (at Between Avenue A and B)
New York, NY 10009
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(212) 260-1333
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Best

We live in the hood and wandered into this restaurant randomly one afternoon and were really pleasantly surprised by the experience. We ordered the french toast stuffed with ba...

Worst

Check out the menu before you go. Choices are extremely limited and most of it is fried. I love fried food more than anyone, but this stuff made my stomach turn. The grease was...

Delightful Surprise! 7/25/2009

We live in the hood and wandered into this restaurant randomly one afternoon and were really pleasantly surprised by the experience. We ordered the french toast stuffed with banana (served with an incredible peanut butter mousse and topped with tiny bacon bits) and the chicken and waffles (waffle was herb and cheddar). This food was absolutely delicious! We also had a sangria each (one apricot and one cherry). These were wonderful, as well (and strong!), but I would recommend the apricot over the cherry. The server was extremely friendly and chill, as well. This was a fantastic brunch experience and we will definitely return to try their seafood, as that is what they specialize in! Pros: inventive entrees more

GO! 7/23/2009

This place is adorable. I liked the staff, the food, and the ambiance. If you want a great beer and feel like munching on some oysters, and a great lobster roll - definifely try this place out. Why wait at Pearl - when this place is just as adorable and more reasonable...Sangria was delicious and I loved the homely feel. Will return Pros: Cute, Delicious Seafood, Fun Cons: A tiny bit pricey more

be privy to the changes! 6/10/2009

Opposed to what the bio says, butcher bay does serve a lobster roll! Also, there is a completely new menu, service program, general manager and chef. more

Personal and warm service, terrific food, great prices 5/30/2009

We had such a warm and wonderful experience. We can't wait to tell our friends and bring them all back! Pros: Service, wonderful beer choices, terrific, creative menu more

Deliciousness! 3/4/2009

LOVED this place! Great atmosphere, friendly staff and good tunes. Excellent raw bar selection and the best fried clams I've had in the city. If you like your seafood fried, this is the place to go. The fried chicken and lobster looked phenomenal as well. I'll definitely be going back. Pros: Food, Ambience, Beer Selection more

New East Village favorite!! 2/22/2009

We absolutely loved it!! It is so refreshing to eat dinner in an East Village restaurant that is not overpriced--in fact, very reasonably priced---- has friendly service, a fun vibe, and great food!! Some favorites: the fried chicken, the eggplant parmesan and the mussels. Seriously, blown away by the eggplant. My boyfriend was very surprised that our waitress knew exactly where our oysters came from in Maryland (he's from there). Also good beer choices. We'll be back! Pros: Good prices, great food, friendly waitress more

Disappointment 2/21/2009

Check out the menu before you go. Choices are extremely limited and most of it is fried. I love fried food more than anyone, but this stuff made my stomach turn. The grease wasn't even allowed to drip off the food before serving. The seafood on display on ice didn't look too fresh either. Pros: PBR Cons: lousy food, clueless server more

Good Food but SERVICE??? 10/30/2008

I thought this place was ok but partially due to the fact that we only got one piece of bread and that the food wasn't as good as I would have liked. The environment was nice. The wait staff didn't come to our table often, and when wait staff did it took so long to bring our order/fulfill our request. I'll keep this short and simple. The grilled ssparagus was definitely a recommend. While the food tastes good the service definitely took out from the overall rating. Pros: Food,ambiance Cons: service more

Good Food but SERVICE??? 10/30/2008

I thought this place was ok but partially due to the fact that we only got one piece of bread and that the food wasn't as good as I would have liked. The environment was nice. The wait staff didn't come to our table often, and when wait staff did it took so long to bring our order/fulfill our request. I'll keep this short and simple. The grilled ssparagus was definitely a recommend. While the food tastes good the service definitely took out from the overall rating. Total 3.5 stars (I still think we should have the option of rating with half stars) Pros: Food,ambiance Cons: service more

Sleepy and deserted 6/6/2008

Empty it is on most nights, and for good reason. This place is overpriced and the wines are limited and uninspired. The servers are bored to tears and don't want to be working there. It is also a little pretentious. You have to earn your meal it seems by squinting to read the menu on the blackboard (full of spelling mistakes by the way) and constantly try to get someone's attention when you would like to order something else. There are so many other great spots in the East Village. Don't waste your time on this one. Pros: non Cons: plenty more

Sleepy and deserted 6/6/2008

Empty it is on most nights, and for good reason. This place is overpriced and the wines are limited and uninspired. The servers are bored to tears and don't want to be working there. It is also a little pretentious. You have to earn your meal it seems by squinting to read the menu on the blackboard (full of spelling mistakes by the way) and constantly try to get someone's attention when you would like to order something else. There are so many other great spots in the East Village. Don't waste your time on this one. Pros: non Cons: plenty more

great comfort food 5/20/2008

we've visited the restaurant a few times and have enjoyed each experience. the service is attentive, even when it gets busy. i love the design of the communal table that's in the center of the space. the food is also delicious. my friend especially loves the chicken dish and the garlicky white bean dip. the skirt steak is tender and the chimichurri sauce is especially flavorful. the fries are also well-seasoned and crunchy. we've recommended the place to friends who have also enjoyed themselves and will definitely be going back soon! Pros: atmosphere, food Cons: parking more

great comfort food 5/20/2008

we've visited the restaurant a few times and have enjoyed each experience. the service is attentive, even when it gets busy. i love the design of the communal table that's in the center of the space. the food is also delicious. my friend especially loves the chicken dish and the garlicky white bean dip. the skirt steak is tender and the chimichurri sauce is especially flavorful. the fries are also well-seasoned and crunchy. we've recommended the place to friends who have also enjoyed themselves and will definitely be going back soon! Pros: atmosphere, food Cons: parking more

Great Atmosphere 5/12/2008

We recently had dinner on a Saturday night and the place was really hopping. In spite of the crowd, we found the atmosphere to be very relaxing. We really enjoyed the food. My wife had the grilled brook trout with the shoe string fries which she loved while I had the burger which was also excellent. Both dishes were cooked the way we like them and were plated very nicely. We found the prices to be fair for what we got and plan on going back to try some of the other dishes. It's a place we recommend. Pros: Great Food & Atmosphere Cons: Could be a little noisy more

Great Atmosphere 5/12/2008

We recently had dinner on a Saturday night and the place was really hopping. In spite of the crowd, we found the atmosphere to be very relaxing. We really enjoyed the food. My wife had the grilled brook trout with the shoe string fries which she loved while I had the burger which was also excellent. Both dishes were cooked the way we like them and were plated very nicely. We found the prices to be fair for what we got and plan on going back to try some of the other dishes. It's a place we recommend. Pros: Great Food & Atmosphere Cons: Could be a little noisy more

just straight on good food 5/9/2008

Went there with some friends and we all found the place tasty! We started out with some dry, but smooth prosecco that tasted great with the complimentary bread and ?white bean spread. We shared some appetizers: fried clams-they were succulent and juicy and the crust was crunchy- not too oily. Personally, I hardly ever eat fried foods so for me to like fried anything, it has to be well prepared. Grilled yellow and green sliced zucchini with feta cheese-perfectly salted and grilled, crumbles of feta and drizzled with olive oil. Good thing it was a large serving- it was delicious! I almost ate the entire dish. We also ordered the brussel sprouts and mac and cheese. The brussel sprouts were sauteed with bacon ahd had this smoky, sweet flavor that had the skeptics at the table nodding happily. Someone else ordered the mac and cheese-I usually wouldn't order this but it had this rich cheese, ?bechamel sauce with a browned crust of (some kind of) sharp cheese on top. We all loved this. I had the grilled trout stuffed with herbs-it was delicate in texture and flavor. Others had the hamburger and roasted chicken. I didn't try the hamburger but the chicken was excellent-tender, juicy and full of flavor. By the time we ordered dessert, we were all pretty stuffed-the portions are plentiful. I had the apple pie with caramel ice cream. The pie was decent but the caramel ice cream is amazing!-creamy with intense caramel flavor. One area of disappointment, the coffee is served french press and had bits of grinds in it.... The vibe was definitely low key, which I like. The wait staff were sans attitude and nice. The interiors are a bit shabby-like the whole shabby-chic thing but maybe a coat of paint... Overall, we all had a great time. more

just straight on good food 5/9/2008

Went there with some friends and we all found the place tasty! We started out with some dry, but smooth prosecco that tasted great with the complimentary bread and ?white bean spread. We shared some appetizers: fried clams-they were succulent and juicy and the crust was crunchy- not too oily. Personally, I hardly ever eat fried foods so for me to like fried anything, it has to be well prepared. Grilled yellow and green sliced zucchini with feta cheese-perfectly salted and grilled, crumbles of feta and drizzled with olive oil. Good thing it was a large serving- it was delicious! I almost ate the entire dish. We also ordered the brussel sprouts and mac and cheese. The brussel sprouts were sauteed with bacon ahd had this smoky, sweet flavor that had the skeptics at the table nodding happily. Someone else ordered the mac and cheese-I usually wouldn't order this but it had this rich cheese, ?bechamel sauce with a browned crust of (some kind of) sharp cheese on top. We all loved this. I had the grilled trout stuffed with herbs-it was delicate in texture and flavor. Others had the hamburger and roasted chicken. I didn't try the hamburger but the chicken was excellent-tender, juicy and full of flavor. By the time we ordered dessert, we were all pretty stuffed-the portions are plentiful. I had the apple pie with caramel ice cream. The pie was decent but the caramel ice cream is amazing!-creamy with intense caramel flavor. One area of disappointment, the coffee is served french press and had bits of grinds in it.... The vibe was definitely low key, which I like. The wait staff were sans attitude and nice. The interiors are a bit shabby-like the whole shabby-chic thing but maybe a coat of paint... Overall, we all had a great time. more

Greasy and unappealing 4/29/2008

Let me start by saying that there is nothing unique about this place. It is a hotchpotch of recipes stolen from everyone who has made a name for themselves in New York, and it isn't even executed that well. The owner/chef straddles around like some high art foodie, but try to engage him in conversation about the food and the restaurant and he gets all cocky and testy. And then in walks a pretty woman, ... and his attention is elsewhere. The place is also not that clean and the waitstaff couldn't care less. The East Village has so much more to offer and homestyle comfort food is best sought elsewhere, so you don't feel as though you need to skip dessert and wash it down with something that cuts through all the fat that everything has been cooked in. Pros: ? Cons: Not clean, lazy service and food not worth it. more

Greasy and unappealing 4/29/2008

Let me start by saying that there is nothing unique about this place. It is a hotchpotch of recipes stolen from everyone who has made a name for themselves in New York, and it isn't even executed that well. The owner/chef straddles around like some high art foodie, but try to engage him in conversation about the food and the restaurant and he gets all cocky and testy. And then in walks a pretty woman, ... and his attention is elsewhere. The place is also not that clean and the waitstaff couldn't care less. The East Village has so much more to offer and homestyle comfort food is best sought elsewhere, so you don't feel as though you need to skip dessert and wash it down with something that cuts through all the fat that everything has been cooked in. Pros: ? Cons: Not clean, lazy service and food not worth it. more

Good burger and Mac N' Cheese 3/17/2008

Went on a Sunday, not packed at all. Menu is fairly straight forward, on the wall in chalk. Seems like they excel at the staples. Had the Mac N' Cheese as an appetizer and burger for an entree. Mac N' Cheese was pretty good, creamy, a little heavier on the cheese then I'm used to (think melted cheese sticking to the dish while you're trying to take it out). Burger was awesome. Big and served on a toasted english muffin. I particularly don't prefer toppings on my burger other than cheese and this was served with cheddar and onion. I thought it was pretty good, not sure if it should grace the list of best burger, but definitely a solid choice. Fries were good too. Finished the meal with the homemade chocolate pudding. Thick but delicious. A desert to share, not for one (unless you prefer to die young). Pros: Solid menu, high quality burger. Good atmosphere Cons: Feels like they're still redecorating, limited drink menu, waitress sometimes absent-minded. more
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Editorial

  • The focus at this small East Village seafood restaurant is on the kind of casual East Coast roadstand cookery also essayed by Mary's Fish Camp, Pearl Oyster Bar and other wildly popular places...

  • 2/12/2009 Provided by Citysearch

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