Food Network star and chef Alex Guarnaschelli recently opened the second location of her New York restaurant Butter. Located at the lower level of the Casa Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, the new upscale eatery is adorned with some of the same forest motifs found in its downtown predecessor. Despite its subterranean dining area, the space features massive windows that begin at street level and extend upward, bordering a woven canopy of black rope. Wood pervades the interior; on the tops of tables, along walls, and stacked in log form around the restaurant’s prominently displayed wood-fired oven.
At capacity the restaurant will be able to seat 175 diners at centrally located communal tables, or more intimate table arrangements. Once the weather permits, a small patio at street level will also be made available. Mark Dizon of the Dizon Collective, already responsible for the design of a number of New York social spaces, collaborated with the Butter Group on the interior of the restaurant, which is now open for business.