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Oct 13, 2009 06:44 AM

Butcher & Singer for Grandparents

My grandmother's 85th birthday is coming up and my family is taking her out to dinner. Although I haven't been there, I think that she and my grandfather would like the concept of Butcher & Singer along with the old fashioned menu. But given my experience with Steven Starr restaurants, I am really concerned that the place will be very loud and the concept maybe a bit too kitchy to feel authentic.

Is B&S suitable for gandparents?

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  1. Found it neither kitschy or old fashioned. Found it hideously expensive and not particularily good. In same genre, Barclay's Prime far better. Did not find very loud as there were not enought people having fun to make it loud.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      I also found it over-priced and under-good. The atmosphere is good if you like that old-timey supper club feeling they're going for there, I don't particularly like it but it's well-done, and it's not loud. The food, though, is hit or miss, and at those prices that's not good enough. Barclay Prime is much better and only a little more expensive.

      1. re: Buckethead

        Can they at least cook a steak to temperature? If the atmosphere is on point and the steals right, I think they will like it. Of course last time I was at Barlcay, the steaks were all overdone (I liked it anyway, mainly because of the amazing apps and sides).

        1. re: barryg

          "Can they at least cook a steak to temperature?"

          Only 33.33 (repeating, of course) percent of the time in my experience.

          1. re: barryg

            33% seem right, last time of the 3 meat entrees, one right, others not. Every meat entree was also vastly oversalted, granted l like little or no salt but this was inedible for me and could not eat, got credit. Figures mine was the one cooked right.

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              I realize barryg has found his spot, but i just wanted to chime in here regarding temperature. First time at B&S, we ordered two rib-eyes both medium. My rib-eye came out PERFECT. My boyfriend's was prepared mid-rare.

              Second experience, we both order the burger medium. Mine comes out perfect again, his comes out well done.

              Based on the above, probably never going back.

      2. Thanks all, we decided to do Bistrot La Minette, hopefully bringing back my grandparents' fond memories of dining in France (they kept their menus). B&S doesn't seem worth the money at all. We're doing 7pm on a Friday; hope the noise level isn't unbearable.

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        1. re: barryg

          If you're looking for French, I'd recommend Bibou over Bistrot La Minette.

          1. re: Buckethead

            Thanks. I do need to get there, but it's a bit small and the menu options too limited for my party, which contains a couple eaters on the picky side. We also need a place that takes credit card. Aaaand they are booked for weekends to come. So its not going to work out this time :).

            1. re: barryg

              OK, just wanted to mention it. Nothing wrong with Bistrot La Minette, I've been there a couple times and liked it, but Bibou is in a class by itself.

              1. re: barryg

                We haven't been to Bistro Minette, so I can't comment - though I've heard good things - but I'm sorry I didn't come on earlier to recommend Prime Rib.
                We have many friends this age, and they all really like Prime Rib.
                Good choices - meat, fish, seafood, etc. - comfortable seating, quiet enough to talk.
                Keep it in mind for another time.