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550 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022 40.761551 -73.973317
nr. 55th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-729-1819 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$$

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Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., closed

Nearby Subway Stops

E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.; F at 57th St.; N, Q, R at 57th St.-Seventh Ave.; 4, 5, 6 at 59th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Catering


  • Sake and Soju
  • Full Bar




This venue is closed.

On a Saturday night, Butterfish’s minimalistic, wood-furnished dining room is deserted, with no music or atmosphere to speak of, indicating the restaurant may be better suited for a business lunch than a romantic date night. Thankfully, the reasonably priced omakase-style menu, with fresh fish sourced both locally and from Japan, makes up for the sparse surroundings. Start with the seaweed salad or red miso soup, and then choose from a selection of omakase sushi options designed for sharing and served in courses. The Kobe options include edamame and a sashimi of the day, followed by salmon, albacore, yellowtail, sea bass, and tuna nigiri, plus a crab hand-roll. For something less traditional, try Osaka, which comes with spicy tuna salad and grilled salmon with salmon roe, or Akita, the vegetarian option with pickled daikon radish and shiitake-mushroom ponzu. For $95 per person, you can also enjoy the “ultimate Butterfish experience” at the chef’s table—it’s pricy, but well worth it.

Recommended Dishes

Seaweed salad, $8; red miso soup, $4.50; tuna sashimi, $4.