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Our Passover Menu is Now Available!

Now available online: Our Passover 2015 Menu!Just go to butterfieldmarket.com, and click on the link that looks like this:
Right-click, "save as" to download menu and print out!
All orders must be placed by Friday March 27th, at 4:00 PM. We look forward to serving you!
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Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York’s Landmark Interiors

Friends of the Upper East Side - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:22

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of New York’s landmark legislation, this exhibition at the New York School of Interior Design will feature more than a dozen public spaces that have been designated as interior landmarks. Using both contemporary and archival photography, it will highlight the importance of public interiors as the spaces in which we conduct our daily lives.

Private tour for FRIENDS Thursday, March 19th 6:30 p.m. 170 East 70th Street

Free for members, $10 for non-members. 

To purchase tickets, please click here.


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Butterfield Spotlight: Sesame Vinaigrette

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Two Days, One Night

Upper East Side Theater - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 18:26
           This is a polarizing film as you either are absorbed by the simplicity of the story or you are bored to tears. Either way, one thing all can agree on is that Marion Cotillard shines in this working class drama.           The Dardenne Brothers have written and directed a fascinating story of a woman faced with an unenviable problem. The factory where she works has seventeen workers and its been decided by management and a vote by all that she will be laid off or no one will get their annual bonus.  Ms. Cotillard convinces her boss to do another ballot unbiased by the supervisor.  She has the weekend to visit each co-worker individually to get them to vote for her to keep her job.               The film is fascinating in it's  simplicity. Each visit is a microcosm of emotion and politics.  It is a film devoid of sex, violence or big action scenes. It resonates in the nuanced little moments of each visit. It is also a very realistic story that stays true to itself to the very end.                Ms. Cotillard carries the film on her back and her performance justifies her Oscar nomination for Best Actress. She inhabits her role like a second skin without a false note and as with most of her films, she is just a pleasure to watch.
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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Upper East Side Theater - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 15:37
      Director Matthew Vaughn continues his winning ways of successful graphic novel/comic adaptations bringing "Kingsman" to life on the big screen. One part James Bond adventure and one part spoof of the genre, "KIngsman" is an action packed, fun popcorn flick.       Starring as the suave proper British spy, Harry Hart, Colin Firth inhabits a role unlike anything he has ever done.  He's a great deal of fun to watch, especially in a massive brawl that takes place in a church. The fight choreography is fantastic in this well staged scene of mayhem and Mr. Firth is at the center of it. Actually, all of the stunt work and fight scenes are pretty terrific throughout the film.       Mr.Firth's protege is Taron Egerton in his first major role. Mr. Egerton has the good looks and personality to take him far in his acting career. He is clearly having fun in his role as Kingsman's newest recruit. Speaking of fun, Samuel L. Jackson is also having a blast as the over the top villain with his own schemes for world domination. And his henchwoman, Giselle, makes for a unique but classic opponent for our heroes. If you've seen the trailer or posters for the film, you will recognize her unique features immediately and the CGI and stunt work for her character is stunning.        Rounding out a perfect cast is Michael Caine as the head of The Kingsmen, who always adds a touch of class to any film and Mark Strong as "Merlin", the tactical agent usually behind the scenes but here gets into the thick of it as well.        There is lots of action and self effacing humor but the film does tend to overstay its welcome. Fifteen or twenty minutes of editing would have kept the pace fast and loose without some dead spots. Overall, though, it's a fun romp for a winter's day.
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Butterfield Spotlight: Noodle Soups

With the way this winter weather has hit the Northeast, who doesn't want a hot meal?  And ALL the time?Butterfield has the perfect solution ~ hot, tasty and healthy ~ at their new noodle soup bar!If it were warmer, you could walk right up to the window, but instead step right inside and get started on assembling your pint of one savory concoction.  First, choose your broth: roasted vegetable or dashi (like a miso.)  Both are great so you can't go wrong.Second, choose your noodle: rice (vegan) or wheat (not vegan or gluten-free)Third, choose an addition: chicken or tofu (for an extra $1) After you make those selections, they add mixed vegetables, cilantro, scallions and bean sprouts.  It is a full, fabulous meal for $7!  It is a mere 300 calories per pint if you get noodles.  Chicken adds 75 calories, while tofu only adds 50. Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Cambria;} It's time to stop reading and head to the market!Written by Guest Blogger: Yonni Wattenmakerwww.thetrendyvegan.comOn Facebook? "Like" The Trendy VeganOn Twitter? Follow @vegandthecity
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Valentine's Day is almost here!

Just in time for Valentine's Day: Francois Payard petit fours platter with Macaroons! Call Butterfield Catering to place your order: 212-772-8782, press 3Also available: Payard mini pastries by the dozen!Some pics of what's already at our market:
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Jupiter Ascending

Upper East Side Theater - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:21
       From the wild and crazy Wachowski siblings ("The Matrix") comes this new science fiction disaster. They manage to rip off plot points from "Star Wars", "Dune", "The Fifth Element", "The Wizard of Oz" and almost every sci-fi film ever made. It is unoriginal, boring, has no cohesiveness to the visuals and will go down as one of the worst films of the year, if not the decade.         I can't imagine what Channing Tatum was thinking? Pointy ears, a strange haircut, boots that make me roller skate in space, cheesy dialogue....yeah, sign me up for that. And poor Eddie Redmayne, following up a wonderful film like "The Theory of Everything" with this embarrassment, you really have to feel for the guy. And of course the "star" of the film, Jupiter herself, Mila Kunis, has found a way to take bad acting to a new low level.         There are only two scenes in the film that will hold your attention (and thankfully there is no dialog). A chase high above the city of Chicago and the climactic battle are actually exciting and will wake you from the nap you've been taking for two hours          Ms. Kunis spends a great deal of time cleaning toilets in the film. If she makes more films like this, she will be ready for her new career.
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Black Sea

Upper East Side Theater - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 23:49
             Jude Law stars as the captain of a salvage submarine looking for lost Nazi gold at the bottom of the Black Sea. World War Two submarine movies have always been fascinating and exciting but a film about a ragtag team of Russian and British mercenaries looking for a big score lacks the gravitas of "Das Boot" or  "Run Silent, Run Deep".             The only real enemy here is the paranoia and jealousy between the men themselves. It's only a matter of time, given the confined space and working conditions that stress cracks begin to show. Who will crack first and to what extreme? What will be the ripple effect on the rest of the crew? The answers come slowly at first and build to a fairly exciting climax.               Mr. Law does his best to be the tough but fair captain but the lure of the gold eventually affects him as well. The film has it's moments of suspense but there too many dead spots and obvious plot points. It's a solid B cable movie that will probably sink pretty quickly at the box office.
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32nd Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, March 17th

Friends of the Upper East Side - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 16:02


We are pleased to hold our 32nd Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony at The Cosmopolitan Club. The Regency Revival-style building was designed by architect Thomas Harlan Ellett in 1932 and is a fitting setting to recognize the fine restoration, renovation, and advocacy work on the Upper East Side over the past year.

Please join us in celebrating our awardees at this momentous occasion!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 The Cosmopolitan Club 122 East 66th Street 6:30 p.m.

Renaissance Award 124 East 70th Street

Good Neighbor Award Donohue’s Steakhouse

Renaissance Award El Barrio’s Artspace P.S. 109

Interior Award The Sherry-Netherland Hotel

Preservation Advocacy Award Historic Park Avenue

Streetscapes Award Christopher Gray


Click here to RSVP

To become a member, visit our membership page.


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Advocacy Update: FRIENDS Files an Amicus Brief in Support of NYC

Friends of the Upper East Side - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:31


Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District (FRIENDS) and prominent local and national preservation groups, along with elected officials, have filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the City of New York in an ongoing battle to stop the demolition of   two historic properties.

Joining FRIENDS in the amicus brief are Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Liz Krueger, State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Member Benjamin Kallos, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation League of New York State, Historic Districts Council, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Landmark West!, and Friends of the First Avenue Estate.

The amicus brief was filed in response to a lawsuit launched against the City of New York by Stahl York Avenue after the City’s Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) ruled against Stahl’s hardship application to demolish two buildings in the landmarked City and Suburban Homes First Avenue Estate. Stahl York Avenue claims the LPC ruling is “arbitrary and capricious,” resulting in an illegal taking of private property.

The buildings in question are Manhattan’s 429 East 64th Street and 430 East 65th Street, constructed by City and Suburban Homes Company in 1915 and designated as individual New York City landmarks by the LPC for the significance of their design, as well as their pioneering role in social housing reform.

“We fully support the sound and well-reasoned decision of the LPC to deny this hardship application,” said Tara Kelly, Executive Director of FRIENDS. “As the battle for the First Avenue Estate moves into the court, we will likewise continue to fight for these historic structures.”

About 429 East 64th Street and 430 East 65th Street

These two historic buildings contain a total of 190 rent-regulated units. Since the time of the hardship application, 126 affordable apartments have been kept vacant as part of an effort to redevelop the properties into a luxury high-rise. The remaining units are home to longtime tenants of modest income.

Stahl York Avenue submitted a “hardship application” to the LPC for the demolition of the buildings on the grounds that they do not generate a six percent profit, and that the units would not garner more than average rents of $600 per month.  FRIENDS successfully refuted these claims, presenting evidence of rents at comparable properties that are considerably higher. With such evidence, the LPC rejected the “hardship application,” successfully protecting the century-old properties.

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February 18th: A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Landmarks Law

Friends of the Upper East Side - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:21


The Brokaw Mansion: Catalyst for the Landmarks Law

Following the completion of Central Park, upper Fifth Avenue became New York City’s most desirable address, where prominent families constructed opulent mansions. Within a generation they were quickly replaced with the latest trend — luxury apartment buildings. The Brokaw Mansion met this sad fate and was demolished in February 1965. But all was not lost! Public outcry and scathing press led Mayor Wagner to sign the landmarks legislation into law.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law, join FRIENDS for a program that will bring together vintage film clips and first-hand accounts to explore and celebrate this catalyzing moment in the history of preservation. Thanks to the generosity of the Ukrainian Institute of America, the program will take place at the former Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion, a spectacular contemporary of the Brokaw Mansion, located directly across the street from where it once stood.

Special guests include:

Peter Samton is a New York City architect and partner at Gruzen Samton. One of the original founders of AGBANY, the Action Group for Better Architecture in New York, Samton became involved with key preservation battles in the 1960s, including those to save Pennsylvania Station and the Brokaw Mansion.

John Heimann is an investment banker, former New York State Supervisor of Banking and Commissioner of Housing and Community Development, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to be Comptroller of the Currency. In the fall of 1964 Heimann was running for the New York State Assembly and helped to form the Committee to Save the Brokaw Mansion and get the Landmarks Law passed.

Joseph M. Cahalan, PhD, grew up in the Brokaw Mansion. His father was the live-in caretaker and superintendent for the building from roughly 1940 until its demolition in 1965. Dr. Cahalan is now the Chief Executive Officer of Concern Worldwide U.S., an organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and  elimination of extreme poverty.

Convened by Anthony C. Wood, author of Preserving New York: Winning the Right to Protect a City’s Landmarks, and Chair of the New York Preservation Archive Project, the program will be followed by a light reception.

Wednesday, February 18th 6:30 p.m. 

THE UKRAINIAN INSTITUTE OF AMERICA 2 East 79th Street, at Fifth Avenue

RSVP required. Click HERE to make a free reservation.

Produced in partnership with the New York Preservation Archive Project and the Ukrainian Institute of America as part of the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law.


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