Times may change, but our rich tradition of superb quality remains a constant. Since 1915, Butterfield has been part of New York City history.
Named for its original area telephone exchange, Butterfield began as a humble home delivery service to such illustrious families as the Astors and Rockefellers. But once Teddy "Mr. Butterfield” Appelbaum began knocking on our neighbors’ doors, we began finding the community roots that make us who we are today.
Our commitment to serving delicious food made with the best ingredients helped our original Upper East Side storefront grow into Butterfield Market, Catering, Gifts, and Cafes just two generations later. A family business in every sense of the word, we believe in warm, friendly service, attentiveness to detail, and above all, a great meal.
Food that is: always fresh, delicious, and enticing; focused on seasonal ingredients, locally sourced when possible; presented with style and care; inspired by trends, and loyal to comforting classics. Customer service delivered with warmth, friendliness, and culinary expertise in an atmosphere that is inviting, elegant, and clean. Community enrichment by being a positive force, both socially and environmentally.
Meet The Family
Teddy Appelbaum started working at Butterfield in 1955 as the manager of the small grocery store. In 1974, Teddy and his son-in-law Alan Obsatz purchased the business and started expanding into specialty goods and prepared foods. Alan’s children, Joelle and Evan Obsatz joined the family business 30 years later, and today all three are active partners.
When it comes to food and cooking, Executive Chef Jorge Flores’ attitude is one of seeking joy. From an early age, he was surrounded by a kitchen culture that celebrated tradition and inspiration from fresh, local ingredients. His own culinary curiosity came as a surprise and led him straight into the kitchens of New York City, where he learned and refined his skills by experience alone. “Do something well, or don’t do it at all,” he might say. He is driven to this day by this same approach of precision and perfection, while never forgetting to trust the magic of good ingredients or a good recipe. For Chef Jorge, food is an adventure and a labor of love, a philosophy that can be tasted in every bite.
We want to foster positive change in our neighborhood and help those in need by being a force of good. Butterfield Market has a special partnership with the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen (located at All Souls Church on Lexington Avenue and 80th Street), where we feed hungry neighbors each week. We also donate to local schools and nonprofits in our community and partner with local and national organizations including, Cycle for Survival, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and SAGE.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we provided 40,000 meals to frontline workers through local and public hospitals. Additionally, during this time of economic distress, we created the Eat Local initiative, designed to support local restaurants and chefs via a pop-up shop at our Madison Avenue Market. If you wish to get in touch about a charitable event, opportunity, or cause, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.